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Make sure you arrive in time for sunset—this electric-blue gingerbread cottage has spectacular views across Coral Bay and toward the neighboring British Virgins. Food is imaginative-French: lobster-asparagus terrine, roast duck with fig sauce. It's all très romantique.
5 Estate Bakkeroe
Such a sexy vibe here, with white sheets flapping in the sea breeze where the walls should be, and theatrical Caribbean-blue lights sparkling on the vaulted wood ceiling. Exciting Carib-Latin food is as directional; just don't swoon when sniffing the warm spices they send around between courses.
King Cross St.
In a tooth-achingly quaint 18th-century cottage downtown, you'll have trouble choosing between courtyard, veranda, or cozy dining room—not to mention between yellowfin with wasabi aioli and roasted pecan-crusted pork loin. Owner-chef David Kendrick has been perfecting his art here for 20 years.
THE OLD STONE FARMHOUSE
Mahogany Run Golf Course
With a precise description masquerading as a name, this atmospheric restaurant with madly inventive fusion menus and a stellar wine list is housed in an 18th-century plantation field house. Get a table in the courtyard with its stone arches.
ROOM WITH A VIEW
Bluebeard's Castle Hotel
They're not kidding—windows all around this lovely room make for a 360-degree panorama over le tout Charlotte Amalie. But it's not merely pretty—the modern European food is notable, and the wine list exceptional.
A wood deck over the water with plastic armchairs is the site for everyone's favorite café-bar-restaurant-Sunday brunch. The menu is scarily comprehensive—lobsters live from the tank, quesadillas, burgers, pad Thai—but they pull it all off, and the place is a constant party.
VIE'S SNACK SHACK
East End Rd.
Now you know where to get the best lunch on the island, with a side of local gossip, if you're lucky. This really is a shack, complete with picnic tables, famous for garlic chicken, johnnycakes, and conch fritters. It closes around 5 p.m., but call ahead to make sure.