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Schooner Roseway, St. Croix, USVI
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St. Croix has been blessed with a lot of amazing restaurants and dining experiences–the success of Taste of St. Croix has been the best example of what a culinary gem our island has become, and what enthusiasm and excitement the island has for food. But, if you’re looking for a new kind of dining experience, look no further than the established hidden classic spot–South Shore Café.

Located in historic Petronella dairy on St. Croix’s South Shore road, you wouldn’t even know South Shore Café was there until you drive past it. Surrounded by the peaceful pastures of St. Croix’s South Shore, it’s definitely worth it to experience the cozy atmosphere and delicious homemade cuisine lovingly prepared by chef and owner Diane. Dinner at South Shore Café isn’t just an average night out; it’s like dinner at a friend’s house. You’ll chat with Diane and the waitresses, and even say hi to her doggie Dot, keeping watch over the gorgeous mahogany bar.

Settle into a cozy seat to enjoy the fresh-baked bread and a glass of wine– the relaxing atmosphere allows you to slow down and savor every moment and every bite. Diane does it all in the kitchen– preparing and delivering each plate with love.

Every night, the menu follows what is fresh and seasonal, and she always features her unbeatable homemade pasta, hand-rolled and filled with different fresh and delicious flavors , such as sweet potato manicotti or gorgonzola ravioli. For something lighter, there’s crisp salads packed with all kinds of ingredients, or order freshly caught, perfectly prepared fish. Or try the lamb chops and steamed mussels done two ways. It’s a truly one of a kind experience; not a dine-and-dash establishment in the least, you’ll want to linger over coffee or dessert (try the key lime pie and local favorite: homemade black pepper ice cream – trust us!), and Diane always makes an effort to greet her customers– once you’ve met her, you you’ll never forget her!

Diane has been serving up delicious gourmet fare to St. Croix for 15 years, and if you haven’t visited St. Croix’s best kept secret spot, definitely make it your next dining destination. The romantic, rustic open-air dining room with views of South Shore is perfect for a sunset cocktail and meal. Or sit inside the cute and cozy dining room for an intimate night. Dinner is served Wednesday to Sunday, and be sure to call in advance for a reservation–(340) 773-9311.

Diane and Dot and the team at South Shore Café will be ready to serve you in a completely unique culinary atmosphere. Many locals already know about South Shore Cafe, but here, the focus is on the food and atmosphere and not on the advertising. So if you decide to try South Shore Cafe because you read about it here at, please tell her so. It’s time island visitors were in on this local secret gem.