One of the greatest advantages of living in Jersey Channel Islands (or on any island for that matter) is the variety of delicious sea food that is plentifully available all the time.
Not to mention other local specialities like Jersey Royals (lovely small potatoes), Jersey milk (yes the creme de la creme when it comes to milk – apparently even the queen has 50 litres of it delivered to her palace every day…)
With the above said, we are also extremely spoilt for choice when it comes to restaurants, and sometimes it’s difficult to decide where to eat or to know where the best food is served in Jersey.
So now the restaurant are opening up again (after the Coronavirus restaurant famine) let me help you with that and give you some tips. If you are visiting Jersey (or are a local who needs some new inspiration) and need a few good tips on where to eat, this should help ;).
Here is my selection of our favourites and the top restaurants where the locals eat in Jersey, Channel Islands.
1, Banjo Jersey Restaurant
Number 1 for a reason, this is a real treat, whether you are a food lover like me or not – simply delicious, genius and a must try ;). And as a little bonus… there is a very trendy bar there as well, where you can choose from a fab selection of cocktails before or after your dinner (espresso martini is my tip 🙂
2, Bon Viveur Restaurant – St Aubins (now called Sorrento)
This is one of our favourite restaurants in Jersey. Beautiful views over St Aubins Harbour, impeccable and super friendly service and incredibly beautiful food ranging from seafood to French and Italian delicacies and classics – this restaurant should simply not to be missing from your “to visit” list.
Insiders tip – The Hot Avocado, is my all time favourite starter – as in I could eat this every single day – and yes I have tried to get the recipe so many times 😉
3, Salty Dog Restaurant – St Aubins
Also located in St Aubins, this restaurant is more of a fusion place with a little tasty twist on various classics. Chill out on the terrace in the summer with gorgeous views of the harbour, get cozy inside during the winter months.
Food truly is just impeccable… and as a bonus, the cocktails there are pretty awesome too ;). Again oldie but goldie – the food (and cocktails here) never disappoint)
4, Park House Thai Food – St Helier
Paul and I have fallen in love with Thai food and can’t get enough of this varied, healthy and wholesome cuisine. There are a few Thai places in Jersey, but the Park House in Colomberie is hands down the clear winner every time. The service is super friendly and helpful and the taste of any food…. simply out of this world (well yes, you will feel like you are visiting Thailand).
Park House Thai website
5, Coco Rico – St Helier
This French cafe/bistro is very popular and rather frequented by the locals – it gets very busy during lunch time so either try to go at ‘off peak’ times or just play it safe and book a table. Located in town and owned and run by a French man, the food as you would suspect is delicious and rather moreish with a wide range of French specialties as well as the classics and vibrant salads.
Coco Rico website
6, El Tico – St Ouen’s Bay
This is one of our favourite beach bistros/restaurants – very trendy beachy chic look, the atmosphere is always great and it is so popular that you might just have to wait a little while to get a table.
The place is amazing with views to die for over the biggest of Jerseys beaches, where you can sip on your glass of wine whilst watching the sun disappear into the sea. And what a view this can be – I will let you judge for yourself.
The food is lovely, and let me assure you the choice will be very difficult as their selection is quite large from great local fish and shellfish to amazing salads and tapas to a variety of slightly more exotic dishes and curries from Thailand and Africa.
El Tico website
7, Oyster Box – St Brelades
This one is on the more expensive side and to be visited as a real treat in the evening or a nice long leisurely lunch with plenty of champagne/wine/cocktails.
As the name suggest, this restaurant specialises in seafood and the food is truly magnificent …and the views aren’t’ bad either as St Brelades is a gorgeous bay.
P.s. You never know, you might even spot a couple of celebrities there like Lord Alan Sugar!
P.s.s. – It’s sister restaurant (Crab Shack) located right next to Oyster Box is pretty awesome too, and your money will definitely go further there, without sacrificing the tastiness and variety of dishes.
Oyster Box website
8, Barros Tropical Bistro, St Helier
The Portuguese food from this place is divine so don’t be surprised if you will see a lot of local people popping in and out to pick up their take away dinner. The big speciality “Espetadas” are a fantastic choice – whether you like meat (our fav Beef & Scallop Espetada) or fish and seafood (currently hooked on bacalhau cataplana). And since we now only live a few minutes away from there… it became our ‘go to’ take away. Talking of which, I know what I fancy for take away dinner tonight ;).
Barros Tropical Bistro website
Little recent update – a few more new restaurants that we discovered and became our favs and definitely deserve to be on this list.
9, Sangria Tapas Bar & Restaurant
This is currently our favourite :).
If you, like us, love the variety of tapas and many different dishes to choose from, this one is for you.
Sangria wine is delicious there, and all the dishes (from meat platters, steaks, spanish specialities, variety of fish, artisan hams &cheese, padron peppers …) are just out of the world
10, Relish Jersey
The finest delicates in Jersey. This place is about gorgeous food and wine, as well as cute and quaint surroundings (right next to the lovely Local Market which is a must see). You can relax in a shade of olive tree, watch the world and people go by, and enjoy luxurious artisan cheese, meat or seafood platters, paired with the finest of wines and Champagnes.
So that’s it… which one is tempting your taste buds :). Love T xx