Greek for “an agreeable and leisurely passing of time,” Asolare (Caneel Hill, 340/779-4747, 5:30–10 p.m., $35–45) serves gourmet meals from its dining room at Estate Lindholm, overlooking Cruz Bay. The setting is marvelous; come early enough to watch the sun set and then tuck into a very special meal. The Asian-inspired menu offers a half dozen appetizers and a dozen entrées—the focus here is on good food, not on extensive selection. Popular main courses include rack of lamb, locally caught mahimahi, and seared tuna. If you have room, finish with the chocolate pyramid for dessert. This is a good choice for a romantic dinner or special occasion. Reservations recommended.
At La Tapa (Centerline Rd., Cruz Bay, 340/693-7755, $25–45), chef Alexandra Ewald serves Mediterranean cuisine, with an emphasis on fresh seafood and creativity. Diners can choose entrée-sized “large plates” or sample several “small plates.” Specialties include Prince Edward Island mussels and paella, and regulars swear by the mussels in cream sauce. Located below the Quite Mon Pub on Centerline Road, La Tapa’s cuisine belies its crowded and somewhat noisy setting. This is the place to come if good food is your first priority.
© Susanna Henighan Potter from Moon Virgin Islands, 4th edition