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Sun Dog Cafe

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N Shore Road | Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay 00830, St. John
+1 340-693-8340
11:00 - 21:00
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Sun 10:00 - 21:00
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New York City
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43 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We go once a week when we are in town. Quesadillas superb, Simple salads. Low prices. Pleasant place to sit. Wait staff eager to serve with a smile. Can't beat it.

Thank rel601wea
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15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Sun Dog has always been a family favorite. The food was reliable and the drinks good. Last night the place was empty at about 6:30. That should have been a clue. The waitress was very nice but pretty clueless. Helpful with my 15 mo old grandson and generally kind hearted. We had to remind her for our drinks. Everything was... More 

Thank Paula T
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit and the heads up. Very helpful information, and I will follow up on every bit of it, and I do apologize for the experience. I am in the business most days, and I encourage you to ask for me, Michael Barry, so that I can express this in person. Good critique is helpful and as hard... More 

Millville, Pennsylvania
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

The Sun Dog is always a must stop place to eat while on island. Excellent reasonable priced food and excellent service.

1 Thank barwee
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30 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This is definitely one of our favorite places to eat on the island of St. John! It baffles me that such fresh, delicious, and well prepared food comes out of a tiny truck! Don't let that deter you!! There are nightly specials which are out of this world, but there isn't anything on the regular menu that isn't fabulous!! Sun... More 

Thank Debbie D
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks for the visit and the AMAZING review. The New York Times made us a Travel & Leisure pick for St. John. In the review, the writer said "A remarkable menu for a kitchen the size of volkswagon beetle". I think it was Hemingway who said it isn't the size of the dog in the fight, it's the size of... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Kids had pizza, it was fair. shrimp tacos were good, didn't come with anything for $18. I had veggie burger, was okay - had a few small mushrooms on it and cheese, non-homemade bun. Tortilla chips looked better than tasted, side of guac had mayo possibly in it. Servers nice. Lunch for three kids and parents over $100.

Thank Sharon B
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

Hi Sharon Glad you generally enjoyed. St. John prices for everything are more than stateside because of the costs of distribution, and there are many restaurants that are considered much more expensive than ours. We do our best to keep costs down-- not sure about the ages of the kids-- we do offer a children's menu with $6 choices, not... More 

Long Grove, Illinois
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98 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

A nice surprise in Mongoose Junction. Excellent casual dining. Sandwiches tasty, artfully presented, with attentive staff.

Thank LADB
Richmond, Virginia
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed Sun Dog Cafe two nights in a row on our recent trip to St. John. It is such a wonderful outdoor patio (just grab a table) setting, and the food is great with a reasonable price. The first night was Open Mic music night and it was such a great vibe with awesome food: fresh salads for me... More 

Thank Kranew
Edgartown, Massachusetts
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great stop for lunch, not big on atmosphere but very tasty with quick service. Casadillas are very good but the Shrimp Vera Cruz was scrumptious.

Thank 3SeasonTraveler
Allegan, Michigan
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90 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Five of us stopped here for dinner. It is a cute little place with a great waitress We had quesadilla, margerite pizza, burger, peel and eat shrimp and the special steak and fried rice All the food was good. The steak and fried rice was very good and large portion Woulda go again

Thank gizmoz
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

Always a tried and true favorite, Sun Dog is the perfect lunch option. Enjoyed a wonderful birthday lunch this week- great service from Jen and awesome margaritas. The Shrimp Vera Cruz is one of the best dishes on the menu and we loved it, like always. I highly recommend this spot to anyone who wants a laid back but fun... More 

Thank Siobhan M
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

Thanks Siobhan Twenty years of practice is beginning to pay off! So glad you enjoyed, and don't forget we're open for dinner too. Thanks, Michael SDC Proprietor More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 19
Grill, American, Caribbean
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Kids, Local cuisine
Open Hours
10:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
11:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: N Shore Road | Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay 00830, St. John
  • Location: Caribbean  >  U.S. Virgin Islands  >  St. John  >  Cruz Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 340-693-8340
Sun Dog Cafe is a great casual dining option, and home to the Gecko Gazebo, our open air bar overlooking the gracious center courtyard of Mongoose Junction. A New York Times Travel and Leisure Pick for St. John, we serve lunch daily, dinner on weekdays, and brunch on Sunday. Don't Miss the Sunday Night Jam, from 6 to pm, a great musical event with local and visiting talent. Welcome!

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?