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“Excellent Food, Nice Ambience, Good Value” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Virgin Fire Bar & Grill

Virgin Fire Bar & Grill
2nd Floor, Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John
+1 340-777-3473
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Ranked #24 of 40 restaurants in Cruz Bay
Price range: $12 - $50
Cuisines: Caribbean, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Virgin Fire Bar & Grill serves contemporary caribbean cuisine in a comfortable and beautiful dining room.
Des Moines, Iowa
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58 reviews 58 reviews
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110 helpful votes 110 helpful votes
“Excellent Food, Nice Ambience, Good Value”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Our family of 6---all adults---had an excellent experience at Virgin Fire last week. The remodeled space is very attractive and features beautiful stonework, a high ceiling, an outdoor porch, and lovely artwork by well-known St. John artist, Kim Boulon. My own view is that this is more of an "upscale casual" place as opposed to fine dining, but everyone has a different view of this. We went on Monday night when Rich Greengold and his trio play jazz---this adds tremendously to the ambience and may affect my view. If you like jazz, please stop by on Monday.We had several apps including crispy spring rolls, coconut shrimp and ceviche---all excellent. Cocktails were creative and mostly excellent, though I my daughter thought the white wine sangria was too sweet and fruity (she is used to mine, which is much less sweet). Pricing on the cocktails was on the high side, but pricing on wine was VERY reasonable. We enjoyed a bottle of Conundrum (white blend) for $36----this is a bargain since it is generally $22 in my liquor store at home. My Jamaican Jerk Porterhouse was nicely spiced, flavorful and huge. My wife had the Josephine's Greens with Grilled Shrimp added. It was light and exactly what she wanted, was reasonably priced, and it was nice to enjoy greens from the only organic farm on St. John. Others enjoyed the mahi-mahi and the churrasco steak---everyone seemed happy. Key Lime Tart for dessert was good, though not the best we have had. It was a delightful evening and we would definitely return.Contrary to other reports, I thought the pricing was quite reasonable and our total bill was almost the same as at Rhumb Lines the night before (another one of our favorites). Service was casual but very good.Best of luck to the owner.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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St. John
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Virgin Fire, fine dining!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

Virgin Fire is a new restaurant in Cruz Bay, St John ( in Mongoose Junction). We had a fabulous meal with excellent service. We were seated at a beautiful outside table under cover on the porch. We tried the flank steak and the Mahi, both were awesome! The creme brûlée was perfect! Highly recommend this fine dining establishment!! Keep up the great work! We will see you again next year!

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Stony Creek, Virginia
1 review
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“Something New in St. John”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 17, 2014

My wife and I have visited St. John at least annually for the last 13 years. We were growing a little tired of our old "favorite" restaurants and had not been too impressed with some of our new selections. By chance we ended up in Virgin Fire in Mongoose bay. The setting was perfect, the staff was great and the food was superb! It was definitely the best meal of our two week stay. The artichoke appetizer was amazing and my yellow fin tuna was fantastic. The staff was incredibly friendly and even remembered us later in the week when they saw us walking by the restaurant. Virgin Fire at the top of our favorites list from now on.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Disappointing :(”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014 via mobile

We were looking forward to trying this restaurant having patronized La Plancha and Paradisio in the same location. We had a 7:30 reservation on a Friday evening. They served us ice cold red wine. When questioned the server said they always chill red wine because the island is warm. We've visited St John 15 times, eaten in fine restaurants and have never been served cold, not chilled, but c-o-l-d wine. They were out of one the entrees that 2 of the 4 of us ordered and were out of 3 out of 4 desserts!
Not making a good impression...won't be back.

Visited February 2014
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Michael B, Owner at Virgin Fire Bar & Grill, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Thanks for the review, we do appreciate learning when things are not going to plan. Here, we learned that the wine cooler was set to the wrong temperature, and we do apologize for that. Moreover, the server could have handled the situation with more care.

We just completed a reorganization of our kitchen staff which should result in having fewer problems with having everything the menu promises, and hope you will try us again in the future.

Thanks!

Michael, VF Proprietor
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Las Vegas, Nevada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Good but very pricey!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2014

This was the first dinner or our trip of 8 girls and the food was good! I started off with some yellowfin tuna tartare that was delish and very fresh. Had the tamarind bbq ribs for dinner, which just melted off the bone. Had a few mojitos and they went along great with the food, maybe too good as we all kept drinking them. We had a blast and everyone enjoyed our food, we just weren't planning to spend $72/person on dinner.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Michael B, Owner at Virgin Fire Bar & Grill, responded to this review, February 14, 2014
Hi Alisonpr

Thanks so much for the very positive review, and we're glad you enjoyed! I was a little surprised at the $72 number: our average check is about $35-$40 per person and the menu is designed so that guests can choose from a number of small plates and/or entrees, giving them the opportunity to choose the best portion and appropriate pricing. Everything here is expensive, and we do our best to keep our expenses, and your prices as low as possible, for the quality that we serve. The comments are helpful to the process, and we appreciate them and the visit.

Michael, VF Proprietor
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