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“Good, Not Great”
Review of Aqua Bistro

Aqua Bistro
Ranked #2 of 14 Restaurants in Coral Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $20
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Romantic
Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Takeout
Reviewed January 8, 2013 via mobile

We dined here twice during our recent trip to St. John and were happy with the results each time. The daily fresh catch selections, each offered in four different preparations, were terrific, though we were disappointed during our second visit to learn that the restaurant had run out of mahi mahi. Our son had the barbeque platter and he was quite impressed. Our one complaint: the swordfish, which was a fresh catch selection on each of our visits, seemed less fresh. Service was fine, prices were inflated (as is the norm on STJ). We'll dine here again on our next visit and would recommend the restaurant to others.

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Thank cinemensch
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Reviewed January 7, 2013

The hostess at our guest house recommended Aqua Bistro and we delighted with the recommendation. We had the fresh catch - I had the Wahoo jerked style and my hubby the Mahi Mahi blackened. The Wahoo was cooked perfectly -- even though the waiter suggested it might be dry -- it was very moist and flavorful. A perfect dinner for our first night on St. John.

There is also a small market right there as well, so we were able to get some basic provisions for our first few days -- and it turned out that many of the wines at the market were actually priced better than at Starfish in Cruz Bay.

When we came out from dinner a small herd of donkeys was grazing at the closed establishment next door. The moon was nearing full over the water and some of the boats had Christmas lights up. Beautiful.

In terms of the best meal and service we had during our 9 days on St. John, it is a toss up between La Tapa in Cruz Bay and Aqua Bistro.

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Thank indygem
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Reviewed January 5, 2013

We've been visiting Coral Bay for years, and we just love this place. Best bar in St. John with a rotating cast of bartenders and characters. It seems to draw tourists, boaters, beach bums, odd people from Red States, and local hard drinkers.. Best people watching in town, and darn good drinks.
The outdoor restaurant has about 25 tables and the food is in the "pretty good" category. Friday nights they serve an Ahi Tuna seasoned with Ponzu sauce over a light pasta, and it's a hit. Fresh and perfectly cooked.
It's hard not to toss back a few and just order at the bar, though- it's great adult fun from start to finish. Don't forget your bug spray, as the little black flies enjoy dining as much as you will..

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Thank Jack R
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Reviewed January 2, 2013

Had wonderful lunch in their quiet, shaded outdoor dining area. The service was excellent. The menu offered plenty of choices. We will definitely go back.

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Thank TigerFord7571
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Reviewed December 31, 2012

Such great food, service & atmosphere! Though we stayed in Cruz Bay, we were glad we made the drive to eat here. We went on a Friday night so we could try the Ponzu Tuna - it was excellent & the presentation was beautiful. Also tried the almond-crusted Mahi which was very good too. Go!

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Thank kendrick
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