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Goat Island Cafe is a restaurant located inside the Sadie’s by the Sea Hotel in American Samoa. It sits right at the water’s edge in Pago Pago Harbor. While the restaurant has a reputation among residents as being pricey, it is an easy go-to spot for locals and tourists alike. We enjoy eating at here quite often. This is my review of Goat Island Cafe.
As I mentioned above, Goat Island Cafe sits right on the edge of the water in the Pago Pago Harbor. You will find it inside of the Sadie’s by the Sea hotel, just down the street from the port. The location is one of the restaurant’s best selling points. Most of the restaurant’s tables have beautiful views to enjoy with your meal. Like many places in American Samoa, the restaurant is rarely busy, so you will have no trouble getting a table with a great view of the harbor.
Goat Island Cafe has an eclectic menu. So, you are sure to find something to please everyone in your family. The menu ranges from sandwiches and burgers to seafood and Mexican favorites. They also offer steak and pasta dishes. We have eaten at Goat Island Cafe many times and have yet to be disappointed with our food. The Mexican dishes are especially delicious, as is the seafood.
The only thing on the menu here that I would not recommend is the desserts. I have tried their desserts a few different times. Each time, it comes out partially frozen. The desserts are store-bought, frozen varieties instead of homemade. I am not impressed with the desserts at all. The only dessert worth the money is the ice cream, which is pretty good, but it’s not the best I’ve ever had.
Like most hotel restaurants, there isn’t much to speak of in terms of the theme or decor at Goat Island Cafe. However, because of it’s location right on the water, you don’t even notice the lack of decor. As you might expect with an island restaurant, this one is open-air. There is actually more patio seating than indoor seating. Our favorite place to sit, however, is in the pavilion (or fale) right at the water’s edge. There is just a short sidewalk separating the fale from the patio. There are about 4 tables in the fale, so it is a quaint and peaceful spot to enjoy a nice dinner while listening to the sounds of the ocean. Occasionally, it gets pretty windy in the fale, but there are glass doors that can be shut to provide a barrier to the wind.
Compared to many places in American Samoa, Goat Island Cafe is on the expensive side. However, when compared to decent restaurants back in the United States, it is reasonably priced. My family of three can eat at Goat Island for about $40-50, depending on whether Chris has a beer to drink with dinner. While it is not the type of place we can afford to eat at every night, it is priced low enough that we can eat here a couple times a month without breaking the bank.
Service is another area where my opinion varies depending on whether I am comparing it to service at restaurants in the States or the service you typically see at restaurants in American Samoa. When compared to restaurants on the mainland, the service here is a bit slow. However, if you compare the service to what you generally see at other places on the island, it is very good. While I find myself waiting a bit longer than I would like, the waitresses at Goat Island are very friendly. We are always greeted with a warm smile. And, with such a great view and relaxed atmosphere, I usually don’t mind the extra wait.
Goat Island Cafe is a hotel restaurant in American Samoa that sits right on the harbor. It caters to locals and tourists alike. The menu is eclectic and the food is delicious. The prices are a bit higher than you see at other places on the island, but when you factor in the wonderful flavor of the food and the gorgeous views that come with dinner, I believe that it is very reasonably priced. My family loves eating at Goat Island. I highly recommend it to anyone who is looking for a nice place to eat while in American Samoa. Happy travels!