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Our dining list for Anguilla has recently been updated and broken down into three areas, West End, East End, and Central. Click on an area name for specific restaurant information. (The area code for all phone numbers is 264.)
The serene and secluded island of Anguilla, world-renowned for its magnificent collection of 33 unspoiled beaches, crystal blue waters, year-round perfect weather and luxury lodgings, also offers discerning travelers a robust variety of gastronomic diversions with more than 70 dining experiences ranging from glamorous, intimate gourmet restaurants to elegantly casual beachfront bistros and affordable festive roadside grills.
Like the rest of Anguilla, there is something for everyone, whether the dining table is candlelit or canopied by a colorful beach umbrella. Chefs from around the world can be found here, creating the eclectic flavor of the island's cuisine. Choices range from Caribbean to French, Mediterranean to Continental, Creole to Italian, and American to Indo-Chinese. And given the abundance of fresh seafood, there are plenty of options for creative cookery, with most menus offering some variation of the delectable local lobster or its smaller, sweeter cousin, crayfish. To whet your appetite, here is a sampling of fine dining choices:
According to Bon Appetit, "Great seafood and a spectacular view cap the dining experience at Straw Hat Restaurant, bringing you the best in casual fine dining in Anguilla's only restaurant built in the sea." Straw Hat was also named to Conde Nast Traveler's "Hot List" as one of the top new restaurants worldwide offering fine foods casually, with a panoramic setting by the sea.
For lobster lovers, the new Hemingway's at Cinnamon Reef Resort (formerly the Palm Court), located in Little Harbour, selects live lobsters straight from their lobster pond to create the freshest seafood cuisine around. The eclectic menu also features dishes from Havana, Kenya, Key West, and Italy.
CuisinArt Resort & Spa hosts three innovative dining spots: the Hydroponics Café, a healthy low-calorie cuisine, Mediterraneo, which serves fresh pasta, grilled fish and meats, and Santorini, a five-star gourmet restaurant. CuisinArt's renowned chefs incorporate the freshest of ingredients grown in their very own Hydroponic Farm.
Wine connoisseurs will also be happy to note that Anguilla is home to two of the region's largest wine cellars. The ultra-chic Malliouhana Restaurant, winner of Wine Spectator's Grand Award, houses over 25,000 bottles of wine and offers the Caribbean's most ambitious French menu. At KoalKeel Restaurant, in the Olde Valley, which maintains over 35,000 bottles of wine, guests will enjoy a Caribbean/Continental menu in an old plantation house that creates a charming island atmosphere, complete with rum-tasting for the ultimate after-dinner experience.
For an elegantly casual, intensely fashionable restaurant, diners should head to Mead's Bay where they will discover sophisticated food with a Caribbean flair at Blanchard's, located on a garden-swathed pavilion by the sea, or stop off the main road in South Hill for the mouthwatering delicacies prepared by Chef Dale at Tasty's Restaurant.
Johnno's and the Pumphouse Bar & Grill on Sandy Ground are known for late night music and dancing and their barbecued spare ribs, grilled chicken and fresh fish for lunch and dinner. Uncle Ernie's on Shoal Bay, perhaps the most casual place on the island, offers fresh finger food, good times and delicious ribs. And for a really special dining experience the grilled lobster, crayfish or chicken at Scilly Cay is simply divine.