Jamaica is known for its wonderful cuisine, which has traveled far beyond its shores to influence the world of international cuisine. Jamaican restaurants are a usual part of most major city dining options in the United States. As an island nation, Jamaican restaurants often specialize in seafood dishes of excellent quality. Because of its international popularity as a vacation destination, there are many fine dining establishments that serve excellent international dining favorites, in addition to creatively prepared dishes built upon local culinary traditions and produce.
Jamaican jerk cuisine is among the best known of Jamaican culinary accomplishments. Hot, spicy and flavorful beyond compare, the Ocho Rios Village Jerk Center showcases this Jamaican favorite. Reasonably priced, generous portions make this DaCosta Drive eatery a must try spot for those seeking the authentic jerk experience. Featuring jerk chicken, seafood and pork, this eatery tends to be crowded during the lunch rush, especially on the days that the cruise ships come in.
Also found in Ocho Rios is the Almond Tree, located at 83 Main Street. Serving both international and Jamaican cuisine at reasonable prices, this restaurant fills quickly. Reservations are strongly suggested.
The Native, found at 29 Gloucester Avenue in Montego Bay, offers outdoor dining in the shade, allowing for people watching on this active thoroughfare. The Native offers both international fare and traditional Jamaican dishes, many of which are truly outstanding. If you’re unable to decide which wonderful Jamaican dish to try, they serve a marvelous sampler platter. The seafood is, of course, fresh and excellent. There are buffet style meals served on Friday and Sunday, and weekend dinner guests are sure to enjoy the live music. Reservations, however, are a must for those hoping to get a table at this fine restaurant.
At the Blue Mountain Inn tucked away on Gordon Town Road in Gordon Town you’ll have to dress up to enjoy this luxurious fine dining establishment. Serving continental cuisine at its very best, the atmosphere is just as rich and tasteful as is the food. Located on what was once a coffee plantation, there are numerous beautiful antiques that help to create a Colonial English type of setting. Reservations are required, and the establishment is closed on Sundays.
In Negril, Kuyaba On The Beach found on Norman Manley Boulevard, should not be missed. They serve an international selection of dishes, including some fine curries, pasta dishes and, naturally, quality seafood. Easy to find with its thatched roof, its bar is a lively and social place, attracting both tourists and locals. Visitors are not rushed, and are welcome to enjoy the atmosphere and scenery, while sipping drinks on the beach in the comfortable chaise lounges.
Aside from all the other wonderful things about Jamaica, the food itself is worth the trip. A little planning and asking around, especially talking to locals, can help you to indulge in a culinary exploration that will not be soon forgotten. At the smaller places, the cooking staff will often be happy to pass on a few of their own special culinary tips and point you in the right direction to purchase spices to bring home. Eating out in Jamaica is truly a delicious experience.