Top Restaurants in Ocho Rios, Jamaica

Jamaican ackee and saltfish served with a side of fried dumplings
Jamaican ackee and saltfish served with a side of fried dumplings | Photo by Gabre Cameron on Unsplash

Freelance Caribbean Writer

Ocho Rios is a port town on the north coast of Jamaica. As one of the major tourist towns in Jamaica, Ocho Rios has a restaurant on every corner. Of course, you will you find delicious Jamaican cuisine, but restaurants also cater to tourists with a range of international cuisines to tantalize your taste buds. Here are the top ten restaurants in Ocho Rios.

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Ocean’s 11

Ocean’s 11 is a laid-back restaurant and bar close to the cruise ship pier in Ocho Rios. Their menu is a mixture of authentic, traditional Jamaican cuisine, and seafood dishes. Every meal is cooked to order and prepared with the best local herbs and spices, staying true to the rich flavor that Jamaican food is known to have. On Tuesday nights, Ocean’s 11 comes alive with its karaoke night.

Margaritaville Ocho Rios

Margaritaville in Ocho Rios is one of a franchise of excellent beachfront bar and grill attractions created by multi-millionaire Jimmy Buffet. The property features a full-service restaurant and bar that serves classic American burgers, salads, and seafood. For the adults that want a drink, there is a swim-up bar serving fruity cocktails and other alcoholic beverages.

Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records

Brown-stew sliced fish with macaroni salad, rice and peas

The newly opened Usain Bolt Tracks & Records in Ocho Rios is the perfect combination of great food, sports, and entertainment. The casual restaurant is decorated with the Jamaican colors on the outside, and on the inside? Pictures and paintings of one of Jamaicans best athletes, Usain Bolt. The extensive menu features burgers, salads, pizzas, and pasta along with traditional Jamaican dishes served with assorted drinks, beers, and cocktails.

Mainland China Restaurant & Bar

There’s something for everyone at the Mainland China Restaurant at Landmark Plaza in Ocho Rios. The newly opened establishment serves a variety of authentic Jamaican, Chinese, and Indian dishes. The modern design and ambience of the restaurant make it one of the best spots in Ocho Rios for a romantic dinner.

Dave’s Lobster Shack

Seafood

It’s pretty much all-you-can-eat lobster and then some at Dave’s Lobster Shack at Fishermen’s Beach. This small shack is known for its delicious lobster, prawns, and snapper, served with traditional Jamaican sides like plantains, festivals, and bammy. It is popular among visitors to the Fisherman’s Beach and locals and tourists that shop at Island Village nearby.

Evita’s Italian Restaurant

The 1860s Gingerbread house setting of Evita’s is the perfect place to enjoy the delicious Jam-Italian meals offered at the restaurant. The menu specialized in Northern Italian cuisine along with traditional Jamaican meals. Guests can enjoy meals in the dining area inside the restaurant or take in the stunning view on the verandah overlooking the cruise ship piers in Ocho Rios.

Tandoor Kabab Zone

The Tandoor Kabab Zone is one of the most unique restaurants on the north coast of Jamaica. The restaurant serves Mediterranean cuisine with specialty kababs made in a clay tandoor oven. The wine bar offers a variety of imported wines, beers, and other alcoholic beverages and cocktails. The romantic décor and beautiful outdoor garden make for a serene dining environment.

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