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La Tapa, St. John, VI

La Tapa

4.6
4.6
362 Reviews
$50 and over
International
Since 1996 in Cruz Bay, St. John. A Favorite of locals, loyal repeats and new guests. We just moved to our new beach location as La Tapa Plage in March of 2022, still featuring the same interesting ever changing menu including fresh local seafood, organic greens & herbs form Coral Bay, flavors with a touch of Spain & France (Basque Country), Germany and Caribbean. Our goal is to make you feel welcome, cozy and inspired by our great wines, delicious food, good service in a beautiful atmosphere.

Open for dinner service at 5PM Friday through Tuesday.

We will be open for Thanksgiving this year, but closed on Christmas Day.

December 24th through January 1st our menu will be adjusted to a Prix Fixe menu. Price TBD.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    International, Spanish, Caribbean
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (340) 693-7755
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Alexandra Ewald,
  • Neighborhood
    St. John
  • Cross street
    Strand Gade
  • Parking details
    None
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wine

What 362 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.8Ambience
  • 4.2Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Virgin Islands (US)

    Best Overall

  • Virgin Islands (US)

    Best Ambiance

  • Virgin Islands (US)

    Innovative

  • Virgin Islands (US)

    Healthy

  • Virgin Islands (US)

    Hot spot

  • Virgin Islands (US)

    Great for fine wines

  • Virgin Islands (US)

    Good for special occasions

362 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    20 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a delicious meal at one of our favorite restaurants.

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  2. TrespassersWill

    Philadelphia

    9 reviews

    3.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    Good menu, one of the few places that changes their menu regularly. Creative dishes well prepared. Some portions big enough for 2, but the server didn't tell us. Example: a special was a whole snapper, but the server didn't tell us it was 1 1/2 pounds.

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  3. TonyaL

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was top notch service was as well. Jameer (sp) was my fav, such a polite young man. We will be back..

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  4. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it! The food ,service and atmosphere was amazing! We will be back!!

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Portland

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    La Tapa in its new space is beautiful and comfortable. The food is outstanding. Service overall was very good, although our waitress was unable to help with wine selection, a minor flaw for such a high end restaurant. Otherwise, there was attention to detail in everything else. I look forward to returning during future visits to St.John.

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  6. Whittle

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The top, of the top restaurants on St John. The new location has only improved the overall experience. Looking forward to going back.

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  7. Miss585

    New York City

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Loved our dining experience last night at La Tapa. Ambience is great! Service & food were incredible!

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  8. DeniseW

    Caribbean

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Always a pleasure dining at this well-run restaurant. Best food on the island.

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  9. Croy

    Greater Boston

    31 reviews

    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined 6 days ago

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was our first time here. The food, ambience and views were great. Out waitress was very attentive. casual atmosphere. High class restaurant.

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  10. Mcme

    New York City

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on February 25, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The food is so good here. We eat here every time we visit St. John. It is consistently excellent. Great atmosphere too.

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  11. OpenTable Diner

    Central Coast

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 21, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Can’t go wrong with this choice! Save room for dessert!

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  12. OpenTable Diner

    Detroit

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food, great restaurant. Food prices were as to be expected, at John’s is generally more expensive than the US. Otherwise had a great time.

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  13. Mburch

    Greater Boston

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    Food, service and view were outstanding. It was loud and expensive but worth it

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  14. DoloresB

    New York City

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food, service and atmosphere, this restaurant has it all

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  15. CharlotteB

    Dallas

    86 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    86 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We always enjoy coming to La tapa, especially since the restaurant moved to its current beach location.  The food, wine and service were all excellent. Our only suggestion is that there should be different wine glasses for different types of wine, sparkling versus red wine versus white wine.

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  16. StephenP

    New York City

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Never disappointed especially since moving to Wharfside Landing location!

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  17. ChristinaA

    Chicago

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 18, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and cool place, however service was a bit slow. We were there for 2 hours, however only had one course. Took 25 minutes before the waitress greeted us at the table. Took 50 minutes to get our food after we ordered. Cool ambience down by the water though. Probably won’t go back.

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  18. restonperson

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Salad drenched in dressing. Need to cut that back. Two fish entrees overcooked. Nice looking place on water.

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  19. OpenTable Diner

    Caribbean

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    The tuna was excellent as was the soup of the day. All other food was mediocre. The service was fair at best. The overall experience did not match the price of the meal.

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  20. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view and delicious food. Fabulous drinks and excellent service

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Truly a great experience. The wine the cocktails the views and the FOOD. I wish i had more time to try the rest of the menu.

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  22. JackieG

    Los Angeles

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful experience. Amazing view and sunset. Food was delicious. Great ambience.

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  23. DianeR

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    La tapa did not disappoint. We were very happy with the overall ambience and experience the professional weight staff, and the meal was amazing. We’ll see you next year

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  24. CaraH

    Columbus

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Love the new location. The food and service were excellent. Look forward to coming back!

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  25. Denise

    Chicago

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 11, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely dining experience….perfect waterside setting and wonderful food.

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  26. myraw

    New York City

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lily Margot the best! Definitely contributed to a delightful evening.

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  27. BrianM

    Exclusive

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We loved it here. The staff was super helpful and accommodating to my wheelchair-bound wife. They were up to the unusual challenge that night of adjusting everybody’s seating in the midst of a tropical storm. The food was top notch. The view is right onto the bay. Couldn’t have asked for a more pleasant evening— notwithstanding the storm!

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  28. Froseph

    Alabama

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful evening at La Tapa! Our fish was prepared perfectly, will return!

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  29. Ambiencefoodservice

    Greater Boston

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 3
    We booked well ahead for a " cozy corner table" like months ago ...for a special birthday dinner for my husband on our first night back in St John after several yrs. ...there at 7:45 for our reservation, seated finally at 8:10 in a little table ( yes a corner but nowhere near beach side) and next to a really loud party of 8. .oh well that can happen anywhere...at one point one of the ( pretty drunk & loud ) women practically sat on my lap as she table hopped in the most obnoxious voice . We had asked, very politely earlier if we could move ..even as things were emptying out a bit ..nope. Oye server was fab as was the good but for sure our bday 🎈 nite not what I'd hoped, alas Highly recommended by local friends & our savvy innkeeper...( I used to be one..I would have at least comped a wine or dessert ...just sayin'). Glad we have a whole week more to go to other restaurants "old " & new to us. Glad they do well

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  30. JoyceB

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We are big fans of La Tapa but this meal was not of the usual caliber. The service of the entree was incredibly slow and we were forced to flag down another server to inquire. The entrees were fair only and the fish selection limited unfortunately. It is a gorgeous setting and this was a disappointing evening.

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  31. Catawbais

    Cleveland

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very impressed with seating, ambiance and service. Cuisine included ricotta appetizer, tuna and veal special entrees. All prepared as stated on the menu and enjoyed immensely. Would definitely keep LaTapa in our St. John rotation.

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  32. Cpic

    New York City

    51 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    51 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our best dining experience during our stay in St. John! Loved being able to get several small plates. The ricotta appetizer special was to die for! Octopus, gazpacho, chevre cheesecake with passion fruit coulis was a delightful finish. Lena was a friendly server who was very patient and thorough in helping me make choices with an unusual food allergy. The value for the quality of what you get is high above other places on the island. Stellar sunset view. Highly recommend! Make reservations a couple weeks in advance.

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Best dinner we've had on the island. It was absolutely delightful!

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  34. DougR

    Cincinnati

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    3rd meal during our 2 week visit! The flavors and menu are fantastic!! This should be on top of your St. John restaurant list!!

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  35. wizernow

    Washington DC

    62 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    62 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    Highly recommend the gazpacho, which was excellent. Waterfront setting is attractive and comfortable. Rachel was a friendly and able server. La Tapa is certainly worth a visit.

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  36. km55077

    New York City

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    excellent restaurant on the beach in cruz bay superb food great intimate spot for a couple

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  37. DebbieM

    Milwaukee

    70 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    70 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    HAD A WONDERFUL WATERSIDE DINNER FOR 6. EXCELLENT MENU WITH LOTS OF SEAFOOD CHOICES, AND OUR CREW ENJOYED THE DESSERTS. RACHEL WAS AN EXCELLNT AND ATTENTIVE SERVER WITH GOOD SUGGESTIONS. I ENJOYED THE “PAELLA” BUT WOULD DESCRIBE MORE AS A RISOTTO-NO SOCCARAT TO BE FUSSY ABOUT IT. WE WILL ABSOLUTELY BE BACK, AND DO RECOMMEND IT. LOVELY AMBIANCE, FRIENDLY AND WELCOMING.

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  38. STJfoodie2

    Caribbean

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazingly delicious, creatively prepared food. I had their new Iberico pork dish. I used to always order her yellowfin tuna dish--wish is phenomenal--but a person next to me at the bar where I saw last week when I was there, had ordered this new pork dish and I had to try it. So I came back with a friend just to be able to try this dish. It was definitely worth the 2nd visit! SO good. Grilled to perfection, served in a fan shape, and the accompaniments were exquisite and perfectly paired. I used to always order her Thai sorbet for dessert (so uniquely good) but again, someone next to me the previous week had ordered their espresso martini and let me taste it and it was such a great way to end a meal. So this visit, I finished my meal with a decaf dark espresso martini, my friend ordered the light espresso martini (dark is without baileys, light is with baileys.) We both agreed it's the perfect way to end a meal. The setting on Cruz Bay Harbor, is lovely.

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  39. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    10 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I was very upset and sad … we went to confirm the reservation in person and they said they were going to be closed that day. They had not notified us. I had called ahead before we left for our trip And had made them well in advance as it was a special occasion. Not very satisfied!

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  40. KerriZ

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We went to La tapa for our anniversary dinner, drinks were great, appetizers were delicious, but dinner my husband got the special the ribeye he asked for medium rare and it came out medium well and the 12 oz ribeye which ribeyes are normally fatty but this steak never should of made it to the cook top it was 90 % grizzle . My husband got 5 bites out of an entire 12 oz steak. We told the waitress who said she would relay message . No manager , no one came over to table to talk to us about the steak. We got the bill and you would think at least take a drink off check or something . I have been going to La tapa for 13 years and I’m disappointed in the service. I understand maybe that piece of ribeye got passed the chef but not rectifying situation in any sorts is uncalled for especially in that type of establishment. If they gave my husband a new steaks that’s all it would have taken and we would have been happy customers with an excellent review .

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Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

La Tapa is rated 4.6 stars by 362 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 16 times today
Google Map for La Tapa

PO Box 37 St, St. John, VI 00830

Dining areas

Additional information

  • Cross street
    Strand Gade
  • Neighborhood
    St. John
  • Hours of operation
    Dinner Daily 5:00 pm–9:00 pm
  • Price
    $50 and over
  • Cuisines
    International, Spanish, Caribbean
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    None
  • Payment options
    AMEX, Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Alexandra Ewald,
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Vegan, View, Wine
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