The Coal Pot Restaurant in St Lucia Circa 2015


 

For a number of years this was the website for the Coal Pot in St Lucia.
Content is from the site's 2015 archived pages  as well as other outside review sources.

The restaurant is still open on St Lucia.
Check out the restaurant's most recent reviews on www.tripadvisor.com.


Location

 

The Coal Pot restaurant is located on the waterfront of Vigie Marina where the trade winds go through all year round and keep the open Dining Room breezy and cool.

We are five minutes from Castries, the capital of St. Lucia, by car or ferry and five minutes from Georges FL. Charles airport.

On the other side of the bay, the large cruise ships come to port and of course no problem for sailing boat to come and anchor right on the waterfront.

 

The Chef's Secret

Gastronomic Gem, The Coal Pot Restaurants is thriving under the hand of a Frenchman whom locals call "Chef LA" (The Chef).

From the French Alps to Switzerland to England, Chef Xavier arrived in St. Lucia over 14 years ago to work as a chef in one of the leading hotels and at The Great House Restaurant who got "Best Restaurant of the Year" after one year. So no surprise when his mother-in-law decided to retire from the Coal Pot, he got the award of "Best Restaurant of the year" again with his wife.

Chef Xavier explanation for his food is "The food is not over the top, it is simple, tasty, well presented with mainly local and some French flavours".

 


 

See what some of our customers have to say about us.

"One of our favs in St. Lucia"

Dinner is a must at the Coal Pot on every visit to St. Lucia. The food has been consistently excellent. One of the most romantic settings in the evening. Flickering candlelight and waves lapping at the rocks at the edge of the restaurant.

Great Food, Great Wine and excellent hosts - can not wait to get back down to St. Lucia in Feb and go back to the Coal Pot for dinner!

-- Trip Advisor: LorraineSTR, Toronto Canada
 

"Amazing food..."

Amazing food, great setting. Love it! -- Trip Advisor: Anonymous

Dear Chef Xavier,

Once again may I express the gratitude of myself and Jenny for your two special nights at Table 1 "next to the boat".  As ever the evenings have left us with so many wonderful memories.  We come to St. Lucia for many reasons but one of the most important is that we can visit the restaurant which we regard as our favourite - anywhere.

Thanks to you, your staff ... I wish you every success in the year ahead and I hope that the financial situation in the world improves and brings many visitors to the Coal Pot.
-- Customer: Donald F
 

We always love to get your feedback.  If you want to share your experience with the rest of the online community please visit tripadvisor.com and post your favorable comments.

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The Coal Pot

On the Vigie Marina waterfront, Seraphine Rd., Castries
2 stars /3 www.frommers.com

celebrated French chef oversees the kitchen at this romantic spot, right on the Vigie Marina waterfront. A cannon found in the harbor now guards the outside patio. The stone-and-wood dining room has a retro-colonial look, lit by candlelight flickering in the open breezes. Look for local fish like snapper and dorado served with your choice of West Indian sauces (coconut curry, Creole, ginger, lemon garlic) along with rice and peas, steamed veggies, and salad. You might start with one of the Caribbean-centric soups—callaloo (a spinach-like vegetable), creamy pumpkin, fish chowder—or the St. Lucian "crab-back," local crab sautéed with herbs in a garlic-butter sauce. You can also get grilled tenderloin, duck, chicken, or a range of main course salads. Note that reservations are recommended.

- Alexis Lipsitz Flippin

Hours Mon–Fri noon–2:45pm and Mon–Sat 6:30–945pm;
closed Sun Phone 758/452-5566
Prices Main courses $30–$55
Cuisine Type WEST INDIES/FRENCH

TRIP ADVISOR REVIEWS

 

LBJ18 Washington DC, District of Columbia
Reviewed via mobile  January 6, 2019
A****  good option
I must admit, I, along with some other guest arrived as the restaurant was about to close. The chef was nice enough to prepare and serve us a meal. I must be honest in stating that I need to give this place another chance before I provide a concrete review. My food was not that warm/hot and just did not enjoy my meal. I have heard a lot of great things about this place. In fact,my parents actually went there for their anniversary. So with that said, appearance, presentation of food, drinks and service were awesome. Thanks once again for affording me the opportunity to dine with you.

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Dookser   London
Reviewed November 13, 2018 via mobile
***** Beautiful setting and great food
Escaping from the tired cuisine of our hotel, we got a taxi to the Coal Pot in Castries and it restored our faith in St. Lucian food. I would recommend a taxi as it is difficult to find the track off the road near the runway.
The staff are really nice and professional, in this beautiful waterside setting, the food is simple fresh local produce.
I had simply grilled barracuda with a selection of sauces, the land crab is delicious and - even though it was not available when we went - the red snapper signature dish is raved about.
The Coal Pot and their sister restaurant The Pink Plantation House were the culinary highlights of our holiday.

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zephyr80london   London, United Kingdom
Reviewed October 8, 2017
***** Beautiful venue, lovely food
We celebrated my birthday dinner here and it was lovely! For the first hour I think we were the only people there, but it didn't feel odd - the setting was so lovely, we were just happy to take it in and have the place to ourselves. Later it got busier. The food was delicious....so much of it, but so tasty. A lovely special treat, which actually wasn't very exspensive!

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Brian V   Morrisburg, Canada
Reviewed January 1, 2015
***** Twice in one week & awesome
four of us went to Coal Pot twice. Cannot say enough good about this restaurant. They fit us in New Year's Eve without reservations. We all had fish. Done to perfection. The attention to service by the wait staff was amazing. You could see them standing in the distance surveying what we needed and then bringing it. None of the standard "is everything okay" routine.

The only detail a little off was the lack of signage to get there. Overall, great experience (Twice)

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DavidMcN_12    Charleston, South Carolina
Reviewed February 14, 2014
***** Don't miss this one!
We ate at a number of restaurants in St. Lucia and this by far was our favorite. Atmosphere was perfect -- quiet setting right at waterside. Loved the artistic flare of the place -- lanterns, tableware, etc. You'll have to check out the handpainted tableware by the owner too.

Delicious food, delightful setting and friendly and warm service. We'll be back.

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Dotsimp  Chalfont, Pennsylvania
Reviewed January 20, 2013
**** Very romantic
Initially it doesn't look very nice at all. You go down a dirt road to get there in a neighborhood that is not so nice. But then there's the restaurant and its romantic with a nice water view. The food was delicious. Loved Dorado which is like mahi mahi. Use a taxi .

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Sir-Barks-A-Lot
Reviewed June 20, 2012 via mobile
***** Perfect
We went in on the recommendation of another guest staying at the Rendesvous and it was outstanding. It is defiantly to best and most romantic meal of our honeymoon. I had the creol calamari and my wife hat the crab back to start. We both followed with the surf and turf and were both extremely happy. Pudding was just as good. We will definitely be back before we head home. Simply put it was fantastic!!!!!

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Crazycarkip  Forest Hill, Maryland
Reviewed January 15, 2012
**** Food and location are still good
We love the Coal Pot and visit for at least one meal every trip to St. Lucia. The location is still lovely and the food was very good, but the facility was a little run down, cobwebs and cats where they shouldn't be and the ladies toilet was disgusting. A little more attention to details is needed.

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lobsterlovers
Reviewed January 1, 2011
***** Reliable and consistant
Oh what a breath of fresh air to go to a restaurant in St. Lucia and the service is prompt and the food consistantly good. That is a rare thing.
We go to the Coal Pot every Dec. 19 for our wedding aniversary. It is such a romantic spot beside the waters edge. We also had our wedding dinner there 4 years ago.
Although the menu never changes there is always plenty to chose from. I always order the Coquille St. Jacues and hubby orders the stuffed crab back. Sooo good. I ordered the shrimp this time and I can honestly say they were the best shrimp I have ever tasted and I eat a lot of shrimp. What made them so tasty was they were charred with a crispness on the outside and yet were so tender on the inside. Something I could never do at home. They also put a lot of effort into the side dishes that come with the meal.
A bigger sign would be a plus as we can never find it on the first shot! Year after year.
I think it is a great value considering you are for sure going to get a good meal. I don't mind paying for that.

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Tinzlemae / Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Reviewed March 19, 2010
+++++ Wonderful Meal
My husband and I had a wonderful meal at the Coal Pot. We had a table at waters edge and thoroughly enjoyed the food and bottle of wine. Some reviewers mentioned that the service was slow, I didn't think so but then we were on vacation and enjoying each others company! My husband tried and enjoyed the baracuda (dinner) and land crab (appetizer), both were great!

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Snorkel-Bum/ Vero Beach, Florida
Reviewed June 16, 2009
***** Delightful! A Local Treasure
The Coal Pot was recommended as a nice restaurant with local, straight-forward food.

The night on which we had reservations, they were closed. We tried to call to reconfirm, and got no answer, so we went elsewhere. When we made another reservation the next day, we were told that they tried to call us at a different hotel and left a message. We have a common last name, but I'm not sure why they thought we were at another hotel. That set a tone of trepidation for us, sounding very disorganized. We never did find out why they were unexpectedly closed.

Our fears were quickly allayed upon being seated at the table beautifully set with hand made ceramic set plates and crisp white linens, overlooking the water. The head waiter, or manager, not sure what his role was, was very attentive, and directed his staff to perfection in service. Nothing was overlooked.

The menu is on a large chalkboard that is brought to your table and rested against an adjacent wall. We shared a bowl of callaloo soup that was exceptional. Then we shared shrimp and calamari for appetizers, with two different sauces. The creole sauce was mild and flavorful, almost robust. For main courses we shared tuna with ginger sauce and snapper with coconut curry sauce, both of which were excellent. They are served with a mashed dasheen side dish, sauteed carrots, brocolli, cauliflower and dasheen, and white rice. Even the bread was wonderful. All dishes were presented beautifully with creative flare. For dessert we shared an order of orange pineapple ice cream that was decadently creamy and rich without being syrupy sweet. It was the old fashioned ice cream that people used to make a home generations ago.

The fare was not cheap, but well worth the money spent. I would categorize this restaurant as a special place not to be missed on your stay in or around Castries.

 


 

 

The Artist

Michelle Elliot - the Artist.  Having no formal art education, it was not until a vacation to Maui in 1993 that the artist in Michelle was awakened.  A trip to the many art galleries there inspired her to pick up a paintbrush and what resulted was a style best described as "whimsical and fun" in nature. With vibrant colours and distinct personal style and a touch of fantasy. Michelle Elliot's paintings capture the essential spirit of St. Lucia. Her naive style, loose brush stroke and intense saturated colours reveal the wonderful sunny ambience of the Caribbean.

Michelle has expanded her popular line of hand painted ceramics and opened "Lava Flow" outlets in Duty Free Point Seraphine and La Place Carenage.  The great response for the initial pieces has led to the development of a signature mix and match line, ranging from picture frames to souvenir items, platters to vases, table settings to unique one of a kind fine art ceramic pieces.  Michelle is very quick to add that in many ways she could not have come this far without the input and support of her family.

Michelle talks candidly of the difference in producing fine art on canvas versus painting on ceramics.  She says, "when painting on canvas the colours are right in front of you and the artwork can be touched up.  With ceramics the original colors painted on the items are not true to the eye.  The end colors are completely different and final after the ceramic has been glazed and fired".

This whole experience has been a source of new inspiration for Michelle.  She speaks of it as a challenging journey into the world of color, its many tones and blends.  When asked about the constant energy she possesses to keep creating, she says simply "St. Lucia inspires me".

Contact Wild Orchid Designs at (758) 452-5422 for more information.

 

 

About Us

In 1948 a huge fire, with a rage a verger, ravage through the heart of Castries. The Alcee family found refuge in the historical Vigie carnage where one appear a time the fleet of Admiral Rodney were refitted after battle.

A young 18 year old American boy "Bob Elliot" set sail from Spain and became in 1958 the world's youngest man to sail across the Atlantic single handedly.

In the 1966 Bob and his wife built the Coal Pot Restaurant on his stepfather land. The Coal Pot has been a family business from then and has been protected by a very large canon found in the bottom of the marina and now located on the outside patio.

 




Menu

< Lunch is served Monday to Friday from 12:00 p.m. to 2:45 p.m. (Lunch is not available on a Saturday.  We are closed on Sundays)

LUNCH MENU

Prices are subject to change without notice

APPETIZERS

Lobster Bisque (Seasonal)

Fish Chowder

Baked Onion Soup

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Callaloo Soup

Salt fish Accra

Deep fried Salt fish in a local Seasoned Batter

Tomato and Mozzarella

Sliced Tomato and Mozzarella drizzled with Olive oil and Balsamic Dressing & Fresh Basil

Warm Goat Cheese Salad

Served on a bed of Lettuce with walnuts & Dried Cranberries in a Balsamic Vinaigrette dressing

Smoked Salmon

St. Lucian Crab-back

Local crab meat sautéed with local seasoning and herbs served with Garlic Butter Sauce

Coquille St. Jacques

Combination of Scallops and Baby Shrimp in a Mushroom Cheese Sauce

Escargots

Served in fresh garlic butter

Mussel provincial

Served in a White Wine and Garlic Butter Sauce

Tossed Salad

Fresh Garden salad with Red & White Cabbage, Julienne of Carrots, Fresh Bell Peppers, Tomatoes, Red Onions & Olives served in a Balsamic Vinaigrette

Shrimp Cocktail

Served on a bed of Lettuce & Diced Tropical Fruit in a light Cocktail Sauce

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SEA FOOD

Served with Steamed Vegetables, Rice, Peas, Local Ground Provisions & Salad

Snapper

Tuna

Kingfish

Dorado

Barracuda

Scottish Salmon

Lobster

Saltfish & Greenfigs

Calamari Creole

Jumbo Shrimps

CHOICE OF SAUCES

Lemon Garlic, Coconut Curry, Creole, Ginger, Mushroom

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MEAT

Served with Sautéed Potatoes, Steamed Vegetables, Peas, Local Ground Provisions & Salad

Grilled Tenderloin

Duck Breast

Striploin

Chicken Breast

Chicken & Fries

CHOICE OF SAUCES

Mushroom, Black Peppercorn

Pasta Special from

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MAINCOURSE SALADS

Greek & Shrimp

Greek & Chicken

Large Goat Cheese Salad

Chicken Ceasar Salad

Fish Ceasar Salad

Shrimp Ceasar

Chicken Pita

Tuna Pita

Salad Nicoise with Fresh Tuna

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DESSERT

Strawberry Cheesecake

Pineapple Cheesecake

Apple Tart

Chocolate Cake

Banana Split

 Crème Brule

Vanilla Ice-Cream

Chocolate Ice-Cream

Strawberry Ice-Cream

Rum & Raisin Ice-Cream

Coconut Ice-Cream
 

Prices are subjected to 10% service charge

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DINNER MENU

APPETIZER

Callaloo Soup

Creamy Pumpkin Soup

Baked Onion Soup

Fish Chowder

Lobster Bisque (Seasonal)

Coquille St. Jacques

 Combination of Scallops and Baby Shrimp in a creamy Mushroom Cheese sauce

Warm Goat Cheese Salad

 Served on a bed of Lettuce with Walnuts and dried Cranberries in a balsamic vinaigrette dressing

Shrimp Cocktail

Served on a bed of Lettuce & Diced Tropical fruit in a light Cocktail Sauce

Shrimp & Tomato Salad

Mussel Provincial

Served in a White Wine Garlic Butter Sauce

Smoked Salmon

St. Lucian Crab Back

Local Crab meat sauted in local seasonings and herbs served with Lemon Garlic Butter

Calamari Creole

Escargot with Garlic Butter

Tossed Salad

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ENTRE

FISH AND SEAFOOD

Served with steamed vegetables and rice with a selection of sauces: Creole, Lemon Garlic, Ginger, Coconut Curry and Mushroom

Lobster (seasonal)

Barracuda

Kingfish

Tuna

Dorado

Red Snapper

Scottish Salmon

Large Shrimp

MEAT

Served with steamed vegetables and sauted potatoes with a selection of sauces: Mushroom, Peppercorn, Roqfort, Red wine & Onion

Beef Tenderloin

Surf & Turf

Ribeye Steak

Duck Breast

Chicken Breast

Chicken & Fries

Rack of Lamb

Pork Tenderloin

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DESSERT

Chocolate Cake

Creme Brule

Banana Split

Apple Tart

Strawberry Cheese Cake

Pineapple Cheesecake

Vanilla Ice-Cream

Chocolate Ice-Cream

Strawberry Ice-cream

Rum & Raisin Ice-Cream

Coconut Ice-Cream

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Coffee

Decaffeinated Coffee

Espresso

Tea

A 10% service charge is added to the menu.

 


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