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Best restaurants in Jersey

For a small island, Jersey has a wealth of really excellent restaurants and other eateries. Given the proximity to France, it's perhaps no surprise that the dining options mostly vary from the very good to the excellent. However, different establishments offer different views (although frequently, you'll no doubt be glad to hear, these involve the sea in some way) and different cuisines. If casual seafood dining is what you're after, you might pick the Jersey Crab Shack or The Lookout Beach Cafe & Restaurant. Equally, if you want something more formal, perhaps Corbière Phare or Banjo will appeal. Here, you'll find suggestions that range from the well-known and the long-established to the newer or more tucked-away places that are mostly the preserve of knowledgeable locals. Read on and plan your eating adventures!

  1. Bohemia
  2. Corbière Phare
  3. Jersey Crab Shack
  4. Mark Jordan at the Beach
  5. Bistro Rosa
  6. The Lookout Beach Cafe & Restaurant
  7. The Tipsy
  8. Awabi
  9. Salty Dog Bar & Bistro
  10. Banjo
  11. Roseville Bistro
  12. Upstairs at Anley Street
  13. Sumas Restaurant
  14. Number 10 Restaurant & Bar

1. Bohemia

Bohemia is the sort of restaurant that people plan a whole trip around. Having held a Michelin star for the last 18 years, its place on the international gourmet stage is very secure – but its menu never ceases to delight and surprise. Located in the heart of St Helier, it's easy to get to, even if it's not quite as easy to decide whether to plump for its Chef's Table, its private dining or its Club Bar. Afternoon tea or light lunch on the attractive roof terrace is also a popular option - and a fragrant one too thanks to the sage, mint and strawberries that the restaurant staff grow there. Whichever option you choose, you'll want to book ahead.

Best for: Special occasions and fans of adventurous tasting menus.

Website: www.bohemiajersey.com 

2. Corbière Phare

The phrase "panoramic views" is often overused, but not in relation to Corbière Phare. Located on Jersey's stunning west coast, where sweeping daytime views over the Atlantic are only outdone by the spectacular sunsets, this is not a restaurant to miss out on. What's more, if you book one of its tables, you'll find that the à la carte dining menu easily matches those glorious views. The occasional affectionately outlandish name aside ("Stinky Bay'' battered cod, for example), you'll find a wealth of excellently-cooked old favourites like pan fried sea bass, chicken liver parfait and grilled fillet steak. Corbière Phare also caters for special events such as weddings and corporate dinners - and larger gatherings can use its splendid Grand Piano Bar.

Best for: French-inspired dishes enjoyed in front of outstanding ocean views.

Website: www.corbierephare.com 

3. Jersey Crab Shack

For relaxed dining with no compromise on food, location or service, Jersey Crab Shack is hard to beat. Owned and run by the third generation of the same family, Jersey Crab Shack began as a coffee bar in the 1960s. It now has three restaurants: a beachfront establishment in the incomparable St Brelade's Bay, one in Gorey with a view over Mont Orgueil castle, and a third in St Helier. All offer the same understated, friendly service and fresh dishes with a special emphasis on Jersey seafood, including crab linguine and Jersey oysters. Vegetarians and vegans need not worry: tasty options include the beetroot Buddha bowl and Punjabi lentil curry. There's also an allergen menu for diners with specific requirements. 

Best for: Casual dining and excellent seafood.

Website: www.jerseycrabshack.com 

4. Mark Jordan at the Beach

For that magic combination of excellent food, beguiling, ever-changing sea views and a relaxed vibe that makes this a favourite of locals-in-the-know, a meal at Mark Jordan at the Beach is a must. A pleasant sea-front walk from St Helier, and close to St Aubin, the restaurant has a Michelin Bib Gourmand for its excellent quality, great value food, as well as two AA Rosettes. Expect a culinary style that mixes modern brasserie with classic restaurant-style food, with a particular emphasis on locally-caught fish and the island's own produce. If you need further convincing, Mark Jordan at the Beach is sister restaurant to the Atlantic Hotel's Ocean Restaurant, which is Jersey's only member of Small Luxury Hotels of the World.

Best for: Delicious contemporary food and fabulous seascapes.

Website: www.markjordanatthebeach.com

5. Bistro Rosa

Where better to enjoy locally-caught Jersey seafood than a seafood bistro perfectly situated in St Helier's fish market! And, if the lobster, turbot, monkfish and so on don't appeal, Bistro Rosa also offers a good range of vegetarian dishes and favourites such as melon with Parma ham. Service is attentive without ever veering into the over-fussy, and there's also an excellent wine selection if you fancy pairing your meal with a nice glass of something-or-other. It's not a large restaurant and its popularity is such that you may have to wait for a table if you haven't booked in advance. However, once you've eaten there once, you're pretty certain to leave already planning your next visit.

Best for: Local seafood in an unfussy, friendly environment.

Website: www.restaurantsnapshot.com/BistroRosa/

6. The Lookout Beach Cafe & Restaurant

Once a self-described "shabby cafe", The Lookout is now one of St Helier's most popular eating places. Serving breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea, dinner – and everything in between – you have a great chance of getting to enjoy a meal or just a cup of coffee in its restaurant or directly overlooking the sea in its alfresco eating area. However, such is its popularity, lunch and dinner bookings are best made in advance. Serving a range of beachside classics, including excellent seafood and burgers, plus a good selection of vegan dishes, the views across to Elizabeth Castle and St Aubin’s Bay will keep you tarrying at your table even once you've finished eating.

Best for: Great beachside-style food with views to match in the heart of St Helier.

Website: www.thelookoutjersey.com 

7. The Tipsy

Whether you want to dine-in or take-away, The Tipsy on La Route de Beaumont in the parish of St Peter is a popular dining option. As its name hints at, it's a particularly good option if you want to pair your meal with a carefully-chosen drink. As well as the usual selection of wine and spirits, The Tipsy has a huge selection of gins and real ales from around the world. On the food front, expect crowd-pleasers such as burgers, rib racks, Caesar salad and Carbona. There's also a Sunday roast menu and a reward card scheme (‘Tipsy Rewards’) that gives holders 25% off on ‘Tipsy Tuesdays’. 

Best for: Gin-lovers and quaffers of real ale.

Website: www.thetipsy.co.uk 

8. Awabi

If you're looking for modern pan-Asian cuisine served in a European-style wine bar, St Helier's Awabi is the place for you. With a name that refers to the sushi made from abalone (which, if you know where to look, you can find on Jersey's own beaches), Awabi's self-described intention is a marriage of Jersey's own produce with the best of Asian cooking - both restaurant-style and street food. Booking in advance is a must if you want the chance to try the likes of its Smacked Cucumber Salad or Crispy Deep-Fried Sea Bass. The drinks menu includes a range of Asian-inspired cocktails that make good use of saké. To round off your evening, you can even buy a t-shirt from the restaurant's own "merch" range.

Best for: Asian-fusion cuisine in wine bar-style surroundings.

Website: www.awabi.co.uk

9. Salty Dog Bar & Bistro

As popular with locals as with visitors, Salty Dog Bar & Bistro is a Jersey institution. Local produce is a real feature of its menus and with a chef that's been with the restaurant since its inception in 1998, this is a place that knows what it's doing. With a range of menus, it's as welcoming to families with young children as it is to rugby fans who go to enjoy its Pre-Rugby Special Menu. Its ‘Sunday Socials’, complete with live music and cocktails, are a particular favourite but, whenever you go, you'll find a relaxed atmosphere and a warm reception. Find "The Salty Dog" (as locals refer to it) in the pretty village of St Aubin.

Best for: Groups of all ages and for all occasions.

Website: www.saltydogbistro.com 

10. Banjo

Located in a restored Victorian Gentlemen's Club in St Helier, Banjo's opulent yet comfortable surroundings take inspiration from the urban bars and brasseries that are so popular at the moment. However, its intricate facade, impressive atrium and the banjo that once belonged to the owner's great-grandfather and is now carefully displayed in a glass-fronted wine case, all give the place that certain "je ne sais quoi". The menu promises – and delivers – something for everyone, with everything from Asian-inspired dishes to classic brasserie-style crowd pleasers. And, if you book one of its four individually-designed bedrooms, you can even be sure of eating there more than once.

Best for: History, period charm and a menu with something for everyone.

Website: www.banjojersey.com 

11. Roseville Bistro

This seafront grill on the outskirts of St Helier is not short of fans. Family-run for its first 50 years, it's a well-established local institution – and its new owners are careful guardians of the Roseville Bistro's long adherence to freshly-caught local seafood. As well as the regular menu, the monthly-changing ‘Chef's Specials’ make full use of seasonal seafood delicacies and are a great reason to make regular visits. There's also an appealing menu of cocktails (and mocktails) and, once you've eaten and drunk to your satisfaction, the small but pretty beach of Havre Des Pas is moments away – and perfect for a post-prandial stroll.

Best for: Relaxed local dining in pretty surroundings.

Website: www.rosevillebistro.co.uk 

12. Upstairs at Anley Street

Although perhaps less well-known than some of its St Helier contemporaries, Upstairs at Alley Street is no less wonderful for that. Indeed, some may say that it is it's tucked-away location that helps it retain its magic. Inside (or, rather, upstairs!), you'll find an intimate dining room, with guests enjoying modern British cuisine from a menu that changes monthly. Portion sizes are hearty so ensure you arrive hungry and, if the duck lard potatoes are on the menu, they come highly recommended. There's also a well-considered wine list and cocktails that are intriguingly subdivided into ‘Classics’ and ‘Ours’. The restaurant also welcomes family-style dining and private events.

Best for: Modern British cuisine in private yet elegant surroundings.

Website: www.upstairsatanley.je 

13. Sumas Restaurant

This small, family-run restaurant, charmingly located in a whitewashed building in St Gorey is sufficiently excellent to have an entry in the Michelin Guide. Enjoy its modern European cuisine – which uses some of the best of the island's local produce – either in the restaurant itself or on the pretty terrace. Either way, the harbour views are stunning. Lunch and midweek dinner menus change monthly and, especially if you pick the "Tennerfest Menu", represent really good value for money. There's also a whole table tasting menu, although the restaurant's popularity means this isn't available during the high summer months. Whatever you eat, why not accompany your meal with the Sumas Champagne Cocktail!

Best for: Fine dining in a relaxed environment with beautiful harbour views.

Website: http://www.sumasrestaurant.com

14. Number 10 Restaurant & Bar

One of the more recent additions to St Helier's restaurant scene, Number 10 Restaurant & Bar opened in 2016. This family-run establishment serves modern British and European cooking, and has a bar that's open all day to diners and non-diners alike. The setting and ambience are relaxed but the team behind the restaurant are no slouches in the kitchen. À la carte and tasting menus both change regularly – and both include the sort of interesting vegetarian options that are so often missing from other restaurants. As with the rest of the best of Jersey's restaurants, expect good use of local ingredients in dishes that might include creations such as "Spiced Creedy Carver duck" and "Tempura Jersey rock oyster".

Best for: Relaxed, family-run dining with great attention to detail and a varied menu.

Website: www.number10jersey.com 

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