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  • Horizons (Montego Bay; tel. 876/953-2800): At the Ritz-Carlton Rose Hall Resort, this is an upscale restaurant, serving one of the most finely honed international cuisines at the resort. It's one of the most romantic places to dine at Mo Bay.
  • Sugar Mill Restaurant (Montego Bay): Located at Half Moon, this is the top restaurant in Montego Bay. The chef's smoked marlin is without equal, and he makes the island's best Jamaican-style bouillabaisse. Guests dine by candlelight indoors or on an open terrace.
  • Norma's on the Beach at Sea Splash (Negril): Widely acclaimed as Jamaica's finest woman chef, Kingston's Norma Shirley has brought her recipes to Negril's Sea Splash Resort. The Jamaican and international food here is the best on Seven Mile Beach, and Norma gets top produce from local vendors.
  • Rockhouse Restaurant (Negril): Perched above a rocky inlet, this restaurant serves terrific cuisine, such as smoked marlin and peppered pork with yams.
  • Evita's Italian Restaurant (Ocho Rios): Evita (actually Eva Myers) is a local culinary star, devoting at least half her menu to pastas. Her recipes range from the north to the south of Italy. Try snapper stuffed with crabmeat or lobster and scampi in buttery white-cream sauce — all washed down with a good Italian wine.
  • Mille Fleurs (Port Antonio): In the Hotel Mocking Bird Hill, this restaurant is terraced and perched 180m (600 ft.) above sea level with panoramic views. People come here for the delectable food, which has been praised by Gourmet magazine. Opt for coconut-and-garlic soup or the fish with a spicy mango-and-shrimp sauce.
  • Redbones Blues Café (Kingston): In a former Spanish colonial house, one of the most elegant restaurants on the island is the setting for a refined Jamaican cuisine of artful preparation and unexpected flavors. Ever had shrimp, lobster, and salmon in a creamy coconut sauce?
  • Norma's on the Terrace (Kingston): Kingston's Norma Shirley, the island's foremost female restaurateur, serves up a nouvelle Jamaican cuisine without equal in the area. Try such Jamaican specialties as chowder with crabmeat, shrimp, conch, and lobster, or grilled smoked pork loin in a teriyaki-and-ginger sauce.
  • Strawberry Hill (Blue Mountains): This is one of the best modern Jamaican restaurants, tucked in the Blue Mountains. Even if you don't stay at this exclusive resort, try grilled fish with jerk mango or grilled shrimp with fresh cilantro in its restaurant.

Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.