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“Doesn't look like much, but don't let that fool you” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Nat's Place

Nat's Place
Junk's Hole Bay, Anguilla
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Ranked #40 of 110 restaurants in Anguilla
Cuisines: Caribbean
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South Florida, Florida
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“Doesn't look like much, but don't let that fool you”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Every time my wife and I visit Anguilla, we always stop at Palm Grove (aka Nat's Place) for lunch.

Palm Grove is located on Junks Hole, on the east side of the island. After you leave the main road, the road down to Junks Hole is unpaved and very rocky, though it's better than it was when I first started going there years ago. When you finally arrive, you'll see a run-down looking shack, but don't let that fool you -- the food is great!

We usually visit Anguilla at the beginning of the slow season (May or June), so there are typically few (if any) other customers when we have lunch at Palm Grove. On this visit (in early June), we were the only ones there. Nat, the owner, wasn't there, because he wasn't feeling well that day -- a man named Adrian was there in his place. We had the grilled fish, as we usually do, and it was great as always. The meals come with johnny cakes, which are always great too. We ordered rum punches, and Adrian told he didn't have any fruit juice on hand, but he immediately ran out to a store to pick some up for us. (They were good too.)

Like the restaurant, the beach at Junks Hole is always pretty empty, so you have the place to yourselves. Other than Palm Grove, there are no business or homes near the beach, and it's not maintained as well as some of the others on the island, so there can be a bit of debris washed up on shore. However, the beach was relatively clean on this visit. The section of the beach near Palm Grove is rocky, and the snorkeling is supposed to be good in that area. I tried snorkeling there on a previous visit, but it wasn't that good (at least on that day). so I haven't tried again since. If you walk down the beach away from Palm Grove, it gets much less rocky and better for swimming.

You really ought to give Palm Grove a try if you haven't been there yet. It's a unique experience that you won't have anywhere else, and the great food will make it worth your while. I've posted a few photos to give you a feel for the place, but you really need to experience it in person.

  • Visited June 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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meeechigan1
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48 reviews 48 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“An afternoon experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2013

The palm grove bar and grill deserves nothing excellent. Between nat and Wendy as well as nat's sons when they are on Anguilla make this a special place.
It is rustic and located on a great sparsely populated beach. Great for walking.
The food is just right. The lobster and crayfish are caught just before opening. Ribs and chicken combo is always great. Must have the Johnnycakes.
It is a great beach environment run by warm friendly people and it is a fun adventure to find it.
If you don't want a great experience then stay at the viceroy and venture off their property

  • Visited April 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Houston, Texas
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Real beach shack lunch.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Ribs were great. Nat was lovely and welcoming. Lobster at another table looked wonderful...only the shells left. Johhycakes were fun, cole slaw relish. Love the beach. Almost private. Protected from the waves. Hike to either end of the cove and end up at Nat's. to me, we'll worth the drive.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Buffalo, New York
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“Fun and Relaxing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We love Savannah Bay. It's that simple. The beach probably gets 20 people per day at most, so it's a very quiet and simple place. That said, its's great to have a place like Nat's there. Nat shows up around 11 to begin preparing and cooks things to order. We ordered a warm lobster salad and some snapper for lunch. It probably took 45 minutes to get our food because Nat actually fires up the grill and cooks things fresh. This is not a quick eating spot, but if you're the type of person that loves Savannah Bay and enjoy peace and quiet, you won't mind watching the palm trees and having a few drinks while you wait. The food for us was worth the wait. If you're willing to drive across the island and don't mind a dirt road, this is a wonderful spot. We stayed on Meads Bay and always kept coming back to the East End!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“An authentic beach bum experience, wth Great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2012

This location is not manicured - it goes for the resturant and the beach. Both are well looked after by Nat and his crew, with thier modest and heartfelt means. An authentic beach exerience of finding a place off the beaten path is the vibe, and hope you lost your wories at the main road.

Look for the Palm Grove Resturant signs at the main drag. One of the maps from Avis has a turn off too quick if you are heading from the west side. Keep on the main road till you see the second access road to Savanah Bay. The road is best with a SUV, but many others there had sedans. When you get there, make sure you get your order in ahead of time. Nothing is pre-cooked, and can take a while. Also if you are really in need of trying the Crawfish, then make sure you get there early, as Nat might sell out.

As for snorkeling, give it some time, as active spots vary. So go ahead and spread out a little. Also try not to disturb the fish traps, which I think are set by Nat.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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