Eat like the Locals in Anguilla

December 11, 2020

Panorama of a beautiful Caribbean beach

Eat like the Locals in Anguilla

Like Anthony Bourdain, I dream of eating my way around the world. Travelling is about experiencing and embracing new cultures, and there is no better way to fully immerse yourself while on vacation than through local food. Gastronomic tourism has become immensely popular in recent years and has become the main motivation for travellers when choosing a destination. It is key when visiting a new country to be privy to the “must try” and “can’t miss” restaurants. Lucky for you, we have the insider scoop on Anguilla and we are delighted to share it with you.   

Commonly regarded by savvy travellers and top travel magazines to be the Caribbean’s “hidden gem”, Anguilla is known for its 33 pristine beaches, unique accommodations, warm, translucent water and 5-star dining. Tucked away in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla is a shy beauty with a warm smile. The island has earned the distinction of being named the #1Island in the Caribbean by the readers of Travel + Leisure – four years in a row! Even if gastronomy isn’t the main reason for your trip to paradise, we promise Anguilla’s dining will leave your taste buds wanting more. We want you to not just see Anguilla, we want to truly savour it We compiled a list of the top four restaurants that will have you eating like the locals in Anguilla.

Sunshine Shack 

Welcome to Sunshine Shack where their motto is Live up! Love Up! Live On! Eats, drinks, private events and live music are all a part of this local favourite beach restaurant. This popular bar is located on beautiful Rendezvous Bay. Garvey Lake is the chef, bartender and owner of the Sunshine Shack and he is known to brighten everyone’s day with his smile and singing while he works. The locals refer to the popular establishment as “Garvey’s.” There are beach chairs and umbrellas available if you wanted to spend the afternoon and lounge with drinks. Garvey has two cocktails he calls his specialty, The Banana Bailey’s Colada and the Island’s Cream Dream.

Sunshine Shack is small, wooden, painted white with signs and license plates hammered to the walls. Take a close look and you might just see a license plate from your province. This humble restaurant is adored and frequented by locals and visitors alike. Garvey promises you will not forget the delicious freshly grilled BBQ & seafood served up fresh at the Sunshine Shack. Where else in the world are you served up perfect BBQ and seafood while your toes dug into the white-sand beaches? Menu items include BBQ ribs, BBQ chicken, BBQ ribs and chicken combo, lobster and broiled snapper. The meat is filled with a charcoal flavour and the coolest part is you get to stand there and watch Garvey as he prepares it. Are you packing your bags yet? All sides are local options like rice and peas, fries, salad with avocado and plantains. Our knowledgeable inside scoop swears by the snapper meal with rice and peas and the coleslaw made with lettuce and tomato 

Garvey’s is known as a lunch spot but dinner is available. If you are interested in a more romantic setting, reserve a private dinner on the beach by candlelight. This would be great for anniversaries, birthdays or special events. Sunshine Shack is not to be missed and we know this tropical atmosphere` will sure be one of your Anguilla highlights. 

E’s Oven Restaurant

Walk into E’s Oven Restaurant off one of Anguilla’s main roads in the West end and taste fine Caribbean Cuisine at a very fair price. Enter through the red and yellow arches – no not those arches - into a warm ambiance of dark wooden chairs and tables with an assortment of Caribbean artifacts covering the walls.  

Executive Chef Vernon Hughes prepares all dishes and the restaurant and oven are a tribute to his late mother. If you want to taste E’s roast half chicken you better get there early! The famous dish sells out fast and it’s one you don’t want to miss. There are both vegetarian and gluten-free options available ensuring every tourist can taste authentic Caribbean food while in Anguilla. Multiple visitors have touted eating at E’s four or more times while staying on the island for only one week. We know you won’t be disappointed here!  


We asked our insider to tell us her favourite dish and she was definitive she couldn’t pick just one! So she settled to tell us her top three meals; seafood pasta, pumpkin soup and stew with goat meat and baked chicken. If your mouth wasn’t watering before we bet it is now.

Ocean Echo

Ocean Echo, one of the best and newest 5-star restaurants on the island is located on the shores of Meads Bay. Previous to 2010 this parcel of property sat vacant until landowner Mr. Hughes vowed he would build a retreat both tourists and locals could not resist. The rest as they say is history. Ocean Echo opened its doors for the first time in 2013 to rave reviews. With the most extraordinary panoramic views of the ocean, live music on one of the greatest beaches in the world, it’s no wonder it is considered the ultimate local escape,   


If you are in Anguilla with a large group or family and want delicious food at a reasonable price then Ocean Echo is your destination. The restaurant is known to cater to large groups, private parties, weddings and receptions or any other function you request.  

Ocean Echo is known as the best in both International and Caribbean cuisine and renowned on the island for its signature cocktails. Chef Dillion’s version of Anguilla’s rum punch is called the Rumzie and is equal parts rum and…well, it’s a secret! It’s something delectably sweet and we promise it is the best you will have on the island. In the mood for something to drink with your food, but can’t decide what? Just ask Chef Dillion to mix you a personalized drink to satisfy your personal taste buds.  


The menu is comprised of only fresh local ingredients with the ‘Catch of the Day’ topping the Entrée menu. Indulge in Caribbean rice, pan-seared yellow-fin tuna, grilled lobster and crayfish accompanied with local spinach and vegetables. Some of the dishes are prepared with your choice of olive oil or cream and each bite will be fresher than the last.  

Our local expert told us the calamari and oven-rock pizza are divine!

Pimms, Belmond Cap Juluca

Pimms, located inside Belmond Cap Juluca on Maunday’s Bay is one of the most romantic restaurants on the island. The restaurant is situated beside a stretch of glorious white-sand beach. The atmosphere is described as “fine tropical dining under the stars.” Moorish white arches provide architectural detail and all tables overlook the Caribbean Sea, making this fine-dining experience a special place for lovers. Pimms’ chefs who have repeatedly won gold at the prestigious culinary competition in Miami, Taste of the Caribbean. Pimms uses only the very best local ingredients including herbs and spices from their own plentiful garden.

Dinner at Pimms begins with the ‘Pimms Ritual,’ when your hostess leads you to a limestone sink where you begin your cleansing ritual. Coconut milk is placed in one hand, and sea salt in the other and you scrub, lather and rinse. Your silky smooth hands are now ready to dig into your meal. If you are looking for a great wine pairing Pimms has a cellar with over 3,000 bottles. We are sure you will have no problem finding something to suit your palate.  


Tucked away in the northern Caribbean, Anguilla is a shy beauty with a warm smile. A slender length of coral and limestone fringed with green, the island is ringed with 33 beaches, considered by savvy travelers and top travel magazines, to be the most beautiful in the world. A fantastic culinary scene, a wide variety of quality accommodations at varying price points, a host of attractions and exciting calendar of festivals make Anguilla an alluring and entrancing destination. Anguilla lies just off the beaten path, so it has retained a charming character and appeal. Yet because it can be conveniently reached from two major gateways: Puerto Rico and St. Martin, and by private air, it’s a hop and a skip away. Romance? Barefoot elegance? Unfussy chic? And untrammeled bliss?  Anguilla is Beyond Extraordinary.

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