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“CLOSEST TO "'COTTAGES"......” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Beach Side Cafe

Beach Side Cafe
127 Smithfield | Sand Castle on the Beach Hotel, Frederiksted 00840, St. Croix
+1 340-772-1266
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Ranked #4 of 16 Restaurants in Frederiksted
Price range: $12 - $35
Cuisines: American, Eclectic, Café, Wine Bar
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Good for: Families with children, Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Enjoy our beautiful, open-air, seaside terrace restaurant offering cuisine to satiate discriminating palates in a romantic Caribbean setting. Picture yourself looking out into the horizon from your beach side table and watching the spectacular sunset each and every day! Dining at the Beach Side Cafe is truly an extraordinary experience. Lunches are casual, breezy, and scrumptious, and dinner is simply a magical moment wrapped up into a perfect evening. The Iguana Lounge features daily Happy Hour specials and small plates to accompany your favorite cocktail and join us for live local music every Saturday night.
Melbourne, Florida
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17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“CLOSEST TO "'COTTAGES"......”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2013

Just next door. Very good food, good menu, great (and reasonable) drinks. It is right next door to "Cottages By The Sea" so very handy. Food prices can be "high" but the selection is good.

Visited September 2013
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“Stumbled on the best burger joint in the Caribbean”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2013

We literally stumbled on this little hide-away on our way back from Sandy Point beach. We walked from the cruise ship port to the beach, and on our way back we found this restaurant. Great burger, outstanding view, and friendly staff. I would recommend this restaurant to any visitor to St. Croix. While not the equivalent of a 5 star restaurant in the states, the location, view, and the fact it's in the Caribbean gives it such high marks.

I will never be back to this island, however, due to the aggressive, hateful locals.

  • Visited August 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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SpiritMixer, Owner at Beach Side Cafe, responded to this review, September 6, 2013
Good Day to the Adventurers!
Great to hear that you happened upon a great burger, and of course very
chagrined to hear of your less than pleasant exchange with some folks you happened upon.
The rest of us friendly island folk would welcome the opportunity to over-ride that experience and welcome you into of the fold of those who appreciate life's preciousness.
Wishing you and yours more of the positive and the ability to over-ride the negative without it overshadowing life many wondrous, fleeting moments.
Warm regards from the west end of Stx
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Riverview, Florida, United States
1 review
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
“Awesome adventure at Beach Side Cafe”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

It was our first experience visiting the Island of St.Croix and we got the privledge of staying at The Sand Castle. The room we got was awesome and the tropical atmosphere was amazing. We decided to have dinner at The Beach Side Cafe and got the most amazing waiter ever . Bruno he was very friendly and kind,gave us lots of info as places to see. It was a experience we will never forget. Bruno is truly a amazing person. We truly grew through watching the stars and Spiritually with Bruno. He takes pride in his job and does what he can do to make all feel welcome there. We for sure are planning on coming again and hope that Bruno is still there to wait our table ...He was very accomadating to sing my fiancée Happy Birthday his voice is amazing. We can honestly say that we made a friend for ever with Bruno.

  • Visited July 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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“Good on Monday- terrible on Saturday.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013 via mobile

We arrived on Monday night and since we were staying next door, decided to eat dinner at the beach side cafe...they were about to close so we were pretty much the only customers. The food was awesome as well as the service. (Robert and Bruno waited on us and were great!) we rebooked for Saturday night. We were so thrilled with the food we looked forward to our meal all week.

Got there and there was a gigantic table full of a big party. We got our food, mine was cold and tasteless. The wine was bad as well. (The 45 dollar bottle of wine had a screw off cap!) I sent my fish back -it was cold and not cooked, and the second time was just as bad. We were also looking forward to the live music, but the jazz singer sounded like an opera singer, so the music was bad as well.

Service-we were definitely not the priority. The big table was obviously taking every waiter they had. So when I asked them to take my mahi back and cook it more, the waitress instead went and served drinks to another table.


Dessert, we asked for a dessert menu, -2 times. so our waitress instead tried to"remember" I remembered a little of the desserts in the original menu so I had to sort of "guide" her. We never saw a dessert menu. Afterward we tried to pay with the same credit card we used on Monday, and they said they "did not accept " that kind of card. Yikes.

So 200 dollars later, bad music, bad food, bad service and bad wine. Waste of time and money. My husband was very mad that we were out so much for a pretty bad experience.

It is a beautiful location and Bruno got us a table right by the water. We should have just brought sandwiches and our own wine and the experience would have been better.

If you go avoid the busy times and only accept Robert and Bruno as waiters. We probably would only come back if they were not busy. It is too bad since the food and service were so good just a few days prior.

  • Visited August 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Amazing view, personable service, and delicious cuisine!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2013

We just had an amazing romantic dinner on the beach. Bruno set up our table right on the beach. The ocean view and the sound of gentle waves along with the delicious and mouth watering cuisine made our dinner the best one we have ever experienced. Bruno was an excellent waiter and made our stay at St. Croix one to treasure forever. Bruno even had some suggestions of places to visit on the island. Bruno exemplifies the feel of the island and of being laid back and enjoying the island flavors to their fullest potential! Definitely check out this gem of a restaurant when you visit St. Croix!

  • Visited July 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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