Venture up the hillside above Port Elizabeth for Caribbean specialties at Tantie Pearl’s Restaurant, where diners swill rum-heavy Painkillers ($5.50) and enjoy sunset views as reggae plays in the background. Stick with regional classics like creamy callaloo soup ($5.20) and fish creole ($20).
Reserve a table in advance at L'Auberge des Grenadines, where the French-helmed kitchen turns out locally sourced seafood dishes with West Indian influences at tables overlooking a harbor. Start with yellowfin tuna tartare ($13) before moving on to lobster plucked from the restaurant’s pool (market price; a large one is about $32) and a refreshing basil–passion fruit mojito ($2.60).
Grab a table for dinner at Fernando’s Hideaway (784-458-3758), hidden away on a steep hillside above Lower Bay, where chef Fernando Morgan serves up fish he catches himself daily. The menu changes frequently, but if you’re there on Saturday, branch out and try “Nando’s” goat water soup ($4.40) and desserts like applesauce spice cake and coconut-butterscotch brownies ($3 each).