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“Tiny resort sandwiched between Prickly Pear Island and the Bitter End..........”
Review of Saba Rock

Saba Rock
Ranked #7 of 39 Restaurants in Virgin Gorda
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$40
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Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Breakfast, Delivery, Reservations
Description: With a reputation that far exceeds its modest size, Saba Rock boasts not only a famous over the water lounge bar and restaurant, but also an 8 bedroom hotel, 10 slip marina, gift shop, gardens and sun deck. Saba Rock Restaurant is one of the more respected establishments in the British Virgin Islands, offering both a lounge menu and a dinner menu with a wide selection of seafood (including local conch and lobster in season), salads and grills. The boutique hotel, which is consistently ranked among the top hotels in the BVI, is accessible via a 10 minute ferry ride from Virgin Gorda. Alternatively, you can arrive on your own boat and take a slip in the Marina. The Saba Rock ferry is available to pick up guests from any dock in the North Sound, simply phone ahead (1 284 495 7711) or hail us on VHF channel 16 to make arrangements. Reservations in advance are recommended for the Hotel, Marina and Restaurant. We look forward to your visit!
Reviewed July 2, 2016

Looking for something different to do during on one of the BVI's many public holidays my Wife and I decided to drive to Gun Creek and hitch a ride over to Saba Rock Resort for lunch. As you can't drive to any of the resorts or restaurants at the Eastern end of North Sound, whether it be Biras Creek, Y.C.C.S. or the Bitter End our only choice was to use Saba Rocks free ferry that runs every hour from either Gun Creek or Leverick Bay. We called to let them know we were waiting, along with a Honeymoon couple from California, just because we know how things work and don't work in the Caribbean. The ferry arrived regardless about 10 minutes late, but we got the impression that the service works pretty well and after all it's free!
The local number is (284) 495 7711
The journey takes just over 5 minutes and you arrive on a dinghy dock that is almost part of the restaurant. The dining rooms seats around 100 covers and has a large bar where you can sit and have a beer if you don't want to eat, or if you do!
Saba Rock is owned by the same family that own and operate the Wailea Hotel on Maui. The menu is typically American with Burgers, Fish Tacos and Panini sandwiches interspersed with more West Indian selections such as Conch Fritters and local Lobster. The service was good and friendly and quite quick, however being July the restaurant wasn't that busy with only about 20 people eating so in February it might be a different story.
If you're coming to North Sound on your own Yacht you can pick up a mooring right off the resort and dinghy in to the restaurants long dock that runs the length of the dining room, not ten feet from where you'll probably sit and eat.
The resort also has several rooms for rent on top of the tiny island and there is also a boutique which contains some very interesting artifacts from the wreck of the Royal mail Steamer R.M.S Rhone that lies now as a premier dive site just off Salt Island. Saba Rock was originally owned by Burt Kilbride who is locally known to be a diving legend and the man that came up with the "Resort Course" for people who wanted to see what diving was all about without going through a weeks long certification course.
There is a salt water fish tank outside that contains more artifacts from the "Rhone" and usually lots of tropical fish and lobster. Fun for the kids although on the day we visited most of the fish were seen to be dead and laying on the sand rather than swimming around.
After lunch we walked around the resort and found a lovely shaded gazebo that faces due East and gives you an unhindered view of the Ocean with marvelous tropical breezes keeping you cool and lulling you into that after lunch nap you so deserve.
A great spot to watch the kite boarders and windsurfers that frequent North Sound due to the constant winds that come off the Atlantic and provide the BVI's best sailing grounds.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed July 1, 2016 via mobile

My wife and I stayed here for just three nights but wished we were there longer. The main business of the Rock is food and beverage but every last detail of the hotel is accounted for as well. The rooms are amazing, luxurious, peaceful. Even with all the hustle below in the restaurant and bar, the moment you head up the short walk around the north side of the rock to your bedroom you can't hear a thing but the smell of the food cooking lingers, which is great. I love staying here and will definitely be back. More of a couples get away. Which was exactly what we aimed for. Food amazing, drinks solid and strong, rooms peaceful and luxurious, views the best I've seen. Love Saba rock.

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank Scott P
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Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Tarpon feeding and the gift shop were very interesting. The eel in the Aquarium was way cool. Moored up at The Bitter End. And quick dingy ride

Date of visit: June 2016
Thank OPblazer
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Reviewed June 28, 2016 via mobile

Breathtaking sunset view. Friendly staff. However, ordered 3 Commodore seafood pastas and 5 other entrees. Our pasta was literally room temp and not flavorful. . The mahi was so over cooked that it couldn't be eaten. On the other hand, the shrimp pasta dish was excellent and served piping hot. The salad bar was excellent as well.

You pay for the ambience, and the food is average. Time to think about bringing in a new culinary crew.

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed June 28, 2016

I have written several restaurant reviews of this the latest HUPS trip to the BVI for diving and underwater photography. We dived with Dive BVI in the Virgin Gorda Yacht Harbor and this is one of the restaurants they selected for our between dives break. It was wonderful lunch food and the staff were great. There were 12 of us who enjoyed lunch and there were no complaints - just rave reviews for the food that everyone had. The staff in the gift shop were also great with one of them sending to me a picture of Bert Kilbride's old home on Saba Rock. I had not been to Saba Rock restaurant or the small islet since visiting Bert Kilbrides home in the late 70's or early 80's.This was a great place to eat and just hang out for a few hours.

Date of visit: May 2016
Thank Russell J. R
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