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Lighthouse Restaurant, Lounge and Gift Shop
2114 Bodden Town Rd
Our Rating Neighborhood Just past Bodden Town, Breakers Village, East End Hours Mon–Sat noon–2:30pm, 5:30–10pm, Sun noon–3pm Phone 345/947-2047 Prices Main courses at dinner CI$22–CI$34 Cuisine Type Caribbean/International Web site Lighthouse Restaurant, Lounge and Gift Shop
Go to this restaurant as much for the service, setting, and atmosphere created by the gregarious proprietor, Captain G, as for the food. He's likely to greet you at the door, serve you a drink at the bar, or bus your table. Not that he doesn't have attentive staff—you won't wait or want for anything here. A notable landmark makes this restaurant a destination in itself. It sits just under an actual lighthouse that dominates this section of the southern coast road about 30 minutes from George Town. In front of the restaurant, a pier extends out into the sea and, yes, you can have a meal accompanied by the sounds, and sometimes spray, of the ocean. The pier is lit up at night making the setting even more magical. For a different yet equally classic seaside feel, dine on the patio where the huge glass windows are usually open.
Passing through the entrance on your way to a table, you'll be distracted by the fanciful curios displayed in the gift shop. They also decorate the walls and the gleaming wooden bar with wicker seats that face the sea.
A surprisingly varied menu of brick-oven pizza includes a frutti di mare with lobster, mussels, clams, and shrimp topped with fresh basil. Don’t be afraid to order international dishes—the curried shrimp is exceptional, prepared by a kitchen staffed with an international crew that hails from Sri Lanka to Jamaica and points in between. Pastas, breads, and raviolis are all house made, and the food is sourced locally whenever possible. The conch chowder is made from a recipe by Miss Nell, a local character now in her 80s who once worked at the restaurant. With an extensive cellar, it isn't hard to pair a good wine with your meal.
All the desserts are made by the restaurant's own pasty chef, and the lemon meringue pie is light as gossamer, or try the rum raisin gelato or mango sorbet. At night the signature dessert is the beignet in two variations: the original, served with a strawberry sauce and white chocolate truffle mousse, and chocolate, served with caramel sauce and vanilla ice cream. Although you can spend quite a bit of money here (a seafood platter for two will set you back CI$70), you can also dine for less, choosing from the wide selection of pastas and pizza.
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