Dining in Anguilla: Insider Info

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Mimi Grafton, of Blue Sea Anguilla, the Islands leading Destination Management Company is a true Island Expert. Here are few tips on what to expect when you dine out.

1. Reservations are strongly suggested

Anguilla is a laid-back destination. You can wear shorts and sandals to even the smartest of restaurants. However, despite the relaxed dress code, there is a level of formality required when making restaurant reservations that will help you have the best experience, and let your host offer you the best service. Most restaurants in Anguilla are small and often family-run businesses. They are well-oiled machines that plan ahead to give guests the best possible experience based on reservations they have on the books, so to avoid dining disappointment:

Expect that groups over 5 will probably be asked to secure a reservation with a credit card

2. Service charge

is not a tip for your server only, it gets split among the entire staff (waitstaff, kitchen, cleaners) through an equitable service charge committee. If you want to reward YOUR server you can always leave a tip on top.

3. Credit card

Visa and Mastercard are widely accepted, AMEX less so. Please check with your restaurant first if you want to use a particular card. Expect to pay cash (Eastern Caribbean (EC) or US dollars) at food vans and roadside BBQ’s and don’t be surprised if you get your change in EC!

4. Reserve direct with the restaurant

they have the most up to date information, and changes given to hotel/villa staff cannot always be guaranteed.

5. Be considerate of time

No one will blame you for lingering on the beach, but if you need to push your reservation time back please let the restaurant know you will be late – otherwise you may lose your table (and your ocean view).

6. If you have a special seating request book early

If sunset watching or oceanfront dining are among the reasons you come to Anguilla, the “front row” tables are always the first to be snapped up.

7. Relaxation recommendation

If you want to bring a group to Anguilla for a corporate retreat, special event or wedding, contact Mimi for options on logistics and where to dine.

BLUE SEA ANGUILLA know everything there is to know about getting guests to, from and around Anguilla. They handle groups from 4 to 400 and make every guest feel pampered and special.

Trudy Nixon

Trudy Nixon

Originally from the UK, Trudy has lived and worked in Anguilla since 2002 having fallen in love with the island on first sight. As well as being publisher and editor of True Anguilla, she also writes novels, runs True Communications, a PR and Marketing consultancy and is the hostess with the mostess at her Airbnb property Hummingbird.

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Read more of Trudy's writing and sign up for news on her novels hereTrudy Nixon
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Follow and find out more about Hummingbird on instagram @hummingbirdanguilla

Trudy Nixon

Trudy Nixon

Originally from the UK, Trudy has lived and worked in Anguilla since 2002 having fallen in love with the island on first sight. As well as being publisher and editor of True Anguilla, she also writes novels, runs True Communications, a PR and Marketing consultancy and is the hostess with the mostess at her Airbnb property Hummingbird.

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Read more of Trudy's writing and sign up for news on her novels hereTrudy Nixon
Follow her on instagram @trudynixon
Follow and find out more about Hummingbird on instagram @hummingbirdanguilla

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