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Rainforest Hideaway

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Rainforest Hideaway Review

Exotic Caribbean tastes and flavors are paired with classical French techniques and recipes at this romantic and upscale hideaway on the north shore of pretty Marigot Bay. It's definitely worth the 20-minute-or-so drive from Castries. A little ferry whisks you to the alfresco restaurant, perched on a dock, where you're greeted with complimentary champagne. Fresh local fish—including the ubiquitous (and foreign) lionfish that is the scourge of local waters but tastes delicious—and prime meats are enhanced by fresh herbs grown in the backyard garden, which is also the source of exotic local vegetables and fruits featured in varioius dishes. You'll be duly impressed by entrées such as pan-fried mahimahi with creole buerre blanc; marinated loin of lamb with cucumber relish; or grilled beef tenderloin with papaya confit. All are accompanied by excellent wines—not to mention the blanket of stars in the sky overhead and the live jazz Wednesday and Saturday nights.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • No lunch. Closed Sun.–Tues. in summer.
Updated: 02-28-2014

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    Rainforest Hideaway Review

    All I can say is "WOW"!!!! The Rainforest far surpassed any and all expectations! The service was beyond words and the food was an amusement park for the taste buds!!!! I am still craving their green lip mussels! I would kill for the recipe, as it may be a long time until I get back! But I can't stop thinking about them!!!! I would recommend this restaurant to anyone who enjoyed good food and a great dining experience!!! If I become a food critic, can I go back sooner? Just asking!!!!

    by swerlykat, 2/7/10
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    BEST OF THE BEST

    if you go to st. lucia YOU HAVE TO VISIT this place. So quaint so beautiful, the sunset over marigot bay is just spectacular! food was magnificent. we stayed at sandals and were so incredibly pleased that we spent our last night in st. lucia here. absolutely beautiful!

    by pfifla1, 3/16/09
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    One of our favorite dining experiences in the Caribbean!!!

    We dined here during our stay in 2006. The Rainforest Hideaway was far more than we had dared hope for. From the moment we crested the hill and started descending on Marigot Bay (about 20 minutes south of Castries), we knew it was going to be something special. Marigot Bay is a small harbor with emerald water and is a prime port for catamarans and other sailing boats and small yachts. We parked the car and then hopped a water ferry across the bay to the Hideaway. This place was simply beautiful and absolutely "oozed" character! The only way you could get to the restaurant was by boat (even the evening's jazz trio arrived on the water taxi!) and the restaurant was beautifully laid out around a series of piers and up into the rain forest (I had a little tree frog for a companion in the men's room!). And what was especially nice is that the service and food more than matched the ambience. My 6 year old daughter and wife loved their duck, while my 18 year old daughter practically licked her beef tenderloin clean. My risotto with jerked shrimp and scallops was really yummy and my Thai pumpkin and coconut soup was out of this world! This was definitely a dining experience I would love to repeat and would HIGHLY recommend it to anyone visiting the island. Just make sure that you make reservations as I got the distinct impression that if you didn't have reservations, you weren't dining there!

    by WineTraveller, 6/8/08
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    An adventure

    When we arrived for dinner, we asked if we could merge 2 of the tables (there were 5 empty tables!)closer to the water, but no, they were unwilling to accommodate us, and so we were seated at the back of the "room". One might normally have just left, but this place is hard to get to (One has to take a ferry from Marigot Bay and it cost $200 to get there from our resort.)Thus my enjoyment of this Hideaway was negatively affected by my seat in the room. Rather than looking at the dark water, I faced the service area which included a harshly lit window leading into the kitchen. Our table was also unsheltered from the weather. There was a roof, but no side walls to protect from the heavy winds and blowing rain. They did however, willingly bring a table cloth to use as a shawl. But it was cold!
    The meal was fine. I should have had fish rather than lamb. And the banana desert was delicious! Perhaps the best anywhere.
    By the way, no complementary champagne at any time.

    by 711, 2/12/08

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