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 Cari
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, Thai
Although most people come to St. Maarten/St. Martin for sun and fun, they leave praising the cuisine. On an island that

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. Friar's Bay Beach Café

    $$ | French

    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...Read More

  • 2. Karakter Beach Lounge

    $$ | Eclectic

    This funky and charming modern beach bar, right behind the airport, serves up fun, great music, relaxation, and a lot of style. The vibe is...Read More

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    3. La Cigale

    $$$$ | French

    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 from...Read More

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  • 4. Dreams

    $$$ | Eclectic

    Visit this lively beach club for the day, relaxing and dining on sushi, tapas, great salads, pizza, and French specialties. Visit after dark...Read More

  • 5. L'Auberge Gourmande

    $$$ | French

    With a formal, French-provincial dining room framed by elegant arches, L'Auberge Gourmande is in one of the island's oldest creole houses. The...Read More

  • 6. La Villa

    $$$ | French

    Diners flock here for the friendly management, the varied French-Caribbean cuisine, and the fun location in the middle of Grand Case. Choose...Read More

  • 7. Le Bateau Ivre

    $$$ | Mediterranean

    In the middle of the plaza in the newish Porto Cupecoy Marina complex, this place is a good choice for an easy lunch thanks to big salads, American...Read More

  • 8. Le Chanteclair

    $$$ | French

    The menu at Le Chanteclair changes daily, according to what is market fresh. There are lots of salads and vegetarian starters, as well as French...Read More

  • 9. Le Shambala

    $$$$ | French

    Romantic and beachy-chic, this waterfront restaurant has a lavish south-of-France vibe, with prices to match. Come for the sunset and start...Read More

  • 10. Le Tastevin

    $$$$ | French

    In the heart of Grand Case and on everyone's list of favorites, this attractive wood-beam room has been attractively redecorated and modernized...Read More

  • 11. Ma Ti' Beach

    $$$ | French

    On the road to Marigot, this casual beach bar has better-than-average food and great views across the turquoise water to Anguilla. You can always...Read More

  • 12. Ocean Lounge

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    An airy modern veranda perched on the Philipsburg boardwalk gives a distinct South Beach vibe. You'll want to linger over fresh fish and steaks...Read More

  • 13. Palm Beach

    $$$ | French

    As stylish as its Florida namesake, this beach club sets the stage with Balinese art and furniture, big comfy chaises on the beach, and an active...Read More

  • 14. Sol e Luna

    $$$ | French

    Charming and romantic, Sol e Luna has a modern tropical style, with waterfall plunge pools and great views over Orient Bay. The menu offers...Read More

  • 15. Taloula Mango's

    $$ | Eclectic

    Ribs and burgers are the specialty at this casual beachfront restaurant, but the jerk chicken and thin-crust pizza, not to mention a few vegetarian...Read More

  • 16. Tropicana

    $$$ | French

    This bustling bistro at the Marina Port La Royale is busy all day long, thanks to a varied menu, (relatively) reasonable prices, and friendly...Read More

  • 17. Waikiki Beach

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Sit at a picnic table or on a lounge bed, and enjoy the essence of Orient Beach with great food and people-watching. It's an all-day beach party...Read More

  • 18. La Belle Epoque

    $$ | Eclectic

    This brasserie at the Marigot marina is a favorite among locals. Whether for a drink or a meal, it's a great spot for boat- and people-watching...Read More

  • 19. Le Ti Provençale

    $$$ | French

    Its always a good idea to follow the French locals for the best food in St. Martin. Chef Hervé Sageot has won the gold medal as chef of the...Read More

  • 20. Les Boucaniers

    $$ | Caribbean

    Dine here, and you can enjoy good creole and French food and still wriggle your toes in the sand. The creole "assortment" offers a mini-culinary...Read More

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