Asolare – St. John

It’s a real dilemma: how to choose from the plethora of fine dining establishments St. John has to offer’ If a gorgeous view is on your list of must-haves, Asolare is the hands-down winner.

Perched high above Cruz Bay, diners lucky enough to have commandeered a table ‘on the rail’ are treated to an unobstructed view of the sun dipping low in the sky before it finally disappears behind nearby St. Thomas. Spend the rest of the evening savoring course after course of contemporary Caribbean cuisine as the moon shimmers along the waters of Cruz Bay harbor, joined by starlight dotting the night sky’s black canvas.

The setting evokes those wonderful lovey-dovey feelings that will have you swooning like a teenager in love all over again. It’s a proven fact: Asolare has been awarded over and over for having the best ambiance, and the best romantic dining experience on St. John.

Asolare often finds couples enjoying three- to four-course meals, spending a leisurely two and a half hours over dinner. The wine selection is another reason to hang out: it’s derived of selections from around the world, highlighting varietals that each region is known for (i.e., Rieslings from Germany). The restaurant strives to seek out smaller producers, ensuring diners get to try something unique at a decent value.

And we haven’t even mentioned the food yet! Asolare’s menu is fluid: dine two nights in a row and you will notice only minor changes, but if you dine once and return again three months later, you may find an entirely new set of selections. Menu options are designed to highlight the best of what the Caribbean has to offer, from red snapper and wahoo to local pumpkin and hints of mango.

  • Asolare’s bartender, Ginger, has manned her helm for more than a decade, and she’s taken mixology to an entirely new level. Don’t miss out on her infusions using local ingredients like sorrel and lemongrass.
  • Drink your way through the islands with Asolare’s rum flights, superb collections of sipping rums representing the Greater and Lesser Antilles.
  • Those coveted tables on the rail don’t come easy. Make a reservation, and make it early.
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