St. Martin and St. Maarten Restaurants

Although most people come to St. Maarten/St. Martin for sun and fun, they leave praising the cuisine. On an island that covers only 37 square miles (96 square km), there are more than 400 restaurants from which to choose. You can sample the best dishes from France, Thailand, Italy, Vietnam, India, Japan, and, of course, the Caribbean.

Many of the best restaurants are in Grand Case (on the French side), but you should not limit your culinary adventures to that village. Great dining thrives throughout the island, from the bistros of Marigot to the hopping restaurants of Cupecoy to the low-key eateries of Simpson Bay. Whether you enjoy dining on fine china in one of the upscale restaurants or off a paper plate at the island's many lolos (roadside barbecue stands), St. Maarten/St. Martin's culinary options are sure to appeal to every palate. Loyalists on both "sides" will cheerfully try to steer you to their own favorites, and it’s common to cite high euro prices to deter exploration, but quite a few restaurants still offer a one-to-one exchange rate between dollars and euros if you use cash, and main-course portions are often large enough to be shared.

During high season, it's essential to make reservations, and making them a month in advance is advisable for some of the best places. Dutch-side restaurants sometimes include a 15% service charge, so check your bill before tipping. On the French side, service is always included, but it is customary to leave 5% to 10% extra in cash for the server. Don’t count on leaving tips on your credit card—it's customary to tip in cash. A taxi is probably the easiest solution to the parking problems in Grand Case, Marigot, and Philipsburg. Grand Case has two lots—each costs $4—at each end of the main boulevard, but they're often packed by 8 pm.

What to Wear: Although appropriate dining attire ranges from swimsuits to sport jackets, casual dress is usually appropriate throughout restaurants on the island. For men, a jacket and khakis or jeans will take you anywhere; for women, dressy pants, a skirt, or even fancy shorts are usually acceptable. Jeans are fine in the less formal eateries.

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  • 1. Alina


    Located above Casino Royale in the heart of the Maho entertainment area, Alina is the island's latest Japanese restaurant from the inspiring mind of expert...Read More

  • 2. Anse Marcel Beach


    Beachside calm with a side order of chic is on the menu at this lovely and private cove restaurant/beach club that was designed with the...Read More

  • 3. Bacchus


    The best wine importer in the Caribbean, Benjamin Laurent, and his wife Magali have built a lively, immaculate, deliciously air-conditioned wine cellar that also happens...Read More

  • 4. Balls and Wine


    This quaint restaurant with a quirky name, located in the corner of the Paradise Mall, is a hidden gem. Owners Eduar and wife Alejandra serve...Read More

  • 5. Bamboo House


    Located in a hilltop villa overlooking Simpson Bay, Bamboo House blends stunning views with a lively atmosphere and top-notch sushi. Chefs from spots like Nobu...Read More

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  • 6. Big Fish

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Big Fish offers big portions of fresh-caught fish, sushi, and upscale steaks served in a modern, Miami Beach atmosphere. The service is friendly...Read More

  • 7. Cynthia's Talk of the Town


    One of the five lolos in the middle of the village on the water side, Cynthia's (better known simply as "Talk of the Town") is...Read More

  • 8. Emilio's


    Located in a historic sugarcane boiling house from the 1700s, St. Maarten's most talked-about fine dining experience invites you to "dine with history" on nouveau...Read More

  • 9. Friar's Bay Beach Café


    There is a sophisticated vibe at this quiet, rather elegant beach club that may make you feel as if you're on a private beach. You...Read More

  • 10. Izi Ristorante Italiano


    The award-winning former chef and owner of La Gondola serves up shareable portions of more than 400 dishes in this popular, cheerful, centrally located space....Read More

  • 11. L'Astrolabe


    L'Astrolabe gets raves for its modern interpretations of classic French cuisine served around the pool at this cozy, relaxed restaurant in the Esmeralda Resort. Menu...Read More

  • 12. La Cigale


    On the edge of Baie Nettlé, this restaurant has wonderful views of the lagoon from its dining room and open-air patio, but the charm comes...Read More

  • 13. Le Marocain


    Years after being destroyed by Hurricane Irma, the old Marrakech is back with the same ownership but a new name, Le Marocain. The decor transports...Read More

  • 14. Mario Bistrot


    With stunning views of the ocean, Mario Bistrot's new location at The Cliff offers incredible sunsets, a memorable atmosphere, and culinary excellence that ensures its...Read More

  • 15. Top Carrot


    Open from 8 am to 5 pm, this friendly café and juice bar is a popular healthy breakfast and lunch stop. It features fresh and...Read More

  • 16. Zee Best


    This friendly bistro serves one of the most popular breakfasts on the island. There's a huge selection of fresh-baked pastries—try the almond croissants—plus sweet and...Read More

  • 17. 978 Beach Lounge


    Feel the St. Martin culture at this beach bar and restaurant (previously Kali's, but now under new ownership). Flavorful local Creole dishes and island-inspired cocktails...Read More

  • 18. Beirut


    Beirut serves delicious, fresh Middle Eastern specialties such as falafel, kebabs, and salads, as well as meze such as baba ghanoush. The friendly owners make...Read More

  • 19. Bistro Nu


    It's hard to top the authentic French comfort food and reasonable prices you can find at this intimate restaurant tucked in a Marigot alley. Traditional...Read More

  • 20. Chesterfield's

    $$ | Caribbean

    Both locals and tourists seem to love this restaurant at Great Bay Marina. Seafood is the main focus, but steaks, burgers, pasta, and poultry...Read More

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