Montego Bay Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in Montego Bay

January 20, 2018 Karren Gelb

While this Jamaican spring break favorite is great for party animals, it can also be surprisingly low key – if you want. Montego Bay has excellent duty-free shopping, vibrant nightlife, and calm waters. Browse the local handicrafts at the open-air Harbour Street market, or the "hip strip" shops of Gloucester Avenue. The underwater crevices of Widowmaker’s Cave offer an intricate diving experience. Float serenely down the Martha Brae River on a bamboo raft and let your troubles melt away under the sun.
Things to do in Montego Bay

1. Pier 1

Howard Cooke Blvd, Montego Bay 00000, Jamaica Highchairs Available, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks HK$141 +1 876-952-2452
Excellent
44%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
14%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 712 reviews

Pier 1

Pier 1 is Montego Bay's most pulsating open-air Seafood Restaurant, Bar and Entertainment Center that has been in operation since 1986. It is located on a picturesque peninsula in the heart of the bay allowing diners the perfect view for watching the cruise liners disappear into a brilliant sunset. Our restaurant is well known for its fusion of the intoxicating Jamaican Flavors by offering a wide variety of seafood dishes including the Pier 1 Lobster, our famous Coconut Shrimp and the Grilled Mahi-Mahi to name a few. For the lovers of the land, our menu captures the best of the Jamaican cuisine. From our perfectly Grilled Beef Tenderloin to the island favorite of Braised Oxtail, our vast menu has something for everyone. Like with our dishes, our four signature nights have found a way to fuse Jamaicans and Visitors by offering a unique entertainment package. Star Struck Wednesday Pier Pressure (Friday Night Party) Seafood Sunday- Grooving on the Pier Karaoke Mondays

Reviewed By bluewaterbabe63 - Toronto, Canada

Amazing view with great staff!!! Very low key with some of the most amazing fish around. The menu was decent with different options to choose from. Highly recommended if you want some REAL Jamaican food or just to venture off the resort your staying at.

2. Marguerite's

Gloucester Ave., Montego Bay, Montego Bay, Jamaica Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Accepts Credit Cards, Valet Parking Seafood, Caribbean, Vegetarian Friendly Dinner +1 876-952-4777
Excellent
51%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
5%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 300 reviews

Marguerite's

An elegant and sophisticated 5-star, dining experience on the edge of the Caribbean Sea, specializing in an assortment of fine wines and fresh seafood,creatively prepared.

Reviewed By EdZ879 - Lincoln Park, Michigan

Great for late-night dinners with a great view of the sea. This venue offers consistently innovative dishes that tempt the palate with seafood and meat; also good for vegetarians. Local business and politicians often seen at nearby tables, all having a privately hearty respite to the sound of crashing waves.

3. Sugar Mill

Half Moon Resort, Montego Bay JMAAA99, Jamaica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$196 - HK$785 +1 876-953-2314
Excellent
70%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 269 reviews

Sugar Mill

Reviewed By 1234BillB1234 - Glen Allen, Virginia

I now know why this is rated as one of the top 10 restaurants in Jamaica!
Pros: Atmosphere (picture), Food, Service. Marlin Appetizer (picture), and Oxtail Ravoli (picture) were outstanding. Really good mango cocktail.
Cons: Extensive but very expensive wine list.
Truly a great experience. Highly recommend. Expect over $100 per person for cocktail, appetizer, meal, and dessert.

4. Round Hill Dining

Round Hill Hotel, John Pringle Drive, Montego Bay, Jamaica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Caribbean, International, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Breakfast +1 876-956-7050
Excellent
72%
Good
18%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 122 reviews

Round Hill Dining

Dining options at Round Hill include The Grill, Seaside Terrace, Cocktail Bar, complimentary High Tea as well as private in-villa dining. Guests may also enjoy light snacks and refreshments beachside at the Beach and Pool Bars. Guests who book a complete villa can enjoy meals catered and served by their personal villa staff. Under the helm of Chef Martin Maginley, the modern Caribbean cuisine-inspired menus showcase the freshest ingredients sourced from the resort’s newly-expanded organic garden to create dishes such as the classic Oxtail Ravioli with Caribbean Lobster Ragout and Appleton Rum Cream Sauce. New, creative menu items focus on the authentic, exotic flavours of Jamaica. Children menus are available.

Reviewed By ChampagneLil - Berkshire

My friend and I had heard great things about Roundhill both the service and dining experience. We love the film ‘How Stella got her Groove back’ which was filmed there and looked forward to a visit for dinner. We asked our rep at our hotel to assist us with booking a table for dinner in the Grill. He requested and confirmed our booking for 7.30pm in the restaurant upstairs with the fantastic views over the beautiful Caribbean Sea.
We were staying at Secret St James Hotel & Spa and organised transfers with Roundhill at a cost of $60.
When we arrived, we went to the bar for a pre-dinner cocktail. Whaley and Kemal made us the most delicious cocktails. Really friendly and great service! What a wonderful start to our evening.
The weather had been unusually awful in Jamaica for the time of year with rain nearly every day of our week long holiday. We at least had a lovely dinner to look forward to with stunning views. Well how wrong could we be when we were advised that there was a wedding in the upstairs restaurant due to it being moved for the weather.
We were very upset and spoke to the night Manager Osley Cooke, who can only be described as arrogant, rude and unhelpful. We explained that we had specifically booked the restaurant with the lovely view as a special evening and that as our rep made the booking from our hotel, a courtesy phone call should have been made to advise us of the change. This could have given us a choice to either still go in the evening booked or rebook for another evening.We had already paid the $60 for the taxi and only had one night of our holiday left, so had no choice but to stay. When I suggested to Osley Cooke that perhaps he should check who was responsible for taking our booking in the knowledge that the restaurant wasn’t available, he blatantly looked me up and down like something he had wiped off his shoe.
We were blinded by science being shown all the different menus for the different days and restaurants. It is safe to say we had lost the will to live and decided to stay for dinner in the informal restaurant. We were shown to a table with no view at all that we could easily been in our own hotel restaurant. We were handed the menus which did not resemble anything that we had just been shown along with the drinks menu. Just to top off the evening the restaurant Manger pointed at the drinks menu saying these ones are cheaper. Really? Do we look like we can’t afford the drinks menu? Do you know us? Do you know what our bank balance looks like? Seriously what an insult. Please take some advice and GET OVER YOURSELVES, you are not all that and your food was cold. If you don’t want to be treated like a second class citizen, choose somewhere else!

5. The Houseboat Grill

Southern Cross Blvd, Montego Bay, Jamaica Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Caribbean, Seafood, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options Dinner, Late Night +1 876-979-8845
Excellent
67%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 453 reviews

The Houseboat Grill

Reviewed By coops77Wolverhampton - Wolverhampton, United Kingdom

Came to this restaurant from the riu in Montego Bay. What can I say! Such a beautiful night. Situated obviously on a boat which was a nice experience. The food was lovely. I had shrimp fritter starter and lobster and steak main course. The steak is fantastic. Cheesecake for pudding. So people say it’s a bit over priced but personally you get what you pay for and I thought it was well priced. A must to go and eat in my opinion. If your in the Montego Bay Area can I also recommend Orel the taxi driver who is fantastic and a really nice man.

6. Juici Patties

36 St James St, Montego Bay, Jamaica Takeout, Seating Caribbean, Fast Food, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch 979 3733
Excellent
58%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 381 reviews

Juici Patties

Reviewed By Joe S - Pekin, Illinois

While on vacation in Jamaica we ran into some other vacationers that told us about these Juici Patties, that you had to try them before we left the island. So we did and glad that we did. They are very good.

7. The Pelican Grill

Gloucester Ave | Miranda Hill, Across the Street From the Old Hospital Park, Montego Bay, Jamaica Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Caribbean, Jamaican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night 952 3171
Excellent
46%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
17%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 702 reviews

The Pelican Grill

Reviewed By Steve W - Hornchurch, United Kingdom

Went there on the recommendation of people. The food was good and the jerk chicken.was great. It came with rice but that wasn't that hot. Thought that the prices were a little steep and or meal for 3 came to $75. Might not visit again

8. Pork Pit

27 Gloucester Ave, Miranda Hill, Montego Bay, Jamaica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol Caribbean, Fast Food, Barbecue, Jamaican Lunch, Dinner, Late Night 952 1046
Excellent
54%
Good
31%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pork Pit

Reviewed By Jason H - Charlotte, North Carolina

Was torn between taking $25 cab ride to Scothies and 10 min walk here. I think I made the right choice. Yes we were hassled every 2 mins by someone selling us something or begging, but worth it. The chicken was great and the sauce selection allowed me to spice mine up without burning out my lady. Cheap and plentiful

9. Scotchies

Falmouth Road, Montego Bay, Jamaica Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar Caribbean, Barbecue, Jamaican Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 876-953-8041
Excellent
66%
Good
25%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 3 reviews

Scotchies

Reviewed By iriding - Orlando

Fifth visit never go to Mbj with out it Best jerk chicken in Jamaica The servers are cool and you know how good it is when younat least twenty locals getting food to go on a Monday

10. Seagrape Terrace

Half Moon Resort, Rose Hall, Montego Bay, Jamaica Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Full Bar, Free Wifi Jamaican, Caribbean, Seafood, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch +1 876-953-2211
Excellent
56%
Good
30%
Satisfactory
12%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 159 reviews

Seagrape Terrace

Reviewed By CLF422 - Ambler, Pennsylvania

They focus on the buffets here. The problem is they don't replace and replenish the food often, so alot of the dishes are dried out and tired. Get to the buffet early or it'll be warmed-over. If you order off the menu, you'll wait (25 minutes for lunch) and the chef just doesnt create anything particularly interesting or flavorful, in my opinion. Salads are nice and the fruit /smoothie bar is quite good. The staff is super--- pleasant, polite, helpful. Some of it is the price-point: at $40 for breakfast and $50 per person for lunch, you expect--and they should deliver--a heck of a lot more.
Would not return.

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