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
4 based on 712 reviews
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
4 based on 300 reviews
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.
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.
4.5 based on 269 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 122 reviews
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.
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!
4.5 based on 453 reviews
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.
4.5 based on 381 reviews
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.
4 based on 702 reviews
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
4.5 based on 1 reviews
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
4.5 based on 3 reviews
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
4.5 based on 159 reviews
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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