Island Thyme Caribbean Grille is rated 5.0 out of 5 stars, based on 106 reviews!
Went for the first time few days ago for lunch and the food was amazing! The food was seasoned so well and the flavor was incredible! We had the jerk and curry chicken...from the first bite to the last we enjoyed our meals. The owner came to our table to say hi and check on us. We will definitely go again and highly recommend this place!
This is a must dine. Vern Thomas has created the Island taste in the states. The food is exceptional, choice of beverages good & the service first class. I have to go back. This has become a must go to for a great meal.
The food was amazing! I stopped in today for the first time after ordering 4 times this month and I'm still impressed. The freshness is consistent... the taste is always on point! Golden krust has nothing on them. You guys are awesome. I love the music and the customer service. This chef knows his ingredients the food is very Caribbean and flavorful!
Had the Oxtail with rice and a side of collard greens. Sooooo good. Chef was very friendly explaining Johnny cakes are not fried corn bread like I make, but a sort of fried noodle. Thanks for great food & large portions.
Ordered food for the first time from here. We ordered through Uber Eats and I was nervous the food would come barely warm but instead, the food was piping hot! That wasn’t even the best part... the flavor was amazing! We ordered Guava Cheesecake (to die for), island shrimp scampi (so much flavor), island meat empanadas (so crispy and good), tropical chicken (my son loved it), 2 jerk chicken plates (one of the best jerk chickens I have EVER had, and sides to go along! My favorite side was the island seafood chowder WOW!
We called in to let them know how amazing the food was and informed them they have just earned a new customer forever!
My family and I have tried many different options here and they are all amazing. Sometimes the food can be too salty but we usually ask for less salt when we order and it’s perfect.
Straight gas. Don’t sleep on these guys
They have good food ? Love their Mac and cheese ? ? the atmosphere is relaxing
Food was really good. The portions are very big, u r going to need a to go box
This place was legit!!! Met my buddy for a quick bite to eat and I was blown away with how delicious it was. I wish there were more of them around. I will definitely be back when I am on that side of town!
That was one of the best places I have ever eaten at! I ordered the Jerk Chicken with two sides. You definitely get your money’s worth from what you ordered. I believe the owner came out to check on our well being. He was very considerate and kind. I really recommend trying this place out! You won’t regret it!
Visited last weekend for takeout and really impressed! Tropical chicken and mac and cheese were truly exceptional!
Awesome little spot in Avalon Park!! Food is good portions for the price and tastes home-cooked. The Jerk Chicken was well-seasoned and moist, and all of the sides were really good, especially the fried Yucca and Mac and Cheese. Jordyn was very helpful explaining the menu and ordering process. Strongly recommend.
Great customer service and it's very clean ? The jerk chicken, ribs, and collards are so delicious and falls off the bone!! No words can describe the flavors and deliciousness of it all especially the baked mac and cheese. We ordered the family meal to go!!???
My partner and I went here for the first time today and the food was absolutely amazing! The corn on the cob is heaven sent. The customer service was superb! Vernon was a great host! We will definitely be back soon! Try it out if you want both great service and fresh food, everything is cooked to order!!
OMG! The food is so delicious and flavorful. The absolute best Caribbean food in the Orlando area. Great customer service. The best jerk chicken, fall off the bones ribs and the baked mac and cheese is scrumptious!! Everyone wore a mask and displayed hand sanitizer with clean bathrooms. Thank you chef and staff????????
Absolutely the BEST island food around. You can taste the love in each home cooked meal. My taste buds are in heaven! A MUST MUST try!
I was passing through the area with my Trini sisters and we googled "island food near me." We ordered the Oxtail & Jerk Chicken tacos, Blackened Fish with mac & cheese/collard greens, the oxtails with mac & cheese, and fried yuca..Everything was well seasoned and flavorful. You know service is on point when the cook/owner comes to the table to check on you. We were not disappointed!
Highly recommend this place! It’s flavors, spices and quality reminds me of the Caribbean. Authentic flavors prepared perfectly. We’ve tried the Jerked chicken, sweet corn, plantains, collard greens, Mac & cheese. Every order is perfect! I’ll be a regular as there’s a lot more menu for me to try!
Awesome food! Chef and staff are very friendly! We ordered the braised oaxtail recommended by the chef
Simply delicious ??
We got Island Thyme via Uber Eats and the experience was incredible. The food is amazing and the portions are just as good. We will definitely be ordering from them again and, hopefully, going in when this craziness dies down a bit.
My wife and I went here for the first time today and the food was absolutely amazing! The corn on the cob is heaven sent. The customer service was superb! Vernon was a great host! We will definitely be back soon! Try it out if you want both great service and fresh food, everything is cooked to order!!
Food is absolutely incredible. Try the shrimp & grits! This place should be on that diners drive ins and dives show cause it’s really that good, I’m serious. Owner Verne is super nice!
We drove from Ocoee because we heard this place was fantastic. We were not disappointed! I had the oxtail rice bowl and my husband had the oxtail mac&cheese bowl. The price was affordable. The portions were huge. The three young men on duty were kind and helpful. JD spent a while talking with us, sharing some human moments in this crazy social climate. Diego and Malik popped out from the kitchen to let us dote on them and delicious food. 10/10 I love this place!
Best Caribbean food in East Orlando!!
Stopped by 10 minutes before closing. They took our order anyway. Oxtails were perfect with the beans and rice. Jerk chicken is VERRRYYY good and flavorful. The best damn jerk chicken ive ever had!!! Corn on the cob is delicious also. No salt need. ( Highly recommend if you want some good soul food)
I wasn't to thrilled about trying this restaurant. Because of bad experiences with other Caribbean restaurants...BUT LET ME TELL YOU....THIS PLACE HAS THE BEST FOOD I'VE EVER HAD IN MY LIFE. The people that work there are very friendly the food is always fresh..The portions are HUGE!!I eat there every chance I get. My kids love it so much they spend their allowance here. Please support this restaurant every chance you get it's so worth it.
Came by on break with the boys, waited patiently for our food. Couldn’t be any happier, food was outstanding. Service was quick and friendly. Recommend for anyone looking try out any sort of Caribbean style food- 3 Amazon Dudes!
The guy running the front register has GODLY customer service.
The jerk chicken is full of flavor and their mac and cheese is hearty and delicious.
I also got the fried fish and it was very well seasoned, super crispy even after I got home.
The collard greens are super buttery with a slight bitterness, a perfect combo with freshness.
I just love this place. The food is always really good great flavor cooked well. The customer service is just delightful. Lovely people we’ve been back many times ?
What Great Delicious Meals and Reasonable Prices. If You Haven't Been You Truly Should Go!! The Oxtail Taco Is Absolutely Amazing Delicious.
First time eating here it was absolutely amazing. Owner was very helpful and friendly showing us how's to order and even gave us a recommendation. We had the Jerk chicken with corn, fried plantains and a taco. Every bite had so much flavor even flavors I didn't expect to be amazing in a taco was omg mouth watering delicious. Food came out quick and cooked to perfection. 100% would recommend. Thank you for my dinner.
My Wife and son came here after I looked up places to eat in the area seeing how we’re only visiting the area for my birthday and I seen they had oxtail tacos and I was sold.. so we went for a early dinner and so glad we did from the service to the taste of the food.. Absolutely delicious hands down the best food we’ve ever tasted in our lives.. Never in a million years would I have made my collard greens the way the chef made his but they were to die for.. He came and greeted us at the table... Out of 1-10 I give this place a 100 it’s that good..
The moment you enter, your nose is welcomed with a heavenly aroma. I was greeted with a very friendly face and smile, walked through the menu since I was a first time customer and appreciated the highlights of the most popular consumed foods. Caribbean Grill has a plethora of delicious choices, daily specials, and the place is appropriately clean. If you want a quick, scrumptious bite to eat this is the place to be!
Island thyme has THE BEST sensual flavorful outstanding dishes in Orlando!!!! Quality is top rated! Try the shrimp and grits with collard greens!!!! Follow me on Snapchat! @Pr_royaltymami
This place is magnificent try the jerk chicken is LIT FIRE ITS WONDERFUL GO HEAD HUNGRY LEAVE PLEASANTLY FULL
One day as I was walking out of Walmart I decided to try Island Thyme. I am very glad I did. As I was reviewing the menu choices I was overwhelmed by the delicious looking options and could not decide. When the cashier said I'll get chef's recommendation on the 3 options I was contemplating. Chef came to the front and asked all of my questions. The shrimp and grits was flavorful, huge portion with large shrimp in cream sauce. Delicious. Highly recommend this caribbean grille.
Food is delicious
This was the best dining experience! The jerk chicken, collard greens and fried plantains gave me LIFE! I tried my husband's corn and it was so good! And I don't beef and pork anymore, but I REALLY wanted to try the oxtails and jerk ribs!! We didn't have to wait a long time for our food and the manager and service was excellent. You won't be disappointed. I WILL be back if I ever visit Orlando again. Delish!!!
We have lived in Avalon for over a year and surprisingly haven’t checked this place out yet - we decided to stop in this evening for dinner and are so glad we did! The jerk chicken wings & fried plantains were delicious and the manager was very kind and friendly. Can’t believe we’ve been missing out for so long! We will definitely be back!
Consistently amazing food made by the owner, tasty without being too heavy. Large portions and high quality. Cannot recommend this place enough.
Great food! Authentic menu. Clean restaurant. Very nice staff. Would go there again
If you are from the U. S. Virgin Islands and want some EXCELLENT, AUTHENTIC, and just plain TASTY food from de VI....then pay Island Thyme a visit. This restaurant is CLEAN, it's inviting, it's located in a nice area and the food will blow you away. #Vi4Life??
It was very clean and quiet, with good music playing in the background. The staff were nice and we got so much food for an unbelievable price. I personally recommend the sofrito chicken- full of flavor but not spicy- and the roasted corn!
Excellent food!! The flavor is perfect! You gotta try the collard greens. I found my favorite place!!
Savory flavors and wonderful presentation. Black bean soup was dense and rich. Braised oxtail over rice was tender and delicious. Thanks for the great meal!
Had a great meal. Staff are very friendly and welcoming. The food is absolutely delicious and the restaurant is immaculately clean. We will definitely return for more!
I had a wonderful meal delivered by Uber Eats. The food was so flavorful and tasty! I will now go and dine-in for sure! I recommend stopping by for a delectable meal!
Although it looks like a chain restaurant it's not it's a one-off restaurant. The staff is very friendly and helpful. I had the Sofrito chicken which was extremely good.
Really good food. Best Oxtails I've had in a long time. Worth checking out.
I have yet to have a bad dish here. So good! The service is also outstanding!
Very good food, large portions, reasonably priced, and very clean restaurant!! What more could you ask for! I will definitely be back! I got the Tropical Grilled Chicken, really good seasoning! My wife had Megans Bay Fried Shrimp, she said that was really good too!
Great food and pretty big portions. I'm not all that familiar will Caribbean food but there were plenty of unique dishes available. I had the coconut shrimp, which was very good. My friends all ordered different types of chicken which they all liked. My only complaint is a fountain soft drink is $3. A bit pricey.
Curried chicken was tender and well seasoned, rice and beans were perfectly cooked and the freshly made yuca fries came with a homemade ranch dipping sauce. Best Jamaican food I’ve ever had from a restaurant! Will definitely come back again
Words can’t even describe how good this place is. And they are on UberEats!!! Portion sizes are excellent! Their shrimp and grits is mouth watering, their specialty tacos are loaded with amazing flavor. RIBS FALLING OFF THE BONES. Even their rice is filled with flavor. Each dish I swear was kiss by Jesus before they sent it to me. TRY THIS PLACE
The chef is amazing, the food is amazing. I know every single dish is bomb. Can’t go wrong with any dish. Well worth every penny!
Hidden gem in a neighborhood shopping center. Island Thyme Caribbean Grille is a bright and tidy storefront restaurant serving a wide variety of authentic Caribbean meat and seafood dishes, ranging from spicy Jerk Chicken to Fish Tacos to Braised Oxtail. Daily lunch and dinner specials, great prices and quick service. Check it out!
Ate there for the first time and the previous reviewers are right! Awesome shrimp and grits and the ribs were fall off the bone. Don’t be fooled by the fact that it’s in a strip mall this place is legit!
I am so amazed on how delicious the ox tail is at Island Thyme. It’s hard to find a restaurant that makes oxtail this tender and flavorful. Definitely will recommend this place to my friends and family. Also the tropical chicken and mac & cheese as a side is great
This place is awesome! The ribs are the best I’ve ever had and the corn is to die for. Happy to have this place so close.
Food was delicious and fresh. Came in on a Saturday at 6:45pm. Jerk Chicken was juicy and not dried out but I wish it was more spicy. Very little spice for jerk chicken. More sweet than anything. Oxtail was really tasty but not a lot of meat. Mac and cheese is awesome. Can't wait to try other items. Portions were huge!
RESPONSE TO OWNER REPLY: Good to know I can request spicy on the chicken. Will try this next time. I understand spice isn't for everyone and the chicken is definitely very flavorful.
The food is delicious and the perfect amount for the cost!
The food was made fast, tasted incredible and was all freshly made. The staff was helpful and nice and even the chief came out to ask us our opinions. I could not recommend this place more!
Amazing food, I had the Jerked Chicken with Fried Plantains and Baked Mac and Cheese. Tons of flavor, cooked perfectly, great portion sizes at a great price. The staff was very friendly and kept the dining room very clean, I felt very welcomed when the chef came out to check up on my meal. Very glad I came in, and will be back soon!
Amazing food! I have tried everything from the curry goat to the ox tail and it's all amazing. Even my husband and daughter agree. Be sure to try the corn on the cob and the Mac and cheese! I was able to meet the chef and he seems to love what he does! It made my day to find out they also offer catering. If you're debating on whether to stop or not. Just go! You won't regret it!
Very tasty and different. Love this place!
The tropical grilled chicken is unbelievable!!! But literally anything I've ordered from here has been excellent.
Food was fresh and tasty. Staff was friendly. Clean and well lit. Bbq chicken was good. Large portions.
The food was made fast, tasted incredible and was all freshly made. The staff was helpful and nice and even the chief came out to ask us for opinions. I could not recommend this place more!
I ate at this restaurant for the first time this past weekend and I must say the food is absolutely delicious. I bought three different dishes and they were all delicious. I will most definitely visit this place again and refer as many people as I can!
my hubby took me here after seeing the menu at the dry cleaners. place was nice and clean. friendly cashier food was order and delivered to our table. we both order the beef empanadas I had the yucca fries and he had the mac n chz plus we both order tacos I had the coconut shrimp taco yummy!! and my husband had the jerk taco! we didn't know this place is right in our back yard for the last 2 yrs. why haven't I seeing you before... great food, chef came out asking hows everything. we enjoyed every bite! we will return
love the shrimp taco and empanadas were delicious!!
will return with the family
This place was amazing. They had kids eat free which is awesome and the food was amazing!! We will defiantly be back. Also the staff was so nice and very knowledgeable about the menu. 5 stars all the way !
So far I've tried the Sofrito Chicken, the Tropical Chicken and lastly the Blackened Grouper. I must say the dishes were excellent, fresh and flavorful. Great to go food also as the portions are very well. Prices seem very far and the rice & beans combo with the fried plantains are my favorite. I highly recommend this place if you want something well made.
I have dined here three times, and not once was the meal and service substandard; in fact on each occasion it was superb. Oxtails: BEST EVER!!!
Definitely a new regular patron.
Delicious food. Had the Jerk Chicken, baked mac n cheese and it was amazing. The mango cheesecake is sublime!
This place is awesome. The service was great, the food was delicious. You get a good portion for the money. What is always a plus is some island music in the background. I highly recommend eating here.
Fantastic food and a very friendly staff. My stomach was quite happy after leaving there. Will most definitely be returning. If you like island cooking, I’d suggest going here.
First time back since they opened over a year ago and was glad I gave it another try. Curry goat is a favorite of mine so I was delighted to sample some. Overall flavor and texture was great. Great quality all around in a very laid back setting.
Great food all made from scratch, HUGE portions, and super friendly employees!!
The food is authentic and amazing the chef is from St. Thomas Virgin Islands and is a very nice man. He puts love into all of his food. We had the oxtails, curry chicken, empanadas, and johnny cake along with accompaniments. We also had the dessert which included key lime pie and mango cheesecake. It was our one year anniversary and my love and I really enjoyed ourselves.
We've been here twice (so far!) and both times the food has been amazing! So far we've tried the jerk chicken, jerk ribs, jerk shrimp & grits, fried plantains, grilled corn, and a couple items on the kid's menu. All is cooked to perfection and the chef is warm and welcoming, willing to come chat with you if you have questions. My only suggestion is to add some of the Caribbean items to the kid's menu to expose the little ones to the awesomeness of the full menu.
Delicious tacos, especially the shrimp taco! The roasted corn was amazing too! Excellent service and food was super fresh! Definitely worth trying and we will return!
My friend came here to visit from Hawaii she wanted to try something different. I’ve had this place a couple of times so suggested it. We ordered so much and I must say EVERYTHING was AMAZING!! Ox tail with beans and rice, empanadas, roasted corn, jerk chicken, and ox tail tacos all were SO FREAKING AMAZING! It was like the next was better than the last!
Food is some of the best island style food I’ve tried. Friendly staff as well.
The best food I have experienced in this area. Reasonably priced, great portion sizes, food comes out quickly and the staff is very nice.
The chef is very friendly and skilled. Will defenetly frequent this location.
Dined at this restaurant yesterday with my hubby. Fantastic service and delicious meal. WOW!! Will definitely return and recommend.
Good food, great value. Large portions on the dinners so you'll have leftovers. The jerk chicken was perfectly cooked and seasoned wonderfully. Would definitely return again
Food and customer service is great. There’s only one or two people working at a time so expect a little wait, but it’s definitely worth it! Great size portions as well.
Great jewel in Avalon Park! Fun menu, great flavors! VERY VERY reasonable prices and huge portions. You can work your way through the menu without breaking the bank. There are many items I am looking forward to trying! Go go go!. I the plaza with Walmart supermarket on Avalon Blvd.
Delicious food. Our food was served promptly and the chef himself went to check on us later.
Also everybody there is so nice.
This was our first time eating here and we will definitely be back! My mom had the tropical chicken with the roasted corn and mac & cheese and I had the blackened grouper with plantains and a garden salad. Both entrees were delicious and the sides were plentiful and also tasted great. Would highly recommend this restaurant!
We came here after finding a Groupon, and so glad we did! The menu is limited but everything is so fresh and delicious. The salads tasted like they were just cut ... Not like some places that prep them and put them in the chiller. The jerk chicken was so juicy and seasoned really well! On top of that, the service was friendly and personable. We will definitely be back and will certainly tell others to check it out.
Just ate at Island Thyme for the 1st time! We picked the order up to go. We will definitely be back. Food was delicious! We had BBQ ribs, blackened fish, and Jerk chicken. Plantains, mac n cheese, collard greens, and rice and beans! Everyone down to the 5 yr old ate every bite ????
Been here twice and had great food both times. Jerk chicken was moist and had great flavor. Plantains were amazing. Even the mac n cheese... yeah mac n cheese was fantastic. Go try it, you'll go back again.
Best food ever! Please do yourself a favor and come by and/or delivery. I have done both a few times, the food is always "FANTASTIC" hot and good all the way down to your toes. You will be back again and again! Don't miss out on such fantastic food you will fill you are in the Caribbean for sure....
The best caribbean I have had in a long time! I was very impressed and so was my wife and kids! Not very many places please the whole family but Island Thyme Caribbean has done it. We will certainly be coming back! The service was fast! Food was fantastic! Everyone we spoke to was great! We would highly recommend you at least try this restaurant. It’s become one of our favorites!
Amazing!!! Food taste amazing. Clean and inviting dining area. Friendly service. Highly recommend the Island Seafood Chowder!
5/5 Stars easily!!...We tried the coconut shrimp tacos, beef tacos, plantains, corn on the cob, and beef empanadas and all exceeded our expectations for the price we paid....I don't like eating meat off the bone so the ox tail, ribs, and jerk chicken were not an option for me but if you are into those flavors I'm sure it's good coming from this place!! They do have military discount.
What a delicious lunch we had at Island Thyme today! I ordered two beef tacos and they were delicious. Each taco was filled with perfectly seasoned beef, rice, beans, amd sweet plantains. My husband and daughter ordered the empanadas which were delicious as well and a great size. Our meal was served quickly and delivered to the table with a smile.
I am writing this review on behalf of myself and my 78yr old Caribbean mom from Jamaica that is hard to please with food. Especially, Caribbean food..Either it is not well seasoned or the food "is so tough that if you bite down it may break a tooth..." But Island Thyme is a winner, A+ with my mom and myself...She already gave me the special ingredients that should be used in Johnny Cakes...And the Chef used that special ingredient...another A+....Nice size, yummy and soft (how it should be). Since I read about the reviews on the jerk chicken (prior to my order), I had to try it myself. I agree with the reviews...The Jerk chicken is well seasoned and since I do not like spicy food, it was perfect. What I do like is that the chef gives you the option to order it spicier if you prefer (another THUMBS UP). The blackened grouper was so delicious and well seasoned with a touch of minced pineapples to finish off the platter. I can go on and on, but I would recommend the reader to try it for yourself. You would not regret it! I look forward to ordering from this restaurant in a few days. Money well spent for lunch!
I had lunch here yesterday, and was super impressed by the nice island atmosphere. Nice reggae music playing at proper level in the back ground. I had the jerk chicken. It was very juicy and perfectly seasoned. Black beans and rice were top notch as well. Highly recommend!
I have been here a few times. The food is good and flavorful. I have tried the jerk chicken, curry chicken, fries and rice & beans. Would like to try other dishes. It's never crowded when I go and workers are friendly. The owner even comes out to say hello. I just wish the prices were $1 lower. Especially the fountain drinks. Should be included the meal. Not an additional $3.