The Best Waterside Restaurants in Jolly Harbour, Antigua

With so many waterside restaurants in Jolly Harbour, it can be hard to know where to start
With so many waterside restaurants in Jolly Harbour, it can be hard to know where to start | © ClickAlps Srls / Alamy Stock Photo
Elizabeth Harris

When you’re sailing into Jolly Harbour, you’ll find a good selection of restaurants right at the marina, so you can tie up and tuck in without delay along Antigua’s west coast. These waterside eateries are the best in the area, including local dining spots around the corner at Ffryes Beach and Darkwood.

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Al Porto

This elegant, Italian-inspired eatery couldn’t be more convenient for boats visiting Jolly Harbour – it’s situated right on the water’s edge. The menu includes arancini, fresh pasta and lobster, as well as food from the grill. There’s also an extensive cocktail menu featuring five different mojitos and a range of dessert cocktails.

Ffryes Beach Bar

If you’re on the hunt for modern Caribbean cooking, Ffryes Beach Bar – also known as Dennis Restaurant – is a brilliant spot to get it. Just a short hop from Jolly Harbour, this laid-back restaurant specializes in food straight off the grill. Think freshly caught whole fish, jerk chicken and lobster. The highlight, however, is undoubtedly the unmatched views across Ffryes Beach to the ocean.

Sheer Rocks

Sunbeds and palm trees overlook the Caribbean at Sheer Rocks on Ffryes Beach

Championing local fishermen, farmers and artisan food businesses, this restaurant offers diners the chance to sample the very best of Antigua’s seasonal produce. With a Mediterranean-inspired menu featuring line-caught fish and hand-dived lobster, it’s the perfect spot to linger over a shared lunch. Alternatively, opt for a long sunset dinner and enjoy dishes from the à la carte menu or the chef’s six-course tasting menu.

Sea Dream

Overlooking Jolly Harbour Marina, Sea Dream – formerly the Crow’s Nest restaurant – is a convenient spot for cocktails, live music and a menu of international dishes, including killer burgers. You can also order from their bakery for collection the next day, with fresh-baked sourdough, brioche and croissants – perfect for breakfast on the go.

Akropolis Greek Restaurant

Tuck into hearty Greek and Mediterranean-inspired dishes at this Jolly Harbour favorite. If you’re visiting the harbor by boat, this bistro is an ideal choice for lunch and dinner thanks to its convenient location right on the marina. Soak in the view from the private deck with white tablecloths and dark wooden beams, and sample Greek specials, such as saganaki and lamb souvlaki.

Basilico Antigua

Three tables set for four people inside Basilico Antigua

At Basilico Antigua, enjoy home-made pasta with fresh lobster or beetroot gnocchi with gorgonzola sauce. This Jolly Harbour waterside spot prides itself on serving authentic Italian food in the heart of Antigua’s west coast. Live music is a regular feature, so it’s perfect for whiling away an evening as the sea breeze drifts across from the Caribbean.

Petal’s Cafe

Looking for lunch in Jolly Harbour? Head to this family-style cafe on the boardwalk. This marina lunch spot specializes in wholesome home cooking, including goat curry, roti and waffles. If you’re in the market for brunch, go for the home-made pancakes, french toast or a traditional Caribbean breakfast plate with salt fish, fried plantain and fluffy Antiguan johnnycakes. With friendly service on top, Petal’s has a lot going for it.

Darkwood Beach Bar and Restaurant

With views across Darkwood Beach – Jolly Harbour’s neighbor on the west coast – this beachfront restaurant is secluded, easygoing and unfussy. Embrace the atmosphere, grab a cocktail and get into the rhythm of the waves. Specials include coconut shrimp, conch fritters and the seasonal catch of the day. This is the kind of place where you can stay from sunrise until sundown and still not want to leave.

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