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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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Concord, New Hampshire
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Yummy place to have lunch. Outdoor seating and in the heart of Mongoose Junction. The junction has loads of shops to look in and the BEST ice cream!

Thank getlost03301
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 December 2016 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 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

For nine years, we have vacationed on St. John, and consistently hit the north beaches in the morning and come back to Cruz Bay for a late lunch. We have two favorite lunch spots, both in the same location in town in Mongoose Junction. One of our two favorites is Sun Dog Café. Quite a concept to have a few... More 

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

Mongoose Junction is a great place to hang out with great places to eat and drink: The North Shore Deli, The Tap Room (Home of VI Brewers), Scoops (Homemade Ice Cream!), Viva Cantina (Fresh Mex), Ocean Grill (upscale seafood), Sun Dog Cafe (20 years of practice adds up), Gecko Gazebo Bar (Overlooking the courtyard). They're all good! The complex is... More 

Boston, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The location in an alleyway is at first off-putting, but this may be the best spot in town for a quick meal that's also kind on your credit card. Almost informal enough for just a bathing suit, but of course you'd want to wear enough for visiting the adjoining shops.

Thank Rchard PB B
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Just go see Kim at the little bar at the top of the stairs. Great drinks, great tacos, what could be better for a much needed adjustment to your attitude and pace of life!

Thank Gary U
Saint Louis, Missouri
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate as a family with two grandchildren here for a fun dinner. We didn't know what to expect as it is literally in the middle of the shopping area of Mongoose Junction. It is nothing fancy at all, umbrella top table with chairs. The pizza dough and quesadillas were amazing. We would definitely go back here and the small... More 

Thank cjh302
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

There's a quote by Ben Franklin that says something to the effect of "the handshake of the host determines the taste of the roast". In our case, it's the staff extending the handshake and they are doing a great job of it. I'm so grateful for their tireless attention to detail. Thanks, glad you enjoyed! Michael SDC Proprietor More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We spent a week on STJ and went to Sun dog on the first night to listen to a friend play music but didn't eat because it looked like it was just a "snack shack " type food. Well, we decided to go for dinner on our last night after seeing it had 41/2 stars on Yelp, plus we didn't... More 

Thank Kgchef
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

The best "bistro" type dinner in St John. Always a stop and always is great. Very reasonably priced and will keep coming back

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

That's very kind of you, thanks! I'm so glad you classified as a a "bistro". We're so excited to see so many 5 star reviews here that I am a little concerned that people will be expecting waiters with towels draped on their arms and a wine list three inches thick. We're just a very small, casual and homey kind... More 

Wausau, Wisconsin
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30 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Three of us had a lovely lunch at Sun Dog Cafe, and Kenn was a kind and attentive, very thorough server. The food was amazing, very lovely in presentation, tasty, and cost was moderate.

Thank KathaleenaGirl
Belleville, Michigan
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This was my third trip to St. John and unfortunately i didn't find this place until my second visit. the food is fantastic and the service is excellent. The owner is a super nice guy we finally got to meet him this time around. Now the prize here is the Gecko Gazebo, a wonderful 10 or twelve seat bar in... More 

Thank mah1211
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this review

THANK YOU so much for the review and all I can say i how fortunate we are to work in an environment where we can make new friends every day, and this makes it fun for us. It's so nice of you to recognize the staff that makes it happen, and it makes it a really pleasure as an owner... 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
US$8 - US$19
Grill, American, Caribbean, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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
Cheap Eats, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Local cuisine, Kids
Open Hours
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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?