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by Sheree-Anita Shearer | Associate Writer

Pier One or Houseboat Grill? Which is better? These restaurants are two of the more popular ones in Montego Bay offering different dining experiences.

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Whatever your reason for being in Montego Bay, the restaurants are a must-visit. However you choose to dine, Iโ€™m sure youโ€™ll be able to find a restaurant that fits that longed-for dining experience. You might have heard of Pier 1 and the Houseboat Grill and you are stuck on which to choose. Well, letโ€™s see if we can help you decide.

Houseboat Grill

Many of the restaurants in Montego Bay are on the waterfront or outdoors. But the Houseboat Grill provides a unique experience as it is actually in the sea. Youโ€™ll walk along a pier and when you get to the end, you will have to ring the bell for the โ€œferry serviceโ€.

The operator will then push the floating bridge over, secure it to ensure you have boarded safely and then take the very short trip (less than 2 minutes) over to the actual restaurant. This is a short but fun experience. You are advised to hold on to the railing and if you are travelling with children pay extra supervision to them, especially on the floating structure.

This restaurant offers indoor dining and the deck and roof are used for additional outdoor seating as well. Both areas have adequate seating and space between each table so you can feel comfortable in your personal space.

The restaurantโ€™s menu has a good variety of dishes. Their most talked about dishes are the black bean and chilli soup, surf and turf and barbequed ribs. You will even get to choose your own lobster from the see-through case on the floor of the restaurant.

The menu is seasonal and depending on the time of year, dishes like the surf and turf are unavailable since lobster is out of season in Jamaica sometimes. Their seafood ingredients are not caught on-site since they are located in a protected marine area.

You might not want to have dinner and thatโ€™s okay. You can have a drink (or two) at the bar instead and you and your friends can catch happy hour as well.

Because the houseboat is detached, it can move a little depending on the weather, but there is nothing to worry about.

While it isnโ€™t a vegan or vegetarian-only restaurant, they have Lacto-vegetarian or ovo-lacto vegetarian options. If you have food allergies they will try to accommodate them but due to the high seafood inputs used in their kitchen, it is hard to promise an allergen-free kitchen environment.

Contact Information

  • Phone: +1 (876) 979-8845/ 1 876 403 0874
  • Address: Southern Cross Blvd. Montego Freeport, Montego Bay, Jamaica
  • Bar Opens: 4:30 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Lunch 12 pm to 3 pm
  • Dinner Service: 4:00 pm to 11:00 pm
  • Email:

Pier One

pier_one_restaurantPier One

Pier One is in downtown Montego Bay and is very popular for its vibrant nightlife especially, on weekends. The waterfront restaurant offers much variety in the menu offering Jamaican and International dishes. Favourites on their menu include chicken, beef, salads, mannish water (goat soup) and oxtail.

Their restaurant is generally outdoors with the tables centred around the bar area. The dress code is semi-casual. One important point is that men are not allowed to wear sandals.

During the day, the restaurant is quiet and relaxing. But towards the evening it will get more lively. Dining closes at a certain point on certain nights to accommodate more patrons and dancing. A mixture of Dancehall, Reggae and Hip Hop is usually being played to entertain the crowd.

Contact Information

  • Address: Howard Cooke Boulevard, Montego Bay St. James
  • Tel: +1 (876) 925-2452/ +1 (876) 940-5408/ +1 (876) 550-2454 (deliveries)

Is Pier One or Houseboat Grill better for Jamaican food?

Pier One has more options for authentic Jamaican dishes than Houseboat Grill does.

Is Pier One or Houseboat Grill better for Entertainment?

Pier 1 is a more lively entertainment scene than Houseboat Grill if you are looking for a night filled with music and dancing. While Pier 1 does have its more relaxed nights, Houseboat Grill is more reliable for having quiet nights.

Is Pier One or Houseboat Grill more expensive?

Both restaurants are mid-range and affordably priced for a good night out.

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References & Sources For Pier One or Houseboat Grill?

  1. History (no date) The HouseBoat Grill. Available at: (Accessed: February 27, 2023).
  2. Pier 1: The best of dining and entertainment in Montego Bay! (no date) My-Island-Jamaica. Available at: (Accessed: February 27, 2023).

Pier One or Houseboat Grill? | Written: February 27, 2023

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