Barbados, the jewel in the heart of the Caribbean and the land of swaying palms, idyllic beaches and all-year-round sunshine. To the west of the island where the golden sands meet the Caribbean Sea, you will find a restaurant best known as a hang out for the rich and famous – The Lone Star Restaurant and Boutique Hotel.
Once a former mechanics' garage (and the only one that existed on the west coast), The Lone Star has become one of the most renowned restaurants on the island. It hints at its roots with waiters sporting a modern version of the original garage overalls. Behind a quite unassuming building from the road, lies a smart and fashionable place with very chic décor. As you walk down the stairs, you can’t fail to be impressed by the most breathtaking views of the blue Caribbean Sea you could wish for anywhere.
The Lone Star is a restaurant we have visited on many occasions, starting a number of years ago and swiftly becoming a firm favourite. It offered the whole package: location, ambience, service and most importantly, tremendous food. But then something seemed to change.
The food started to lack originality, was poorly presented and did nothing to deserve the price tag that came with it. The service from the young lady at the welcome desk though to the waiting staff at our table had lost its Bajan charm. Around this time, the restaurant changed hands and TripAdvisor opinions started to reflect our own: one of the most famous restaurants in Barbados was not what it once was.
Fast forward to the present and after a year or so of less-than-favourable reviews and rather average food, we decided it was time to pay a return visit to see what The Lone Star now had to offer. The recent reviews promised much, a once highly acclaimed restaurant back where it belonged?
We duly arrived one evening in early May 2015, having made our reservation some weeks previously. We received a lovely welcome by front of house and were advised that we would be met at the bottom of the stairs. We were then shown to a splendid table overlooking the beach and the sea. The chairs were extremely comfortable (important for Mr H) and the waiter looked after us brilliantly. The level of service was perfect from beginning to end.
As for the meal, we chose the Scallops and Beetroot salad to start followed by Barracuda and the Boston Crab crusted Mahi Mahi. All dishes were beautifully presented and tasted wonderful. The relaxing sound of the waves, unobtrusive service and tasty food meant the evening went down as a glorious success and left us wanting more.
We have already booked our next visit. So well done Lone Star, you are back to your best and all is forgiven!