Restaurants in Jamaica
Delectable fresh seafood, rum-based cocktails and jerk-seasoned dishes are synonymous with Jamaican restaurants, and some of the best dining experiences can be found in tourist-centric beach areas like Negril, Ocho Rios and Montego Bay. If you’re staying at a resort, you will have a selection of excellent restaurants right on the property, but don’t be scared to venture elsewhere. At restaurants in Jamaica, you’ll find local delicacies being served alongside international favorites– and save room for dessert; you won’t want to miss out on fried sweet plantains, served saturated with sugar.
One of Jamaica’s most popular restaurants is Gloria’s, an unassuming outdoor spot in Port Royal that nevertheless serves excellent fresh fish dishes and is a favorite with locals. Another of Jamaica’s best restaurants is the Houseboat Grill, a converted houseboat moored at Montego Bay Freeport; its changing menu offers Caribbean fusion dishes like tiger shrimp in spicy red curry, beef medallions with goat cheese, plantain mashed potatoes, and homemade ice cream for dessert. Another can’t-miss Jamaican restaurant is Boon Hall Oasis, a Sunday brunch spot near Stony Hill that serves local specialties like curry goat, ackee and saltfish (Jamaica’s national dish), and jerk chicken. It’s a bit of a drive from Kingston, but the scenery alone is worth it: To get there, you’ll have to meander down a path strewn with vines and flowers, and you’ll brunch by a babbling stream.