Joe James Gallery
Joe James Gallery
4.5
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 9:30 PM
About
Home to the largest collection of internationally renowned Jamaican artist Joe James. The property is also the home to the world famous Lobster Bowl Restaurant. Located right on the waterfront of the historical Rio Bueno Bay. the restaurant is the first choice for the best Lobster, Shrimp, Fish, Steak and Chicken. The Lobster Bowl has celebrated over 50 years in business. For those who would like to stay a while longer Hotel Rio Bueno is also located on property, with single, double family rooms and suites to choose from.
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4.5 of 5 bubbles15 reviews
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Donald B
Garner, NC3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
Not sure if it is a restaurant in a gallery, or vice versa. It doesn't really matter either way.
Got a guided tour from Alfred. Joe James had a gift. He captured the souls of the people he painted. His works depicting the sea and waters of the area imparted a feel for the power that it holds, and the peace that it can fill you with as well.
Written January 20, 2020
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Thank you so much for the review. We are happy we met your expectations. It was a pleasure. We hope yo see you soon.
Written January 21, 2020
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dmlynch524
Groton, MA33 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Visited the Joe James gallery with my daughter, a student at Massachusetts College of Art & Design and my nephew, Andy & Jeff. We were treated to such a great experience in the gallery. Beautiful sculptures and paintings of blues and greens inspired by the gorgeous island of Jamaica. My favorite part was seeing his studio, left just as is...his palette and brushes sitting on the table with a folded newspaper. The research books in the book case and his hat hanging on a peg. It looks as though he just stepped out and was coming right back. So cool.
Written March 10, 2020
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Dave P
San Antonio, TX364 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Business
Joe James is a Owner, Operator, Artist, gentleman and scholar... The place is right on the water and has unbelievable views. I had a COLD red stripe and a One on One with Joe while visiting the gallery and had a wonderful time. I recommend staying, purchasing art work by Joe James or a quick couple of beers and food while traveling towards Saint Ann's bay and beyond. make Joe James Gallery a DEFINITE STOP on your trip on the wonderful island of Jamaica. One Love
Written July 26, 2014
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Thank you Dave. We look forward to your next visit. The Red Stripe is chilling in the cooler!
Written April 22, 2018
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0tait
Hayle, UK9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2015 • Couples
We loved watching the pelicans dive bomb the fish in the sea. Go find out yourself breathtaking. You can sit outside the restaurant and watch the sea and fishes go by. Well worth the visit and only about 30 minutes from hotel.
Written February 27, 2015
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Thank you 0tait. We hope to prepare another lobster salad for you soon.
Written April 22, 2018
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Stewart M
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2013 • Couples
One of the hidden treasures of the Caribbean. Great food, great service and magnificent art gallery.
Written November 13, 2013
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Thank you Stewart. We hope to see you soon.
Written April 22, 2018
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heather12345
Glasgow, UK813 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2016 • Couples
We came here as part of a food tour- the scenery was breathtaking and joe made us feel so welcome. Was one of the highlights of our stay in Jamaica 💙xx
Written April 12, 2016
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Thank you Heather. We are happy that you enjoyed your time with us. We hope to see you soon.
Written April 22, 2018
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CelesteA57
Columbia, SC266 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Business
Mr. Joe James was a very pleasant host. He showed us around his gallery and we had a meal and cold beverages after our tour of his art gallery. He has a lovely gallery ( we were not permitted to take photos) with much of his art work focused around the naked form. Many of the works featured mother and child. The nature art work was mostly of the sea so the hues were very pleasing to the eye. Mr. James took time with us and told us of his history in Jamaica and his times in Europe. He has a most fascinating history and is very candid about his life and the history of Jamaica. While you are visiting the gallery do stop for a bite to eat at the Lobster Box. The views and food will make you glad you did!
Written July 4, 2017
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Thank you CelesteA57. We hope to see you soon.
Written April 22, 2018
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Sandy K
Cullowhee, NC164 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017
Joe James Gallery is a must see between Montego Bay and Ocho Rios. Joe James made all the sculptures and paintings. Speaking with him is a very special opportunity.
Written June 18, 2018
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Thank you Sandy. We look forward to seeing you soon.
Written July 18, 2018
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Bastonimacaroni
Kingston, Jamaica129 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Friends
Art gallery and suberb Food, accompanied by lapping waves. Simply put, the grilled Lobster here is divine. If you are lucky you can get a tour by the indomitable gentleman Joe James the Artist himself.
A family business that has been around for over 30 years, just shouldn't be missed if you are staying anywhere near Rio Bueno. 40 mins from Mobay, 30 from Ocho Rios.
Written February 4, 2018
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Thank you so much! We look forward to your next visit.
Written April 22, 2018
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Joel M
Moose Jaw, Canada3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2017 • Couples
We were staying at the resort next door and wanted to get a bit more authentic taste of Jamaica. We got a ride with Terry at Mega Tours Ja (who I also highly recommend). Unfortunately Joe wasn't in when we were there, but we were welcomed by the staff and allowed to view the magnificent works of art at our leisure. So many exquisite and thought provoking paintings and sculptures. Afterwards we had a Red Stripe on the beautiful patio overlooking the bay. Next time we will plan to stay for dinner - the menu looked delicious and reasonably priced ($20-$45US for entrees).
Written February 17, 2017
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Thank you Joel for the great endorsement. We hope to see you soon.
Written April 22, 2018
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