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“Felt like family - played soccer with nephew on the beach after” 5 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 #11 of 30 restaurants in Port Antonio
Cuisines: Caribbean
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Fort Myers, Florida
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Felt like family - played soccer with nephew on the beach after”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2013

This was by far the most amazing dining experience I have ever had! We were the only couple dining. Dickie and his family including his grandson (who was 11 at the time, 13 or nearly 14 now, waited on us. Dickie cooked and his son served us lobster that melted in our mouths and several other tasty courses. They really allowed us privacy to do whatever we wanted. We struck up a conversation and after dessert sat with us while we talked and learned more about their family, the restaurant, the history, and their culture. They invited us to their private beach after dinner and we went out and played soccer with the neighborhood kids, swam and relaxed. When we went to leave they offered us coco-water from coconuts they had just pick!
AMAZING!
GO!

  • Visited July 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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  • English first
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  • Italian first
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English first
Corner Brook, Canada
Contributor
18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“PERSONAL!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2013

We were the only diners at this little shack on the side of the road..when you pull up you think that not even two people can fit inside..or that its going to fall down around you..and how good can the food be??..well..negative to all the above..it is very small..and a little old and slanted//and you think u r going to fall off the edge of the cliff lol..but you are treated like royalty when you walk through the door..they only offer red stripe to drink(which was great for us but don't expect an extensive wine or soda list) but you get a five course meal (that your hotel or villa will order in advance..you tell them what you want.. from jerk chicken to seafood and they will prepare it for you no problem mon)..also it was a special occasion so with a little preparation my husband and I were so lucky to have one of the original Jolly Boys(who started the whole Jamaican music movement) meet us there and serenade us during our entire stay which was so authentic Jamaican and so heartfelt that it brought tears to my eyes..I thought I would be so dissapointed when I pulled up outside this little restaurant..I left with nothing but happiness and joy in my heart..along with a full belly and memories to last me a lifetime!!

Visited February 2013
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31 reviews 31 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Best Spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

Gotta love Dickies. The location is scary but spectacular. With a little notice, they will prepare anything your heart desires. Its expensive for what it is, but worth it.

Visited November 2012
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Penang Island, Malaysia
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“time to take away another star!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2013

Been last night at dickie's, I go often to jamaica and less in port antonio, but after a good experience in 2008 I decided to come back...
Was not nice...after a fruit plate and the classical jamaican soup it start to horror...an omelet soak in water from the vegetable was a no-no...followed by a deep fried fish with the same vegetables, a super-dry lobster stuffed with plain rice!!!??...and a plate of rice with boiled potatoes with some salad topped with the ketchup and mayonnaise!!??...the meal end with a dry coffee'/kraft creamer and a cheap chocolate cake (at least give me a fresh made jamaican blue mountain coffee' and some warm fresh chocolate cake with some local cacao..)
I normally dont write review and not complain, but visitors should be warn do not go there...was for us a special family reunion and we wanted to have a special dinner...
In jamaica you can eat more fresher and more nicer for much more less...fares start at 500jmd set in any place of the island, this meal was charged 2500jmd, is not expensive compare to overseas standard but it is for jamaica, and i was prefer to eat chicken (you dont choose the menu, they prepare fresh, this is what they say at least...) but at least a good chicken!
the place is run by rasta, that normally they believe in natural and fresher food and lifestyle...
ketchup?...mayonnaise?....kraft??...dry coffee'??...I dont think so!!

  • Visited January 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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New York City
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“If you like awkward and unenjoyable dinning experiences then eat here”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013

I had read a review of this place in a guide book prior to my arrival and was very intrigued, but I wish I had checked trip advisor before dinning here. What a weird and unenjoyable experience this was. You select if you want fish or chicken upon making your reservation. Once seated there was no communication between us and the server. He started us off with a fruit plate, then soup, followed by an omelet, then striped bass collar with sides and a loaf cake with instant coffee (in Jamaica!). The fish was horrible. Collar is one of the most boney cuts and was definitely not what I expected when ordering fish earlier that day. The bill came to around $75 for two people, which is not bad for multiple courses and two beers, but to end an already odd experience the server was not able to provide us with change and ended up with a $25 tip. The shack itself is interesting to be in, and the view is lovely, but I am sad to say that I think the restaurants hay day is over. I would definitely not recommend anyone to dine here. Go to bushbar at Geejam instead for good food and good service.

  • Visited December 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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