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“Expensive but good” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Asolare

Asolare
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Ranked #20 of 59 Restaurants in Cruz Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean, Seafood, Fusion
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Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Local cuisine, Scenic view
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
NY
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87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Expensive but good”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 7, 2013

We ate at Asolare twice in the week we were in St John. It was very good, especially the first time, but was a little inconsistent, with our second visit being a little less enjoyable. This might have been in part due to the wait-staff - on the second visit the waitress was less attentive, failed to describe a very important feature of the special (described as a shrimp bisque, but in fact it was a variation on a bisque with jerk-style spices, and a lot of pepper, making it nothing like a traditional bisque. This latter point was omitted, resulting in my wife having a less-than-satisfactory dinner, as she cannot handle the spiciness. Nevertheless, it was well done, so it was difficult to send back, but a better description would have averted this), spilled wine and water, and mixed up glassware. Similarly, the vegetable curry was not at all spicy one night, but rather more heavily spiced the next. Like I said - inconsistent.

The duck breast was spectacular, as was the Corvina. The best appetizer was likely the ceviche, made with snapper when we were there (this will change, depending on availability). The pork belly was good, but a bit salty. We had the churassco of steak, but asked to reduce the rub, because it was too salty the first night. Reducing the seasoning improved it considerably.

The bar is well stocked, and the barman was very hospitable and knowledgeable. The view is spectacular, and tables mostly overlook the balcony to provide a great view of the harbor.

Dinner for 6, with 2 bottles of wine, ran between $450 and $550 with gratuity, but several of our party did not get both an appetizer and main, so this could increase for gourmands. Mains run about $30-45 per plate.

  • Visited December 2013
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“NEW CHEF BACK ON TRACK”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

We were at Asolare the week it opened about 15 years ago and have returned every visit to St John since. That is about 20 visits.Our one and only bad experience was in May 2013. We visited again the first week in November and were pleasantly surprised. It was the same old place, with a great bar, views and friendly staff. But the glaring exeption was the food, IT WAS BACK TO FANTASTIC. with a new chef (Matt) in the kitchen. I cannot improve the ratings for this restaurant all on my own but know that if you visit Asolare on your next visit you will not leave disappointed. All of our party are from New Orleans so we know good food. Please try Asolare again whether it be your first visit or your 31st. Les Bramley

  • Visited November 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Westbrook, Connecticut
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8 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“So Flavorful!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 4, 2013

I went on my 17th birthday with my family. We sat on the deck in the candlelight. It was difficult to get pictures in the dark but the actual view was amazing. It was comfortable, cozy, and classy. I ordered the special beef and it was delicious! I will go again!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Delicious”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2013 via mobile

Lovely dinner at this restaurant with great views. We started with appetizer of tuna tartar and spring rolls. Both were very good but nothing extra special. The really good stuff was reserved for the main meal - For dinner, I had the mahi with curried lentils (delicious!!!) and my husband had the steak churrasco which was done perfectly!!! Pecan pie a la mode ended the dinner and we left happy and full. We would definitely return.

Visited November 2013
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Fort Pierce, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 106 helpful votes
“Amazing View, Great Service, Average Food”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 25, 2013

You can't beat the view from any table at the Asolare...spectacular. The service was excellent, we couldn't ask for more. The only disappointment was the food.
Out of 9 people at our table, 5 persons sent the food back. Four people had the duck and asked for it to be cooked medium or medium-rare. It came to the table nearly raw. No excuse for that. Another had the fish, but it was dry and very unimpressive. She returned it to order another entree. My wife had the shrimp and grits. They were dry and left a burnt taste in her mouth.
We were surprised that the food wasn't of higher quality. Perhaps it was a bad night, but it sure didn't live up to our expectations. We still had a very good night at the Asolare. They make excellent drinks, and with that view...it would be hard not to enjoy the dinner.

Visited November 2013
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