Ins & Outs of Barbados 2023

148 Restaurant Guide Eating Out in Barbados Dining is consistently ranked in the top three favourite tourist activities here and is a point of high satisfaction with our visitors’ travel experience. Food is an expression of local culture and heritage and connects visitors with a unique way of life. Our culinary tourism not only provides enjoyment for visitors but rewarding opportunities for our farmers, fishermen and rural communities as it promotes sustainable livelihoods and plays a direct role in the overall tourism product. The quality of the restaurants in Barbados is superb, ranging from fine dining establishments to friendly beach bars and bistros, so visitors can enjoy a wonderful variety of dining options while on the island. Wherever you decide to dine, be sure to try the island’s fresh fish. A very good choice is Mahi Mahi or Dorado, referred to locally as Dolphin. This moist, flaky fish is absolutely delicious and is not in any way related to the beloved porpoise, known as ‘Flipper’. Other recommended catches include Flying Fish, Amber Jack, Barracuda, Red Snapper, Tuna and King Fish. Shrimp (Prawns) here are usually very large and very good. Barbados grows a good variety of very high quality herbs and vegetables and our local produce is of a high standard and includes pork, black belly lamb, chicken and grass fed beef. We have a dairy industry producing good quality fresh milk and goats milk is also available. Although most restaurants welcome walk-in diners, there are many that are fully booked in advance, especially between December and May, so reservations are highly recommended. Sunset varies between 5:30pm in December and 6:30pm in June. An early evening reservation, sipping cocktails while the sun goes down on either the south or west coast, is a wonderful idea. Unless otherwise stated all prices are in Barbados dollars and include 17.5% VAT. A restaurant bill is usually not presented until it is requested. Bon Appétit!