The Coral Reef Restaurant is an add-on to the back of Augustus Austrieâ€™s general store in Calibishie.. Look for the general store on the main road heading towards Melville Hall Airport on the left not far after youâ€™ve passed the primary school and tourist info center on you right as you reach the bay and enter Calibishie village proper.
Thereâ€™s a telephone booth directly in front of the store. You can enter the Coral Reef Restaurant directly by walking down the driveway on the left side of the store to the restaurant and beach or by entering the store, passing the checkout counter and going through the western-style â€œsaloonâ€ swinging doors at the back of the store. Thereâ€™s no need to phone ahead for a reservation. The Coral Reef is open when the store is open, and that is from about 8AM to 9PM Monday-Saturday and from about 6PM to 9PM on Sunday.
The Coral Reef has a bar and very, very reasonable meal prices. Chicken, ribs, fish, etc. usually run in the range of EC$12-15 per serving. The generous servings come with local vegetables (â€œprovisionâ€) and French fries or rice. And the food is delicious. Besides bar drinks, soft drinks are available from the store, at regular store prices.
A bonus is that frying is done using heart-healthy canola oil. Gus, the proprietor, takes his meals from the restaurant and wants them to be healthy ones.
The tables overlook the bay with a view of Marie-Gallant Island in the Guadeloupe group directly ahead to the north and the mountain of Guadeloupe itself can be seen to the left.
The weekday (8AM-5PM) cook is our neighbor and very dear friend Hildreth; and she is just a superb cook. Tipping isnâ€™t required in Dominica (although very few of the restaurants and hotels add a gratuity to the bill), but with the meal at the Coral Reef costing so little and being so good, and the kitchen staff working so hard and well, I hope you will tip at this restaurant. The tips are pooled and shared by the employees at the end of each month. These nice people deserve the extra bit of income.
There are also two tables inside the store just in front of the kitchen. They are a good place to take a very casual meal or pick up food to go.
I recommend the Coral Reef for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.