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Evita's Italian Restaurant

Eden Bower Rd., Ocho Rios no zip needed, Jamaica
876 974 2333
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Ranked #4 of 75 restaurants in Ocho Rios
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $3 - $29
Cuisines: Italian, Jamaican, Pasta, Fusion
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
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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English first
London, United Kingdom
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014 NEW

My family recently visited Evita's for our parent's wedding anniversary whilst on holiday in Ocho Rios. It was recommended to us by a local and we could not be happier. The restaurant was comfortable and classy, with a lush garden feel, set on the side of the hill- so a breathtaking view! We were initially a little overwhelmed by the... More

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

Thank you for your wonderful review and compliments! Yes, the Jerk Spaghetti, pasta Entrée, has been a hit from the day I opened: on Dec. 4, 1989, Gourmet and Bon Apetit, Magazines, even asked that I give them the recipe! I am really happy you enjoyed being at Evita’s and look forward to seeing you again, when you visit Ocho... More

Kanab, Utah
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2014 NEW

Evita's was a lifesaver from the poor cuisine we experienced at our all inclusive resort. Wonderful mix of hearty italian and Jamaica flavors. The view was nice, and the overall ambience was so charming. Eva, the restaurant's owner, was lovely. We got an extra special treat with a live jazz band, "Joe's Band" playing that night as a fundraiser for... More

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

Thank you, Mimi, for your lovely review and compliments! Yes, the night that Joe Sizemore Band played was a super FUN evening as this great band was really also enjoying their ‘Jamming’ and ‘feeling’ the crowd’s reaction. All patrons, including myself, were on our feet, either dancing or applauding, until very late, that evening. This band will be back next... More

Ocho Rios
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

Me and my wife went here for our anniversary dinner. As we were completing our meals we were debating on if we should have a dessert before we go. I n the middle of it. I looked up and was greeted with a smile from Miss Eva told her the event and she said give them a free dessert and... More

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

Thank you, Kemrod, for your great review and recommendations. Actually, it is our policy, once we find out it is someone’s birthday, to make sure that we place a candle on the dessert ordered and deliver it singing Happy Birthday. Return guests, are often treated to the dessert, on a complimentary basis. I am really happy that this gesture made... More

Adel, Georgia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2014

My husband and I enjoyed a romantic hours long dinner at this charming hillside restaurant above Ochie. It was our first visit to Jamaica and we were so unhappy with our all inclusive that we sought out a local place for dinner. We made an excellent choice. The service was lovely. We enjoyed Ms. Patricia and a personal visit from... More

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

Thank you, Adel, for your so enthusiastic and comprehensive, review. Yes, I did notice that you were really enjoying the evening so I thought I would make it even more interesting introducing you to a Jamaican, after dinner liqueur, which is made here, from the berries of the Pimento tree and, very few visitors know about it. Hopefully you will... More

Los Angeles, California
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

The location, view and ambiance are awesome and worth the drive. Food is ok, not spectacular, a bit overpriced. They overcharged us for wine and dessert and argued despite the fact they knew they were wrong. So that ruined it for us. Make sure you triple check what they charge.

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

Thank you for your review. I remember passing by you, several times and commenting how happy I was, as a ‘grandma’, to see your children ‘devouring’ their food … and, checking how you are doing… I was then, later, called by the waitress, to help in solving your quite irate complaint. After listening to you and checking the bill, I... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 28, 2014

The island already provides such a wonderful atmosphere, step foot into Evita's italian restaurant and feel the warm italian hospitality mixed with the jamaican roots. The food is a must, great jamaican italian fusion with a little wine really set the mood and the view is truly a gem.

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

Thank you, Manu, for your wonderful review. It is nice to hear that we have mixed so well, the Italian & Jamaican best assets and ‘ingredients’ to be able to create a great experience. Thank you again, for appreciating this. Looking forward to hosting you again, soon… Ciao! Eva More

Martinsville, Virginia
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 25, 2014

Who would've thought you could get wonderful Italian food in Jamaica?! Great hospitality, wonderful décor. Joe Sizemore and Friends' live jazz performance was a highlight. The wonderful Evita herself made for a fantastic evening with her charming personality. The food was amazing, and the mojitos were spot on perfect. You cannot miss this stop while in Ocho Rios!

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

Thank you, David, for your wonderful review and compliments! The evening was made even more special, by Joe Sizemore band. YES, we do serve great Mojitos as we do not use a Mojito mix but ‘muddle’ the granulated sugar w/ fresh lime and fresh mint (from our garden), for each drink before adding the double shot of Bacardi rum, splash... More

Glenview, Illinois
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19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Evita's is up on a hill so the view is amazing! It is decorated with a lot of charm. The food is mostly Italian, but with a Jamaican flare. The food is excellent. Don't miss this one!

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

Thank you, Susie, for your great review and recommendation! I hope you will make it Evita’s again, soon… Ciao! Eva More

Chicago, Illinois
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

A friend recommended Evita's. I thought the place was quant, but the food was okay. I was surprised that there was no fresh fish considering it's on an island. I also made the mistake of going for dinner. I'm a magnet for mosquitoes and as soon as dusk hit it was over for me. The view was excellent but I... More

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

Thank you, Empress, for your review. Despite the fact that Jamaica is an island, the fishermen (due to weather conditions and on holidays) do not go out every day this is why my menu does not say ‘fresh’ fish of the day, but fish of the day which might have been stored in the freezer, when necessary… Sometimes, after a... More

Martinsville, Virginia
2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2014

One word comes to mind when I think about Evita's - FABULOUS! Our first trip to Jamaica was highlighted by having the best meal of our entire trip at Evita's. The cozy atmosphere, beautiful views, ecclectic yet comfortable decor, and delicious food made this a wonderful dining experience for us. Our appetizers were so delicious (especially the octopus) that we... More

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

Thank you Suzy for your fabulous review and compliments! It was a PLEASURE seeing you enjoy your food so much and having a good time listening to the wonderful Jazz performance of Joe Sizemore and Friends. I was having a GREAT time also, and really appreciate that you did too… Ciao! Eva More

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