Where to Eat
The restaurants in Vieques are whimsical and unpretentious, helmed by locals cooking a Creole-style blend of American, Spanish, and African cuisine. The mofongo on the island is legendary, but from food trucks to fine dining, the island has become a foodie haven for those in the know.
In Isabel II, local favorite Biekes Bistro serves up authentic, freshly prepared, inexpensive Puerto Rican comfort food. Prepared in sauce with a kick, the rice and red beans are addictive, as are the arepas stuffed with shrimp. The shrimp is cooked to perfection in red criollo sauce. They also serve plantains, chicken, octopus, or churrasco, mofongo, and have other vegetarian options. Parking is limited — say three or four spots — so plan accordingly.
Ooh, this place is cuteness! At Coqui Fire, the best date-night spot on the island, you’ll find a charming, intimate ambiance at one of the top-rated restaurants in all of Puerto. Start with spicy margaritas and finish with some of the tastiest pork you’ll ever try. If you come with friends, do it on Taco Tuesday and make an afternoon out of it.
Mama Mía is renowned for its authentic Italian food, its local vibes, and its rotating roster of bands and DJs. Joel, the owner, is a queer ally and an all-around awesome, welcoming host. On the second floor, you’ll find a lovely open-air deck where you can sit with a cocktail and take in the views. For a thriving, buzzy spot serving fresh pizza and pasta, this is the best choice on the island.
Mamasongas reopened in fall 2018 under new gay ownership.Take the wooden stairs to a rooftop bar and restaurant for an island-inspired menu, homemade pies, cold beer and $3 margaritas. You’ll find plenty of American tourists there on the rooftop taking in the gorgeous ocean views, the tree tops and the wild iguanas.
La Placita at El Blok
In Esperanza, La Placita is the restaurant inside the El Blok hotel. The open-air restaurant, helmed by executive chef José Enrique, has a wood-fire grill, sleek surroundings, and live music at night. Go on a weekend night for the fire, the live music, and a dreamy atmosphere.
Duffy’s is a cute open-air shack serving homemade mofongo, cocktails, and desserts right on the water. Eat dinner at sunset while roosters roam around for a unique Vieques experience. Just down the the street from El Blok, it’s a reliable lunch and dinner spot.
Vieques Food Park
One of the absolute best places to go in Vieques, this food truck park is an outdoor space strewn with lights and picnic tables. You can grab coffee and breakfast as early as 6:00 a.m., or local eats for lunch and dinner. You’ll find a friendly atmosphere, authentic local specialties, and hospitable vendors sharing their homemade food with you. Parking is limited.