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5 Favorite Restaurants in St. Thomas, U.S.Virgin Islands and the BEST Cheeseburger in Paradise.

One of our most popular pinned, tweeted and reposted articles with a few updates: 

Havanna Blue Restaurant

As a former yacht charter Captain and Crew, there’s one thing we really love to do…dine out! We liked to call it “research & development” when we were creating new menus for our award-winning galley. But quite honestly, we have always loved having a restaurant show us the same level of 5-star hospitality as we offered when we took care of our guests! Deciding which restaurants in St. Thomas are our favorites was quite a dilemma. There are so many talented chefs on this 39 sq. mile island! And like most truly talented artistic people, they tend to hop around a bit, changing restaurants with the seasons. We’ve tried below to list the establishments that we think are the most consistent with the best staff.

1. Enkai Sushi Bar: Enjoy an array of beautiful artisanal sushi, created with made-to-order loving care. Enkai Sushi Restaurant, St. Thomas, VIEnkai creates a distinct culinary experience by taking the time to know the likes of each of their customers. We know it’s going to be perfect every time! Click here for more info on their Facebook page.

One of our favorite unique rolls is called the Crunchy Cocobocco: Spicy tuna, avocado, jalapeño bacon, scallion cream cheese, sweet chilies, onion crunchies, coconut battered and panko fried. 

Don’t miss their Tempura Doughnut, stuffed with homemade chai ice cram and covered with a light-house made caramel or chocolate sauce. It’s absolutely sinful! 

2. Havana Blue: Havana Blue is like stepping into the cool vibes of Cuba shaken with the refreshing energy of the tropics. Yes, the mood lighting really is blue! 

Their “Experiential Dining” combines the warm, rustic culture & robust flavors of Latin America with the exotic spices & tangy sauces of the Pacific Rim. Visit: HavanaBlueRestaurant

Don’t miss their signature Cuban mojitos as well as their Ancho Filet: Filet Mignon/ Ancho chile & expresso rub/ grilled asparagus/ cilantro-chorizo mash/ tempura leeks/ cuban espresso reduction…all featured in Gourmet Magazine! 

3. Grande Cru at Yacht Haven Grande:

Known for their MediterraneanGrand Cru Restaurant at Yacht Haven Grande Marina cuisine with an island flair, this is a sexy restaurant with amazing lighting, ambiance and attentive staff. We love their house made pastas paired with fresh caught fish. Their wine bar has no less that 20 bottles of wine offered by the glass as well as daily $5 martini specials. There are lots of creative tapas on the menu as well as big plates offered below. Visit:

4. Oceana: "One Cannot Think Well, Love Well or Sleep Well If One Has Not Dined Well" sums up theOceana Restaurant in St. Thomas, VI spirit of this “must visit” restaurant on a full moon evening, Oceana has become one of the island’s premier restaurants known for innovative global cuisine created by renown executive chef Patricia laCorte and her culinary staff. We love the feeling of this water side restaurant located in a historic house in Frenchtown at Villa Olga. Visit:

Go a little early and enjoy a cocktail at the bar. You'll find yourself soaking up the history of this amazing building. Try the Oceana Bouillabaisse with Caribbean Lobster, Shrimp, Mussels, Calamari-Simmered in a Fragrant Fresh Herb, Saffron, Leeks, Garlic & Tomato Broth served with a Rouille Crostini or the Oceana Duo: Grilled Bacon Wrapped Petite Filet with Garlic Shrimp, Scallion Potato Rosti, Green Beans, Roasted Garlic Cream and Creamy Horseradish.

5. Thirteen: This is the kind of hidden place down a long winding road that’s the perfect date spot, or you can head there for a great meal with friends. The view is amazing if you get there before dark. The PEI Mussels at Thirteen Restaurantrestaurant overlooks Inner & Outer Brass Island and the North side. There’s no website; but you can find them here on Yelp.

Start with several appetizers such as the Foccacia Bread, P.E.I. Mussels, Crab Cake BLT Slider, and Beef Carpaccio Bruschetta; all are exceptional. Or, try the Crispy Oven Roasted Duck Breast with Cherry Tamarind Brandy Glaze or the Pepita Crusted Grouper with Poblano Cream; both were phenomenal.

Definitely try the Pavlova or the Pretzel Covered Chocolate Brownie. 
And finally...

The “Best Cheeseburger in Paradise” is at Coconuts Bar & Grill, U.S. Virgin Islands!

Whenever we served cheeseburgers to our guests on board our charter yacht, we always had to play Jimmy Buffett’s song, “Cheeseburgers in Paradise”! How many times have you caught yourself humming that tune while vacationing in the Caribbean? Come on and admit it; if you are reading this, you know you are a parrot head at heart!

Where do the locals in St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands go for the best cheeseburger in paradise? Well, while the debate rages on, we go to Coconuts Bar & Grill for the BEST & CHEAPEST burgers on the island! You can order a $18.00 burger at any high-end island hotel; but we prefer ours to be freshly patted out by hand, served with crispy homemade fries and easy on our wallet!

The Best Cheeseburger in Paradise, Coconuts Restaurant, St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands, USVI

You’ll find the restaurant located behind unassuming blue French doors in an alley (no worries ‘mon, its’ safe!) at 10 Main Street. Just hang a right at Imperial Jewelers and go to the end of the alley. And don’t forget to order a frozen Bushwacker to drink along with your burger! They’re known for them! Visit their site at:

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