This trio of the genuinely intriguing restaurants of Charlotte Amalie lie side by side beside the WICO docks, immediately adjacent to where some of the world's biggest cruise ships moor. Each of the three is part of a fast-evolving marina/hotel/condo development, Yacht Haven Grande. The most expensive, formal, and elegant of the three restaurants is Grande Cru, whose meticulously crafted dining room manages to be both romantic and jazzy at the same time. Tables spill outdoors onto a covered veranda that's open to a view of privately owned yachts. Look for stylish menu items which include braised short ribs on horseradish and lemon risotto, pistachio and basil-crusted goat cheese on greens with a truffle-flavored vinaigrette, and a succulent version of roasted chicken with preserved lemon and sun-dried tomatoes.
The charming middle-bracket contender within the group is Wikked, a breezy, amiable, and likable restaurant that some of the local boat and condo owners have transformed into their favorite. And the most raucous and animated is Fat Turtle, a booze-and-burger joint that's a favorite with the college crowd looking for flavorful grub, very stiff drinks, and large-screen TVs broadcasting sporting events.
- © Frommer's 2013
- Recommended 2010
- tel: 340/775-8CRU (775-8278); Wikked tel. 340/775-8WKD (775-8953); Fat Turtle 340/775-8FAT (775-8328)
- In the Yacht Haven Marina. Grande Cru
- St. Thomas, St. Thomas
St. Thomas - Charlotte Amalie
- Grande Cru Mon-Fri noon-3pm; daily 5-10pm. Wikked Mon-Sat 11am-10pm; Sun 8am-10pm. Fat Turtle daily 11am-10pm
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