From the moment you arrive at the entrance of Tapas Barbados, you feel that special island relaxed vibe.
From the welcoming smile at Reception to the colorful artwork on the stairs, to being seated at your stunning turquoise ocean view table at the water’s edge.
This is our 2nd visit to Tapas in 2 months and we have had ocean front tables downstairs and upstairs and both at sunset where the orange and yellow hues are visible across the Caribbean Sea.
We are here again at Tapas Barbados, for you guessed right, Tapas and the service.
As soon as we are seated water is offered, drink orders taken and cocktail, wine, and food menus are left for us to peruse. We are a bit slow in ordering as the view is taking our attention.
We settle for the local Banks Beer which arrives in a few minutes, chilled and already poured into a tall glass.
A Little Bit About Tapas Barbados
Tapas Barbados is the brain child of 2 Italians Alfredo Giovine from the South of Italy and Head Chef Franco Parisi from the North. Italians are a passionate race and both Alfredo and Franco are the epitome of their culture and upbringing.
Both Alfredo and Franco arrived separately over 15 years ago in Barbados and have stayed. Their love for their new island home shows in their passion for the restaurant the food that is created. The concept works well, the restaurant has been opened now for 8 years and even in low season which is between April and November reservations are required.
There are 2 seatings in high season which runs between November and April for dinner – 6.00pm and 8.30pm. In low season reservations can be flexible depending on the night, just ask and the team will see what they can do for you.
Chatting with the locals who eat at Tapas regularly they love the atmosphere, the good food and the recognition by Alfredo and Franco, both always make time for a welcome greeting and a chat. Restaurants that are successful have hands on owners and this is definitely the case here.
Where is Tapas Barbados Located:
Tapas Barbados is located on Hastings Main Road, Hastings in the Parish of Christchurch in Barbados. The scenic coastal boardwalk runs past the restaurant.
What type of Restaurant is Tapas Barbados:
Tapas Barbados is one of the trendiest restaurants in Barbados that offers a variety of Tapas as well as an A La Carte Menu. There are options in both the Tapas and A La Carte for vegetarians.
Tapas Barbados An Award Winning Restaurant
The Barbados Hotel & Tourism Authority awarded Tapas Barbados as the Restaurant of the Year in 2016.
What Did We Order
We ordered 4 Tapas dishes:
- Tuna Carpaccio – thinly sliced raw tuna with Olive & Caper dressing
- Thai Fish Cakes – Tuna and Mahi Mahi with sweet potato and green curry paste
- Vegetarian Spring Rolls- with sweet chili sauce
- Potato Croquettes – with Goat Cheese and vegetables
For the two of us, two dishes each were substantial but there were many more options available on the menu under different categories:
- Tapas del Mar
- Tapas de Carne
- Tapas de Tierra
A La Carte Options
- Starters or Mains
- Side orders
With so many options to choose from for dessert, we decided on “Napolean” – Layers of dark, milk & white chocolate mousse studded with caramel. Words cannot describe the explosion of taste in this creation. The photo does not do it justice!
There is an extensive cocktail and wine list available as well. Local cocktails creatively designed with a Caribbean flavor in mind such as:
- Guavaberry Blast
- Pirates of the Caribbean
- Active Volcano
- Kiss of the Dragon
- Jack Sparrow
- Wild Hibiscus
We are not going to tell you what is in any of these, you will just have to come to Barbados and try them out for yourselves. It would take us weeks to try each one (that’s not a bad reason to stay longer in Barbados).
What do we think of Tapas Barbados
- Great value for money
- Good service
- Good food
- Extensive cocktail and wine list
- Stunning setting
Before we leave Barbados we will be back again.
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Reservations: Telephone (246) 228 0704
Website: Tapas Barbados
Opening Hours: Open Every Day
Lunch: 11.30am – 3.00pm
Dinner: 6.00pm – 10.00pm
We have written an extensive guide on What To Do in Barbados, you can read it here.
DISCLOSURE: We enjoyed this meal as a guest of Tapas Barbados but received no further remuneration to write this post. As always our views are our own.