St Thomas Restaurants and Lodging
Oceana has one of the most romantic views on St. Thomas; watching the last rays of sun melt into the Caribbean from the oceanfront patio is a truly a must-see for anyone visiting the Virgin Islands. Oceana is located in beautiful Frenchtown, known for its after-dark activities, and is the perfect starting point for a night out on the town! Availability for the best tables in the restaurant is often limited, so be sure to call ahead as early as possible for a reservation.
Try Oceana’s succulent seared diver scallops, decadent lobster tail, or filet mignon. Oceana prides itself on sourcing as much of its seafood as it can locally, so you know you’re eating the freshest fish possible! Make sure to stay for dessert, too, as they have an absolutely decadent white chocolate and banana crème brûlée. Open for dinner nightly 5.30 pm to 9:30 pm.
The Grand Palazzo Club, tucked away in the Ritz Carlton’s Gardenia Building, is a versatile restaurant with a great ambiance and fantastic oceanside views. In the morning, the Grand Palazzo offers a breakfast buffet from 8:00 A.M. to 11:00 A.M. that’s $24 per person for the full brunch. Featuring complimentary espresso and fresh fruit juice and highlighted by a decadent made-to-order omelet bar, you will want to come before 8:45 A.M. for breakfast as seating is first-come-first-serve, and the outlook from one of the balcony view tables is not to be missed.
Dinner is a whole different experience from the breakfast buffet; termed “Caribbean Formal,” dinner service features inventive cocktail and appetizer menus that are just as creative and mouthwatering as the entrée list. Service is very good and the restaurant’s operator, Todd Hebl, is friendly and available to entertain guests. Make sure to call ahead for a reservation, as the best seats in the house are often spoken for ahead of time.
Épernay, named after the beautiful French town in the wine-producing Champagne-Ardenne region of northern France, certainly does its namesake justice. A cozy bistro in Frenchtown with a contentedly beautiful ambiance, great service, and amazing menu that features French food with global influences, Épernay is must-visit if you’re a foodie. Fresh, locally caught seafood highlights the entrees, but don’t overlook the imported Kobe beef, which is tender, flavorful, and intricate. With a small, but well selected wine list and an inventive and delicious cocktail menu, you can’t go wrong with happy hour (4 pm to 7 pm) or dinner. Be sure to make a dinner reservation ahead of time, as it is a very cozy space and can fill up quickly on weekends.
Located in beautiful Frenchtown, The Twisted Cork Café describes its menu as “eclectic comfort food with a Caribbean twist.” This cozy restaurant and wine bistro is proud of its emphasis on fresh, locally caught seafood, and (as you may surmise from its name,) its wine cellar. Go here to try expertly cooked exotic fish such as the Lionfish. Twisted Cork’s Pork Osso Bucco also fields rave reviews. Make sure to save room for dessert, too!
Lunch and Dinner Monday to Friday 11:30 am – 10 pm
Saturday Dinner 5:30 pm to 10 pm, Closed Sundays
Proprietor Evelyn Turnbull, known for her tea knowledge and her hospitality, offers a wide variety of local and international teas to pair with breakfast, lunch or with homemade pastries. Cup-N-Kettle also features Ms. Turnbull’s expansive teaware collection, which she uses to serve guests! With a great location in Paradise Cove, make sure to get here early and claim a seat on the outdoor gazebo for an awesome view.
Open daily from 7 am to 2 pm, delivery is available for a $5 fee. Sack lunches and homemade dinners are available with a 24 hour notice. Their number is 340-998-7405.
One of the hottest trends in the restaurant industry right now is the food cart- unique, high quality food coming from a mobile food stand. This trend is based on the idea that good food can come from anywhere. Pizza Pi takes this one step further! Instead of a food cart, they have a food boat. Located in Christmas Cove, you can only reach Pizza Pi by boat. Fresh ingredients and on-board pizza oven make for great family fun on the Caribbean. If you have kids and are out on the water with Captain Nate, make sure to visit Pizza Pi for lunch!
Open 11 am – 6 pm. Closed Monday & Thursdays.
Lodging in St. Thomas
The Ritz-Carlton, St. Thomas delivers exactly what you would expect from a hotel that’s part of the Ritz-Carlton brand. Beautifully appointed rooms with great oceanside views, impeccable service from well trained staff, easy beach access, onsite dining and drinks options, and a spa and resort with all the amenities and activities you can imagine. Hang out by the infinity pool, or take advantage of the complimentary sailing, paddle-boating, kayaking, and snorkeling by the beach.
While enjoying your stay at the Ritz-Cartlon, don’t forget to try one, or all of their amazing restaurants: Bleuwater, Essenza, Coconut Cove, Sails, Dinner on the Beach, Family BBQ on the Beach and Zest. Prepared fresh with a twist of the islands, using the abundant local seasonal ingredients, The Ritz-Carlton has something for everyone.
Secret Harbour is a all-beachfront condominium resort. With easy beach access, great views, tennis courts, an onsite spa, and two restaurants, Secret Harbour is a great, relaxing place to stay in St. Thomas. Of note is the 5 star PADI center on premises (go open water diving with an instructor!), as well as the watersports available for rental.
Marriott’s Frenchman’s Reef is a great place to stay in St. Thomas. Beautiful views overlooking the ocean from many points in the hotel/resort are complimented by attentive staff and good (if expensive) options for dining. If you stay at the Marriott, we would recommend the Night Kayak tour. If you’ve never kayaked before, guides will show you how and point out the abundance of beauty you’ll encounter along the way.
Value and Boutique
The Island Beachcomber Hotel is one of the best value hotels in St. Thomas. Located on Lindbergh beach and just miles from the airport, the Island Beachcomber is clean, has a great location, and is just steps from the beach. Family owned for three generations, The Island Beachcomber offers exemplary hospitality; we recommend a beach room so you can sit on the patios attached to each room and enjoy the view. Also attached to the hotel is a beachside restaurant and bar with standard fare and delicious drinks.
Breakfast hours are 7 am-10:30 am, Lunch runs from 11:30 am – 3:00 pm and Dinner is served from 5:30 pm until closing (usually around 9 pm). During the off-season months, June-November, they offer a lunch menu along with 4-5 dinner specials.
Mafolie Hotel is a beautiful boutique hotel located just 15 minutes from the airport. With 22 beautifully appointed rooms, stay at Mafolie Hotel if you’re looking for a refreshing break from cookie cutter beachfront resorts but still want beautiful ocean views. The attached restaurant has good dining and a stunning view. Mafolie Hotel is in a prime location, just 2 miles from Magens Bay and less than half a mile away from ferries to St. Johns and Water Island.
Get a villa instead of a hotel room! Point Pleasant Resort offers six different types of villas with different amenities and price points. There are 3 on-site pools, including a terrace pool, and a pool overlooking Water Bay, as well as a waterfront bar and grill. Located just 3 minutes away from the world renowned Coki Beach, Point Pleasant offers clean accommodations and great location.