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Toscanini Restaurant

Italian 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the finest restaurants on the island, this roadside spot is run by two gracious Italians who use the freshest local ingredients in recipes from the motherland. — Lonely Planet

Under the eaves of pretty Harmony Hall, a ten-minute drive east of the centre, this is Ochi’s best restaurant. — Rough Guide

At Harmony Hall, this longtime favorite offers seating in the dining room and on the garden verandah. — Fodor's

It's run by a family from Parma, so the cooking—and the warm welcome—are authentically Italian. — concierge.com

Set under the verandas of a gorgeous old great house, and serving some of the best Italian food in Jamaica. — DK Eyewitness

Jack Sprat Seafood and Pizza

Seafood 92 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This appealing joint features vintage reggae posters, an old jukebox and a lively bar scene that spills onto the tree-shaded patio and Christmas-light-bedecked garden area. — Lonely Planet

This is the less formal and slightly less expensive of the two restaurants associated with the also-recommended Jake's Hotel, the most eccentric hotel along Jamaica's south coast. — Frommer's

It's no surprise that this restaurant shares its home resort's bohemian style (it's the beachside dining spot at Jakes). — Fodor's

With tables under sea-grape trees and a sandy path down to the beach, this is the perfect place for a relaxed meal. — Rough Guide

A perfect beachside restaurant set in Jake's, this dining spot is adorned with battered Appleton rum signs, black and white potatoes, and an old jukebox. — DK Eyewitness

The Houseboat Grill

International 88 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Fantastic, unique setting in a converted houseboat moored on Bogue Lagoon. — Rough Guide

It may look like a misplaced paddleboat from the Mississippi—or a tourist trap—but this floating double-decker eatery serves terrific food, and to a mostly local crowd. — concierge.com

Moored in Bogue Bay at Montego Bay Freeport, this converted houseboat is one of the best restaurants in the country. — Lonely Planet

Unusual location in a refurbished floating houseboat, with tables inside and on the decks. — DK Eyewitness

Half the fun of eating at The HouseBoat is the location: a floating restaurant that’s permanently moored (and softly rocking) at a pier overlooking the Montego Bay Marine Park. — Travel + Leisure

Scotchies

International 87 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Situated in Montego Bay, this casual outdoor eatery is widely considered the best place on the island for authentic jerk pork and chicken. — Travel + Leisure

Many call this open-air jerk eatery the best in Jamaica, but the Scotchies Too branch in Ocho Rios certainly makes it a tough call. — Fodor's

This landmark eatery is almost a local legend. It's known for turning out some of the best jerk pork or jerk chicken in the area. — Frommer's

The extremely popular jerk joint, made famous in Montego Bay and Ocho Rios, has come to conquer the capital, and very successfully, too. — Lonely Planet

A bit out of the way, but worth the effort if you’re after some excellent jerk cooking; pork, chicken, fish and seafood are served with festival, breadfruit, yam or sweet potato. — Rough Guide

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Pork Pit

Barbecue 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Strip’s obligatory jerk spot, and very good it is too. — Rough Guide

While quite good, this is not the best jerk in Jamaica, or even Montego Bay. — Lonely Planet

Warm yuh belly up with jerked delights at this picnic table style restaurant. A huge tourist favorite, visitors always make repeat trips. — BlackBook

A favorite with many Mo'Bay locals, this no-frills eatery serves Jamaican specialties including some fiery jerk—note that it's spiced to local tastes, not watered down for tourists. — Fodor's

This joint -- right in the heart of Montego Bay, near Walter Fletcher Beach -- is the best place to go for Jamaica's famous jerk pork and jerk chicken. — Frommer's

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Dickie's Best Kept Secret

International 86 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Easily missed as it’s nestled on a knoll as you round the far bend of Port Antonio’s West Harbour, this simple wooden shack is a surprising and fabulous choice. — Rough Guide

Offering an extremely unusual dining option, this restaurant is set in a private home on a cliffside and a short drive from Port Antonio. — DK Eyewitness

It's the most unusual dining option in Port Antonio, and perhaps in Jamaica. — Frommer's

Almost too well kept a secret for its own good, Dickie’s... offers enormous five-course meals in rooms that look as if they were decorated by Bob Marley. — Lonely Planet

Looks can be deceiving, especially when it comes to this driftwood shack teetering on a seaside bluff one mile west of Port Antonio. — concierge.com

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Evita's Italian Restaurant

Italian 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

A 5-minute drive south of the commercial heart of Ocho Rios... this is one of the most fun restaurants along the north coast of Jamaica. — Frommer's

The best-advertised (if a little overpriced) pasta and pizza on the north coast, served on a gingerbread verandah overlooking the bay. — Rough Guide

Evita's commands a wonderful view of Ocho Rios and the sea from its outdoor verandah dining area. — Fodor's

Set on the mountainside above Ocho Rios, this long-standing favorite of both locals and tourists delivers magnificent from the terrace so arrive early to grab a seat. — DK Eyewitness

This slightly overpriced charmer sits high above Ochi in a romantically decorated 1860s house – an airy setting with exquisite views. — Lonely Planet

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Mille Fleurs Restaurant

International 83 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This restaurant is terraced into a verdant hillside about 180m (590 ft.) above sea level with sweeping views over the Jamaican coastline and the faraway harbor of Port Antonio. — Frommer's

At this restaurant you can sit on a terrace surrounded by tropical vegetation and enjoy the sunset. — Fodor's

Part of the charming Mocking Bird Hill Hotel, Mille Fleurs lives up to its name; the restaurant overlooks masses of colorful blossoms as well as soursop, neem, and ackee trees. — concierge.com

This restaurant at Hotel Mocking Bird Hill offers some of the best haute Jamaican cuisine on the island. — Lonely Planet

Wonderful hotel restaurant serving consistently mouthwatering food for breakfast (try the corn pancakes with goat's cheese, or great omelets), lunch and dinner. — DK Eyewitness

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3 Dives Restaurant

International 81 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This is an eternally popular place in a tree-filled garden on the cliffs, with a nightly bonfire creating some atmosphere. — DK Eyewitness

It’s no small tribute to 3 Dives that its jerk overshadows its reputation for lengthy waits (sometimes over an hour). — Lonely Planet

Previously featured on The Amazing Race, the 3 Dives jerk stand is named for the surrounding limestone cliffs, which provide great diving spots as well as stunning views of the sea. — Travel + Leisure

Popular, inexpensive jerk centre in a cliffside garden, with particularly good lobster and a nightly bonfire — Rough Guide

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Little Ochie

Cafés 80 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This casual beachside eatery, a favorite with locals and travelers, known for its genuine Jamaican dishes like "fish tea" (a spicy bouillon). — Fodor's

Founded twenty years ago by Evrol ‘Blackie’ Christian, Little Ochie is practically a Jamacain institution with locals and tourists a like. — BlackBook

The first franchise of the original in Alligator Pond, this lively spot is a replica of its big sister, serving delicious seafood in a variety of styles amidst a casual, local vibe. — Rough Guide

Blackie Christian at Little Ochie has been serving up seafood at this Aligator Pond spot since 1989. — Travel + Leisure

A satellite of the famous fish restaurant at Alligator Pond, this Little Ochie branch is good. Very good. — Lonely Planet

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Pier 1

Seafood 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This open-air bar and restaurant sits on its own pier where the Hip Strip meets downtown offers harbor views. It offers a limited menu of sandwiches, hamburgers, and Jamaican specialties... — Frommer's

After tropical drinks at the deck bar, you'll be ready to dig into the international variations on fresh seafood; the best are the grilled lobster and any preparation of island snapper. — Fodor's

On MoBay's bursting boardwalk, this seaside restaurant serves up al fresco seafood dishes like Drunken Scallops--sauteed in Jamaica's own Red Stripe ale. — BlackBook

Best known as a nightclub, Pier One also has a restaurant with a good, clean, waterfront setting – all of which are more of a draw than the average sandwiches, burgers and seafood. — Lonely Planet

With tables laid out along a breezy pier and great views down the coastline, this is a pleasant, mid-priced spot for lunch or dinner. — Rough Guide

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Pelican Bar

Seafood 79 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

One of the funkiest places in Jamaica to down a cold Red Stripe, this whimsical structure sits on stilts ½ mi (1 km) offshore between Treasure Beach and Black River. — Fodor's

Made almost entirely of driftwood, the thatched-roof Pelican Bar is set on stilts on a small sandbar about half a mile offshore in Parotee Bay. — Travel + Leisure

Built on a submerged sandbar 1km out to sea, this thatch-roofedeatery on stilts provides Jamaica’s – and perhaps the planet’s – most enjoyable spot for a drink. — Lonely Planet

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Hot Pot

78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Popular spot for typical, inexpensive Jamaican meals in the heart of New Kingston. Excellent breakfasts, from cornmeal or banana porridge to various ackee and saltfish combinations, and... — Rough Guide

A thoroughly unpretentious restaurant offering unfussy but indisputably delicious Jamaican home-style cooking. — Lonely Planet

Set within a short walk of both the Pegasus and Hilton hotels, this is a simple local restaurant with an animated crowd of regulars and straightforward, unfussy cuisine. Within a... — Frommer's

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The Pelican Grill

International 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Pelican perches just over the Hip Strip both in terms of location and quality of fare. — Lonely Planet

This long-established, mid-priced restaurant is a MoBay institution, and its leatherette booths are perfect for a reliable Jamaican meal. — Rough Guide

A Montego Bay landmark, the family-friendly Pelican has been serving good food at reasonable prices for more than 25 years. — Frommer's

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The Lobster House At Sunrise Club

Italian 78 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

This charming thatch-roofed restaurant is open all day and right on the beach: it's one of the top spots for dinner on Negril's 7-mile (11.3-km) strip of sand. — Fodor's

Smart, friendly, Italian-run restaurant-cum-bar on the morass side, specializing in fine yet mid-priced Italian food. — Rough Guide

Renowned for its pink gnocchi in a parmesan cream and its signature lobster dishes, this congenial outdoor spot’s brick oven has brought it the status of best pizzeria in town. — Lonely Planet

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Redbones Blues Cafe

Cafés 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Enduringly popular, with tables indoors or in the garden courtyard, where there is often live jazz or blues. — DK Eyewitness

Stylish, upmarket restaurant-cum-music venue with a distinguished but laid-back atmosphere, and tables in a pretty dining room or on an outdoor terrace overlooking the gardens. — Rough Guide

The in-crowd is in at this former colonial house, long a beehive of cultural and culinary activity. Inside, the walls are beguilingly bedecked with photographs of jazz and blues legends. — Lonely Planet

At this hip and happening restaurant and bar, there's a lively music and arts scene, and the family owners take their social and environmental responsibilities seriously. — Fodor's

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Jade Garden

Chinese 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Smart business-set restaurant with some of the best Chinese dishes in town. — Rough Guide

The Sunday dim-sum brunch is still the big draw here. — Lonely Planet

The best Chinese restaurant in Kingston, Jade Garden serves well-prepared food in an elegant, formal setting. — Frommer's

On the third floor of the Sovereign Centre mall, this place has great views of the Blue Mountains. — Fodor's

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Ocho Rios Village Jerk Center

International 77 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Its existing popularity further boosted by it being the official Knutsford Express stop, the liveliest jerk joint in town serves excellent jerk pork. — Lonely Planet

Reputedly the best jerk in town, this joint is popular with locals and passing motorists and gets pretty lively on weekend evenings. — Rough Guide

At this open-air restaurant, you can get the best jerk dishes along this part of the coast. — Frommer's

Friendly with cruisistas and group tours, this outdoor resturant is famous for its juicy jerk dishes. — BlackBook

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Boone Hall Oasis

76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

The Sunday brunch at this lovely spot near Stony Hill is worth the drive from Kingston. A footpath leads down through curtains of vines and flowers to a true oasis by a trickling stream.... — Lonely Planet

Down a series of pathways and steps carved into a remote hillside outside the city, this place serves Sunday brunch only beneath galvanized metal roofs in a series of dining pavilions,... — Frommer's

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Miss T's

76 The TripExpert score is determined by calculating the general consensus of expert reviewers. Learn more →

Since 2009, Anna-Kay Tomlinson has brought culinary flair and fresh local ingredients to classic Jamaican cooking at her relaxed garden spot on a cul de sac off Main Street. Call it... — Frommer's

A fantastic addition to Ochi’s eateries, the helpful staff serve up all the Jamaican favourites (oxtail, curry goat, seafood, roast yam and saltfish) in an attractive and peaceful garden.... — Rough Guide

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