You know that you will enjoy DOOlittle’s restaurant and bar before you set foot inside: the waterside location, the beach with picture-perfect palm trees; the setting on the north side of Marigot Bay is superb. And we promise that the menu, incorporating locally sourced, seasonal and sustainable ingredients, will have you vowing to return and DO more.

Marigot Bay is one of the most beautiful bays in the Caribbean. Doubtless this is a reason why the location was chosen for part of the shooting of the 1967 musical film Dr. Dolittle. (Film buffs and mature readers will know this as the version with Rex Harrison in the lead role.)

DOOlittle’s restaurant and bar is the first establishment to greet arriving boats as they enter Marigot Bay, and crew can easily tie up alongside. In fact, the only way to reach DOOlittle’s is across the water – those who drive to Marigot Bay take the complimentary ferry for the final approach which, by day or night, is captivating.

DOOlittle’s lies at the foot of Marigot Beach Club and Dive Resort and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. The atmosphere is always relaxed but takes on charm and style in the evening when the tables are prepared for dinner. You are guaranteed a warm welcome by the friendly staff but especially so whenever Pepsi the (teetotal) dog hangs around the bar.

The lunch menu offers something to please all tastes, from soups and salads, through sandwiches, burgers and gourmet thin crust pizzas, to main courses of fish, meat and tofu. The dinner menu is comprehensive and reflects the chef’s desire to use the finest, freshest local ingredients, creating a selection that combines delicious Saint Lucian cuisine with favourite dishes from around the world.

We were tempted by one of the ‘DOOshare’ starters, rumrunner mussel pot: steamed rope-grown mussels seeped in Chairman’s Forgotten Cask rum, sherry, garlic, chicken stock, butter and herbs. Divine! Having once seen a fisherman bring his catch to the restaurant’s dock, we could not resist the cioppino – a tomato-based one-pot with mahi-mahi, scallops, mussels, shrimp and squid. This was full of flavour, with a sauce that could have been cooked by an Italian grandmother. Immensely satisfying!

A fun way to dine at DOOlittle’s is by ordering a ‘sizzle’ dish. Your chosen steak or seafood is presented on a hot stone plate with your selection of a rub, a sauce and a butter, and you allow it to cook as much as you like. No under- or over-cooked issues!

Turn a wonderful meal into a great night out by dining when there is live music. The saxophonist Barbara Cadet performs on Wednesdays while Sunshine Duo entertains guests on Saturdays.

DOOlittle’s has an inviting bar area and an impressive cocktail list. It also has a daily happy hour. Despite the venue’s name, patrons can have plenty of fun by playing pool, fusball and backgammon, with a dip in the swimming pool or with a flutter in the small casino. But if you want to chill out and do as little as possible, that’s fine. At DOOlittle’s, do what makes you happy.