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“Drink Here While Waiting for the Ferry to St. Thomas” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill

High Tide Bar & Seafood Grill
Ranked #22 of 59 Restaurants in Cruz Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood
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Good for: Dining on a budget, Kids, Scenic view, Families with children, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Bar scene
Dining options: Drinks, Dinner, Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Like the waves that crash on our beaches, our islands are full of people that come and go. Like the boats that leave our docks filled with guests that want to stay, our gates wave goodbye to friends who want to remain for one more drink, one more bite of the best the ocean has to offer, or one more minute of closing their eyes and smelling the salt in the sea and listening to the caress of the ocean against the sand. We know your time here is precious, everyone comes here to escape, to go on adventures with people they love the most. Here, we make it our vocation to help you experience the best of what the Virgin Islands has to offer. Our chefs have mastered both local and international cuisine, bartenders have figured out the best way to put spirit in our spirits, and all of our staff is happy to see you. Honestly, we think there's no better backdrop to relax with friends or family, close that business deal, or even make the life-long commitment to the person you love the most. We'll see you when the tide comes in.
Fort Worth, Texas
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38 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Drink Here While Waiting for the Ferry to St. Thomas”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 6, 2013

Our experience at High Tide was excellent, especially considering it was accidental. After missing the 2:00 ferry by all of 1 minute, we decided to kill time at this beautiful beach front bar & grill.

For food, we only split onion rings as a snack. These were certainly above average rings, especially when dipped in their array of island hot sauces or ketchup. It was about $10, but at least a large portion for the price. All of the food I saw on other tables (yes I was that guy) looked delicious as well. Most full items like a sandwich with fries were about $15.

My favorite part was easily the drinks. Per our friendly waitresses recommendation, I tried the famed “Bushwhacker”. It’s basically an alcoholic milkshake that rivals anything I’ve had in Vegas. I felt that the drinks and beers were more reasonably priced than the food as well. What can’t be rivaled though is the beautiful beach and bay view along with the relaxing setting. I didn’t get to try any other restaurants in St. John, but I can confidently recommend High Tide to anyone. It’s the perfect spot to wait for the ferry with easy views of everything going on.

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Elmwood Park, Illinois
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Cheeseburger in paradise.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 3, 2013

Island fantasy spot. Shaded beach/ harbor view, live music, good service, great cheeseburger.
Enjoy the ambiance, the music was a solo steel-drum musician, loud enough to enjoy, soft enough to allow conversation. Just what we came to the islands to do.

Visited October 2013
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Minnesota
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26 reviews
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“Pleasantly surprised”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 28, 2013

After reading some previous reviews of High Tide, we were hesitant to stop in, but we heard the guitar player/singer and were hungry so we stopped. We had a table right overlooking the beach and the service was fast and friendly and it was pretty busy. Seems everyone serves up a 1/2 pound burger on St John, so my husband and I split one with fries and also ordered a side of onion rings, which were all delicious. We would definitely return to HIgh Tide on our next trip.

Visited October 2013
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Olathe, Kansas
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139 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 167 helpful votes
“Good food & Great view”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 27, 2013

We ate at the High Tide twice during our week stay in the Virgin Islands. Their drinks were fantastic The friends I was with really enjoyed the BBC's, and my Pina Colada's were great as well. The view from the restaurant is also fantastic, with it being water front. The service was always nice and friendly as well. The food was good as well, but its really hard to compete with the view and the drinks. I would definitely eat here again when back in the Virgin Islands.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Cruz Bay, St. John
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“Great Lunch Stop from the water in Cruz Bay”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 21, 2013

We run a boat charter business, Singing Dog Sailing, from St. John. We typically host very discerning guests and often either do lunch aboard or stop shore-side in the BVI's. Today our trip was modified last minute due to lack of passports and thus a US waters lunch stop was factored into our overhauled plan. We chose to take our honeymooning guests to HIGH TIDE in Cruz Bay for lunch. Beyond being graciously welcomed & acknowledged by the owners, we each delighted in our meals! NOT just another quick lunch stop...The ingredients were SUPER FRESH (the salads are made with St. John's Iconic Josephine's organic greens) and the plates full and appetizing. One guest had a sandwich with breading and remarked it had the perfect amount--not too much and not too little and the taste was excellent. Service was quick, the guests' beers were COLD and the atmosphere was light, comfortable and pretty given its waterfront location. They also did some recent construction upgrades and now have a cool bistro-like view into the kitchen that gives the whole space a fun vibe. We will definitely suggest this stop to guests on future charters. Thanks Kelly & Jimbo for making us and our guests feel welcome and well fed!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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