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Sun Dog Cafe

N Shore Road | Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay 00830, St. John
+1 340-693-8340
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  • Excellent63%
  • Very good31%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“lunch” (167 reviews)
“burrito” (61 reviews)
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Grill, American, Caribbean, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
N Shore Road | Mongoose Junction, Cruz Bay 00830, St. John
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here
Sponsored by: Sun Dog Cafe
1. Voted Best Lunch on St. John
"Can't be beat for a great lunch that is not too expensive"
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2. Casual Courtyard Dining
"An outdoor cafe within a lovely mall!"
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3. Great Little Bar
"outstanding and everything that came out of the kitchen was great"
Scott C
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

A yearly trip to St. John is never complete without visiting the Gecko Gazeboo for cocktails, music and lunch or dinner at the Sun Dog Cafe. It’s a great place to hang out after a day at the beach for happy hour with wonderful atmosphere...More

Thank Cecilia M
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Well, thank you Cecila. Thank you for visiting St. John as we continue to recover; your review has an air of normalcy that we've all been yearning for. Also, we now have Lauren Jones Magnie on Sunday Night, to me one of our most talented...More

Restaurant's Favourite
Reviewed 22 June 2017 via mobile

We ate here twice during our trip, and rated the meals at the top of our list of favorites. The mahi-mahi, Cruz bay burrito, and pulled pork meals all had both excellent flavor and nice presentation. These meals were also better than many of the...More

Thank Stephanie E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Outdoor seating. They offer a bottomless Bloody Mary special. Fish tacos were tasty. Comfy spot in the middle of Mongoose Jnction.More

Thank Bork M
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Thanks, Bork glad you enjoyed. We offer bottomless stolichnaya bloody marys, screwdrivers and mimosas at brunch, served daily from 9 am to noon weekdays and until 2 pm on weekends-- it's a great way to warm up for a day at the beach! Thanks for...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This cafe was awesome! Started at the bar with Chris and he can make drinks like crazy! Michael, the owner, came to visit with us at the bar and we ended up ordering dinner. Very friendly & accommodating atmosphere! Casual, open air seating and great...More

Thank Kristi S
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Well, I did kind of talk you into it, mea culpa, but so glad to learn that you enjoyed. Thanks for taking the time to write the review and hope to see you again soon. Michael SDC Proprietor

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

You really can’t go wrong here, everything is delicious! We ate there three separate times in a one week trip. Mahi mahi was great, shrimp tacos were delicious. The portions were perfect and the service was friendly. You have to try their homemade hot sauce/salsa....More

Thank Brian Z
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thanks, Brian! People like you make the restaurant business a real pleasure. Please let me know next time you are in. Michael SDC Proprietor

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We found this cute place in the middle the Mongoose Junction shopping center. We had awesome Bloody Mary’s one morning and then went back for dinner. The Mahi tacos and the shrimp Veracruz were fabulous. The owner stopped by to talk with us, very friendly....More

Thank meganhicks
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We had a great dinner 2 nights while we were just there on our trip. Shrimp tacos were awesome and I don't like seafood. Their homemade hot sauce was amazing. We always eat at Sun Dogs when we visit St John. Great food and friendly...More

Thank ShelZ3
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank so much-- you made my day. The hot sauce is, pardon the pun, on fire. It is the original recipe from Virgin Fire, which won "Best Hot Sauce" on St. John in the St. Thomas Daily News reader's poll. The flavors work like this:...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for lunch, based on our realtors recommendation. When we arrived, there was 4 people at the bar and one more couple at the group of tables. We were so excited to do what we could to support STJ after the storms. After...More

Thank KurtVG1
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Hi Kurt So sorry to hear about your experience. I did communicate with you privately and feel that some issues regarding personnel are best discussed that way. I can assure you that we do not tolerate lapses in service quality, and think that your perception...More

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We already knew this place was a fun bar but we discovered how delicious the food was. Best breakfast on the island!More

Thank montypies
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thanks! We just started serving Brunch 9 am to noon daily. We would have started earlier in the day, but you've seen the size of the kitchen, so you know it's kind of a challenge to bring in new items. Honestly, we have the best...More

Reviewed 17 January 2018

We were in St. John over the holidays and enjoyed many meals at the Sun Dog! Outstanding food (the Sunday brunch is not to be missed!) and great service! We also attended the Wednesday Night Open Mic night and it was, by far, our most...More

Thank amyfowler2005
Michael B, Owner at Sun Dog Cafe, responded to this reviewResponded 18 January 2018

Thanks Amy for taking the time and writing a great review. We'll be looking for you in March. Michael SDC Proprietor

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$8 - US$23
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
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, Parking Available, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Kids, Child-friendly
Open Hours
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
9:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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
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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 Wednesday Night Jam, from 6 to pm, a great musical event with local and visiting talent. Welcome!
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