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There are many other restaurants located throughout Dominica - those listed on this page are favorites of the site developer
and are recommended.

 

When visiting Dominica, locating places on the island to eat can sometimes be complicated until learning one's way around.  Too, don't expect to find eateries similar to what you know in the US or Europe.  Most restaurants here are very small, often rustic and provide little in the way of atmosphere... restaurant atmosphere here, however, can be spectacular in the form of ocean, mountain and rain-forest views and settings, and local flavor!

 

Most all establishments take both EC and US dollars. Many also take credit and debit cards; however, it is always good practice to first inquire!

 

Note that there are only three name brand "fast-food" restaurants on the island - Kentucky Fried Chicken and Subway (Roseau & Portsmouth) and Pizza Hut (Roseau). 

SNACKETS - Located literally everywhere, snackets are very small walk-up,  drive-up establishments / bars. They are Dominica's version of fast-food restaurants! All of Dominica's snacket owners are friendly and will openly and eagerly serve their guests - so, don't hesitate to check out a snacket!

 

Snackets are generally owned and operated by a sole proprietor and provide a variety of "local food" also known as "provisions," as well as drinks of many kinds including beer, rum, water and pop.

 

Expect local food to include combinations of fish (prepared in a variety of ways), fish and goat waters (soups), grilled chicken, green bananas, plantains, dashine and a host of other locally grown vegetables, fruits and ingredients.

 


 

Atlantic / East coast side of island

 

Pagua Bay: 445-8888 – Fish, Steaks, Hamburgers, Chicken, Tacos and more

(northeast coastal area) Located at the far SOUTH edge of Marigot from the top of the hill drive down the hill about a half mile, located on the right, directly on main road… about 6 minutes SOUTH of Melville Hall Airport or about 45 minutes NORTH of the Pond Casse Roundabout taking the Central Reserve Forest road – Great view overlooking both the Atlantic Ocean and Dominica’s mountains; well worth the drive to spend time here! ...and probably the best food on the island.

Red Rock: (Check to see if open) 445-7997 – Fish, Hamburgers, Chicken, Tacos and more

(northeast coastal area) Located on Pointe Baptiste Beach near the village of Calibishie, 25 minutes NORTH of Melville Hall Airport – if going toward the airport, while driving along the main east coast road look for Red Rock's sign on the LEFT – if coming from the airport, look for the sign on the RIGHT – at the sign, take the narrow, rough road and go about 100 feet – see another sign pointing RIGHT, turn RIGHT and follow the road for a distance – after awhile you will turn RIGHT again, down a very steep, winding road… follow all the way to the bottom – park, then walk the narrow foot path for about 100 feet – you’ll come to the bar, seating area --- just beyond the seating area you can also sit, eat & drink on the beach – nice beach, very picturesque, be cautious of currents when swimming.  -- might be hard to locate but worth the search – great sea-side view!

River Rush: 295 7266 - Sunday Brunch only

(eastern, central forest area) Located within the Central Forest Reserve and along the Central Forest Reserve road between Concord and the Deux Branche bridge. – about 20 minutes (south) from Melville Hall Airport or 30-40 minutes (north) from the Pond Casse Roundabout. ---- From Melville Hall go straight south along the main coastal road. After going down the steep hill passing alongside Pagua Bay you come to a river bridge – there is an intersection, veer right (do not make the sharp turn left)… continue on down the road 5-10 minutes… look for the River Rush sign on your LEFT. ---- From the Layou River Rd /  Pond Casse Roundabout – at the roundabout take the road that immediately veers LEFT (Central Forest Reserve Road)… continue on this windy road for 30-40 minutes…. look for the River Rush sign on your RIGHT –--- at the sign, drive down the short road to the parking lot or park along the road and walk down. – River Rush is situated between two rivers and is surrounded by lush rain-forest.  – Very relaxing and comfortable – great jazz music on Sunday!

Riverside Cafe: 446-1234 – Fish, Stews, Meats, Chicken, Deserts

(central, east coast) From anywhere along the west coast take the Layou River Road - at the round-about continue STRAIGHT for another half-hour all the way to the east coast –after winding up, down and around the mountains and within sight of the coast, the road turns RIGHT…. drive across the river bridge – you will see Rosalie Bay Resort immediately on your LEFT… continue along the winding, hilly road for 10 minutes or so – eventually you will be next to the Atlantic ocean beach, though hard to see because of trees… after a couple more curves you will find Riverside Café on your RIGHT… a river and bridge are right there… park before the river then take the narrow path a very short distance where you find the café. – Relaxing environment right along the river… after eating, you can relax in the river

Rosalie Bay: 446-1010 / 275-3243 – Fish, Pasta, Chicken

(central, east coast) From anywhere along the west coast take the Layou River Road - at the round-about continue STRAIGHT for another half-hour all the way to the east coast –after winding up, down and around the mountains and within sight of the coast, the road turns RIGHT…. drive across the river bridge – the entrance to Rosalie Bay is the immediate first LEFT after crossing the bridge – you will be directed to parking within the resort. – From the parking area walk along the sidewalk through the flower gardens toward the ocean; you’ll see the restaurant. - Worth the drive; very relaxing and comfortable.


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West Central Coast area

 

East Carib: 767-449 6575 Fish, Local, French, Burgers (you must call ahead!)

Located between Mero Beach and Salisbury along the west coast main road - see a small East Carib Dive sign hung high on a post on the coastal side of the road  – quickly look, for a small turn-in to a very small parking area – park here and then walk down the very steep hill – at the bottom, you will see some buildings - proceed RIGHT through the palm trees…. the restaurant is located directly on the beach. - Relax & dine directly on the beach under coconut trees with the sea only feet away.

Double House – Fish, Local, Burgers

Located along the west coast main road on the costal side of the road, immediately above Mero Beach and shortly AFTER passing by the entrance Mero Beach entrance road / sign. - park along the road.

Green House – Local, Fish    

Located along the west coast main road on the costal side of the road, immediately above Mero Beach and immediately BEFORE the Mero Beach exit road / sign. - park along the road.

Sunset Bay: 767-446-6522 - Fish, Burgers, Sandwiches, Pasta

• Coming from Roseau (about a 30-35 minute drive) - take the main west coast road NORTH passing through Massacre and Mahaut - eventually you will cross the Layou River Bridge - upon crossing the bridge make an immediate LEFT... after about a quarter mile, at the intersection, make a sharp RIGHT and continue passing by St. Joseph, Mero Beach and the Salisbury entrance - continue up the hill where the road flattens for a distance - after the flat area you begin an immediate decent down a steep hill - less than a quarter of a mile form the top of this decent look on your LEFT for the Sunset Bay Club sign

 

Coming from Portsmouth (about a 25-30 minute drive) - take the main west coast road SOUTH passing by the villages of Dublanc, Bioche, Colihaut and Coulibistrie - after passing Coulibistrie you will begin making an ascent up a steep hill - upon coming around the first curve begin looking on your RIGHT for the Sunset Bay Club sign ---- make a sharp left at the sign and go down the steep, one-way drive.  The restaurant is located at the bottom of the hill just above the beach. - Relaxing, comfortable atmosphere a few feet above the beach.

West Central: 767-449-7900 – Local, Fish, Steak, Burgers, etc.

• Coming from Roseau (about a 30-35 minute drive) - take the main west coast road NORTH passing through Massacre and Mahaut - eventually you will cross the Layou River Bridge - upon crossing the bridge make an immediate LEFT... after about a quarter mile, at the intersection, make a sharp RIGHT and continue passing by St. Joseph, Mero Beach and the Salisbury entrance - continue up the hill where you will pass through a deep cliff road cutout -  near immediately at the top of the hill, on the LEFT, see the West Central sign and turn into the parking lot

 

Coming from Portsmouth (about a 25-30 minute drive) - take the main west coast road SOUTH passing by the villages of Dublanc, Bioche, Colihaut and Coulibistrie - after passing Coulibistrie you will begin making an ascent up a steep hill - at the top of hill the road flattens for a distance - continue driving for about 3/4 of a mile - on your RIGHT look for the West Central sign and turn into the parking lot. - Leisurely, comfortable, good selection of easy listening music, nice view from high above the Caribbean Sea. 

Mero Beach Restaurants (West Central Coast area)

 

Romance Café: 449-7922 Fish, Chicken, Breakfast, Desserts

...is located on the LEFT about half way down the Mero Beach Road… see a bright purple/blue and pink building – it’s a bit tricky to locate… but look closely and you will see a small sign.  Or, if walking along the beach it will be easy to spot the cafe's bright colors and open arching windows overlooking the sea. Romance is located directly on the beach – quality food, and friendly atmosphere, comfortable and relaxing

Connie’s: 449-6513 – Fish, Local, Chicken

...is located on the LEFT near the very north end of the beach as you drive down the Mero Beach Road… see the small Connie’s sign on the LEFT – several coconut trees surround the premises – located directly on the beach. - nice local flavor.

Nathalie’s Snacket: Fish, Local, Chicken

...is located on the RIGHT; a very small yellow building directly across from Connie’s - nice local flavor.

Several other Snackets & Bar are located along the Mero Beach Road

 

Getting to Mero Beach

 

Coming from Roseau (about a 25-30 minute drive) - take the main west coast road NORTH passing through Massacre and Mahaut - eventually you will cross the Layou River Bridge - upon crossing the bridge make an immediate LEFT... after about a quarter mile, at the intersection, make a sharp RIGHT and continue, passing by St. Joseph... continue along the main road for 5 minutes or less - look for the Mero Beach entrance sign on your LEFT - turn sharply LEFT at the sign and follow the road.

 

Coming from Portsmouth (about a 30-35 minute drive) - take the main west coast road SOUTH passing by the villages of Dublanc, Bioche, Colihaut and Coulibistrie - after passing Coulibistrie you will begin making an ascent up a steep hill - and then a flat, eventually passing by Salisbury and the Macoucherie Rum Estate - a short distance later you will see the Mero Beach EXIT road / sign on your RIGHT - continue for about a 1/2 mile - look for the Mero Beach ENTRANCE road/sign on your RIGHT - turn sharply at the sign and follow the road.

 

 


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   Northwest Coast - Picard, Glanvilla & Portsmouth area

 

DeChamps: 275-3660 – Hamburgers, Tacos, and other.

Located high above Picard, directly across the street from Ross University… take the road straight for about 150 feet then turn LEFT up the road the leads up the long hill… (if you get to Tomatoes, you went too far) …follow the road up as it bends first left and then sharply back right whereas you’ll see the sign and restaurant on the RIGHT, after traveling another 200 feet – Great view, high above town, looking over the Caribbean Sea

Golden Dragon: 445-5049 - Chinese

Located along the main road in Glanvilla (between Picard & Portsmouth) - from Picard & Ross University drive north - after passing Kentucky Fried Chicken and going up a hill the road bends sharply and then bends again - you are now headed west toward the sea - just as you come around the second bend look for a 2-story building on your LEFT - there is a sign above their door - park along the road - the restaurant is upstairs

Heaven’s Best: 445-6677  /  277-3952 – Fish, Steaks, Chicken, Pasta

Located north of Portsmouth and Carbrits in the Savane Paille area  – drive the main west coast road all the way through Portsmouth toward Cabrits / Fort Shirley – you will drive past the Purple Turtle Restaurant and beach – about 500 feet after passing by Purple Turtle turn RIGHT at the intersection… continue driving along this road - after about a quarter mile you will be driving directly alongside Douglas Bay – the road bends RIGHT as you enter a forest area – after a short distance you cross a small bridge and go up a short, steep hill – at the dead-end turn LEFT – the road curves up a hill – after the second curve Heaven’s Best is located on the LEFT, immediately on the road. – Nice, private dining, comfortable and relaxed.

Perky's Pizza - Pizza, chicken

Located along the main road, directly across the street and to the right of the Ross University campus gate

Purple Turtle: Local, Hamburgers, etc.

Located on the beach on the North side of Prince Rupert’s Bay… after passing all the way through Portsmouth and about 1/4 mile before reaching Cabrits National Park & Fort Shirley – Nice wide and long sandy beach.

Shacks - Local food, chicken, pizza, wraps, fruits, juices, breakfast sandwiches and more.

Located along the main road, immediately adjacent the north side of the Ross University Campus; the Shacks area, operated by locals, can be described as a food court. Park on the street and walk into the row of food stands and browse - Might not be open when students are on break or holidays.

Sisters - Local food and drinks

  • located straight behind (west of the IGA Grocery Store) ...continue down a narrow road path to the beach. Parking is on the left. The restaurant / bar is right on the beach. Great atmosphere and sunset views!

Tomatoes: 445-3334 - wide variety of sandwiches, wraps, pizza and more

Located directly across the street from Ross University… take the road across for the Ross gate straight for about 300 feet- Tomatoes is located on the LEFT – Very popular with the students & visitors; one of the few places on the island where beer (Kubuli) is available on tap.

A variety of other restaurants…. are located in the Portsmouth area

 


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Southwest Coast, Roseau area

 

Ancient Capital: 448-6628 - Chinese

Located on Church St., a couple of blocks east of the cruise ship pier area and the Fort Young Hotel  - call/ask around for directions - the restaurant is up a short flight of stairs - there is a small sign hanging at the stair entrance - quiet dining while a nice selection of jazz music plays - a pleasant culinary surprise.

Fort Young Hotel Restaurant: 448-5000 - Local food, fish, steaks, chicken, hamburgers and more

Located at the far east end of the cruise ship pier area, directly along the bay-front road - call/ask around for directions

Rituals – Coffee, sweet things, hot sandwiches, etc.

Located on along the bay-front road a couple of blocks (RIGHT) from the cruise ship pier

The Garage Bar & Grill: 448-5433 - Hamburgers, sandwiches, local food, fish

Located on Hanover St., a couple of blocks north of the cruise ship jetty and to the LEFT - call/ask around for directions

A variety of other restaurants…. are located in the Roseau area

 

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