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The Best Restaurants in Jamaica

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"Mon" cannot live by roadside jerk chicken alone, so here's a list of favorites that includes other Jamaican treats like pepper shrimp, bammy, Ital vegetarian food, and, of course, the fine-dining, white-tablecloth iterations of those addictive dishes.
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W End Rd, Negril, Jamaica
Set directly above rocky low cliffs of Negril and lit at night by torches and candles, Rockhouse Restaurant provides the setting for an elegant and romantic evening. (The setting's pretty great during the day, too—breakfast, lunch, and...
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Located across the way from Half Moon Resort, Sugar Mill Restaurant is set on the grounds of an old plantation. Couples and small groups dine at candlelit tables either on a covered terrace or out on the lawn, and the splashing of the mill's...
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Tower Isle, Jamaica
You won't be the first to fall in love with the candlelit brick setting of this Italian restaurant, located on the ground floor of a renovated plantation great house and downstairs from an art gallery; the attentive service can make you...
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Alice Eldemire Dr, Montego Bay, Jamaica
Hop on a small barge-ferry to be whisked out to a larger boat for an unusual dinner on the water. Dine on the covered top deck, if you can snag a table, for an alfresco meal with a glittering night view of Montego Bay’s coast...
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Norman Manley Blvd, Jamaica
Despite the industrialized patty chain stores across Jamaica, the love for handmade patties continues in some parts of the island. Miss Sonia's entrée-size, crusty patties are served at a small roadside restaurant across from the beach...
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West End, Jamaica
Just Natural’s rustic garden setting will reassure you about the authenticity of its organic ethos. The small family-owned restaurant opened seven years ago, following an organic, farm-to-table aesthetic...
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Jamaican food is not all jerk and meat patties! You can sample one of the island's most popular snacks, pepper shrimp, along the south coast. In the town of Middle Quarters, roadside vendors cook the shrimp in big steaming pots on...
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Coral Gardens Ave, Jamaica

Cooked in an open pit over pimento wood, the jerk preparations here are all authentic and—according to most locals—the best on the island. Traditionally spiced chicken and pork, as well as a less fiery fish version, served in a tin...

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St Ann's Bay, Jamaica

In recent years, Scotchies has become a small franchise made up of the best jerk chicken joints on the north coast. Scotchies Too, right off the main highway outside Ocho Rios, is a pleasant spot where you can sit in a garden and dig into...

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Sunset Dr, Montego Bay, Jamaica
If you're looking for a unique fine-dining experience under the stars, away from tourists and with gorgeous night skyline views, look no further than Robbie Joseph's Seahorse Grill. Tucked on the grounds of the Montego Bay Yacht Club, this...
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Morgans Pass, Jamaica
This 12-cottage luxury hotel, 3,100 feet up in the Blue Mountains, is Jamaica without the beaches. It is the Jamaica of misty mornings, cool, cuddle-worthy evenings, and a musical heritage recognized worldwide. First as a private estate belonging...
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W End Rd, Negril, Jamaica
Dining at one of Negril's excellent cliffside restaurants is highly recommended, and the gorgeous setting of Ivan's Bar & Restaurant at Catcha Falling Star makes it a very nice option. The longtime...
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1 Argyle Rd, Kingston, Jamaica
Start your night out in the trendy New Kingston neighborhood with dinner at Redbones. The warm wood interior is hung with photos of jazz and blues artists who have performed here. Several seating areas inside and out can suit a variety of moods....
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Going to dinner at Little Ochie is as fun as it is delicious. Pick your dinner—from a cooler of freshly caught fish—by species and by weight, then pick the style in which you'd like it cooked: jerk,...
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Fairy Hill, Jamaica
Located along a stretch of coastline that's sometimes called the birthplace of jerk cuisine, the Boston Bay Jerk Centre is hard to miss. Various meats are cook on open pits using a technique that may explain why jerk never tastes so good at home:...