Sint Maarten Restaurants

Old Sep 27th, 2010, 07:02 PM
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Sint Maarten Restaurants

I am going to Sint Maarten in two weeks and was wondering if I could get some help with restaurants. We are staying on the Dutch side but are renting a car and don't mind driving at night, so suggestions on both sides of the island would be appreciated. We like local roadside restaurants (chicken, ribs, slaw and rice) and also like upscale restaurants for dinner. Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.
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Old Sep 27th, 2010, 07:32 PM
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1. La Gondola - Cupecoy - great italian food - a little expensive
2. Rare - Cupecoy
3. Antoines, Le Escargot and Holland House in Phillipsburg - on the expensive side - but worth it
4. Talula Mangos, Green House, Chesterfields - less expensive in Phillipsburg
5. Lee's road house grill and Pineapple Pete's in Simpson Beach
French Side:
Mario's - make reservations now!
Grand Case - too many restaurants to mention - go to trip advisor - you'll find many reviews and I'm sure people here will guide you to great food - I can't remember the restaurant we at ate - but it was fabulous!
Grand Case - Lolo's = BBQ - but outstanding and cheap! you must go!
Orient Beach - all kinds of places - people will suggest Bikini Beach = I've been to Kakao's a number of times.
I've been to all restaurants that I've mentioned - I'd stand behind them all! I'll post more as I think of them!
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Old Sep 27th, 2010, 07:35 PM
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Oh yea - just thought of a new one - I think it's called paradise view - coming from Oyster Pond - Dawn Beach - drive towards Orient - you'll see a mini market/stalls of people selling their wares - there is a new restaurant up there which is great -and the view is fantastic! It's newer I think. Also - have to go to Mr Busby's beach bar on Dawn beach for either breakfest or happy hour! It's a fun place!
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One more - during the day - if you go to simpson beach - got to Karacter's = great beach restaurant!
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Old Sep 28th, 2010, 03:24 AM
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Be careful with some of the above recommendations - at least on the French side.

If you are planning to be here in two weeks time, you will find many of the restaurants - particularly in Grand Case - closed - and ALL on Orient Bay closed after 5pm, though some will still be open in pretty Orient Village.

Having said that, don't miss Grand Case. Virtually any restaurant there is a worthwhile expeience - even if the choice will still be highly restricted when you will be here.

Traditionally, this is the time of year when the owners / staff take THEIR vacations, before the hurricane season finishes at the end of November, and the start of the new tourist season at the begining of December.

I was in Grand Case on Saturday evening, and a large number (actually I would say the majority) of the of the best restaurants are closed - as are the shops and boutiques - and almost certainly will still be so in two weeks time, however the LOLOs are, and will remain, open.

F.Y.I. 'LOLO' doesn't mean BBQ ! It means 'Locally Owned, Locally Operated', however they are in fact barbecue shacks.

On Orient Bay, the situation is similar to Grand Case. Kakao only opens during the day - and then only on days when there is a cruise ship in Philipsburg !

Bikini Beach (my local 'pub') is also , essentially, closed, and will remain so until the end of October, with only a small bar open between 9am and 5pm serving a limited range of snack type food.

Paradise View MAY be open, though I am not sure. In my humble opinion, the best thing about it is the view, rather than the food !

Have fun anyway.
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Old Sep 28th, 2010, 05:18 AM
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I think you would like Yvette's in Orleans. it's a great local restaurant in a cute little west Indian house. Closed Wednesdays.
definitely go to karakter..tapas on the beach and jazz on Friday nights.

I am not sure when Gut side on the road to friars Bay is open but that's a great place for lunch too. the beach bars on Friar bay are both very good too.
the lo los in grand case are always open...good local grill places to go too.
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Old Sep 28th, 2010, 05:15 PM
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DavidSXM - why say - be careful with my posts - why not just say they are closed....I don't get you - you cannot disagree with my suggestions - they are all fantastic restaurants - and while I typically visit in the winter - I did not know they were closed.....so your tip was a great one - just didn't appreciate "Be careful with some of the above reccomendations" Geez - I wouldn't dis you like that.
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Old Sep 28th, 2010, 05:17 PM
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To give you the benefit of the doubt - maybe you don't mean to sound that way.....I sincerely try to offer honest opinions in every post I write..I would never intentionally steer anyone wrong.
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BellaClaire. Don't be so touchy. By and large I agree with MOST of your recommendations, however you are obviously not familiar with the island at this time of year.

The reason to be careful is because it is all very well for you to suggest that someone who will be here in two weeks time should visit - for example Kakao or Bikini Beach, or some other places - when, if you were fully informed, you would know that they are, and will be, CLOSED when the person seeking advice arrives here !
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Old Sep 29th, 2010, 05:48 PM
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DavidSXM - your tone via written word is terse. Therefore I suggest you put more thought into how you say things. Duh - I said I usually go in the winter - no need to be so rude - just say you live there - restaurants are closed - you are a trip. GEEZ. Ease up for goodness sake.
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Old Sep 30th, 2010, 04:26 AM
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BellaClaire.

You really must be difficult to live with !

I suggest that perhaps YOU should put more thought into what YOU write, as you are NOT providing information which is correct at THIS TIME OF YEAR, and unless that fact is made clear, ccason and his / her party could waste a lot of valuable vacation time finding out that your recommendations(given with great authority, and no doubt in good faith) are - at least in part - currently invalid.

I PERSONALLY don't mind if someone corrects ME if I am wrong, but it seems that YOU do.
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STOP IT BOTH OF YOU! Honestly, you're both being hypersensitive ........... ENOUGH.
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Temptations is wonderful!
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SaraJames12 - Temptations is wonderful!
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This message is to ccason....I just wanted you to know that the restaurants I suggested - I've been to at one time or another and very much enjoyed....and one of my favorite things to do in life is to have a nice dinner - some wine - (or beer) - enjoy great company - and if I can see the Caribbean Sea while dining - well - that is a bonus. I meant no harm in offering my suggestions. Please - when you get to St. Maarten - check with your concierge to ensure the restaurant you want to visit is open. And please - when you return - let us know the places you tried. There are so many great places to eat on St. Maarten/St. Martin - I'm sure you will be thrilled with the choices. In addition - there are other online websites you can visit with reviews - you can see menus online - and you can email in advance to ensure they are open. I wish you a wonderful trip - to an island I love. and if you get a chance - take a catamaran to Prickley Pear Anguilla - or ferry to main island Anguilla - or take the ferry to St. Barths and Saba - Anguilla has fabulous beaches - Saba is magical - and St. Barths - is hip/trendy - full of beautiful people. I wish you a fantastic journey - and I apologize for getting into a sparring match with another person on this board. All the best to you.
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