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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
CHART HOUSE RESTAURANT
This is part of the famous restaurant chain and as always, they do a nice job with their St. Thomas branch.
The food is always dependably good at Chart Houses but what sets them apart from other chains is their individuality. They're not "cookie cutter" restaurants.
In St. Thomas, the setting is a building that used to serve as the Russian consulate when the Dutch were in control of the Virgin Islands. There's a roof over head but it has a very open air feeling and it's right at the edge of the sea in Frenchtown village.
Having filled up on conch, grouper, snapper and other treasures of the sea on this visit to St. Thomas, our entire family had to have slabs of thick prime rib (cooked rare, of course) on this visit. I've never had a bad piece of prime rib at any Chart House location and the St. Thomas rendition was perfect. Prior to the main course we all noshed at the salad bar.
Since we didn't have an appetizer (I would have chosen the poke had we been in Hawaii!) we got two orders of their famous mud pie and split 'em between the four of us.
We can highly recommend this restaurant to you and it will definitely scratch your itch if you're in the mood for a nice piece of prime rib!
The restaurant is located at Villa Olga. We took a cab and I'd suggest you do the same. It seemed somewhat complicated getting there from the hotel.
One thing continues to puzzle me about the Chart House chain. They have a web site (here) yet it does not mention the property in St. Thomas. Nor does it mention their restaurants in Maui--and we've eaten at three of them there! Maybe the restaurants not associated with the continental U.S. are another branch? If you know, would you please let me know? firstname.lastname@example.org
Update: Thanks to Web Travel Guide viewer Beth, we are told that there is no longer a Chart House in St. Thomas. What used to be the Chart House is a place called Oceana. Their web site is here. We're going to leave this review up for people who have enjoyed dining at the old Chart House in the past. Beth also informs us that the Chart House Restaurants on Maui are no longer there, either.
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