Cafe Roma: What To Know
Location: Cruz Bay
Cafe Roma has served St. John since 1981. We pride ourselves in our excellent Italian Trattoria-style cuisine, with an extensive menu, full bar, and vast wine selection. Offering in-house specials, traditional recipes (including vegetarian selections.) All in a casual air-conditioned cafe setting.
- Enclosed Dining Room with A/C
- Bar Area Inside with A/C
- No Parking
Cuisine Options: Italian, Seafood, Vegetarian, Nightly Specials
We Also Do: Take Out Available, Kid Friendly Food
Cafe Roma, an open windowed setting, upstairs at 1-C Cruz Bay, was first opened in the very early eighties. It served the only Italian food and pizza on St. John. Joshlynn Crosley, the former owner, bought Cafe Roma in 1988 from the McGinnis family. Gradually Cafe Roma has changed; as it was tiled, the windows were closed, and air-conditioning was added. In the summer of 1995, a mural was painted by Ted Effremoff (a Russian artist, now teacher, in Philadelphia) with scenes of Italy. In 2003 Helen Lalitch changed one panel to a more ethereal scene with Romanesque angels, and symbols for peace on earth.
John Hiebert, his wife Michelle- who is originally from Trinidad, and daughters Ashley and Victoria purchased the restaurant from Josh and moved to the islands after living in Vermont in 2008. Although John gave the restaurant a slight makeover and renovation, he understood that Cafe Roma is a local’s favorite and a landmark restaurant on St John. “The restaurant isn’t broken, so it doesn’t need any fixin’”. John fell in love with the food and quirky atmosphere. Cafe Roma offers and intends to maintain its image for years to come. John has many years of experience in the foodservice industry. He is a talented Chef and has owned and managed many restaurants in the states. John and Michelle look forward to becoming part of the island community, and to continue cooking innovative Italian dishes and specialty pizzas for the thousands of loyal patrons who have been visiting the restaurant for over 30 years.