Spinnakers has been a firm favourite of tourists and locals since it opened in 1993, and with good reason: superb location, great food, friendly service and a relaxing atmosphere.

Everyone at Tropical Traveller enjoys going to Spinnakers, whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner or just drinks. The most obvious reason is the picture-perfect location: beachside on Reduit Beach in Rodney Bay. The view of the bay, the boats and Pigeon Island is unforgettable. There are few simple pleasures in life that surpass sitting at one of the tables closest to the water, with a refreshing drink in hand, and listening to the waves lap the shore while you people-watch, enjoy the sunset or are amused by the antics of playful children and dogs on the sand.

Having been in business for almost a quarter of a century, the management and staff at Spinnakers know how to make you feel welcome, please your palate and ensure that you leave feeling satisfied and happy, vowing to return soon. The restaurant is open seven days a week with different menus according to the hour. Breakfast choices range from lighter options such as a fresh fruit platter, eggs, omelette, croissants and pancakes, through to B.L.T., Continental, Full English, and saltfish with cucumber – as loved by Lucians.

The lunch menu incorporates soups, salads and sandwiches plus delicious fish and meat dishes that change daily, such as the popular pepper pot – another favourite of locals. There is no need to sit in the restaurant for lunch; if you prefer, staff will gladly prepare your order in a ‘to go’ pack so that you can eat while sitting on the beach.

One of the most buzzing times of the day at Spinnakers is during its ‘happy hour’ from 5 – 6 p.m. daily. Many drinks are ‘two for the price of one’ so this is a great occasion to indulge in a cocktail. After watching the sun go down we recommend that you loiter and order food. The dinner choice is comprehensive, the quality is high and the portion sizes are generous. The wide selection of appetizers is complemented by pastas, burgers, fish and seafood, steaks, chicken, lamb and pork dishes. Most main courses are served – at no extra charge – with a choice of potato, rice or vegetables, and all sauces that feature in meals – such as the heavenly honey mustard glaze on the fish kebab – are home-made on the premises.

We suggest that you take a break and savour the atmosphere while preparing to tackle one of the divine desserts. For those whose eyes are bigger than their belly, our tip is to order the passion fruit and lemon curd meringue – it’s light, fruity and bursting with zesty flavour.

Spinnakers pulls in the crowds on Saturday evening when there is live music and on Sunday with the lunchtime steel pan performance. Its New Year’s Eve party sells out in advance so our advice is to obtain your ticket early.

Spinnakers is family-friendly and has high chairs for toddlers. The fact that present-day adults who were brought to the restaurant as children, now bring their own kids, is testament to its winning formula and enduring charm.