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“Go early to enjoy kind family hospitality...” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Dickie's Best Kept Secret

Dickie's Best Kept Secret
on the Main Road, Port Antonio, Jamaica
809 6276
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Ranked #15 of 36 Restaurants in Port Antonio
Cuisines: Caribbean
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Ankara, Ankara, Turkey
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
“Go early to enjoy kind family hospitality...”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2012

We asked recommendations of local people for places to eat tasty sea food. We were recommended to go to D's Best Kept Secret. Later we saw that it is recommended in our guide book (LP) as well.

Although we had our own means of transport, it was not easy to find the location. By chance, we were there around 18:00, early before people arrive; so we got the best table, with the fresh wind and sea view and most important enough time to enjoy the family hospitality.

Since my friend eats very little, we requested to take one set menu instead of two, to share. At first he said no, but later since there were no people and we really mean, he accepted to give us a single set menu, but he brought the soup and starters for two.

That day it was the curry lobster-steamed fish day. Overall the food was tasty, but not superb.

But the real fun was the interesting place, to discover the eclectic tables/tablewares, family (dad, mom, son) run service and chat with the family before and during the food. They are really very very nice and kind people.

I believe if were to go at the busy hours, we wouldn't be able to chat and enjoy their friendship, which was definitely more enjoyable, than having food.

You will easily find better food in Jamaica, but definetly not this hospitality and friendship. Go when it is calm and don't miss to listen about Jolly Boys.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Dickies - not worth the price of admission”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2012

In short, the main course was mush, and then he tried to rip us off. No thanks - can not recommend.

Wish I had known that the "Best kept Secret" was the name of the place, not a recommendation. Dickie is a nice enough fellow, very attentive. We went there expecting to pay 1500 JMD each for dinner. There was only one other couple there that night. We had Lobster and shrimp, although there was no shrimp. Part of the dinner was a veggie omlet, which was really very good. The lobster was mush - consistency of mashed potatoes, the result of being frozen too long or perhaps dethawed and refrozen. Dickie attended to us very nicely, until the end of the meal. He was off smoking (ahem), but when we got up to leave and calll for him he popped right out. However instead of the advertised 1500 JMD, he asked for 3200 JMD each! We talked with him about it (1500 is the breakfast price - which I doubt he's open for breakfast), then told us a price for lunch which he later said was something different again. He finally took the 1500 each, but think he 'got' the other couple.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Whitchurch, United Kingdom
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15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Don't bother going”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2012

I don't know why it is ranked so highly in the Lonely Planet guide - including "reservations essential". It is mpossible to find, and although the uneven sloping floor will be quaint to some it could also be a shack to others. Worse was that the food was just not interesting enough and frankly massively overpriced. We had lunch the next day in Kingston (Red Bones Blues Restaurant) and paid the same money for a much better meal in a proper restaurant.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Muskegon, Michigan, USA
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“unbelievable experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2012

It's little more than a hut perched over a cliff; but we'd heard of it both from reviews and from other visitors (from Belgium, no less!) and really wanted to give it a try. Dickie didn't disappoint - a five course meal as the moon came up over the bay.

Visited April 2012
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Clearwater Beach, FL
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25 restaurant reviews
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“I side with PlumJuice”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 27, 2012

VERY unique "shack" built down the side of the cliff - something a rummed up Jamacian Frank Lloyd Wright wannabee might design. The building is woth the price of the meal - I have seen nothing quite so interesting in a restaurant in 40 years of travel. As for the food - we had an advantage. We were with a Jamacian Tourist Board "Meet the Peopl" host who called ahead and scheduled the menu. Like PlumJuice, we had a broth soup with clove accents, followed by the vegetable omelet, followed by a large lobster and 3 King Fish fillets. Cake for desert. Total bill was 6500 JMD. Maybe being with a local helped, but we were very happy with our meal. BTW - the place only has room for about 12 people, so call ahead

  • Visited January 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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