St. Maarten/St. Martin is known as the Gastronomic paradise in the entire Caribbean boasting over 300 restaurants.
Food takes on a whole new meaning on our island…The food is a multicultural blend of ethnic traditions. The variety is truly amazing along with the creative and evocative cuisine that is offered at the higher end restaurants. During your visit to the island, do take the time out to wine and dine in order to experience the various delights the island has to offer.
Just to give you a taste of what is available on St. Maarten/St. Martin, we have compiled a list of some of the recommended restaurants:
Dutch Side – St. Maarten Restaurants
Starz City Casino, Cupecoy
Temptation – Nouveau Cuisine, open for dinner only. Chef/Owner Dino Jagtiani presides over the kitchen which was named one of the top 10 new restaurants of the Caribbean in the February 2005 issue of Bon Appétit magazine.
Bluefin – the seafood restaurant located at the Starz Casino. They specialize in cooking their own fresh fish
The Grill – There is a very warm and friendly atmosphere in the Restaurant Grill, cuisine is presented in its full splendor. Offering up robust international flavors as well as a charcoal grill. A variety of meat and fish all cooked over charcoal. Also, offered is a wide range of international meals from American, Mediterranean and Latin food.
Escape – Chef Ian Lucas commands the kitchen of the restaurant/lounge and brings you amazing tapas plates, both big and small for any size appetite. VIP tables are available upon request.
Mario Bistrot – October 2015, Mario’s Bistro moved from their long-time location in Sandy Ground on the French side of Saint-Martin to a chic location in Porto Cupecoy on the Dutch side, and changed the name to Mario Bistrot.The same blend of Asian, French and Caribbean cuisine that Chef Mario was so well-known and loved for, is served at their new location.
Ernest & Fidel Cafe – the taste of authentic Latin food on St. Maarten at Ernest & Fidel Cafe
La Rosa Too – Italian Cuisine, open for dinner only. One of the more traditional Italian restaurants on the island serving some of your favorite Italian dishes.
Sky Bar – The Sky Beach Rooftop lounge offers visitors an elegant place to relax and enjoy a panoramic view of Mullet Bay Beach.
Bamboo Bernies – Great spot for suchi on St. Maarten. Don't miss Little Bamboo in Simpson Bay for Lunch!
Oyster Pond/Dawn Beach
Mr. Busby’s Beach Bar – International Cuisine, open for lunch and dinner. Located right on Dawn Beach, this is a great hang-out while visiting Dawn Beach. They have great burgers, ribs, chicken, fresh lobster, seafood and Italian dishes.
Big Fish – South Beach meets the Caribbean - just minutes from the Westin Hotel. Big Fish is a hip, modern and "upscale-casual" dining experience. The menu is diverse - with a focus on seafood. There are options for the non-seafood eater including steak, chicken, pasta, vegetarian options and a full Sushi Menu.
Canoa – presents International Cuisine fused with Caribbean Panache
Shiv Sagar – Indian Cuisine, open for lunch and dinner. Located right in Philipsburg, this restaurant is one of the better Indian restaurants on the island serving good food in a nice ambiance.
Taloula Mango’s – Creative Caribbean cuisine, open for lunch and dinner. Located on the boardwalk, diners can choose from the open air terrace or the upstairs air conditioned dining balcony. Great spot to have lunch or enjoy a drink while shopping in Philipsburg.
L’Escargot – Classic French cuisine and seafood, open for lunch and dinner. L’Escargot is celebrating 31 years of excellent dining in a vintage gingerbread Creole house that dates back over 150 years right in the heart of Philipsburg.
The Boathouse – Seafood Grill & Bar, open for lunch and dinner. The Boathouse has been welcoming patrons to the island for more than 15 years. The ambiance is whimsically nautical in décor, and guests dine on fresh seafood, daily specials, steaks, burgers, salads and pastas while overlooking Simpson Bay Lagoon. Good place for the entire family to hang out.
Lee’s Roadside Grill – Island style seafood restaurant, open for lunch and dinner. This restaurant is a favorite for casual dining offering great fresh seafood, lobster and a large selection of other entrees including ribs, chicken and hamburgers. Live music is offered every evening. Great place for the family.
Pineapple Pete – Island & French Cuisine, open for lunch and dinner. Casual place to hang out offering great food at reasonable prices. Good place for the family.
Zee Best – Open for breakfast and lunch. Zee Best has earned loyal breakfast fans for its incredibly fresh and wonderful pastries, croissants and other baked goods, extensive coffee selection and freshly squeezed juices. Diners may also choose from crêpes, omelets, quiches and much more. Established in 1983, Zee Best has its original location in Marigot’s Marina Royale.
Zoo Rock Cafe restaurant, bar, Live bands, come and enjoy your stay in a fantastic ambiance... Welcome to the jungle !
French Side – St. Martin Restaurants
Bistro Caraibes – French-Caribbean Cuisine, open for dinner only. A cozy and charming ambiance located on the main street in the center of Grand Case.
Le Cottage – Fine French Cuisine, open daily for dinner only. This trendy restaurant with its unique setting will ravish your taste buds by a refined and innovating cuisine.
Le Pressoir – Fine French Cuisine, open for dinner only. This restaurant is among the finest and famous restaurants of our island. Enjoy an evening of authentic and gastronomic cooking in a traditional Creole house built in 1871. Intimate and authentic, Le Pressoir will stay an unforgettable experience.
Le Tastevin – French Gourmet Cuisine, open for lunch and dinner. This restaurant is known for its attentive and discreet service and gorgeous sunset views offering French cuisine seasoned with the flavors of the Caribbean.
Rainbow – Caribbean-French Fusion Cuisine, open for dinner only. This restaurant has been here for over 25 years offering superb food and excellent service.
Spiga Restaurant – Creative Italian cuisine, open for dinner only. Spiga opened its doors in November 2002 and has gained a reputation as one of the finer Italian restaurants on the island.
Restaurant le Soleil – French and european cuisine.
L'Auberge Gourmande – French cuisine.
La Villa Restaurant – French cuisine.
Piazza Pascal – Italian cuisine.
Villa Royale – French, caribbean, cajun and creole cuisine.
Le Tropicana – Parisian Bistro, open for lunch and dinner. The restaurant is on Marina Royale in Marigot overlooking Marigot Marina. Le Tropicana provides gutsy, rootsy cooking tempered with a light, modern touch.
La Cigale – French cuisine, open for dinner only. Directly located on the beach of Laguna Beach, this restaurant offers a Terrace on the Lagoon and an air conditioned room. The team will make you discover mixtures of unforgettable flavors.
Bikini Beach Tapas Bar & Grill – Tapas, Thai Seafood & More, open daily for breakfast and lunch. Located in the heart of Orient Bay, this restaurant serves a huge variety of tapas (appetizers) and a variety of entrees with a Thai influence. A full American breakfast is also served daily.
Kakao Beach – International Cuisine, open daily for lunch. Located right on Orient Bay, this restaurant serves a wonderful menu.
Waikiki Beach – International Cuisine, open daily for lunch. Located on Orient Bay, this restaurant serves a fabulous menu. Slightly higher in price than the other restaurants on Orient Bay, but well worth it!
Le Santal – Gastronomic restaurant, open daily for dinner only. A five star gourmet restaurant according to the most outstanding critics. For 2006, Le Santal has been honored the coveted AAA Four Diamonds Awards for creative cuisine, excellent service and upscale surroundings. This charming restaurant is one of the longest established and most acclaimed restaurants on the island. The restaurant is located in a beachside villa with a very romantic ambiance and fabulous view…Enjoy your dinner with the sound of the waves right in front of you.