Restaurants in Jamaica reflect the diversity of the people. Jamaica food has African, European, Asian, and Middle Eastern influences that combine to form a unique Jamaican cuisine in its own right. Restaurants cater to those seeking both haute cuisine and down-home cooking, as both genres are dotted across the island's popular resort regions and in some out-of-the-way mountain areas, with prices varying throughout. "Authentic" Jamaica food includes grilled meats and smoked fish, spicy seafood dishes, and lots of jerk (don't worry, it's a spice not an insult!). To complement the food, many restaurants serve customers on outdoor terraces so they can enjoy the Jamaican scenery as well. Here are a few suggestions:
Blue Mountain Inn
Located in an 18th century coffee plantation on Blue Mountain, near Kingston. Fine cuisine specializing in steaks and seafood. Reservations are a must. Telephone: 876-927-1700.
An eclectic assortment of Jamaican and Caribbean dishes served atop a cove in Ocho Rios. Reservations are a must. Telephone: 876-974-2813.
Sugar Mill Restaurant
One of Jamaica's best restaurants, serving authentic Jamaica food. Located in Half Moon Club in Montego Bay. Reservations are a must. Telephone: 876-953-2228.
Redbones Blues Café
Enjoy Caribbean and Italian cuisine in an old Spanish-colonial house, spruced up with a jazzy décor. Located in Kingston. Telephone: 876-978-6091.
Jimmy Buffett's Margaritaville
Casual dining in the spirit of Buffett's famous Caribbean tune. Serves a mix of Caribbean, Mexican, vegetarian, and seafood, in one of two locations.
Negril: 876-957-4467 -and- Montego Bay: 876-952-4777.
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