Considered one of the jewels of southern Guam, Jeff's Pirates Cove is the perfect place to stop and fill up your ``tank`` and knock down a few refreshing ``cocktails`` at the same time. A popular tourist attraction, Jeff's also is considered one of the top cultural centers on the island. But the locals know it for being one of the best BBQ eateries you will find anywhere.
The Cove History
After the end of the war, the Cove was used by the United States Military for a Fleet Reserve Rehab Center complete with a dispensary, Beer Garden, lodging, fried chicken shack, saltwater swimming pool, skeet range, horseshoe pits, and other recreation-related activities.
Camp Ethridge had an outdoor movie theater facing the Pacific Ocean. After several years the camp’s mission was accomplished and the location was taken over by a U.S. construction company called BPM. BPM operated the facilities and opened a steak house on the Route 4 roadside using the existing facilities.
Chicken in the Ruff
Chicken in the Ruff was a deep-fried chicken restaurant at Camp Ethridge. Much of the facilities were destroyed by Typhoon Allyn which passed 35 miles south of Guam on November 17th, 1949. It had maximum winds of 120 Knots.
Jeff moves to Guam
Jeff and his family arrived on Guam in 1962. Jeff's father, Archer, was hired from Massachusetts to work at the Navy's Piti Power Plant. After completing high school at George Washington High School, Jeff traveled to Hawaii and worked at the Outrigger Canoe Club.
Jeff moves to Hawaii
The Outrigger is a well known private club on Waikiki Beach in Honolulu. Jeff truly enjoyed working in the Outrigger as a barboy. He liked meeting interesting people like Duke Kahanamoko, the famous surfer and lifesaver of many lives from Hawaii's coastal waters.
Jeff moves to Florida
In 1967 Jeff moved to Florida and pursued an education in Hotel Restaurant Management. While attending college in Florida, Jeff worked in various restaurants in St. Petersburg rounding out his education with practical experience in the food and beverage industry. After graduating from Saint Petersburg Junior College in Florida, Jeff packed up his family and moved to Las Vegas, Nevada to complete college at the University of Nevada.
Jeff moves to Las Vegas
Las Vegas wasn't at all what Jeff expected. Jobs in the restaurant industry were not available to everyone. You had to join the culinary union to be employed in Las Vegas. Jeff decided he did not want to go back to being a barback for a year, as the union required, and looked for employment in the Casinos. Jeff discovered without ``juice`` you get nowhere. ``Juice`` is a term synonymous with what is also known as ``connections``. Jeff had no connection and was only in Las Vegas to complete his schooling. Jeff needed a job. Bills needed to be paid so Jeff went to work for the Checker Cab Company in Las Vegas. Driving cab in Las Vegas for three years was probably the three most exciting years of his life. Jeff was robbed several times and had faced near death situations just a little too often. Jeff felt that ``Sin City`` was a cruel city and full of people waiting their turn to prosper from others. However, Jeff did make good money driving a taxi and enjoyed picking up and meeting many celebrities. Jeff met such notables as Ed Sullivan, Robert Goulet, Fran Tarkington, and many other interesting famous and not so famous people. It was indeed a difficult job with never-ending lessons in human behavior and self-preservation.
Jeff moves back to Guam
Jeff graduated from UNLV in 1973 and decided to move back to the quiet sleepy Island he loved so much, Guam.</p> <p>Finding employment quickly was important so Jeff applied at the Bank Of Hawaii and was accepted into a management trainee program. After two years at the bank Jeff decided to move on. Pay for local hires was poor so Jeff took a job managing the Crow's Nest, a large restaurant and bar located in Sinajana. After two years the Crow's Nest was sold and Jeff started a new career at KATB radio station as their sales manager. This was the best position he ever had and Jeff enjoyed working there for 5 years until the station was sold in 1981.
Jeff purchased the Pirates Cove
Having lived in Ipan Talofofo since 1975 Jeff always stopped by Pirates Cove. He became friends with Jimmy Cruz the owner. The Cove was a quiet beach bar with an atmosphere unmatched on Guam. When Jimmy passed away in 1979, so Jeff formed a group of investors to purchase the Pirates Cove from Jimmy's widow, Margie. The historic seaside location was then renamed Jeff's Pirates Cove. Since then, Jeff has spent all these years developing his concept of Jeff's Pirates Cove into what it is today, a location on Guam where the ``pirate`` in you can have a whole lot of fun.
What our customers are saying:
Stopped by to eat lunch with friends from the nearby village, Yona. Barbecue was delicious, the fried tortillas perfectly cooked, and the tzatziki was the best I've tasted on the Island. It was sort of hot, but the breeze from the ocean was nice and cooling. I only wish that i could have stayed longer to take in the beautiful beach scenery. If you ever drive around the Island, be sure to stop by and make time to unwind in one of the awesome places that really welcome you to Guam!
Enjoyed the place very much . Great food : burgers , chicken wings , gyros, Milk shakes, Chamorro food, etc . What makes it wonderful is the back drop of open beach and fresh air. You can actually walk over across a grass garden to the beach and take a dip after your meal if you like , or maybe just wade in the crystal clear waters . And there's free soft serve ice cream after your meal . Great friendly service ! And they have a gift shop and clean restrooms . As a tourist , I really enjoyed the place -all good vibes !
Jeff’s Pirates Cove is definitely on any short list for a Guam visit. A casual beach bar and grill a bit further down the island so you can enjoy the drive down thereOne of the first places I visited on Guam and had a personal welcome by the man himself. Jeff’s Famous 1/2 lb burger is touted as Guam’s Best Burger. It’s definitely on my short list. Mine was cooked well with a surprisingly juicy patty& extra points for the great potato wedge style fries here & at Mosa’s. There’s a good mix of locals enjoying lunch, beers, along with the great beachfront view. It closes early so don’t head over once the sun sets. Good beer selection with bottles. Had a Colorado IPA that I haven’t seen in Guam. Has a gift shop for island souvenirs. Water is set up for guests to grab and once you finish your meal, you’re treated to a soft service ice cream
We have gone to Jeff’s two times in two days. We have Had the burger, gyro platter, ahi sashimi and the marlin salad. All were delicious. The feta cheese is amazing! Our child recommends the grilled cheese and chocolate shake. The kitchen isn’t super speedy, but we didn’t go for fast food, we went for good food. The atmosphere is great, so we were perfectly content. If you give the register your ID, you can check out the basketball and shoot hoops while you wait.
We arrived at Jeff's about 2:00 PM local. It's a unique place that offers the typical tourist stuff one finds around the island. There were two things that set it apart. The staff and the food! We had great burgers. Enjoyed the atmosphere so much that we will return again tomorrow for seafood. Note...They make a killer Mai Tai there! Open, roomy area with gorgeous beach views. Stop by and say hello to Jeff and his crew. If you're lucky, they won't make you walk the plank!
Jeff’s is off the beaten path that you have to take a beautiful drive to get to. Once there you will find plenty of parking and a gift shop with all the regular tourist items at a little cheaper than you would pay in town. The restaurant itself is large with a huge bar in the middle. It is right on the water with an incredible view. The service is fast, efficient, and friendly. Not just your average friendly but truly wanting to make sure you are having a good experience in a caring way. I had a very nice chicken, ribs, and orange rice that was delicious. The person who took our order also brought a jar full of home made sauce with onions and peppers in it. She took the time to show me how to use the sauce with the meal and it really made a great difference. I definitely recommend this restaurant and think you would be missing out if you didn’t try it at least once when you are in Guam.
We found the food here very good. After driving round the south of the island this was the perfect stopping point for a meal. They have a nice spot to sit with a view of the beach. A good choice of dishes and multiple seafood choices. The fried mahi mahi was delicious and came with a great side salad and the red rice was also very good. I also tried the fresh ahi which was great value and as fresh as can be. Service was very nice too.
We stopped by for lunch for our round-the-Island tour! The establishment is right on a beautiful beach, outdoor seats open up to a nice ocean view! We ordered fish taco which was great as fish is fresh, we had also seafood platter with fresh and nice shrimp, fish and squid.
You've got to check this place out!! I thought the food, atmosphere and view were AWESOME!! Give it a try!!
I’ve never had a bad experience at Jeff’s Pirates Cove. Great food and great service.
Best burger I've had on Guam. friendly staff and wonderful atmosphere.
Food was delicious and service was excellent! Toto always makes us feel welcomed. He is an awesome wait staff! ♥️♥️♥️??????
We love the food and venue. It is also a great place to have weddings and receptions. We did one there recently. @paradiseweddingsguam. Thank you for the great service!
Such an amazing experience! The food was great but more than that was the service! I’ve been to Guam twice and went both times and will continue on every trip!
Atmoshphere was nice for lunch. Food was excellent. I had fried parrot fish nuggests. My wife had a salad with “pickeled” marlin. The home brew ice tea was delicious. Our waitress was very friendly and helpful. My drink NEVER was empty but she did not “hover” over us. Great view of the ocean. Choice of many seating locations! Museum was tiny but noteworthy. Store was worth browsing. Overall, an excellent expeirence.
What a wonderful, cozy place where you're treated like family and welcomed with open arms. We ventured down to Jeff's in the middle of this Typhoon Wutip just to get our cheeseburger fix. Well worth the effort!