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New Restaurant Receiving Rave Reviews!

I absolutely love the view up here! (Image credit: Tropical Bandit Photography)

Hello everyone, and happy Wednesday! I am excited to tell you about a new restaurant that recently opened in Cruz Bay. It’s called The Hideaway STJ, and it’s been receiving rave reviews!

The Hideaway STJ is the latest concept created by my friend Vince “Vinny” Alterio. Vinny is an incredibly talented chef, who worked at La Tapa and Asolare before launching his own private chef and catering company. I’ve had the privilege of using Vinny’s private chef services multiple times over the years, so I can tell you firsthand that it’s top-notch.

Chef Vinny Alterio (Image credit: Tropical Bandit Photography)

Naturally, I was super excited earlier this year when Vinny told me about his latest project – The Hideaway STJ. Vinny wanted to create a spot with the taste of a Michelin Star, but one that felt like home, he told me. And I am excited to say that he has created just that.

The Hideaway STJ is located in the back of the former Lumberyard complex, tucked between the Roti King and St. John Ice. The Lumberyard is located up the hill from the bulkhead dock (which is between customs and the Visitor’s Center), and about halfway to Dolphin Market at the roundabout. For those of you who visited us post-hurricane, it’s the area where Barefoot Cowboy used to be, among other businesses.

(Click here to check out Explore STJ’s searchable restaurant map to see exactly where The Hideaway STJ is located.)

The Hideaway STJ is a cozy restaurant with amazing views of the Creek. Like many of you, I loved sitting at Barefoot Cowboy and watching the boat show every afternoon and then the sunset at night. I’m excited that we have a spot to do that, once again.

So cozy! (Image credit: Tropical Bandit Photography)
Such a great little bar! The bar top is from the old Quiet Mon Pub. (Image credit: Tropical Bandit Photography)
Daytime views! (Image credit: The Hideaway STJ)
Incredible sunset views! (Image credit: The Hideaway STJ)

Vinny built a custom food trailer, which serves as the kitchen for The Hideaway STJ. It is an open kitchen, so guests can watch the chefs at work, which is always fun. Joining Vinny on his team are chefs Juan Orlandi and Trace Miller.

The Hideaway’s menu features a variety of fresh, local ingredients and will vary based on time of year. Here are the current selections:

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The Hideaway STJ is open Friday through Monday from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. They plan to close for off-season at the end of August. Its reopening date has yet to be announced.

Check out The Hideaway’s website at for more information. Cheers all & congrats Vinny!

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