Restaurants in Vieques
No trip to the Caribbean is complete without tons of delicious seafood, and when it comes to Vieques restaurants, the hungry traveler has plenty of great options. While the little island lacks the mainland’s five-star eateries, it more than makes up for it with fun hole-in-the-walls and great mom-and-pop joints, many of which have been serving up unforgettable meals since before Vieques found itself on the international travel circuit.
No list of the best restaurants in Vieques would be complete without El Quenepo. A well-reviewed restaurant in the island’s happening Esperanza district, El Quenepo specializes in dressed-up local favorites made with fresh-caught fish and locally sourced produce. While one of the fancier restaurants on the island, El Quenepo is anything but stuffy, and its views are truly breathtaking.
Owned by local music legend Hugh Duffy, Chez Shack is a little off the beaten path but rewards diners adventurous enough to make the trek. Monday grill nights in particular are not to be missed; patrons nosh on freshly grilled chicken, beef, and seafood to the mellow sounds of local reggae bands. Be sure to try their famous crab cakes!
Rounding out our list of Vieques restaurants is Bananas, another joint specializing in local grub. Located on the Calle Flamboyan, Bannas offers guests great, affordable Puerto Rican cuisine, which goes particularly well with their tropical cocktails!
Located slightly off the beaten path in Vieques, Chez Shack is an eclectic, albeit wildly popular, restaurant housed in an unassuming pink shack.
Vieques's best-loved casual beach shack, set right on the malecón in the beachfront town of Esperanza, is the perfect place to while away an afternoon.
Seafood is the name of the game at Argentine chef Carlos Alzogaray's cozy, atmospheric restaurant, where candlelight flickers in the evenings.