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What to Eat in Jamaica

Jamaica is known for unique cuisine that fuses flavors and ingredients from different cultures. Seafood is a staple, and no Jamaican vacation is complete without sampling some of the island's fresh produce or main courses enhanced with some zesty jerk seasoning. Where to dine largely depends on where you're staying, but many area restaurants serve traditional dishes like ackee and saltfish, callaloo (a stew-like soup commonly made with okra and spinach) or fried plantains. To try some spicy jerk seasoning, look for the nearest roadside stand and order a jerk chicken skewer or jerk pork with rice and peas. 

Although many travelers choose to dine from the all-inclusive options at their hotels, Jamaica has hundreds of restaurants – some of which are worth venturing off the beaten path for. The beachside Blue Mahoe Restaurant in Negril, attached to The Spa Retreat hotel, earns high marks among travelers for its views (especially at sunset) and diverse menu. Scotchies is an affordable restaurant known for its delicious, local fare in Montego Bay. Meanwhile, Miss T's Kitchen in Ocho Rios serves up a colorful experience and a menu of healthy plates.

Find the Best Restaurants in Jamaica

  • #1
    Juici Patties
    #1 of 9 Places to Eat in St. Ann's Bay
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 60 reviewsTripAdvisor (60)
    $ | Jamaican, Caribbean, Fast Food
    Main Street, St. Ann's Bay Jamaica
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  • #2
    The Roxborough Restaurant Bar and Grill
    #2 of 9 Places to Eat in St. Ann's Bay
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 65 reviewsTripAdvisor (65)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Jamaican, Bar, Seafood, Pub
    Roxborough Beach, St. Ann's Bay Jamaica
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  • #3
    Caribbean Pirates Tavern
    #3 of 9 Places to Eat in St. Ann's Bay
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 2 reviewsTripAdvisor (2)
    Caribbean, Seafood, British, Pub, Eastern European, Armenian
    Drax Hall St Ann, St. Ann's Bay Jamaica
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  • Roxborough Restaurant Bar& Grill
    #4 of 9 Places to Eat in St. Ann's Bay
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 2 reviewsTripAdvisor (2)
    AGR Byfield Highway, St. Ann's Bay Jamaica
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  • Lighthouse Lounge & Grill
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Jamaican
    Main Street Salem Runaway Bay Right across from Sharkies Restaurant, St. Ann's Bay 876 Jamaica
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  • Boonununus Sweet Treats
    $ | Caribbean, Jamaican
    St. Ann's Bay Jamaica
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  • EXQ's Sports and Restaurant
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Jamaican
    Jail Lane Agr Byfield Highway, St. Ann's Bay Jamaica
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  • Racoon Lounge & Restaurant
    Caribbean
    A1, St. Ann's Bay Jamaica
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  • The Irish Rover Pub
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 9 reviewsTripAdvisor (9)
    Irish, Pub
    Drax Hall, St. Ann's Bay Jamaica
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