Ocho Rios, fondly referred to as Ochi, is a very popular destination for tourists and for cruise ships alike. Ocho Rios is always teeming with life, and tourists flock to it almost all year round. And since tourists are fickle creatures who like to try as many new things and experiences as possible, the dining scene in Ocho Rios is diverse enough to keep everyone happy. Ochi has restaurants for luxury travelers who dine only a gourmet meals, as well as for budget travelers who want a taste of authentic Jamaican cuisine for affordable prices. Whether you just want to fill your stomach or have some fun trying out various local and international specialties, here are the best restaurants in Ocho Rios that will do the trick.
The Almond Tree gets its name from the huge tree growing through the two storied restaurant, which instantly gives it points for the setting. When you are hungry for French and Jamaican cuisine, you will have a lovely time sampling the amazing menu of the Almond Tree. Try French specialties like bouillabaisse and beef bourguignon, but the roast suckling pig, the Jamaican rice and other dishes are equally delicious. The wine list is quite good, and you can have a cocktail while sitting in comfy swinging chairs.
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When the cruise ships stop at Ocho Rios, the oceanfront gate of Coconuts opens to the crowds, while on other days you will have to navigate a bit through the streets of Ocho Rios to reach it. Coconuts is popular with locals, many of whom are regulars, which means that its food is worth coming back to. In addition to the array of flavorful cocktails, there are lots of local or locally-inspired dishes like tamarind-glazed shrimp, Cajun fish filets, Jerk chicken and others.
Little Pub Restaurant
The Little Pub Restaurant is the most popular pub in town, as well as one of the best restaurants in Ocho Rios. Whether you just want a pint, or a full course meal, this is the place to go. The decor is pleasant and welcoming, and the food is simple but really delicious. Try the grilled kingfish, barbecued chicken, the fresh lobster or other seafood dishes.
Ocho Rios Village Jerk Center
photo by Simon Welsh
Jerk meat is one of the most beloved specialties in Jamaica, and it involves a typical Jamaican spice called jerk. The Ocho Rios Village Jerk Center has a great reputation and known to serve the best jerk in the region in a very laid back ambiance. The menu is written up on a chalkboard, and everyone is very casual, except the food, which is downright extraordinary.