Fun & Fabulous Dining in the USVI: From Luxury Villas to Lobster Lunacy

McLaughlin Anderson Villas USVI
McLaughlin Anderson Villas USVI

Planners can combine in one group program the ultimate luxury dinner and casual seaside beer/wine crawls easily in the US Virgin Islands, because St. John and St. Thomas are so manageable and varied.

First, check in with McLaughlin Anderson Luxury Villas to scope out a lovely array of over 50 private homes perched on lush mountainsides with ungodly great views of the Caribbean Sea and/or the BVIs. Outfitted with all the bells and whistles of any 5-star resort, the properties offer professional chef services for elegant diners and receptions. McLaughlin Anderson also organizes helicopter transfers/tours and large yacht rentals for combined land/sea events.

Meanwhile, Red Hook Harbor on St. Thomas has grown into a destination in its own right. Ferries depart here for the half hour crossing to St. John, and over the years a colorful collection of casual bars and restaurants have opened to the public. We recommend Molly Malone’s, Fish Tails, XO Wine Bar and the incomparable Duffy’s Love Shack.

Duffy’s does special priced “Lobster Lunacy” nights on Monday and Thursday. The regular menu ranges from the Ay Chihuahua Mexican veggie burger to coconut Thai chicken skewers. But the best part about meeting up at Duffy’s is the local crowd. The islanders flock here in droves so it’s a great opportunity to let your hair down and have an authentic island experience you will remember for years.

In the main city of Charlotte Amalie in St. Thomas, Frenchtown has grown over the years into an impressive dinearound locale next to the bustling marina. The restaurants and bars cater to both casual and fine dining budgets. Book a progressive group cocktail and dinner experience at Hook, Line & Sinker; Oceana; Bella Blue, The Pie Whole and Epernay Bistro.

Frenchtown is great for any group because you can escape the crowds in the busy duty-free shopping districts, and like in Red Hook, get a feel for local life. Epernay is always a treat with its chic vibe and affordable fine dining, such as the $20 Hatfield pork chop Milanese and $25 spice-rubbed flatiron steak with black truffle butter.

There’s a lot of history for us in Frenchtown. It’s a place where we go to feel the seabreeze and meet up with old friends.