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Top 5 Eateries in the USVI Restaurant Scene

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The restaurant scene in the USVI is surprisingly eclectic. Restaurant choices range from funky barefoot bars serving wings and frozen tropical drinks to top-of-the-line eateries whose creative chefs have put the USVI on the culinary map.

So while it may be tempting to eat at your hotel restaurant every night or indulge in room service, it's worth going out of your way during your USVI visit to try out a restaurant on this list.

1. Havana Blue Restaurant - St. Thomas USVI

Havana Blue in St. Thomas' Morning Star Resort may be the hottest restaurant in the USVI. Start with an Asian Spice Mojito, flavored with fresh ginger and cardamom. The edgy cuisine, described as “South America meets the Pacific Rim,” features miso-marinated sea bass with a lemongrass-soy glaze and coconut-rum tempura prawns with smoked jalapeño puree. Couples can dine on the beach directly below the restaurant, with their own waiter, candlelight, and a seven-course tasting menu.

2. Kendricks Restaurant - St. Croix USVI

Kendricks restaurant, located in downtown Christiansted on St. Croix in the USVI, has romantic courtyard seating and a sophisticated dining room with stark red and black décor, cozy love seats, and candlelight. The menu is equally sophisticated, with entrees such as herb-crusted rack of lamb and shrimp saltimbocca. Do save room for desserts including peanut butter pie with chocolate ganache topping and Kendricks’ signature dessert, sponge cake with sautéed bananas and spiced rum butter.

3. Oceana Restaurant & Wine Bar - St. Thomas USVI

Oceana Restaurant & Wine Bar features romantic outdoor dining with ocean waves practically at your feet. This St. Thomas USVI restaurant, surrounded by lush greenery, specializes in seafood such as caramelized salmon fillet with a soy-spiced marinade. Meat entrees are equally tempting: grilled filet mignon stuffed with brie and served with bacon and walnut confit is delicious. Desserts are to die for, especially the warm banana white chocolate bread pudding with rum crème anglaise.

4. Hervé Restaurant & Wine Bar - St. Thomas USVI

Hervé Restaurant in downtown Charlotte Amalie on St. Thomas USVI blends classic French cuisine with contemporary American. In addition to entrees of lobster, scallops, and shrimp St. Jacques and bouillabaisse, the menu features memorable appetizers such as pistachio-crusted brie and warm smoked quail. Hervé Restaurant won the 2005 Wine Spectator Award of Excellence. Huge windows provide excellent views of Charlotte Amalie’s charming buildings, dotting the hillside.

5. Duggan’s Reef Restaurant - St. Croix USVI

This casual waterside eatery on St. Croix in the USVI has great Caribbean Sea views. Crustacean lovers will appreciate Duggan’s Reef lobster-laden menu. Choices include the house specialty, Irish whiskey lobster. The restaurant also serves Cruzon lobster with spiced rum sauce, lobster au gratin, and traditional baked lobster. Conch chowder and coconut shrimp tempura appetizer also will please seafood fans. Its décor features weathered wood floors, oversized rattan chairs, and college pennants.

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