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Evita's Italian Restaurant

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Italian, Caribbean, Fusion, Pasta, Jamaican
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Eden Bower Rd., Ocho Rios no zip needed, Jamaica
876 974 2333
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Description: Set in an authentic 1860 Gingerbread House, overlooking Ocho Rios, Evita's...
Set in an authentic 1860 Gingerbread House, overlooking Ocho Rios, Evita's opened in 1989 and has established a reputation for great service, ambiance, decor, view and excellent Italian and Jam-Italian 'fun' creations. All food is cooked to order. Celebrities keep frequenting Evita's as they really enjoy it's romantic atmosphere and, also appreciate, 'value for money'....Occasionally there is live entertainment, usually, a 'guest star' appearance.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Fantastic food,great service,beautiful view!!!!!

Can,t believe we were at same restaurant as the writer of August 23rd review because we certainly had a first class experience. Every time my family and I visit the Island we eat at Evita's. The owner is a vivacious and charming Italian lady who has managed to combine her love of her native food... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 29, 2015
Marlene C
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Toronto
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Romantic
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Families with children
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Roseville, Michigan
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

I could have gotten better if I went and picked up pasta and a canned sauce. I'm sorry, but I was not impressed. It took a long time for them to cook our lunch/dinner. We were the only guests in the Resaurant mid afternoon. Perhaps we missed all the crowds.

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Toronto
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2015 NEW

Can,t believe we were at same restaurant as the writer of August 23rd review because we certainly had a first class experience. Every time my family and I visit the Island we eat at Evita's. The owner is a vivacious and charming Italian lady who has managed to combine her love of her native food with the exotic and colourful... More 

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London
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Although the view is pretty and the garden/entrance area is nice - sadly the food does not match up. We ordered the Bruschetta - we got 3 small slices of stale French bread with a tomato/onion/vinegarette dressing, the Mozzarella starter was a frozen breaded lump which tasted like it had been microwaved. For our mains we ordered 'Papa's delight' and... More 

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Evitas, Owner at Evita's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your AWFUL review and all the absolutely ‘unfounded’ statements of stale French bread (toasted garlic crostini), microwaved Mozzarella (did you actually come and see us microwave it?) soggy pasta in a pool of water (pictures show too much sauce, no water), tinned tomato sauce (absolutely WRONG as we make tomato sauce every day) and crunchy onions which... More 

County Dublin, Ireland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

Something different to the local Jamaican cuisine! if you're really in the mood for Italian this is the place to go! I'm not sure how many other Italian restaurants you will find in Ocho Rios. The menu attempts to include local recipes and put a "Jamaican twist" on typical Italian food which is sweet. The cocktails are lovely too! but... More 

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Evitas, Owner at Evita's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Maria, for your lovely review and recommendation! Yes, Evita’s tries to please not only the various ‘foodies’ with its creative Menu, but also, does not discriminate against anyone, creating a private garden (with orchids!), where a cigarette, along w/ a cocktail (and even food), can be enjoyed…. Ciao! Eva More 

Kingston, Jamaica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

Absolutely amazing Experience!. Food great and the ambience perfect from the decor to the spectacular view. Food is definitely on the pricey side and the serving portions are small but the quality of the food paired with the view made the experience exceptional. I must return for the ravioli!!

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Evitas, Owner at Evita's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Whitty, for your great review. Will certainly make sure to have the ravioli ready, for you… Ciao! Eva More 

Washington, Virginia
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65 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

The view is beautiful and the food is good. The prices are a little high and the service is goodish....I got the bruschetta and the signature pasta... My boyfriend got he lamb chops with pasta... The lamb chops were not cooked to the correct temperature and did not have any seasoning and were small for the price. I do like... More 

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Evitas, Owner at Evita's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Bonnie, for your review. Looking forward to seeing you, soon, again… Ciao! Eva More 

Leesburg, Virginia
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015

Wonderful evening with great friends and family. Beautiful view and very romantic. Great food and service was superb.

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Evitas, Owner at Evita's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Claudette, for your great review. I certainly appreciate it and so will my staff! Ciao, Eva More 

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015

The meal was okay... it certainly wasn't the best food we'd had on our trip. The service, or the lack thereof, was surprising. We'd had such great experiences everywhere else we'd been. Our waiter wasn't very attentive, not personable at all, and the the close quarters in the dining area made the rest of the staff seem aloof and unengaging... More 

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Evitas, Owner at Evita's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you for your review, Rashiid. If you let me know what day and time you came, I can address the waiter/s in question and let them know that they are projecting an ‘unengaging’, aloof and un-attentive image…. It could be my fault as I do discourage certain familiarities allowed in all inclusive hotels and expressions like: How are you... More 

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15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 via mobile

Evita's is a nice Italian restaurant that also serves Jamaican food. Nestled on a hill near Ocho Rios, it offers a lovely view of the town. The food is delicious with an authentic Italian taste. The server was professional and helpful. I enjoyed my dining experience.

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Evitas, Owner at Evita's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Joni-Gaye, for you great review. Will certainly communicate to my staff, as an encouragement, to keep up the good work. Ciao! Eva More 

Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2015

There are not too many upscale, independent restaurants located in Ocho Rios anymore. Evita's serves excellent food and is in a gorgeous setting. It can get ridiculously pricey however if you are not careful. It can be a great place for a romantic rendezvous or a lunch or dinner with friends.

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Evitas, Owner at Evita's Italian Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you, Dital, for your so descriptive, review. I am sorry that, the evening you came, the service was a little slow. I will try to remedy this aspect, and remind, AGAIN, my waiters and cooks, that in the restaurant industry, the ‘Adage’ here: ‘Jamaica Time’ is a NO, NO! Ciao! Eva More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Eden Bower Rd., Ocho Rios no zip needed, Jamaica
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Jamaica  >  Saint Ann Parish  >  Ocho Rios
  • Phone Number: 876 974 2333

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 3 - 29
  • Cuisine: Italian, Caribbean, Fusion, Pasta, Jamaican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions, Families with children

Description

Set in an authentic 1860 Gingerbread House, overlooking Ocho Rios, Evita's opened in 1989 and has established a reputation for great service, ambiance, decor, view and excellent Italian and Jam-Italian 'fun' creations. All food is cooked to order. Celebrities keep frequenting Evita's as they really enjoy it's romantic atmosphere and, also appreciate, 'value for money'....Occasionally there is live entertainment, usually, a 'guest star' appearance.

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