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Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay, St. John
+1 340-693-8340
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Ranked #7 of 42 Restaurants in Cruz Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $19
Sun 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Mon - Sat 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: Pizza, Healthy, Bar, Café
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Good for: Families with children, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Description: Sun Dog Cafe is a great casual dining option, and home to the Gecko Gazebo, our open air bar overlooking the gracious center courtyard of Mongoose Junction. A New York Times Travel and Leisure Pick for St. John, we serve lunch daily, dinner on weekdays, and brunch on Sunday in season. Don't Miss the Sunday Night Jam, from 7-10 pm weekly, a great musical event with local and visiting talent. Welcome!
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Dodge City, KS
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

We did not eat a meal but just dessert. I had the key lime pie (an individual mini pie) and my husband enjoyed a smoothie. We liked the pie so much that we went back and had another one on a different evening. The" burrito that ate Cruz Bay" looked very good and people seemed to be enjoying their food.... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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95 reviews 95 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We make a point of eating at Sun Dog Cafe each time we come to St. John. We particularly love the fish tacos. Very friendly and accommodating wait staff too.

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Los Altos, California
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97 reviews 97 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
77 helpful votes 77 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

You can't really ask for much more than that. We showed up at around 1:15pm and there was an empty table available right away. Our waitress was friendly and efficient getting our orders and putting the food/drinks on the table. I had the chicken roti which I thought was very good, a lot of flavor and good chicken/potato/veggie balance. Coconut... More 

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Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Paul Thanks for the positive review, good notes and glad you enjoyed. On the beer selection, there are a very limited number of brands being brought into the territory, and we have the most popular of those.... Paradise ain't perfect, but we do the best we can Thanks again, and we hope to see you again soon Michael SDC... More 

Yorba Linda, California
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6 reviews 6 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

We picked the location because of the atmosphere and ambience. The service and the food brought us back more than once in our short time on the island. We loved the food. The iced tea wasn't great (maybe if they used another brand of tea bags?). But everything else was excellent.

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Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the very positive review-- so glad you enjoyed. And thanks for the tip on the iced tea-- we are actually in the process of testing new brands and methods for making it great. Hope to see you again soon, Michael, SDC Proprietor More 

Barrington, Illinois, United States
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The first time i went, they didnt have fruit, forgot my order, and didnt bring my whole order. I ended up getting mac and cheese and it was nasty. The second time, I ordered pizza garlic dips and they brought me kids pizza The third time, i didnt get a menu as my whole family did, and then they took... More 

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Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

Wow. So genuinely sorry you didn't enjoy. Some of the information in the review is a little confusing to me, though. We don't have fruit on the menu. The mac and cheese is a side order; sorry you didn't enjoy. We don't have "garlic pizza dips" on the menu, but do have a side order of "garlic pizza points" and... More 

Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

we have been going to st. john for years and have walked past the Sun Dog many times. This year, we finally decided to give it a try and what a fabulous experience! The food was outstanding and Tina, our waitress was like visiting a good friend. This is a MUST DO while visiting St. John and Mongoose Junction. Pat... More 

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Austin, Texas
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I read great reviews of this restaurant and decided to have dinner one night of our vacation. The food was outstanding. The ingredients used were fresh and my boyfriend and I were happy with our selections. I had the Shrimp Angela and he had the Jerk Chicken quesadillas. The service was mediocre, at best. We decided to dine at the... More 

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Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks so much for the review and glad you enjoyed the food. I did a little research on what occurred with the bartender, and was told that she had absented herself to assist with other guests in the dining area. As a result of your comments, though, we will make sure that the bartender communicates this with the guests in... More 

Augusta, Georgia, United States
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015 via mobile

When you walk up to Sun Dog you might think burgers, fingers and fries, but this cool outdoor cafe's dishes are fresh, tasty, "clever" and presented beautifully. The wait staff are pleasant and professional. The setting in Mongoose Junction is "cool romantic!! It's a DON'T MISS while on St. John.

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Santa Monica, CA
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58 reviews 58 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We ended up there late one night. Very friendly staff, nice bar, food was surprisingly good for a bar.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

This was our second trip to St. John. We were looking for dinner ideas in Cruz Bay and came across reviews for the Sun Dog Cafe. All 3 of us loved our meals. Pizza was great. Good crust, cheese and sauce, generous with the toppings. Chicken Roti was excellent. Our son had the burger and loved it. Quick, friendly service.... More 

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Additional Information about Sun Dog Cafe

Address: Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay, St. John
Phone Number: +1 340-693-8340
Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. John  >  Cruz Bay
Open Hours:
Sunday 10:00 am - 9:00 pm
Monday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Thursday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Friday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Saturday 11:00 am - 9:00 pm
Average Prices: USD 5 - 19
Cuisine: Pizza, Healthy, Bar, Café

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