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Wow what a place .... The rum flows and its such a different and memorable experience. The service and food was great, the host Bert kept us entertained from the point of walking in, and very welcome.
The food is amazing, I had a deep...fried red snapper wow wow. Whilst its a sea food restaurant just call ahead a few days before if someone wants meat, we did and had an amazing steak. Brilliant highly recommended a definite visit when in Antigua.More
The food is great, but I don't like to drink alcohol and the owner and waitresses asked us about 10 times if we wanted to drink. I felt they were a little pushy. I just went to eat. it's a restaurant and I am free...to make choices.
Also for covid, the sauces get passed around from table to table, everybody touches them then the staff touches them, so not sure if it's very covid friendly.More
This was our best meal on the island during our 2 week stay. I was told by the Antiguan Tourism reps that I work with (note I own a travel agency) that I had to go there. So 4 of us went and everyone said...it was the best seafood on island and some of the best ever.
Papa Zouk's has history and the locals love the place. I have seen other reviews and it is usually from non islanders & those looking for fancy or are a bit spoiled. First thing is it is small & seats about 25 inside and out. It only takes cash EC or US either are accepted so plan ahead. Also make reservations a day or 2 ahead.
Papa Zouk has been around for years and had one of the best Rum collections to sample in the Caribbean. But, it had a fire and they had to rebuild the restaurant and the rum collection. Past customers donated bottles from their own private collections to help them restock. How many places have you heard this happening too. This shows you how much Antiguans and past guest appreciate it.
You must start off with their famous Ti Rum Punch - don't ask what's in it just enjoy. If you come with a great attitude you are very welcome and we had an amazing time. Remember you are on Island time not US restaurant time so relax, chill out and enjoy some of the great food & rums that are available. We sampled, 25 year old Clement, Centenario, a 30 year and a couple of others.
The seafood is fresh caught that day and menu changes to what is available. I had the best fried Red Snapper (picture included) where you peel off the skin and it is so tender inside - I can taste it now Yum. My wife had lobster which was prepared to perfection, tender juicy and flavorful. We also had a appetizer of shrimp and scallops fantastic.
Mama Zouk was running the place this night and they had some paintings for sale that her husband had painted and if we had room or a way to get them home I would have bought a few. The walls have some cool murals on it. Did I mention you have to try the Ti punch. So good.
So when you come here do not bring a NY attitude bring an island vibe, chill, relax enjoy the best seafood on the island and it will be fantastic.More
This restaurant came highly recommended to us and it didn’t disappoint. We had some lovely rum punches for drinks, and I had a half lobster with mahi mahi and Shrimps in a garlic butter sauce, and my boyfriend had a mixed grill of butter fish,...mahi mahi and shrimps. Both were a great size portion, and tasted divine. Would highly recommend to everyone.More
Date of visit: September 2020
173bertk, Owner at Papa Zouk, responded to this reviewResponded September 11, 2020
We got there and were told no credit cards . Only cash. I told waitress I only had $300 US with me (party of six). I asked her to give a us a calculation after we ordered. she told us it came to $267.
Asked...for the bill. Waitress gave me the 1st bill $287 then took it back ant it was $20 US dollars more than the first bill. No explanation.
total was over $310 --- no reason for increase we had order two more waters. from 1st estimate to last total.
they just made up final cost. Food was so so. Bread was given after the meal. Not very organizedMore
Where do I start with this review. We have friends who live on the island who mentioned this place as we are all from California and came to visit Sandals with a group of friends. We rented a car and decided to take a self-guided...tour around the island and visit some places that were a must see during our vacation. When we got back to Sandals we decided to leave the resort and go try some Caribbean flare while visiting the island. Our friends who live here said it’s hand down their favorite place to eat on the island.
We decided to give it a try and called to make reservations and my wife was immediately greeted on the phone by papa Zouk himself. He was very nice and got us in with ease. We went and were greeted by him out front and he sat our group with no issues at all. The ambiance here is very cool the lights, the music, the island feel is all awesome.
Papa Zouk came and sat down at our table and he visited with us and told us what we should have. We got one of everything he offered so we can share amongst our group. We started with the bouilbassie and OMG what a party in my mouth. This was the best soup I've ever had! All of the sauces are homemade and you can tell they pay attention to detail here. Flavor is something that each dish has and it comes jam packed with lots of it.
Main course was EXCELLENT the fried snapper with the escoviche sauce is to die for. We all throughly enjoyed our meal and we even had people in our group who don't eat fish and he was in heaven with his meal.
Dinner was followed by dessert and the coconut ice cream is something I've never experienced. The rum kept flowing and we had one outstanding dinner. Place is a little pricey but nothing you wouldn't pay in the states. Dinner for four came to $260 US which wasn't bad considering what we got.
If your in Antigua and want to try some awesome seafood, treat yourself to Papa Zouk you will not be disappointed!More