Innovative and creative chefs
Of all the Caribbean island destinations, none has a reputation for fine cuisine like St. Martin. The island attracts innovative and creative chefs who prepare delicious fresh fish and shellfish, French cuisine, and other foods from around the globe.
Reservations During the high season, you’ll need to make reservations – even a month in advance for some of the best places. Give us a call, we can help with this. Tipping Some restaurants will include a 15% service charge, so be sure to look your bill over before you tip. You can’t always include the tip on your credit card, so bring cash as well. Dress code Usually, dress is casual: for men, khakis and a nice shirt, for women, dressy pants, a skirt, or even fancy shorts are usually acceptable. To be safe, inquire about the dress code when you call to make your reservation. Here are a few of our favorite restaurants:
Boca Marina – Airport road at St Maarten Shipyard (where Uncle Harry’s used to be) – Completely remodelled with new management. Very good casual dining on the water overlooking the lagoon. Popular happy hour between 3 and 6 pm.
3 Palms Resto-Lounge – Three Palms Plaza – Indulge in international, fusion, contemporary French cuisine with an exceptional wine list at this elegant waterfront restaurant. They offer two unique menus by a celebrity chef: a bistro style platter and tapas option and a creative contemporary a la carte selection. Modern cosmopolitan decor gives a trendy ambience.
The Boathouse – Welfare Road – Enjoy local, island Creole/Caribbean cuisine and fresh scrumptious seafood with a waterfront view of Simpson Bay. The beautifully decorated Creole house resembles a nautical workshop with their seafaring memorabilia and trophies. Family dining and live entertainment gives a festive, jovial atmosphere.
Café on the Bay – 16 Welfare Road, Laguna View Unit 2A – Savor the rich tastes of the Caribbean flavors and ingredients with their Caribbean and international cuisine at this waterfront restaurant looking out to the beautiful lagoon. Many seafood and vegetarian dishes. The atmosphere and décor is trendy and elegant, yet casual and relaxed.
Izi Pasta Lounge – Welfare Road, Paradise Mall – Sister restaurant of La Gondola, led by its renowned chef specializing in Northern Italian cuisine. Large portions of pasta from the extensive menu makes pairing with different sauces easy. Good selection of wine. Varied meat and seafood dishes available if you don’t like pasta. Atmosphere is casual, relaxed and modern.
Lal’s Curry in a Hurry – Portofino Marina – Delight in delicious home cooked Indian cuisine at this waterfront restaurant looking out Simpson Bay. This is an institution in the island. The style is minimalist with a small bar and only eight tables. The owner’s historical Rock n Roll song collection will keep you entertained. Casual dining – the atmosphere is warm, friendly, and inviting.
Lee’s Roadside Grill – 84 Welfare Road – Enjoy Surf n Turf with mouthwatering, grilled seafood and steaks with a waterfront view of Simpson Bay. Daily seafood catch is brought in by the owner’s deep sea fishing charter. Causal alfresco family dining for large groups and live entertainment gives a festive atmosphere.
Saratoga – Simpson Bay Yacht Club Marina – Pamper in causal fine dining with a contemporary menu on the relaxing terrace overlooking the sailboats and yachts at Simpson Bay. Their passion is freshness and quality in comfort foods. A wide selection of wines. Specialize in large groups and events, especially weddings.
Karakter Beach Bar – Simpson Bay Beach – Chill on the beach with a wide selection of contemporary cuisine that is healthy and fresh served from a quirky, old school bus. Sip on cold smoothies on a lounge chair, hammock, or Fatboy with the sand underneath your feet. Live entertainment with a modern, fun, and trendy atmosphere.
Tides Restaurant – Mary’s Boon Beach Plantation Hotel – Sample Creole/Caribbean cuisine with an international fusion twist at this beachfront, seaside restaurant. Caribbean menu prepared daily by the number of guests booked with an extensive wine selection and serve yourself honor bar. Very romantic and intimate atmosphere with a Caribbean local feel.
Chesterfields Restaurant – Dock Maarten Marina – Feast on Surf n Turf with grilled seafood and excellent steaks with a waterfront view of the beautiful bay located in the shopping district. It is an oasis of Caribbean charm and style with a local island feel. Family restaurant gives a causal, cozy environment.
Bajatzu Bar & Grille – Maho Plaza – Sample Surf n Turf with juicy grilled steaks and seafood with an international, fusion twist. They specialize in the finest hand cut beef with a themed bar. The décor is classy with refined elegance in a cozy alcove setting. Cater to large groups such as family and business dining. Very trendy upscale club setting.
Moulin Fou – Maho Plaza – (also new location: Porto Cupecoy). Appreciate an eclectic menu of French cuisine, grill & steak, and Japanese/Sushi at this renowned, fine dining, upscale restaurant. An exceptional wine list. Dine on the terrace to listen to the live band every night, except Tuesdays or the dining room for a quiet, refined atmosphere.
Pizza Pasta – Thame Road – Gratify your Italian craving at this cozy Italian restaurant. Traditional Italian cuisine with many selections of delicious pastas, veal, fish, and a huge selection of sumptuous desserts. The red tablecloths, bright curtains, and the many beautiful paintings give a charming and lively atmosphere.
La Rosa Too – Maho Plaza – Please your palate with an Italian Restaurant that has a decidedly unique Caribbean twist. Surf n Turf with steaks and seafood and have top quality dishes such as conch au gratin, spicy seafood soup, and homemade Italian sausage with a big selection of fine wines. Décor is pink which offers a rosy, charming atmosphere.
Sunset Beach Bar & Grill – 2 Beacon Hill Road – Whet your appetite for a wide selection of tantalizing barbecue dishes. A major tourist attraction to watch the airplanes’ exciting landings, people watching as the beachgoers get blasted from their blankets, and the topless women drinking for free at the bar. The atmosphere is very loud, lively, and festive. Wheelchair accessible.
Rare – Atlantis World Casino – Experience fine dining with a contemporary American cuisine offering grilled steak and succulent seafood at this opulent restaurant operated by an award winning chef. The only steakhouse in St Maarten, together with sister restaurant Temptation, to carry USDA Prime dry aged certified beef. Exceptional wine list, many vegetarian selections and sinful desserts.
Temptation – Atlantis World Casino – Sister restaurant to Rare, offering a fine dining, contemporary Creole cuisine with USDA Prime dry aged certified beef and a famed wine list. Recently voted “Restaurant of the Year” by GaultMillau guide and one of the top 10 restaurants by Bon Appétit magazine. Soft lit lighting and piano music combine to create a sensuous, soothing ambience.
Moulin Fou – Porto Cupecoy – Renowned Le Moulin’s Fou’s new fine dining sister restaurant – Elected best French cuisine on St Maarten. They prepare an eclectic menu of French cuisine, grill & steak, and Japanese/Sushi with an exceptional wine list. Dine on the terrace to listen to the live band every night, except Tuesdays or the dining room for a quiet, refined atmosphere.
Canoa at Oyster Bay – Emerald Merrit Road #14, Oyster Pond – Excellent restaurant in beautiful over-water setting and immaculate surroundings. International cuisine fused with Caribbean panache. Small restaurant, reservations recommended. If you have a choice, sit outside and enjoy the view of the harbor.
La Belle Epoque – Marina Port La Royale – Dazzle your senses with this waterfront restaurant overlooking the yachts and sailboats at lovely Marigot Bay that serves Mediterranean cuisine and seafood dishes. People watch as you peruse their extensive menu. Draft beers and a wide selection of bottled beers and wines.
Le Bistro Nu – Allée de l’Ancienne Geole – Relish French cuisine at this traditional brassiere style restaurant tucked away in an alley. Modern art surrounds the intimate dining room. French dishes such as Coq au vin, fish soup, snails, and frog legs are served. Atmosphere is friendly, casual, and charming.
Cafe de Paris – Marina Port La Royale – Partake in fabulous French cuisine at this waterfront, traditional brassiere style restaurant overlooking the yachts and sailboats at beautiful Marigot Bay. Also serves a variety of sizzling pizzas. They are renowned for their affordable prices and relaxed, romantic ambience. Setting is trendy and modern.
Tropicana – Marina Port La Royale – Tempt your taste buds with delicious French cuisine offered at this waterfront restaurant overlooking the yachts and sailboats at serene Marigot Bay. They serve traditional dishes such as lobster bisque, French onion soup, and new seafood dishes such as snapper and escargot in pastry. They offer a great selection of wines. Atmosphere is casual and relaxed.
Mario’s Bistro – Sandy Ground Bridge – Exceptional contemporary French and International/fusion gourmet cuisine with a Caribbean flair keeps this waterfront gem a favorite amongst visitors. An exquisite list of wines and desserts. Décor is informal but elegant, resembling a French countryside. Atmosphere is causal and relaxed.
Fish Pot – 82 Boulevard Grand Case – Savor fine dining with French cuisine on the terrace at this waterfront restaurant that has magnificent views of the Grand Case Bay. They specialize in a tantalizing assortment of fresh, delectable seafood such as their famed bouillabaisse and lobster dishes. Quiet, elegant, and romantic ambiance.
Le Pressoir – 30 Boulevard Grand Case – Fine dining on the beach with an impressive menu of decadent contemporary and classic French cuisine led by an award winning chef and his wife. Located in an old Creole home that was restored to its original 1871 glory. Notable list of wine and dessert specialties. Atmosphere is peaceful and elegant.
Spiga – 4, Route de L’Esperance – Fine dining with creative gourmet Italian cuisine at this charming restaurant away from the center of town. Come enjoy a selection of tempting, homemade pastas and many vegetarian selections. It is situated in an old Creole building that lends it a cozy, local island charm. The atmosphere is quiet, intimate, and romantic.
La Samanna – La Samanna Resort – Fine dining with panoramic views of the ocean in a formal setting with the exotic blends of Creole, Caribbean, and French cuisine by a celebrity chef. It offers a renowned wine selection and the option to privately dine on the beach by candlelight. Very romantic and intimate ambience.
Waikiki Beach – Orient Bay – Among the beach front restaurants at Orient Bay, the eclectic Waikiki Beach is considered the best. During certain holiday seasons, top DJs are brought in for partying into the night. The music starts slow on Sunday afternoons until it becomes a real beach party. There is a lobster buffet lunch on Saturdays. Great for people watching. Distinct and unique presentation of the food.
Fabulous Feasts Catering – Hire a private chef – Indulge yourself with the ultimate, unique culinary experience of having a personal chef come to your Villa. Sit back, relax and be pampered by delectable appetizers and sinful desserts. Great for families with children and elderly family members, large gatherings, weddings etc.
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