18 Best Restaurants in St. Martin and St. Maarten


$$$ Fodor's choice

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 to serve outstanding starters, salads, and main courses made from top ingredients brought in from France. The place is well worth the effort it may take to find it, in the Hope Estate commercial area south of the main road (Deviation de Grand Case). Everything is lovingly prepared. You can also buy gourmet groceries, delicious chocolates, nougats, organic and herbal teas, or roam their spirits corner for rum and liquor. Naturally, the wines are sublime, there may be a waiting time (nobody cares since the cuisine is so superb), and you can get an amazing education along with a great lunch. You'll find it across from the road that leads to the Grand Case airport. Bacchus opened a separate bakery in the Aventura Mall, just steps from the restaurant and wine emporium, where you will find their famous fresh baked breads and French pastries.

Cynthia's Talk of the Town

$$ Fodor's choice

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 a fun, relatively cheap, and iconic St. Martin meal. With plastic utensils and paper plates, it couldn't be more informal, and the menu includes everything from succulent grilled ribs to stewed conch, fresh snapper, and grilled lobster. At some of the most reasonable prices on the island, all come with tasty sides like plantains, curried rice, beans, and coleslaw. Don't miss the johnnycakes (Caribbean fried dough) and the crab back. The service is friendly, if a bit slow; sit back with a $1.50 beer and enjoy the experience. On weekends there may be live music. 

Come earlier in the day for the freshest fare.


$$$ Fodor's choice

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 Caribbean cuisine. The award-winning restaurant is named after Emilio Wilson, who bought the plantation on which his grandparents worked and died as enslaved people and which today is the location of the restaurant and Rainforest Adventure park. The knowledgeable owner of this family-run establishment, Norman Wathey, is more than happy to talk to you about the "old days" on his beloved island. The menu is a delight of dishes like the charred garlic octopus with spicy avocado purée, rosemary rack of lamb with mushroom risotto, and the snapper en papilotte. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are available. The wine cellar with more than 100 different wines can be rented for private, intimate dinners or for small events. Emilio's serves an extraordinary brunch on Sunday and is open for lunch and dinner from Tuesday to Saturday.

59 L.B. Scott Rd., St. Maarten
Known For
  • exceptional menu, cocktails, and Sunday brunch
  • impressive wine selection
  • historic atmosphere in a chic setting
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed on Mon. Closed for dinner on Sun., Reservation recommended

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Friar's Bay Beach Café

$$ Fodor's choice

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 can rent lounge chairs and umbrellas (half price with lunch) and spend the whole day relaxing, drinking, and dining. With decor less funky than some other beach-club restaurants, it is open from breakfast through the spectacular sunset, offering a menu reminiscent of a French bistro. A blackboard lists specials, carpaccios of meat and fish are sparklingly fresh, and the salads are terrific. French standbys include tomato and goat cheese tartlets, and "international" ones add burgers and sandwiches. Watch for the red-and-black signs on the road between Grand Case and Marigot, and drive slow because the road is rough, especially the last 200 yards or so before you get to the beach. 

Friar's Bay Rd., St. Martin
Known For
  • beachside dining
  • informal atmosphere
  • good specials
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No dinner. Closed Tues.

Le Marocain

$$ Fodor's choice

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 you straight to Morocco as you dine on fragrant, authentic Moroccan classics in a romantic space with an open garden and a new rooftop. The couscous and tagines are spiced well and delivered in Moroccan serving plates by the affable and professional staff. The mixed appetizers (meze) are delectable, and the royal couscous and the lamb with prunes tagine are justly popular. Ask for their nightly specials. Lounge in the tented rooftop after dinner and be entertained by belly dancers on Friday. The restaurant is on Marigot's main road across from the stadium.

Rainbow Café & Beach Bar

$$$ Fodor's choice

With a highly Instagrammable Bohemian look, this restaurant brings style, wit, and a bit of panache to the beach bar genre. Rainbow delivers a memorable breakfast, lunch, sunset drinks, sushi, and tapas---on the beach, their beachfront deck, or on the covered rooftop. Choose a front-row seat (or lounge chair) on Grand Case beach and choose from an eclectic menu, which includes vegetarian and vegan selections, steaks, grilled fish, sushi, and lobster, too. Yes, there are burgers here, but they're buried in a "rainbow" of French flavors and textures. It's fun to come here at the end of the day for tapas, sushi, and dynamite cocktails with spectacular sunsets over Grand Case Bay. There's live music on Tuesday. Browse the Rainbow Boutique on the rooftop for Boho-chic garments and beach accessories.

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 are served on the beach. The menu changes often based on the availability of local ingredients, but crowd favorites like acras, conch and dumplings, and the mixed plate of grilled meats and fish make a regular appearance. Owners Angèle and Fritz have brought the same atmosphere and creativity from 978 Sanctorum, their jazz lounge and popular brunch spot, located just a few miles from Friar's Bay in the area of Rambaud. The beach lounge has become the spot for the monthly all-white full moon party, a beloved and sophisticated affair on the beach. There's live music on Saturday and Sunday.

61 rue de Friar's Bay, 97150, St. Martin
Known For
  • Creole and Cajun delicacies
  • all-white full moon beach party
  • live music on weekends
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. and Tues., Reservation needed for special events

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 French dishes like steak au poivre, sweetbreads with mushroom sauce, and sole meunière are served in a friendly, intimate dining room, which is now air-conditioned. The prix-fixe menu is a very good value, as are many of the bottles on the wine list. The place is popular, and the few tables are routinely packed until it closes at midnight (or earlier). It can be difficult to park here, so take your chances at finding a spot on the street near the soccer stadium—or try a taxi. The neighborhood isn't exactly upscale, so peruse it by the day so you know exactly where you're going that night.

97150, St. Martin
Known For
  • French comfort food
  • good value prix-fixe menu
  • wine list
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sat. and Sun., Reservations essential



Both locals and tourists seem to love this restaurant at Great Bay Marina. Seafood is the main focus, but steaks, burgers, pasta, and poultry are all on the dinner menu. You can also come for breakfast, lunch, or happy hour (5–7). If you love sophisticated cuisine, look elsewhere, but the portions are big and the prices reasonable. Delivery to area condos and time-shares is available.

Freedom Fighters Ital Shack


Made famous by the late Anthony Bourdain after he stopped here in 2000, this local, vibrant spot on the edge of town is well-known for its colorful exterior and animated owner. Serving ital food (vegan and organic) made of strictly local ingredients from either their own land out back or from local farmers, the Ital Shack has a very loyal following. It is family-owned and -operated by Ras Bushman together with his wife and son. Take your lunch or breakfast to go or take a seat inside the charming restaurant, where you surely will be entertained by Ras Bushman himself, who is very knowledgeable about the island and especially the medicinal purposes of the plants and herbs that grow here. On Saturday, Ital Shack hosts Redemption Night, an evening of reggae music and local drinks.

L'Auberge Gourmande


With a formal, French-provincial dining room framed by elegant arches, L'Auberge Gourmande is in one of the island's oldest Creole houses. On the walls are small etchings that look like they're 100 years old, but they're actually contemporary works by renowned island impressionist Sir Roland Richardson. The light Provençal cuisine includes roasted rack of lamb with scalloped potatoes, a Dover sole that is deboned at your table, and a blackened filet of tuna with creamy asparagus risotto. There are daily specials that are always worth a second look, excellent vegetarian options, a kids' menu, and a good selection of wines. Plan to spend time here---the service is attentive but can be slow.

89 bd. de Grand Case, 97150, St. Martin
Known For
  • high-end traditional dining
  • Dover sole in almond butter
  • creative desserts
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sept. No lunch, reservation recommended

La Villa


Diners flock here for the friendly management, the spectrum of well-prepared French cuisine, and the easy-to-find location in the middle of Grand Case. You can choose what you like from their €52 three-course menu (additional charges for foie gras and lobster), or go à la carte. You can't miss either way since La Villa offers so many great entrées from beef to poultry and especially seafood, with a sumptuous Tiger fish fillet, a delicious Branzino sea bass, and many others. 

93 bd. de Grand Case, St. Martin
Known For
  • classic seafood preparations
  • friendly service
  • three-course fixed-price menu
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch. Closed Wed.

Le Cottage


French cuisine with Caribbean flavors is prepared with a light touch and presented with flair at Le Cottage, where a lively community gathers on the street-front porch. With an amazing wine cellar and a sommelier from the Burgundy region, the restaurant offers a great wine-pairing menu at €89. Alternatively, try their their lobster menu at €59. The kid's menu at €15 makes this restaurant an irresistible option for the whole family.

97 bd. de Grand Case, 97150, St. Martin
Known For
  • loyal following
  • wine-pairing menu
  • coveted porch seating that should be reserved in advance
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Reservations essential

Ocean Lounge


An airy modern verandah perched on the Philipsburg boardwalk gives a distinct South Beach vibe. You'll want to linger over fresh fish and steaks as you watch tourists pass by on romantic strolls by night or determined cruise-ship passengers surveying the surrounding shops by day. There is also a fun beachfront lounge with a menu of bar snacks and martinis. It's a bit hard to park here so consider taking a taxi at night. Holland House is the only hotel in the middle of town, and late in the day the lounge gets busy.



In a beautifully restored Creole house, exceptional cuisine fuses Italian and occasionally some Caribbean ingredients and cooking techniques. Follow one of the ample appetizers with an excellent pasta, fresh fish, or meat dish, such as the braised Angus beef short rib with porcini mushroom risotto. The pastas and fish are amazing, but other standouts include lobster ravioli appetizer and dessert panna cotta. Vegetarian and gluten-free options are noted on the menu. The porch can be affected by windy or wet weather. Dogs are restricted to the porch.

4 rte. de L'Espérance, 97150, St. Martin
Known For
  • creative Italian cuisine
  • porch dining
  • outstanding desserts
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed mid-Sept.–late Oct. and Tues. No lunch, Reservations essential

Taloula Mango's/Blue Bitch Bar


Ribs and burgers are the specialty at this casual beachfront restaurant, but Gouda cheese sticks and quesadillas, not to mention the flatbread pizza options, are not to be ignored. Opt to have lunch on the beach; beach chairs and umbrellas are complimentary with lunch and beach service is available.



This bustling and popular bistro at the Marina Port La Royale stays busy thanks to a varied menu, (relatively) reasonable prices, and friendly staff. Salads are superb lunch options, especially the salade Niçoise with medallions of crusted goat cheese. Dinner brings some exceptional steak and seafood dishes, and the wine list is quite extensive. There are also ample vegan and vegetarian offerings. Desserts are tasty, including old standbys like crème brûlée. You can dine outside or in. Go with others or take a taxi at night: the parking lot is sketchy at night.

Yvette's Restaurant


Follow the locals to Yvette's Kitchen, in a private house, for the island's best creole-Cajun cooking. All the St. Martin favorites are dished up in big portions at a reasonable price. This is the place to try pickled conch, stuffed crab backs, conch and dumplings, coconut curry chicken, and curry goat. Fried plantains, rice and peas, and hot johnnycakes come on the side. It's hard to find, so consider scoping it out in the daylight before your visit, or come for lunch.

St. Martin
Known For
  • pickled conch
  • hot johnnycakes
  • curry goat
Restaurants Details
Rate Includes: Closed Wed.