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Barefoot Cowboy

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Upstairs in The Lumber Yard, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John
+1 340-228-5200
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Antioch, California
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

The Barefoot Cowboy seems a bit out of place for St. John, but that is what St. John is about. Just good honest people living their life. The view isn't great but close to it. The food isn't great but close to it. The drinks aren't great but close to it. The Staff there I would rate as great. After... More 

Thank 2011_Travel_Destiny
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

So glad our staff took such good care of you. We really appreciate your business and thank you for writing your review, there are many people use Trip Advisor to source local places on vacation. Hope that you will visit us the next time you are on STJ. Liz More 

Industry, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We were impressed with the staff and the food. The brisket was out of this world! The pulled pork was awesome! Will go back for more!!!

Thank terralynnzahn
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

Glad you enjoyed it so much, would love to welcome you back. Thank you too for writing a review. Liz More 

Chandler, Arizona
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104 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had seen the owner on Caribbean Life, so we knew we wanted to stop in - glad we did. It was unfortunate that we had just eaten (did not plan that very well) because the BBQ smelled fabulous! (next time we eat here). Did sit and have a bunch of ICY cold beer (the coldest we ever experienced in... More 

Thank babsyaz
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

Thank you for coming to visit us, we really appreciate it. I keep telling people we have the coldest beer, you just reinforced my belief !! Glad you enjoyed your visit, thanks also for taking the time to write a review. Liz More 

Lacey, Washington
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great barbecue ribs and good entertainment. We had the fritto chili in a bag for an appetizer. Very fun and different but it can fill you up. Parking is difficult just like every place downtown.

Thank dtwarning
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

Thank you for visiting us at Barefoot, glad you enjoyed your Frito Pie ! We appreciate you taking the time to write a review. Come back and see us. Liz More 

Brisbane, Australia
Level Contributor
60 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were back in Cruz Bay, previously we'd spotted this establishment as the balcony has a great view of the harbour. Beer and American BBQ was on our menu. We were not disappointed, a comfortable bar environment with friendly service. Our ribs, BBQ chicken had sides of mac cheese and potato salad. Our tasty lunch was served on paper plates... More 

Thank Simon F
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

Was great to meet you both. Thanks for taking the opportunity to visit us and your patience with our power ! Glad you enjoyed your food and we appreciate you taking the time to write a review. Hope the rest of your trip is successful. Liz More 

Minneapolis, Minnesota
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63 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I stopped by in the evening and enjoyed the beef brisket sandwich. The brisket was tasty and the roll was substantial enough to hold it. I also liked the pinto beans side dish. I brought an order of the loaded mac and cheese (with the pulled pork) back for my wife, who was still recovering from our 5:30am departure, and... More 

Thank Douglas M
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

Thank you for coming in to visit us and try our food. You certainly did hit us on a busy night, we have a very small kitchen as you saw, so it can be a challenge if we have a big group come in. Thank you for your patience. We appreciate it when people take the time to write a... More 

Jordan, MN
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14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After watching an episode of Carribean Life on HGTV in which the owners purchased a home on St Thomas with their restaurant in St. John we decided to have dinner here. It did not disappoint. Brisket was fantastic, as were the ribs and the mac and cheese was beyond delicious. We wish the owners would have been their to thank... More 

Thank Chris S
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

Sorry we didn't get to meet you. Glad you decided to visit us, and that you enjoyed your food so much. (and no you can't have the recipe LOL) Come back and see us. Liz More 

Wilton, Connecticut
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

How on earth anyone can deem the food meh, or bland is insane!! I come from a BBQ family and believe me it's really great! I was there with my husband, my sisters and their husbands. Across the board we all loved it. The owners could not be nicer, the beer is ice cold, the ribs are so tender they... More 

Thank susano66
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

Wow, thank you so much for this glowing review ! So glad you guys enjoyed yourselves and our food, we can't wait to welcome you back. Thanks again for the review, it is much appreciated. Liz More 

Tampa, Florida
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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

The BBQ was great, the mac n cheese is life changing. OMG This place was awesome. The guys working there were cute and fun. I enjoyed many drinks after my food too. I will be going back the next time I'm in the islands for sure!

Thank Joshua R
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write this awesome review ! So glad that you enjoyed both our food and our place as much as you did (the Mac n Cheese is my recipe !!), we really like it when people have fun. Hope to meet you next time you visit. Liz More 

Madison, Wisconsin
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed March 20, 2017

We stopped by here many times during our visit to St.John. The food was very good as well as the drinks.

Thank JillS259
Liz H, Owner at Barefoot Cowboy, responded to this review

We really appreciate when visitors pay us more than one visit during their vacation. There are many great places on St John, so when someone chooses to repeat visit us, it makes us very happy. Thanks for writing a review. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$6 - $20
American, Bar, Barbecue
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa
Good for
Dining on a budget, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Upstairs in The Lumber Yard, Cruz Bay 00831, St. John
  • Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. John  >  Cruz Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 340-228-5200
Barefoot Cowboy in Cruz Bay on the beautiful island of St. John in the USVI serves fresh cooked Texas BBQ. Smoked brisket is our specialty. We also offer ribs, chicken and pulled pork. Our sauces are made in house and all our sides are made from scratch. We are open from everyday from noon until we sell out !

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