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Uncle Joe's Barbecue

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Cruz Bay, St. John
340.693.8806
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Good for:
Families with children
Local cuisine
Dining on a budget

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  • 31
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3.5 of 5 stars
Best BBQ I've had

Small place but the food is amazing. If you are on St John you must stop and try these ribs, or a combo. So delicious.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 30, 2015
zachberger
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Rochester, New York
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
  • Dining on a budget
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
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286 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Rochester, New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015 NEW

Small place but the food is amazing. If you are on St John you must stop and try these ribs, or a combo. So delicious.

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Nederland
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24 reviews 24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We had previously stopped at this place during a day trip to the island. The food was good, but service was "sparse". We assumed it was related to the time of day we visited (we were the only people there). We decided to give them another try this trip. Pretty much same story. Food was good and we were able... More 

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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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14 reviews 14 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

Fantastic ribs, chicken & drinks...great Rum Punch! How this joint isn't rated higher is perplexing as the BBQ rivals Chicago & Alabama, so I highly recommend Uncle Joes.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Came here on the recommendation of my sister. Really casual restaurant, with a little bit of an island attitude. We sat ourselves, and they asked us to move to a smaller table so they could accommodate larger parties if they came. Don't expect peppy service with a smile, but food is well-priced (for St John) and AMAZING. Had the chicken... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Small spot right on the corner. Nothing fancy at all, plastic chairs. But possibly the best ribs I've ever had. Can't wait to go back!

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Toronto, ON
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7 reviews 7 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I've had the privilege of visiting St. John's twice now and you just can't go without having at least one meal at Uncle Joe's. It's that good. Ribs and Chicken with a BBQ sauce (plus some hot sauce on the side if you ask for it) that make you want to propose marriage to whomever is doing the cooking just... More 

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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

If you are looking for great barbecue this is the place. Large portions for not a lot of money with good side dishes. My husband and I actually split a rib/chicken meal and had plenty of food (although we weren't starving beforehand by any means). This is by no means a fine dining experience so don't expect that. There are... More 

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Mentor, Ohio
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16 reviews 16 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015 via mobile

Stop into uncle joes anytime and you will have a great and reasonably priced bbq meal. We ate at uncle joes a couple times over the last few trips to St. John, the chicken and ribs always are so tender and delicious. Enjoy a Presidente with your meal and people watch on this ideal little three way intersection.

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Indiana
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13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2015

If this was an actual restaurant I may give it a 5. It is located in the heart of Cruz Bay and has some seating, about 6 tables. You order at the counter. I had take out one night. I had called about an hour prior and it was ready at the time I had asked. I love the taste... More 

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Ballston Lake, New York
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27 reviews 27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

Bragged to new friends and sister about this. Went in 7ish and got very unfriendly reception...we're well aware of the greeting requirements on the islands and attempted the 'good evening' but the response was 'we've only got ribs' as a menu is handed to us. Why the menu then? No service with a smile. Ribs were delish! Corn overlooked and... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Cruz Bay, St. John
  • Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. John
  • Phone Number: 340.693.8806

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget

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