Enjoy fresh, local Dominica food during your stay at Calibishie Cove
Whether you dine under the stars on your private balcony on a delicious local meal served by our staff, cook in your suite’s kitchen (Paradise Penthouse and our Rainforest Suite offer kitchens), or go out for dinner, you’re sure to to find the fresh, local, tropical, hearty fare to your liking. Calibishie Cove offers a complete dinner menu and imported wine list to our guests and breakfast is included with your stay.
Food in Dominica is simple, and simply delicious. It ranges from fresh fish and lobster to chicken, to goat stew for those in the mood to go truly local. Fish and lobster are almost always caught the same day you will eat them – for this reason, it is best to make your dinner reservation in the morning, or the day before, and indicate what you want. Eating at a traditional Dominican restaurant, most dishes are accompanied by a small salad, fresh vegetables, “provision” (root vegetables), and sometimes rice or macaroni and cheese. A pitch-perfect Dominican hot sauce is made by a local family who also produces the coffee found in your room, as well as other products. Food is not generally served spicy – you add the amount of heat you like.
Keep in mind that the grocery selection in Dominica is fairly limited to basic staples. We recommend eating on-site or eating out for most of your meals. Breakfast is included in room rates.
Cooking in your suite’s kitchen
Our Paradise Penthouse suite has a full kitchen and dining room, equipped with all you need to cook for and serve a whole family. If you would like to cook while staying in the Penthouse, this page will tell you what you need to know.
The Sea View and Garden Sea View rooms are equipped with a mini-refrigerator, silverware, and setup to make tea or coffee.
Grocery shopping in Dominica
There are two grocery stores in town: Alford’s and Coral Reef. You will usually find fresh locally-made breads and desserts, and local fruit there, in addition to staples. Coral Reef has a lovely bar out back as well. Look for roadside and walking vendors selling just-picked peppers, carrots, tomatoes, spinach, and fruit.
Keep a special watch for Faustin selling fruit at the far end of town, near Glenda’s Atlantic View restaurant (see below), as he offers delicious ripe fruit at a very low price. Let him know Calibishie Cove sent you!
If you would like fresh fish or lobster to cook in your suite’s kitchen, please let Hazel know in advance and she can likely source it for you.
Planning a stay of more than a few days, and cooking meals in your suite? Your best bet is to head into the capital, Roseau, or to Portsmouth, to stock up on a more extensive selection of groceries at Whitchurch/IGA or Brizee’s and hit the wonderful produce market. Portsmouth also has a produce market early Saturday morning.
Restaurants and Food Dominica Style
Calibishie Cove’s property manager Hazel will discuss your dinner and restaurant options with you on arrival, and help with reservations if you should wish to venture offsite. They’re required a day or so in advance at most restaurants, as most local establishments order fresh fish, lobster, and meats daily on an as-needed basis. Phone numbers for local restaurants and a host of options in Portsmouth can be found in the guest guide in your room.
Dominica produces a delicious local beer, made with pure spring water: Kubuli Beer. It’s similar in taste and color to Stella Artois and has won Belgian beer judging awards.