21 Best Beach Restaurants Around the World Slideshow
July 9, 2013
The locations give you the best of the outdoors and indoors
21. Argentinean Grill—Islas De La Bahia, Honduras
This surf-and-turf destination has two surfside locations on the island to serve you. Tourists rave about the generous portions of beef tenderloin and garlic lobster, and who doesn’t love a cold beer on the beach?
20. Lola’s—Guanacaste, Costa Rica
If you’re traveling with a picky eater or have a less adventurous palate, pop on into Lola’s. The relaxed atmosphere of this people-pleasing restaurant is evident in their fuss-free menu. Fish and chips is a popular dish, and pizza and smoothies prepared on-site are other much-buzzed-about items.
19. Bloody Mary’s—Bora Bora
This seafood establishment has attracted plenty of celebrity clientele with its exotic offerings like octopus tacos and sirloin and tiger shrimp kabobs. But if you happen to be jonesing for some beef, Bloody Mary’s will also make you a Jimmy Buffet cheeseburger or a calamari steak.
18. Da Conch Shack—Providenciales, Turks and Caicos
Included in the book 1,000 Places to See Before You Die and dubbed "One of the world’s sexiest beach bars" by Travel Channel, Da Conch Shack has a reputation that speaks for itself. Although they're known for their conch — served in fritters, on salad, or in stew — this casual café also specializes in jerk chicken.
Restaurante Perla Blanca—Marbella, Spain
The seaside location of Perla Blanca makes it a perfect destination for families or couples. Let the kids roam in the sand or sidle up to your sweetheart for a meal beneath the stars. Spanish staples like paella and gambas pil pil (hot chile shrimp) have been served here for 35 years. Outstanding service and international recognition make this a must-visit eatery.
16. Baja Cantina Beach Club—Cabo San Lucas, Mexico
Spread out on the shores of Medano Beach, this kid- and pet-friendly restaurant is interactive dining at its best. Catch your own fish, drop it on the scale, and decide how you want it cooked. (A traditional Mexican menu is available for those who’d rather leave the cooking to the chefs.) A Fiesta Mexicana also takes place every Wednesday night and features live mariachi music, folk dancing, and fireworks.
15. Oceano—San Juan, Puerto Rico
Situated on Condado Beach, this trendy and sophisticated spot features a slew of international flavors with Caribbean flair. Incite your appetite with mahimahi chiccarones, graduate to grilled pineapple or octopus salad, and finish with fresh diver scallops served over a sweet potato purée.
14. Beachhouse—Devon, England
Nestled in the South Milton Sands with views of Thurlestone Rock, this low-key café receives fresh-caught seafood daily. Specialties include cracked crab and Moules Mariniere, as well as burgers and steaks from local suppliers.
13. Phil’s Fish Market—Moss Landing, Calif.
Don’t be fooled by the casual appearance of this West Coast landmark; the seafood here is top-notch. From steamed littleneck clams to clam chowder (served New England style or à la Manhattan) to fish-packed pasta, sandwiches, and tacos, all your crustacean cravings will be satisfied at Phil’s. Make sure to order their signature item: cioppino, a stew of mussels, clams, calamari, crab, scallops, prawns, and white fish in tomato broth. Enjoy it from a bowl, bun, or BYOP (Bring Your Own Pot) and they’ll prepare it to go.
12. Latitudes—Key West, Fla.
Visit this Key West masterpiece at night, when you can dine under the stars on a beach illuminated by tiki torches. The locally sourced, seasonal menu includes eclectic dishes like pan-seared snapper with citrus risotto or beef skirt steak crusted in honey and ancho chile.
11. Coco 51—Hua Hin, Thailand
One of Thailand’s most romantic venues, this restaurant combines chic décor that complements the natural beauty of the beach. Enjoy sea breezes and live jazz music while you indulge in German pork knuckle, fried prawns, or a squid fritter.
10.Anjuna Plage Privee—Eze, France
This pricey — yet top-rated — restaurant in the quaint town of Eze is all about the details. The décor is akin to an upscale pirate cove, and dinner includes elegant entrées like salt-baked cod, suckling pig, and tuna sashimi. Waitstaff will even provide you with a pashmina if you get chilly dining seaside.
9. Parador La Huella José—Ignacio, Uruguay
Those who want to schmooze during supper should hit up Parador La Huella, a swanky steak and seafood restaurant with impressive presentation and a reputation to match. Savor gourmet dishes like the goat cheese salad, coal-grilled sea bass, and dulce de leche volcano cake in this open-air, beachside venue.
8. Flying Fishbone—Savaneta, Aruba
Slip off your shoes and sink your feet into the sand beneath your table as admire the palm trees around you at this decadent destination. Meals can be pricey, but with pan-seared goose liver, escargots de Bourgogne, and truffle tortillas on the menu, the Flying Fishbone is worth the splurge.
7. Mango at the Four Seasons—Nevis, West Indies
The open-air dining venue on Pinney’s Beach boasts breathtaking views and a colorful, tropical menu. Summery foods like calamari salad with passion fruit-honey dressing pair well with savory items like piña colada shrimp, coconut coleslaw, or Caribbean spiny lobster served with mango butter.
6. The Kiosk at Pilu at Freshwater—Sydney, Australia
For those who enjoy bar-style food at the beach, The Kiosk offers pan-fried barramundi, twice-cooked pork belly, creamed pommes purée with truffle butter, and beer-battered fries. Lighter options, like Sydney rock oysters, freshly shucked with cucumber lime granita, are also available.
5. Daphne’s St. James—Parish, Barbados
This luxurious establishment serves tropical seafood that blends elegant and down-home cooking elements. Lunch menu standouts include buffalo-milk burrata with prosciutto di Parma, as well as gazpacho Andaluz. Dinner features jerk pork chops with pickled green banana, roasted pepper, and pumpkin, or local spiny lobster tail with garlic broccoli, sweet potato chips, and spicy mayonnaise. Save room for the Limoncello Tiramisu (Limoncello-soaked sponge cake layered with mascarpone), sweet potato ice cream, (churned on-site), or Granny Smith apple and ginger sorbet. Keep your eyes peeled for celebrities — Daphne’s is a popular spot for those in the entertainment business.
4. Pantelis Marathi—Marathi, Greece
Before heading to this 35-year-old oasis of Greek food, practice your pronunciation; you’ll need it when requesting items like xynomyzithra (a Greek cheese), moussaka (a layered eggplant and meat dish), or kataifi (shredded phyllo dough soaked in syrup). Ingredients are locally sourced from small producers and prepared with care.
3. L’Épuisette—Marseilles, France
Specializing in Marseille's trademark dish, bouillabaisse, this seaside charmer also boasts exquisite sea urchin risotto, tuna with foie gras, and Bourride du Vallon. Service is just as spectacular as the view.
2. Ristorante Lo Scoglio da Tommaso—Massa Lubrense, Italy
This family-owned waterfront restaurant has been dishing up authentic Mediterranean cuisine since 1958. Fried baby squid and linguine with lobster are popular with locals and tourists alike; if you’re daring, try an Amalfi Coast delicacy for dessert: chocolate eggplant.
1. The Lighthouse Restaurant—Male, Maldives
Located on a coral island, the acclaimed Lighthouse Restaurant looks out onto the Indian Ocean. Freshly shucked French Fin de Claire oysters are served on an ice red-wine vinaigrette and tiger prawns are wrapped in kadaif pastry, then topped with mango and passion fruit coulis. Other intrepid items include Tasmanian salmon "Stroganoff" and lobster "Wellington."