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Casual & Fine Dining in Tobago

Steamed red snapper over plantain with tomato choka, by Chef Sabrina Rosales. Photographer: Desiree McEachrane

Steamed red snapper over plantain with tomato choka, by Chef Sabrina Rosales. Photographer: Desiree McEachrane

A guide to Tobago’s restaurants

The variety of restaurants in Tobago caters for those who have very distinguishing taste buds, those who need to have that feeling of ‘home away from home,’ and those adventurers who would try any and everything local and different from what they’re accustomed to.

On the island you can find Asian, European, American and Caribbean dishes. Quite a few restaurants take advantage of the beautiful scenery and are set in landscaped gardens, or have breathtaking views of the ocean.

Most restaurants, particularly those for formal dining, are located on the western and southern end of the island in the areas of Crown Point, Mt. Pleasant, Buccoo to Plymouth and in Scarborough. Many of these also are part of the major hotels in the area. Outside of these areas, you will find a few in the ‘off the beaten path’ areas like Peter’s Place in Plymouth or Rainbow Nature Resort in Goldsborough along the island’s east coast. At the northern end of the island, in the rainforest at Bloody Bay, you will find a lovely deck restaurant called Maradora’s, which serves local and international dishes.

If you’re heading to the countryside, be prepared to find only the informal dining establishments in the villages that cater for the workers in the area (particularly where there are government offices). But here is where you will get a taste of the local food at very reasonable prices. Hotels like Manta Lodge and Blue Waters Inn in the countryside (Speyside) will also have formal dining restaurants.

While you will also find the international and local fast food outlets like KFC, Subway Pizza Hut, Royal Castle, Chefs and BBQ, and others, they are few, and many would flock to the sports bars and road side shops that prepare the local version of the fast and fried delights. Some restaurants open only for dinner, while others serve two or three of the day’s main meals.

Here is just a glimpse of what’s available.

Fine Dining Restaurants

  • RenMar’s Restaurant at Pigeon Point Heritage Park – a lovely deck restaurant, with a full cocktail bar on the beach offering Tobago dishes. Open every day for lunch. Dinner by reservation only
  • Colours Restaurant and Bar at Crown Point – a true reflection of its name is seen in the décor; this establishment serves both local and international dishes for breakfast and lunch.
  • Café Iguana at Crown Point – serves three meals a day
  • La Tartaruga in Buccoo – fine Italian Restaurant
  • Mélange and Caribbean Chulha at Mt. Pleasant – local dishes and East Indian cuisine in an outdoor setting [closed until further notice]
  • Ruby Lou’s Restaurant – dinner only; American grilled foods in an outdoor/garden type setting [closed until further notice]
  • The Seahorse Inn at Black Rock – international cuisine with a beach side dining
  • Meshell’s in Mt. Pleasant – international menu with a Caribbean twist [closed until further notice]
  • The Pavilion Restaurant in Black Rock – elegant dining and international menu.
  • The Magdalena Grand — a range of upscale and more casual dining restaurants with a variety of delicious menus.
  • Patino’s Restaurant at Buccoo – international menu; open for dinner only
  • Pelican Reef – international menu [closed until further notice]
  • Rainbow Resort Restaurant in Goldsborough – local/traditional food. Serving lunch and dinner by reservation only, this restaurant is part of a converted cocoa house located in the pristine forest of Tobago. Definitely off the beat track, everything prepared here is grown right here in the forest that surrounds the property or caught in the nearby ocean or river. Definitely worth the trip!

Casual Dining Restaurants

  • RenMar’s at Lambeau – local dishes at a price cheaper than the Pigeon Point outlet
  • Bago’s Bar at Swallows Beach, Pigeon Point – weekends and night time only; local food
  • Skewers at Crown Point – Middle Eastern grilled food for lunch and dinner
  • After Hours at Crown Point – a very popular sports bar that offers local lunches and local fast food in the evenings
  • Island Style Café at Crown Point– Indo Caribbean food
  • Bayside Café at Crown Point – Indo Caribbean food; serving breakfast and lunch; has a nice range of teas and coffee.
  • Papillion at Buccoo – Chinese food
  • Fortune Chinese Restaurant at Bon Accord
  • Jatt Harbour Grill in Scarborough – local dishes
  • The Esplanade in Scarborough – a few food booths are located in this mini plaza along the coast, offering traditional Tobago dishes.
  • Rena’s Roti Shop – Scarborough, TLH Building
  • Ciao’s Café in Scarborough – delightful range of Italian ice creams, sandwiches and drinks
  • Aroma Salt and Pepper in Crooks River Mall, Scarborough – local food
  • Arabian Gyrosian Gyros in Scarborough – Middle Eastern grilled food
  • Asha’s Eco Restaurant & Bar, Studley Park – Indo-Caribbean food
  • Fort Granby Beach Bar – Local fast food
  • Flavour D Pot Restaurant in Scarborough – local dishes
  • Lorraine’s Restaurant in Plymouth – local dishes, breakfast and lunch
  • Eddie’s at Scarborugh – traditional/local food; breakfast, lunch and dinner
  • Sharon’s and Phebs in Charlotteville – Traditional/local food
  • Peter’s Place in Plymouth – relatively secluded, ocean side and garden setting with the theme All Orishi Rishi (Piece of Dream). Traditional and local dishes with interesting names like Herdalypso, Chicken Ala Orishi Rishi, and Plymouth Fisherman Seafood. Only local spices used.

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