Jamaica is a beautiful Caribbean island that boasts stunning beaches and a unique culture. An integral part of the capital’s cultural scene are its restaurants and local eats, made up of big flavors and satisfying authentic, traditional dishes such as jerk chicken and succulent seafood. We explore the best restaurants and local eats in Kingston, Jamaica.
With a sports themed bar and a restaurant named after the world-renowned sprinter, Usain Bolt’s Tracks and Records is an inviting venue that boasts delicious Jamaican food and music. Watch the greatest sporting moments on the large screens whilst sampling hearty, flavorsome dishes such as jerked sausage, chicken and shrimp kebab, served with a spicy Appleton sauce. For a fresh, lighter option, try the cobb salad that comes with jerked chicken, pepper jack cheese, guava ham, boiled egg, peanuts, seasonal fruits and a citrus vinaigrette.
Serving up great, wholesome food and in a calm, relaxing ambiance, Deli Works produces dishes that satisfy its diners and deliver big, mouth-watering flavors. Try the delectable gourmet chicken filet burger with crispy, golden fries on the side and a fresh salad. Alternatively, sample the steak cheese sub, complete with onions, peppers, mushrooms and hot pepper jack. Other traditional Jamaican fare includes ackee and saltfish, escovitch snapper and sweet fried plantain.
Located in Stony Hill, surrounded by lush green grass and the tranquil Wag Water river, Boone Hall Oasis serves as a functions venue, a garden center and a restaurant all-in-one. Known for its ‘Sunday brunch by the river,’ the eatery serves up hot, delectable Jamaican food including succulent curried goat, soft sweet plantain, fresh salads and soups. Winner of the Jamaica Observer Food Award’s Best Sunday Spot and the Jamaica Pegasus Wedding Extravaganza’s Best Other Booth, this restaurant is a must-visit if you are traveling to the capital.
An inconspicuous, modest eatery in Jamaica’s capital, but one that is definitely worth visiting, Patrice’s Restaurant serves its guests satisfying, plentiful portions that will not disappoint. Producing delectable specials and dishes including tender curry goat and stewed options of chicken or fish served with pumpkin rice, salad or filling cornmeal dumplings, this restaurant’s delicacies will make your mouth water. Other delicious options include marinated, spicy jerk chicken or brown fish stew – the latter is well known and should definitely be sampled.
A breakfast and brunch buffet restaurant that has served up hearty food for over 35 years, Hot Pot restaurant produces exotic, flavorsome, spicy fare. Sample the real Jamaican jerk chicken or pork, served with wholesome yam, rice and peas and soft banana. Or try the steamed fish tails served with turn cornmeal for a seafood alternative. With a relaxed atmosphere, this casual haunt is the perfect place to have a mid-morning or lunchtime dish.
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A producer of delicious sweet treats to eat and some absolutely delightful Jamaican fare, Devon House Bakery is the place to visit if you are searching for the perfect patty. Serving up some scrumptious cakes and refreshing juices, don’t miss this gem of an cafe. With a delightfully charming ambiance, the bakery is the perfect place to indulge in the best selection of cakes and pastries. Open Monday to Sunday, 10am to 10pm, you can get delectable traditional food and exotic options including lobster patties. Have a relaxing picnic on site, enjoy the company of friends and dig in to some delicious sweet options here at Devon House Bakery.
Serving up some delicious dishes, including fresh fish, 15 different shrimp options and delectable crab, So So Seafood Bar & Grill is a perfect choice if you are looking to sample authentic seafood. With clever seafood twists such as their fish burger with cheese, and other more traditional options including savory salt fish fritters (small morsels of salt fish rounded into edible sizes), this restaurant satisfies its diners in more ways than one. Relax at the sleek bar and enjoy some refreshing cocktails including The Phoenix special and the Campari Grapefruit. With a live DJ every Friday and classic reggae sounds playing in the bar, this eatery is a must-visit.
A family business started in the 1980s, Chungs restaurant serves up delectable, traditional lunchtime dishes that will sate your appetite. With entrées such as curried chicken, authentic ackee and salt fish and salt mackerel liver, you will not be disappointed by the range of Jamaican fare listed on the menu. Open Monday to Friday, you can take food away or eat in. Also catering for cocktail parties, seated dinners and big buffets, Chungs is a great place to have a relaxing family meal and enjoy truly mouthwatering food.
If you are searching for a traditional Caribbean barbecue grill then look no further than Sweetwood Jerk Joint in Jamaica’s capital. Offering a wide range menu of jerked meats, pork, chicken, sausage, fish or lamb cooked on an open barbecue, as well as side options such as sweet potato or yam, breadfruit or rice and peas, the Joint is a great place to sample authentic flavors, unpretentious and delicious eats. Sample the soups for a lighter alternative, they are delicious and must be tried.
An eatery that specializes in vegetarian and vegan options, Ashanti Restaurant offers diners light yet filling meat alternatives. Appetizers include delicious vegetable samosas and hot pepper soups, which will whet your appetite for a flavorsome, curried tofu main or veggie balls served with a pineapple sweet and sour sauce. Served with jollof rice (cooked with hot spices and delicious seasonings) or roti (flat bread that accompanies the dish), this restaurant’s dishes are delectable and definitely should not be missed.