Dine indoors or out, in unusually beautiful settings, alongside a natural lagoon. Ristorante Pappagallo is one of the island’s best dining venues, renowned for its menu’s variety and flair.
If you factor in the welcoming ambience, the sights and sounds you’ll enjoy on your 10-minute drive from Seven Mile Beach to the heart of West Bay, the restaurant’s exquisite setting on the edge of a natural lagoon in a bird sanctuary and how you’ll be greeted by the African Grey Parrot called Bogey to his friends, Humphrey to strangers, then the reasons for this top-rating become crystal clear.
Surrounded by dense vegetation and the rural sounds of the Caribbean countryside, Ristorante Pappagallo looks and feels like an upscale tropical outpost from an earlier era, its sturdy wooden structure supporting two huge thatch roofs and large beautifully-woven fans. Arriving after dark, you’ll see the restaurant’s lights reflecting in the lagoon teeming with silvery tarpon and sending out a golden glow into the velvety night
You are thrown into a world of the exotic, even before reaching the front door! Then, as you enter the foyer, you’re met at the front door by an African Grey Parrot, humorously called Humphrey Bogart, one of the oldest Pappagallo employees with over 25 years’ experience welcoming guests and posing for photos (especially with the little ones!) You will then immediately notice the inviting and well-stocked bar, decorated in an art deco style, where customers can take pre-dinner cocktails or enjoy an after-dinner drink in a cool and inviting atmosphere.
To the right of the foyer lies one of our two dining rooms-the Pappagallo Room. Inside, the impressive high ceiling will grab your attention with its typical Mexican-style thatching. Wrought iron lighting gently illuminates the air-conditioned room and huge glass-fronted bird cages feature all around the walls housing Parrots, Macaws, Cockatoos and African Greys-all vying for your attention.
On the left of the foyer you access the Flamingo Room, nestled under a vaulted thatched roof with lazy revolving ceiling fans. As you approach the edge of this dining area you enter the garden patio-a large open air, screened in dining area, which overlooks a tidal salt water lagoon and a 14 acre bird sanctuary. This is a popular dining area especially in the coolest months of the year.
Like many Italian restaurants, there’s a strong sense of family about Ristorante Pappagallo (a word that means parrot in Italian). Not only has Bogey been welcoming patrons at the door for 25 years but many of the staff have also been there for some time, welcoming new and returning guests alike .
Expect only fresh fruit to be used in the exquisitely-crafted handmade desserts and only fresh vegetables in the sauces and sides. That, together with an award- winning wine list which features more than 350 wines is why aficionados from around the world return to Ristorante Pappagallo, year after year.