Pillars Restaurant, English Harbour, Antigua


Pillars Restaurant, Nelson’s Dockyard, English Harbour

Pillars Restaurant within the grounds of Nelson's Dockyard

Pillars restaurant is situated in an idyllic waterfront setting, within the grounds of Nelson’s Dockyard.  It is open daily for breakfast and 6 evenings a week for dinner.  Wednesday night is always popular.  As well as the a la carte menu, there is an additional Caribbean menu and a fantastic steel band plays while you dine.

Steel band playing at Pillars on Caribbean Night

The Dining Area

Pillars is great for solo diners.  The tables aren’t too close together and the staff always make time for a conversation with you.  If you can, try to pre-book a table overlooking the water.  This is always my preference when dining solo.  The dining area is lit up with fairy lights as the sun goes down.  It is undercover but open to the sides.  I just loved looking out to the water with the sounds of the tree frogs and feeling the cool Caribbean breeze.

Food and Drinks

Starters cost upwards of EC$34

The a la carte menu offers a selection of tempting dishes including…

  • Cream of pumpkin soup
  • Goat cheese pear salad
  • Warm mahi sashimi

Main Courses upwards of  EC$65

  • Fettuccini Alfredo
  • Pan seared catch of the day
  • Sesame crusted ahi tuna

Desserts upwards of EC$25

  • Locally made ice creams and sorbets
  • Antiguan coconut bread and butter pudding
  • Bessy’s homemade carrot cake

My Choices

I dined here on a couple of occasions and enjoyed the following main courses…

Shrimp Risotto

Shrimp risotto

Giant, succulent shrimps with creamy risotto with a drizzle of pesto.  I highly recommend this dish!

West Indian Chicken Curry

West Indian Chicken Curry

The spicy, rather peppery sauce of the chicken curry is complemented by fluffy coconut rice and al dente courgettes, carrots and pumpkin.  This was an excellent dish.

Food at Pillars offers good value for money.  It is in a particularly beautiful part of Antigua with a waterfront setting.  The food I had was outstanding and I dined here a couple of times during my solo holiday.


The staff here are extremely friendly.  They are attentive and efficient and always have time for a conversation with you.  Reggie makes fantastic cocktails!

Would I Return?

As with the boutique hotel, Admiral’s Inn, Pillars restaurant is within the grounds of Nelson’s Dockyard.  Having stayed at Admiral’s Inn on a couple of occasions, I have dined at Pillars several times.  As a solo diner it is a great place to eat for the following reasons.

  • Delicious food
  • Friendly and attentive staff
  • Idyllic waterfront setting
  • Tables not too close together
  • Wednesday has live music.  After dining, it is very pleasant to sit beside the band and enjoy the music.

Suggested Further Reading:

Things to do in Antigua – activities I have enjoyed doing by myself

Other restaurants in Antigua – other places I recommend dining solo

Hotels in Antigua – Recommended hotels in Antigua for solo holidays

Bed and Breakfast in Antigua – recommended BnB accommodation

FAQ about Antigua

Gallery of Photos – selection of my favourite photos from solo holidays in Antigua

Eating Alone – Solo dining tips