It‘s here, our Insider’s Guide list of the BEST, TOP 10, NO-FAIL restaurants in Ocho Rios, Jamaica
The town of Ocho Rios in Jamaica is one of the most popular spots for tourists on the island, with pristine white sand beaches, world-class villas, all-inclusive hotels, and many attractions to keep you busy and entertained during your visit. You will also need to eat while in Ocho Rios, and there are several dining options available in the town, we will explore some of the best places to dine in Ocho Rios.
The Almond Tree Restaurant in Ocho Rios Jamaica
This restaurant is located at the Hibiscus Lodge on Main Street in the town of Ocho Rios. They serve a wide array of dishes including seafood, European specials such as pasta, steaks and Jamaican specials such as oxtail. The menu is extensive, so will have many delectable meal choices available to you, the service at the restaurant is friendly and seamless. The restaurant provides a clifftop dining experience overlooking the serene Caribbean Sea which adds allure to the dining experience; please make reservations ahead of time to ensure that you can be accommodated. The Almond Tree Restaurant opens at 7:30 am and closes at 10:30 pm every day of the week, they serve breakfast, lunch, and dinner.
If you enjoy Italian food, the restaurant to visit in Ocho Rios is Evita’s. Located in the hills overlooking Ocho Rios, Evita’s is Ocho Rios’s best-kept secret. They serve a wide variety of Italian dishes including all your favorite pasta meals and some Jamaican alterations such as jerk spaghetti and ackee and callaloo Lasagna. They also serve fresh salads and have a decent wine list available. Evita’s is opened for lunch between noon and 4 pm and dinner from 6 pm to midnight. Reservations are recommended
Caffe Da Vinci
7-13 TURTLE RIVER ROAD,
OCHO RIOS, JAMAICA
This quaint Italian restaurant located in the Island Village Centre in Ocho Rios is a great open-air dining option serving your favorites Italian dishes. You can try the lobster ravioli, the chicken parmigiana or any of throe many mouth-watering options from their extensive menu. Caffe Da Vinci also has a decent wine list available. Reservations are recommended, and the restaurant is open from noon – 10 pm daily.
The Ocho Rios Jerk Centre
This lively local joint serves the best of Jamaican Jerk in a relaxing and entertaining environment. You can try the world-renowned jerk dishes such as Jerk chicken, jerk pork, jerk conch and many other options. In addition to the jerk, the Ocho Rios Jerk center serves local favorites such as curried goat, oxtail, and some interesting local soups. You will enjoy a unique local dining experience when you visit the Ocho Rios Jerk Centre.
Passage to India
Passage to India is an authentic Indian restaurant serving some of the most delectable Indian dishes anywhere in Jamaica. They serve traditional Indian dishes such as naan, lassis, tandoori and several curry dishes. They also serve local seafood dishes to give customers a little variety. Passage to India is an excellent option for you if you enjoy genuine Indian food with a bit of Jamaican flavor. The restaurant opens for lunch and dinner from 11 am to 10 pm daily.
This hole in the wall right next to Dunn’s River Falls is a worthwhile place to stop for a traditional Jamaican dining experience. The décor of the restaurant is uniquely Jamaican with the dining room resembling a Rastafarian Chapel with wicker tree limbs and hand-carved columns extending to the ceiling. The menu includes mostly local dishes such as stew pork, dumplings, fry chicken and curry goat. This restaurant gives you the opportunity to dine like a real Jamaican; it is open for business 8 -4 pMonday – Saturday.
Mongoose Restaurant and Lounge
The Mongoose Restaurant and Lounge is an open air and lively spot on Main Street Ocho Rios. They serve primarily Jamaican dishes – their stew peas and oxtail are among the best in Ocho Rios. If you want lighter options, you can try their burgers, pizzas or grilled fish sandwiches. Mongoose is open between 9 am and 1 pm daily.
If you desire authentic Jamaican Jerk fare in a rustic and relaxing environment, Scotchie’s is the place for you. They serve several jerk dishes and local options such as roast breadfruit, festivals, and bammy. Scotchie’s is about 15 minutes outside the town of Ocho Rios in Drax haul but is worth the short drive due to the pleasurable dining experience that you will enjoy there. The restaurant is opened Mondays to Saturdays 11 am to 11 pm, and Sundays 11 am to 9 pm.
Miss T’s Kitchen
Miss T’s Restaurant on Main Street in Ocho Rios is one of the best-kept secrets in the town. It is the ultimate homestyle Jamaican restaurant, serving an extensive selection of Jamaican dishes in a homely environment. You will also be entertained by soothing old-time Jamaican music while being served with typical Jamaican hospitality. Miss T’s Kitchen is open from noon to 11 pm daily.
If you just want to grab something quickly and go, Juici Patties is a great option. They have two locations in Ocho Rios serving the best local patties. You can get chicken patties, beef patties, vegetable patties, fish patties served with coco bread which is a tasty Jamaican bread. Juicy patties also serve local pastries such as carrot cakes, banana bread among other delicious treats. The opening hours are 8 am to 7 pm daily.
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OK… I need to fess up. I lied. It’s not actually the TOP 10 LIST because I needed to add our favourites, so it’s really a TOP 11 LIST. You’ll forgive me right?
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These are some of best dining options available in Ocho Rios Jamaica, so go out and enjoy some of these alluring restaurants when next you are in Ocho Rios.