The best restaurants in Barbuda are renowned for their clever use of the local environment, meaning unmatched freshness in their dishes. Barbuda’s style in the kitchen is to masterfully throw many things into one-pot dishes, creating novel combinations, a rich mix of flavours, and delicious results. Barbuda has a selection of fresh ingredients to choose from. 

    Expect fresh seafood in the form of lobster, conch, shrimp and fish, as well as veggies, herbs, coconut and fruit harvested on the plentiful island. Don’t be surprised to see your tea made from herbs from the ¨bush¨ or delightful treats prepared in banana leaves. Read on to check out where to eat in Barbuda and all the unmissable local dishes to try.


    Uncle Roddy´s Beach Bar & Grill

    A great place to chill and dine in Codrington

    Uncle Roddy´s Beach Bar & Grill is a chilled out, cottage-style restaurant in Barbuda. It’s among the few places on the island where you can dine and appreciate local sustainability efforts – it runs on solar power. Located on a pristine stretch of white sand dotted with palms, Uncle Roddy’s presents fresh catches of the day with gorgeous scenery.

    Sample the island´s spiny lobster, seasoned and grilled with garlic, and served with fresh local salad. Washing it down with Uncle Roddy´s very own homemade rum punch is a satisfying conclusion to your seaside meal.

    Location: Codrington, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 9 pm, Sunday from 10 am to 2 pm

    Phone: +1 268-722-3050



    A fun spot to enjoy fresh seafood

    TimbukOne is a casual, colourful, and cheerful spot in Codrington, and maybe the most reliably open restaurant on laidback Barbuda. The menu presents plenty of choices, so you can return many times during your vacation and still try something new. Enjoy the fresh catches of the day here and have it your way – either grilled, baked, pan-fried, poached, or stewed.

    Try seafood prepared in a novel and delicious way, with their shrimp mac n cheese. Or sample their calamari, caught fresh and fried to superb crispiness. Vegetarians will be pleased with the Rasta Pasta, a pasta dish with sauteed vegetables in a white wine parmesan sauce.

    Location: 1 Timbuk St., Codrington, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 9 am to 9 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 9 am to 12 pm, Sunday from 3 pm to 9 pm

    Phone: +1 269-722-8085


    Wa’Omoni’s Best Burgers & Water

    Enjoy Barbudan classics in a welcoming and friendly atmosphere

    Wa’Omoni´s Best Burgers & Water is a top spot in Codrington for local Barbudan meals. When it comes to burgers, expect the unexpected, and try something from their selection of conch, deer, fish, shark, shrimp or lobster burgers. Water in this case is not H2O, but a Barbudan expression for a flavourful stew. It can be made with conch or goat meat, for example, and flavoured with onions, peppers, garlic, thyme and clove.

    This restaurant also refers to itself as Wa’Omoni’s Bestaurant, and you can purchase merchandise like T-shirts, caps, and mugs sporting this catchy nickname.

    Location: River Road Codrington Village, Codrington, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: Monday–Wednesday and Friday–Saturday from 6 am to 7 pm (closed on Thursdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +1 268-717-4496


    The Mangrove Restaurant

    Barbudan and French gourmet in an elegant setting

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    The Mangrove is an elegant restaurant located in Codrington Lagoon Park, set on a spectacular stretch of deserted beach and surrounded by its namesake mangroves. Enjoy the mix of gourmet French cuisine and locally sourced Barbudan fish and fresh ingredients. The mood here is romantic and the seclusion of the location makes it a great spot to enjoy Barbuda´s beautiful sunsets.

    Here you can enjoy your meal in the luxurious clubhouse or be catered to on the beach. There is a selection of fantastic wines and its knowledgeable staff can help suggest pairings. Breathe in the aromas from the kitchen, sip your wine, and take in the wonderful view.

    Location: Codrington Lagoon Park, Codrington, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: November–June: Monday–Sunday from noon to 3 pm and from 6.30 pm to 10 pm (closed July–October)

    Phone: +1 268-783-4779


    Cd’s Café

    Eat as the locals do at this friendly café

    Cd´s Café is a cute, casual and friendly place in Codrington, with lots of local dishes to choose from. You can have fresh seafood like lobster, conch, scallops and crab, prepared your favourite way. You will appreciate the pretty presentations, while your taste buds will be thrilled with the rich flavours.

    If you want to eat like the locals, add on a side of fungee, a dish of flavourful boiled cornmeal and okra. Or try the national dish of Antigua and Barbuda, called pepperpot. It is a one-pot style stew, made with meats like salted pork, beef or chicken, and veggies like spinach, aubergine, okra, squash, and peas. Pepperpot is served with dumplings, also referred to as droppers or spinners.

    Location: Codrington, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: Monday–Friday from 8 am to 5 pm (closed on Saturdays and Sundays)

    Phone: +1 268-773-6838


    ArtCafe Gallery

    Homemade and fresh goodness alongside art

    ArtCafe is a cafe in an art gallery in Barbuda where you can admire local crafts and also shop for souvenirs like homemade cards. There’s a homey feeling here, with the scent of freshly ground coffee brewing and homemade flatbreads baking in the oven. ArtCafe prides itself on fresh ingredients so you can expect produce from the garden and even fresh meat from its own farm. 

    Enjoy a cocktail made with their homemade sea grapes gin. Or sample a cool glass of ginger beer, a spicy and invigorating local drink, that packs a punch even though it contains no alcohol.

    Location: Two Foot, Bay Road, Codrington, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 4 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 268-726-9118


    The Hillside View

    An open-air cafe serving local favourites with ocean views

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    The Hillside View is a pleasant cafe within the Two Foot Bay National Park in Barbuda. Enjoy the open-air seating, the spectacular ocean views, and the friendly service at this airy spot.

    Try the local grilled lobster, prepared as you order for optimal freshness. Then feel refreshed with a bush tea, the local name for a steeped herbal tea made from leaves, plants and herbs collected in the bush. The staff here are eager to please, and will even help you arrange a tour of the nearby bird sanctuary or caves.

    Location: Two Foot Bay National Park, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: Tuesday and Thursday from 11 am to 2 pm, Friday–Sunday from 11 am to 8 pm (closed on Mondays and Wednesdays)

    Phone: +1 268-785-2692



    Fresh foods and fresh breezes at this open-air restaurant

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    Shack-A-Kai on gorgeous Princess Diana Beach is a refreshing spot with clean and white decor and picnic table-style, open-air dining. Sip fresh coconut water under its vine-covered rooftop, sit on the swing set seats at the bar, or choose a picnic table to enjoy your meal.

    Choose from local favourites like grilled lobster, rum punch and ducana. Ducana is a sweet dumpling made of grated coconut, sweet potato, sugar, flour, and spices, which is then cooked in banana leaf packages in boiling water. These are commonly enjoyed with local dishes like stewed fish and chop-chop but are also a flavourful treat on their own.

    Location: Unamed Road, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: Monday–Sunday from 9 am to 6 pm

    Phone: +1 268-714-6612


    Hideout’s Bar

    A laidback spot offering Barbudan one-pot dishes

    Hideout´s Bar is a Codrington restaurant offering a combination of delicious local foods and a fun atmosphere. It offers Barbudan one-pot classics, like stewed fish and chop-chop (also called chop-up). The salted fish is picked free of bones, sauteed with onions, garlic, peppers and tomato sauce. Then the chop-chop is added, which is usually made of mashed aubergine, spinach and okra, but can also include pumpkin and green papaya.

    Hideout´s Bar also offers its own unique creations, such as blue waffles. These are a sweet treat, and also appealing to the eye, with one bright blue side, made with a combination of local berries and secret ingredients.

    Location: Codrington, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: Monday–Saturday from noon to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 268-460-0184


    Wanda’s Food Palace

    A cheerful hangout and rum shop with a great view

    Wanda´s Food Palace is a great place to go lime in Barbuda with its cheerful atmosphere, amazing view, local dishes, and cheap beer. An important part of Barbudan culture is the balance between hard work and relaxation, so much so that they use their expression “lime” to mean chilling or hanging out.

    Wanda’s is also a rum shop, so you can sample the island´s best liquor as the sun sets and feel like an old friend. This is a typical island restaurant that is run on “island time”, so be sure to order in advance if you don´t want to wait. 

    Location: Codrington, Barbuda, Antigua and Barbuda

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 10 am to 9 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +1 268-725-2571

    Mia | Contributing Writer

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