Restaurants on St. Martin and St. Maarten -
Where to dine on the island
If you are a lover of great food, then you have come to the right spot. St Maarten/St Martin for such a small island has probably the highest concentration of fine restaurants per square mile in the entire Caribbean. There are over 300 restaurants and eateries to choose from, and a large number of them make visitors and foodies return to the island year after year.
On this Restaurant page, you will find only a selection of restaurants and beach bars on both, St. Martin and St. Maarten. This selection of dining options is based on key criteria, such as delivering consistently great quality and services, a special location (e.g. beachfront), or by multiple recommendations (marked by) from island visitors of St-Martin-vacation.com. A complete overview of St. Martin/St. Maarten's restaurants is published on our sister web site at Sint-Maarten.net/Restaurants.
On Dutch St. Maarten, main areas for dining out offering a wide range of cooking styles and ethnic food:
in Philipsburg, Simpson Bay and in the Maho & Cupecoy area, (French, Italian, American, Mexican, Indian, Indonesian, Japanese and Chinese).
The French side is concentrating on European cuisine, mainly French and Italian, as well as Antillean cooking. Most of its fine restaurants are in Marigot or in Grand Case, the "Gourmet Capital" of the Caribbean, but there is also excellent dining in Orient Bay and Oyster Pond, and in Nettle Bay
-- DINING IN GRAND CASE - GOURMET CAPITAL OF THE CARIBBEAN - FRENCH ST. MARTIN-
Grand Case can be described as scenic, charming, picturesque, laid-back, casual and spectacular! About 30 years ago, it was a sleepy fishing village. Today, it is reputed as the Gourmet Capital of the Caribbean. No other town in the Caribbean offers such a high density of fine dining and casual eateries as Grand Case!
For many island visitors, the Grand Case restaurants are the reason why they come back to St. Martin again and again, year after year! View MAP for location of the many restaurants in Grand Case!
Under Restoration - Presently closed L'Auberge Gourmande (590) 0590 87 73 37
Blvd de Grand Case, Open 7/7, dinner only
A gourmet delight set in a traditional building dating back 120 years. Established in 1979 as the 3rd restaurant to open in Grand Case. Since then, it enjoys an excellent reputation for a perfect French dining experience in a classical, romantic and elegant atmosphere. Elaborate menu with regularly changing and stunningly presented specials. Extensive wine list. Excellent service, charming, elegant atmosphere, with personal touch. Expensive, but worth it!
Destroyed by Hurricane Irma Calmos Café
(590) 0590 29 01 85
Blvd de Grand Case - Beachside, access from the "C'est la Vie" Boutique, opposite the old sugar mill (northbound).
Very casual Beach Bar and restaurant, nice setting, right on the beach. Live band playing on some nights, usually Thursdays and Sundays. Tables are set up right on the sand. Pricing moderate, and portions are big! Very friendly and attentive French waiters, speaking English, too!
Calmos Cafe's front side and Beachfront setting at the Calmos
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Bistrot Caraibes
(590) 0590 29 08 29
(590) 0690 53 61 44 81 Blvd de Grand Case
Open for dinner only. Closed on Thursday
Fine French Cuisine with a touch of Creole/local, and with an extensive list of fine wines. Ranks on the list top 5 restaurants in Grand Case for many years! A place where you will feel welcome from the start. The two brothers and owners, Thibault and Amaury Meziere are professionals and wonderful hosts offering consistently excellent food and service for about two decades!
View at one of their studios
Main courses at Bistrot Caraibes range from fresh local lobster (picked from the lobster tank next to your table), fresh fish, to roasted duck. Leave some room for the end, their desserts are to die for!
The same brothers Amaury & Thibault offer also lodging at their beautifully renovated, yet very affordable Orient Beach Studios!
Closed / Under Restoration
Le Cottage (590) 0590 29 03 30
63, Blvd de Grand Case Open for dinner only. Closed on Sundays (May thru November) A "classic" in Grand Case! You can't go wrong at this place!
Serves consistently great food and excellent service for over a decade! Let hosts Bruno and Stephane (le sommelier) spoil you for a night in this quaint place with great French cuisine. Nice atmosphere. Extensive wine list, with some very fine wines. One of the best foie gras on the island. Fresh lobster, fabulous seafood, fresh fish, Surf´n Turf.
Presently closed La Petite Table (formerly L'Estaminet)
139 Blvd Grand Case
New charming small restaurant offering lovely French, Caribbean and international cuisine. Cozy setting in a Creole cottage. Price range moderate. Open for dinner only.
Destroyed by Hurricane Irma Zen it!
(590) 0590 29 44 84
48, Blvd de Grand Case
A lovely beachside casual bar & restaurant serving French and international food with an Antillean touch. Great views, right on the water/beach of Grand Case next to the bridge. They have a serviced section on the beach just below, equipped with lounge chairs and umbrellas (next to Calmos Cafe).
Presently Closed Love (Hotel)
(590) 0590 29 87 14
140 Blvd de Grand Case (at former Chez Martine)
Opened in 2011 by a young French couple, this place has quickly become a new happening place in Grand Case. It is a small seaside hotel and (tapas) bar with a stellar wine list and predinner appetizers like a beef carpaccio. There is a friendly seaside cafe-bar-restaurant on ground floor, and loungers and giant beanbags ("fat boys") to hang out on the beach a few steps down. The hotel stilts over the sand, offering an idyllic perch to watch the sun dip into the sea with a cocktail and delicious tapas of your choice.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! La Villa
(590) 0590 52 36 59 93 Blvd de Grand Case (at the former place of L'Alabama)
Open for dinner only, 5:30-10:30pm
Highly rated restaurant, taken over, renovated and run by Florence and Christophe since late 2009. Warm hosts, excellent service, wonderful setting, perfectly prepared food regardless if fish, meat, appetizer, entree or dessert... This place receives high accolades from everybody! Look them up in TripAdvisor, they are presently ranked no. 1 in Grand Case.
La Villa Restaurant
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!!
NOW ALSO OPEN FOR LUNCH!!! Café Spiga
(590) 0590 52 47 83
(590) 0690 29 76 33
(721) 520 33 63
Grand Case (Northern end, at the corner Blvd de Grand Case and the road to Grand Case Airport).
Open Mon-Sat for lunch (12 - 2 pm) & dinner (6 - 10 pm). Closed on Sundays. Creative Italian Cuisine in a beautifully restored, authentic Creole home. Fine Italian wine list. You can't go wrong here. Reservations for dinner is recommended, as the place is often packed. One of the gourmet highlights of Grand Case for almost two decades!
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Blue Martini
(590) 0590 29 27 93
63, Blvd de Grand Case
A Restaurant, Tapas and Cocktail Bar in the heart of Grand Case. Set up
in a refined French Creole style, Blue Martini offers fine French dining in the restaurant in the main (blue) building, and casual dining, tapas, snacks, ribs etc. in their backyard, which was nicely rebuilt after the hurricane.
RE-OPENED AFTER IRMA, but presently closed due to license issues (Feb. 2018) Les Bains
(590) 0690 27 97 08
Blvd de Grand Case,
next to the Lolo's
Casual beach-side bar catering drinks and cocktails as well as tapas ans snacks. Lovely location just a few feet above the water. Great sunset views. Located next to the Lolos at the wooden dock. Live music on some night.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Rainbow Cafe (590) 0690 18 30 78
176 Blvd de Grand Case (at the Southern end)
Open for lunch and dinner; closed on Tuesdays
New owner Douglas revived and renovated this place a few years ago and recently re-opened after hurricane Irma. The place is fancy, serving drinks, cocktails and food either inside on the beachside veranda or right on the beach under umbrellas. Loungers on the beach also available for patrons. Great beachside location and great views of sunset and the bay of Grand Case Bay.
Don't miss out to visit the famous Lolo's of Grand Case - located downtown near the pier !
"The Lolo's" of Grand Case OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!!
Seaside eateries, right in the heart of Grand Case with tables alongside the street OR seating on the partially covered terrace overlooking the beach, next to the main pier. A "must go" during your visit on the island! These Lolo's are casual open air eateries run by locals.
Setting of the picnic-style tables is around the BBQs to grill the catch of the day, fresh fish, lobsters, gambas, and ribs, chicken served with fries or rice and cole slaw. Very moderately priced for very decent food! Prepared freshly every day, in big portions and at low prices! Average $10-15 for a meal. Patrons of the Lolo's come from all over the world, most times it's a crowd of locals, French residents and Northamerican tourists.
Sky's the Limit, Le Coin des Amis, Talk of Town are OPEN !!!
These Lolos are everything but fancy. You'll sit amidst the BBQ smoke and exposed to the traffic in the main street (unless you get a table on the seaside), but you will for sure enjoy the food, it's fresh and moderately priced!
Sky's the Limit || Talk of Town
Entrance to the square of
"La Petite Favorite"
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Piazza Pascal (590) 0590 87 39 21
Blvd de Grand Case
Italian and French cuisine. Open daily from 5:30pm - 10:00pm. Run by French chef Pascal and his American wife Dona. Note, The Piazza is NOT a pizza place (piazza = place or square in Italian). They do offer Italian pasta and other Italian dishes. Located in the quaint square of "La Petite Favorite" with tables on ground floor and on a quiet veranda on 2nd floor.
NEWLY OPENED !!! Au bout du monde
Blvd de Grand Case
Right by the bridge (opposite Villa Royale)
Next door to ZenIt
This newly opened place (Feb. 2018) is a streetside trattoria, bar and tapas place. Casual setting inside and a few table streetside, "At the end of the world" (what the French name means) offers decent food at moderate rates.
Presently closed Le Soleil
(590) 0590 87 92 32
Blvd de Grand Case Open 7/7 for lunch & dinner
Sunday dinner only.
Best to enjoy for lunch time; fantastic views! This small restaurant stilts over the beach offering a lovely (covered) dining space to watch the sea from every table. A hidden secret in town, run by French couple Laurent and Myriam and chef Stephane, all from Alsace/France. Reasonable prices for Grand Case standards. Aside from traditional & local food, they offer specialties from Alsace, e.g. "Tarte Flambees" (comparable to a thin pizza with sour creme & bacon) or 'sauerkraut' (choucroute). Daily fix price lunch specials at approx. $18.00.
Presently closed Le Pressoir (590) 0590 87 76 62
Blvd de Grand Case
Open 7/7 for dinner only from 6.00 to 10.30pm
Fine French cuisine
Lot's of atmosphere in this 1886 Creole house in vibrant colors (refreshed in 2012). Great desserts. Very French, and very French service. Great beef tenderloin. Specialties: sea scallops with mango, homemade Porto foie gras, grilled snapper in vanilla sauce, lobster Antillean style. Beautiful dining room inside. Seating also outside. Expensive, but worth it.
Destroyed by Hurricane Irma
- Under Reconstruction Sunset Café (590) 0590 87 51 87
Grand Case (Northern end)
Open 7/7 for bfst., lunch & dinner.
Tucked away in the Grand Case Beach Club, this is a fine place for a Caribbean sunset overlooking Anguilla and Creole Rock. Nestled next to the sands of "Petite Plage", you can also enjoy a casual lunch. The evening dinner menu offers delicacies such as Lobster Ravioli, Chilean Sea bass with almonds, complemented by a wide selection of wines.
Presently closed Ti Coin Créole
(590) 0590 87 92 09
Blvd de Grand Case
Open 7/7 for lunch & dinner
Antillean Restaurant w. Creole specialties served on the porch of a Case Creole.
Local fresh fish, grilled chicken in Tamarind Sauce, curry goat, fresh conch, stuffed crab, chicken sate, etc. Banana chocolate cake; homemade rum punches, prepared by native chef Carl. A very moderately priced eatery for freshly prepared specialties! Located at the northern end, near Grand Case Beach Club. Own parking.
-- BEACH BAR RESTAURANTS ON ORIENT BAY BEACH AND DINING IN ORIENT VILLAGE --
On and near Orient Bay, there are several areas for dining out. There are many casual beach bars and restaurants lined up along the beach. There is "Orient Village", a little marketplace located on 2nd line to the beach, where you'll also find a nice choice of restaurants and bars, and there are a few more places to go for lunch or dinner in the entrance area of Orient Bay, between 1/4 to 1 mile away from the beach.
Beach bar/restaurants on Orient Bay Beach from North to South: ALL WERE WIPED OUT BY HURRICANE IRMA! As of January 2018 there are presently 2 places on Orient Beach for food & drinks:
- The Perch Beach Bar & Grill at Club Orient and - The Alamanda Kitchen in the center of Orient Beach (at Alamanda Resort)
Orient Beach North - All gone!
Palm Beach Coco Beach Waïkiki La Playa
Orient Beach Center - All gone!
Bikini Beach Kakao Beach Kontiki Le String Fiesta Mexicana
Orient Beach South - All gone!
Brice Paradise Aloha Orange Fever Ethnic Leandra Salsa Paradisio Bay Watch (Cheryl & Andy) Pedro (Latino) Papagayo (Club O, naturist friendly)
Restaurants in Orient Village at the market place (dining square)
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Côté Plages
(590) 0590 52 47 37
Orient Village Open 7/7 for dinner. Closed on Mondays in low season Traditional French cuisine. Accommodating bilingual staff that will welcome you in a Mediterranean-like, casual and very relaxed atmosphere. Fine specialties such as duck pie with wild mushrooms, or the Risotto of sea scallops and shrimps. Good place to take children with (pedestrian zone).
Presently closed Happy Days
Orient Village Open for dinner. 1st steakhouse at the market place!
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! FOR LUNCH & DINNER Le P'tit Bistro
(formerly Le Cadre) (590) 0590 29 12 56
Small French restaurant and tapas bar at the market square in Orient village. Moderate prices for very good food, excellent service and a great wine list.
Under restoration / Re-opening soon La Rhumerie (formerly Taichi) (590) 0590 87 74 90
Orient Village Open daily for dinner.
Creole cuisine in a lovely setting at the main square of Orient Bay village.
Presently closed Cafe Mediterranee
Dining square at Orient Village
Open for dinner
Newcomer featuring Greek & Mediterranean style cuisine.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! FOR LUNCH & DINNER Little Italy (590) 0690 66 80 03 Orient Village Open for lunch & dinner
Fine Italian dining in a casual yet stylish new design. Nice setting, friendly service. More on the pricey side.
Presently closed La Table d'Antoine
Dining square at Orient Village (at the former Safari Grill)
Open 7/7 for bfst., lunch and dinner. Offers French and international cuisine.
Presently closed - Re-opening Feb. 28, 2018 (?) La Voile Blanche
Dining square at Orient Village
Open for dinner
"Gourmet" bistrot at the dining squar. Fine dining in an casual, elegant setting.
Re-opens March 2018 Le Piment
(590) 0690 40 09 99
Orient Village - Open for dinner only
A (family) friendly pizza & pasta place on the market square at Orient Village. Attentive and friendly service. Most popular place for a family night out on Orient Bay at reasonable prices.
--GREATER ORIENT BAY AREA - MONT VERNON--
Unharmed by Hurricane Irma - OPEN FOR BUSINESS! Le Taitu
(590) 590 87 43 23 Route de Mont Vernon
Open for lunch & dinner. Closed on Sunday. Creole / French cuisine
Salads, French and Creole specialties, pasta, meat, seafood and the desserts at affordable prices. Lunch also with a special fixed menu at 15 Euros. Nice location amidst lush garden. Warm and friendly atmosphere. GREAT VALUE FOR LUNCH MENU!
NEW!!! OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! La Villa Rouge (formerly Jam Rock)
(590) 690 22 41 42 Route de Cul de Sac
Open Tues-Sun for lunch and dinner. Closed on Mondays
Former owners/managers of La Villa Pizza in Cul de Sac (completely destroyed from hurricane Irma) this restored restaurant is open for lunch and deliicious dinners. Great value for fixed lunch menu. Dinners: traditional French cuisine, but also pizzas (also as takeaway), homemade deserts.
--At the entrance of Orient Bay Village--
Presently closed Astrolabe
(590) 0590 87 36 36
Open 7/7, for bfst. & dinner. A hidden restaurant of St. Martin, within the Esmeralda Resort on Orient Bay, distinguished atmosphere. Authentic French Cuisine, fresh lobster.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!! Rancho del Sol Steak House
Orient Bay area (hilltop just before the main entrance to Orient Bay) Open for lunch. For dinner Friday + Saturday
Texan Food, Steak specialites (Kebab's), salads, and also Pizzas. Al fresco lunch and dinner with panoramic view. Good place to go for lunch and enjoy the great view!
After Restoration/Reconstruction - OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!! Loterie Farm - Hidden Forest Café
(590) 0590 87 86 16
At Pic Paradis (between Grand Case and Marigot).
At the Forest Café, surrounded by lush green vegetation, you’ll feast your eyes and stomach on Chef Julia Purkus’ culinary creations. All dishes are freshly prepared, and made using only the freshest ingredients (and subsequently, on Sundays when the restaurant is really busy, waiting times can be long...). Each tropical, colorful plate is garnished with fresh flowers. Next to the Forest Cafe is a wonderful open air lounge area, tree house style. A beautiful place to either spend your waiting time for the restaurant, or enjoy a 'digestif' or a 'ptit cafe' after lunch. In high season reservations recommended, if you plan to go on a weekend day.
Loterie Farm - Open for lunch Tue-Sat
from 12-3 pm and dinner 6:30-9:30 pm. Sundays from 12-6 pm.
-- Friar's Bay (half way between Grand Case and Marigot) - Great Places for Beach-side Lunch! --
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!!
(590) 0690 49 06 81
Beach Bar Restaurant
Good curries and local fish, such as trunk fish or old wives fish. Kali's is "famous" for its Full Moon party every month that starts late and ends with the sunrise on the beach. Live reggae throughout that very night!
Reopens in May 2018
Friar's Bay Beach Cafe
(590) 0690 49 16 87
Beach Bar Restaurant right on Friar´s Bay beach. A casual place for a very relaxed lunch at one of their beach cabanas set up right on the sand. Daily changing menu, attentive and efficient French staff.
Friar's Bay Beach Cafe
Dining in Marigot - downtown, waterfront and at The Marina Royale
Marigot, the laid-back, charming Creole/European capital of St. Martin, French side, has basically two centers for dining. One is downtown at the harbor, the other at Marina Royale on the Eastern edge of the town, next to the Tourist Office.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! O Plongeoir
Marigot Waterfront (across the Yacht Club), near West Indies Shopping Mall. Open for bfst, lunch and dinner
Delightful restaurant with consistent quality over a decade and friendly, efficient service. Lots of regulars, mainly French residents come both, for lunch and dinner. Wide range of different food and daily specials. Also a good choice of cocktails and a good wine list. Resonable rates for dinner and specials for lunch. Absolutely recommendable.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! La Tropicana
(590) 0590 87 79 07
Marigot Marina Royale
Open for lunch and dinner
Classic and creative French cuisine. A different menu for lunch and dinner in a pleasant setting by the water. One of the most popular places in Marigot for residents and tourists alike for almost 20 years.
-- Out and About in Philipsburg - Dining in the Dutch Capital of St. Maarten --
Philipsburg has many low cost, simple restaurants, often Chinese, Indian, or Creole, and several fast food places. The "beautification" of Philipsburg, such as the "Boardwalk" along the beach, came along with a new breed of lovely restaurants and casual beach bars. Some are a bit difficult to find, or hidden in a little alley, or just do not show their real value. Philipsburg is more a place for going to at day time. At night, some places close rather early (around sunset), and the town is rather quiet.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Chez Delphine
(721) 522 2313
Philipsburg, Boardwalk, corner of Speetjens Arcade
Open for lunche
Casual cafe/eatery on Great Bay, located right at the beginning of the Boardwalk, when you come from the cruise port and Bobby's Marina. Light lunch and snacks, drinks and refreshments such as smoothies. Owner Delphine offers French influenced food either served on the covered terrace or tables right on the sand. Great spot for people watching.
on the Boardwalk
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Greenhouse Bar & Restaurant
(721) 542 2941
Great Bay/Bobby´s Marina
(at the beginning of the Boardwalk)
International cuisine. Open for lunch & dinner. A good place for Happy Hour or a casual evening out. Enjoy the fully stocked bar and the cocktails at this casual place and sit outside enjoying the fine Caribbean weather. Greenhouse offers two-for-one drinks at Happy Hour, which makes it a good deal. Their menu features steak, ribs, fish etc., yet in terms of quality, we prefer their drinks!!!
(721) 542 1645
Philipsburg. Boardwalk, next to St. Rose Arcade
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!!
Another excellent option for a low-key lunch, or early evening out on the Boardwalk. Lunch specials from around $15 on. Reasonably priced dinner menu. Live band on some Friday nights.
Owners Sue and Norman Wathey combine decades of culinary experience, as the couple also runs the Kangaroo Court for many years. "We've always wanted a beautiful place on the beach," Norman said in an interview with the local newspaper The Daily Herald. "Taloula Mango's feels good to people. Our team members take pride in making sure orders are right and people are happy. The beach is the place where people can relax and enjoy themselves. We're all about that - and all about delicious food."
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Mark's Place
(721) 543 2625
Philipsburg, Bush Rd 79 on the parking lot of Grand Marche
Appetizers include Christophine Farcie, Acras, Calamari Cocktail, some great salads; main courses range from seafood (e.g. local snapper, conch stew) to chicken and other meats (steaks, creole chicken, goat stew, pork tenderloin, etc.). Mark's Place keeps up his excellent food & service for over 10 years. Don't turn away because the location doesn't look fancy! The place is absolutely worth to give it a try!
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! The Ocean Lounge (721) 542 2572
Philipsburg Boardwalk Frontstreet 43 (at The Holland House)
New restaurant open for bfst., lunch and dinner. This attractive place serves tapas and finger foods in a new and trendy European style restaurant. You can have a dinner on lounge seats with a nice view over the water. The kitchen is international with a great wine assortment. See also their appealing website at Holland House
Destroyed by Hurricane Irma Pasanggrahan
(721) 542 3588
Philipsburg, Boardwalk, 19 Front Street (at the Pasanggrahan Guesthouse)
Open for bfst., lunch and dinner. Set amidst the wonderful, tropical garden of the Creole-style Pasanggrahan Hotel, they do not only serve Indian food throughout the day, but also international cuisine. Pasanggrahan is also good for seafood.
Oualichi & Taloula Mango
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Oualichi
(721) 543 4316
One of the newly restored places in town, this fun eatery serves up mostly sandwiches, pizza and burgers. You can sit outside on the beach or inside, or at one of the tables on the covered veranda overlooking Grace Bay and the beach.
Oualichi is a popular hangout, which can also be booked for special occasions and events and also for business luncheons etc.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!! Chesterfields Restaurant
(721) 542 3484
Great Bay at Bobby's Marina
Open 7/7 for bfst., lunch and dinner.
International cuisine, with a very large choice of different dishes. Great food on Great Bay! The setting is very pleasant and quiet on the water, off the road to the cruise ship pier. Popular place within the local (business) community, especially for lunch. Recommended also for excellent breakfast!
OPEN FOR BUSINESS!!! L´Escargot
(721) 542 2483 Philipsburg, Front Street 96
Open for lunch & dinner
Classic, French Cuisine and seafood with a special twist served by owners Joel & Sonya. L´Escargot stands for over 45 years of a special dining experience in a 180 years old vintage gingerbread Creole house. The menu offers a wide range from different styles of snails to house favorites including Rack of Lamb, Langouste, and Roasted Duck and homemade desserts. Friday nights, they feature "La Cage aux Folles", a lively dinner cabaret show.
-- Dining in the Simpson Bay area - in the heart of Dutch St. Maarten --
The Simpson Bay area is the long strip that starts at the airport and runs North until it turns into Cole Bay at approximately the Megaplex Cinema. Simpson Bay may have the widest choice in terms of ethnic food on the island. You will find American, Italian, French, German, Chinese, Indonesian, Indian, Tex-Mex, etc. cuisine, and the setting ranges from low-key, casual eateries to fine dining, elegant restaurants. Simpson Bay is also the busiest area on St. Maarten, both in terms of businesses and traffic. If the draw bridge is open, which happens at least 3 times per day, you'll have to have some patience in getting around....
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Bavaria
(721) 544 2665
Simpson Bay, Airport Rd.
Consistently good German food at reasonable prices, e.g. rouladen and sauerbraten, Spaetzle (pasta) and red cabbage, potato soup. Large choice of best German beer available! German owner Anette also organizes a special Octoberfest every year with typical German sausages, sauerkraut and of course, lots of beer and waitresses sporting the traditional "Dirndl" costume, and waiters the "Lederhosen"!
Ciao (former Los Gauchos)
(721) 544 4084
At Pelican Resort Marina
Open daily for bfst., lunch & dinner
Don't let you fool by the kind of unusual entrance that looks more like entering a condo complex... ! Ciao is a fine Italian waterfront restaurant & pizzeria set up in nautical themes. Nice setting on the waterfront terrace at Simpson Bay. Reasonable prices ($11+ for appetizers, main curses start at $14) for good food prepared by the attentive Italian chef.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Pineapple Pete
(721) 544 6030
Simpson Bay (opposite Megaplex cinema). Open daily from 11am till late.
This casual eatery has become a popular and busy place, mainly with Northamerican (repeat) clients and visitors. They also feature Pool tables in an air-conditioned room and live music on some nights. The waiters are very attentive and efficient, and the bartenders do also a wonderful job.
(Permanently?) Closed after Irma The Stone
(721) 526 2037 Website:
Excellent tender meat, steaks and fish prepared on a hot stone on your table. The setting is simple, but quality of the meat is great! Sushi now also on their menu.
Mary´s Boon Beach Plantation (721) 545 7000
Simpson Bay Rd 117 (beachside, behind the runway). Open 7/7 for bfst., lunch & dinner
Renowned for its historical and ambient Mary´s Boon Beach Plantation Resort founded in 1970, its restaurant "The Tide"offers dining right on the beach at Simpson Bay. Its open air seaside dining gallery provides a fantastic setting right on the white sand beach.
Presently closed! Boat House
(721) 544 5409
Simpson Bay, Airport Rd
A very popular restaurant for steaks and seafood. Set in a colorful Caribbean Cottage on the waterfront on Simpson Bay Lagoon. Live music (Jazz) on some nights.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Topper's Bar and Restaurant
(721) 544-3500 and 522 6760
Simpson Bay, 113 Welfare Road (next to Dolphin Casino)
Open Mon-Sat for lunch and dinner. Sunday dinner only (from 4pm on). Karaoke on Thursday nights. American Restaurant in a Caribbean Cottage, taken over from formerly well known "Bananas" in 2006. The new menu is innovative yet unfussy. Includes Tuna, crab stuffed Mahi-Mahi, New York Strip and Roast Pork. An easy place to have dinner for 2, great atmosphere, good food and drinks for far less than $100! Toppers specials change daily and range from Crab stuffed Mahi, Prim Rib Night (Tue+Wed), NY Striploin, Filet Mignon... to all you can eat Pasta Festival at $12 (Sunday).
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!!
(721) 586 0467
Simpson Bay, 101 Welfare Road
Mediterranean fine food at the entrance to Pelican Key, next to Billy Folly Road. Bistro type at medium to high price level. Open daily, except Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm. Great ratings on TripAdvisor.
Restored after Hurricane Irma! OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Karakter
(721) 523 9983
Simpson Bay Rd. 121
next to Mary Boon's Plantation
Beach - Lounge - Restaurant
Open daily from 10:00am - 5:00pm except Tuesdays, open on Friday night with live music (Jazz, Raggae)
A fun beach bar, right between runway and Simpson Bay beach built around a school bus, the bar, and lounge chairs on the beach. Nice drinks, and snacks/tapas. Very attentive management and service. Moderate prices.
-- Dining in the Maho & Cupecoy area - on the Dutch side of St. Maarten --
Maho and Cupecoy are the 'hub' of night entertainment for St. Martin/St. Maarten. The area features the highest 'concentration' of casinos, bars, discotheques and adult entertainment. It's the area you should go if you are looking for a night out full of entertainment. In regard to restaurants, the area offers a wide range, from casual beach bars to well established, elegant dining at one of the fine French or Italian restaurants.
Closed until further notice due to hurricane damage Bamboo Bernies
(721) 545 3622
Open 7/7 for Lunch and dinner. Bamboo Bernies is a classic for sushi on the island! Sushi Bar, Restaurant, discotheque and live music venue. Exotic Tiki drinks, fresh sushi, BBQ, live music, in a Caribbean setting. Features over 30 varieties of tropical drinks.
Permanently (?) closed after Irma! Cheri´s Café
(721) 545 3361
Maho Beach Resort
International Cuisine, open for lunch and dinner
Cheri's Cafe features a large bar with entertainment and life music. Its international cuisine is very well adapted to its mainly American clientele. A somewhat touristic place in the heart of Maho, between casinos and hotels. Some nights are very packed by the American crowd. A place where you can enjoy a night full of fun and entertainment!
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !! Moulin Fou
(721) 545 57 77
Maho Beach Resort (behind Cheri's Cafe)
French and International Cuisine
Excellent traditional French food. Attentive French waiters will guide you through your dinner. You can watch people and entertainment at Cheri's Cafe, just below the Moulin Fou's terrace. Moulin Fou has both, inside air-conditioned sitting and outside on the veranda.
Closed until further notice due to hurricane damage Rare
(721) 545 5714
Cupecoy at Starz City Casino
Steaks and international cuisine
Open for dinner only.
A classic serving consistently fine quality and service. The place to enjoy a special night filled with Steak,s, chops or seafood!
Temptation - Destroyed by Hurricane Irma!
(721) 545 2254
Cupecoy at Starz City Casino
Open 7/7 for dinner only. Closed on Monday in low season
Fine dining restaurant with live piano music and international cuisine. The softly lit, cozy dining room is fashionable, romantic and soothing at the same time, and was created by celebrated designer Craig Spann. The extensive and ever-evolving Nouveau Caribbean menu and flawless service make dining a seductive culinary experience.
Sunset Bar & Grill - OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!!
(721) 520 5251
A great beach side 'hang-out' bar. Happy hours are always a lot of fun. Enjoy watching tourists sitting in the center of the beach running for their lives when an airplane comes in! Beach food, seafood, grilled specials, drink specials, and live entertainment. A place to go at least once during your visit. Best times are Saturday and Sunday afternoon with highest air traffic in the afternoon....
-- Restaurants in Nettle Bay and Sandy Ground - French side of St. Martin, just out of Marigot --
This area is a strange mix of very low-key, informal eateries to the finest and only 5 star gourmet restaurants. Conveniently close to Marigot and the Maho/Cupecoy area, both a 5-10 minutes drive away.
Presently Closed The Bridge
(590) 0590 29 63 57
Sandy Ground at the drawbridge
Open for dinner only, from 6.00 to 11:00pm Closed on Tuesdays
Relax in this Caribbean style decoration. Authentic Creole and local dishes, international grill, seafood specialties. Large choice of wines. Large open air terrace on the waterfront overlooking the bridge of Sandy Ground and the channel between the lagoon and sea. Friday night: Creole Buffet with live entertainment, which is very popular!
Destroyed by Hurricane Irma. The Dream will NOT re-open! The Sands and The Dream
Two different beach bar/restaurants next to each other right on Nettle Bay Beach
Open 7/7 for lunch and dinner, great beach view, nice setting overlooking the sea.
Presently Closed Layla's
(590) 0590 51 00 93
Nettle Bay, beachside
This relatively new beach bar & restaurant is a great place to have a good french cuisine lunch. Not cheap, but worth every penny. Original seafood dishes. A bit hard to find since it is not located right on the road, but you have to go on a dirt road through a gate, it is next to Hotel Royal Beach, look for the big Layla's sign.
Under Reconstruction Ma Ti Beach
(590) 0590 87 01 30
Beach bar/restaurant at Nettle Bay Beach Club
Open 7/7 for lunch and dinner, great ocean view, in a nice setting in tiki huts on the deck overlooking the beach. Fresh lobster from the tank. Moderately priced.
-- Dining on Oyster Pond (French and Dutch side) and on Dawn Beach (Dutch St. Maarten) --
Oyster Pond / Dawn Beach is a bit the undiscovered area on the island in terms of dining, although the area offers a very nice choice of different types of restaurants and beach bar restaurants. From casual eateries to dining in the elegant set up at Westin Resort's fine dining restaurant, you'll find it all in this area, which is an easy 10-15 minutes drive away from Philipsburg or Orient Bay.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Mama Pizza
(721) 527 1009 and
(590) 0690 35 24 12
Oyster Pond #94 (French side. Near the border). At the former DVD shop run by the same owner couple, Desmond and Stephanie. Open Mon-Sun from 4pm.
Ample choice in fresh, genuine, crusty, great Italian pizzas, freshly hand-spun and prepared in front of your eyes. Dine in, take-away, or get the pizzas delivered to your home in the Oyster Pond area. Pizzas start at around $12. Also pasta and meat dishes available. Casual al fresco dining area with nice views of Oyster Pond and the star gazing!
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! Quai Ouest
(590) 0690 73 76 01
Oyster Pond, Captain Oliver's Marina, Waterfront Dining
Good food and atmosphere at French owner & chef Nadia's place!
Quai Ouest is a little hard to find (in the corner of Captain Oliver's Marina next to "Les Balcons") and off the beaten path but worth the search. This small operation sits on the hill overlooking the marina. Very casual atmosphere but very serious food. Delicious fresh and inventive menu, dinner only. Great choice for pizza, too (also as take away).
The staff and owner Nadia are friendly and very efficient.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!! - NEW OWNERS AFTER IRMA!!! L'Oasis
(590) 0690 76 64 27
Oyster Pond (opposite the former Superette)
In the process of becoming a more exclusive upscale place for lunch, dinner, and cocktail lounge since the new owners (Sol e Luna) took over Martine's former family friendly diner
Seating is al fresco to enjoy the fine warm Caribbean weather. Special daily fixed lunch menu at 25 euros. Limited choice of dinner meals and quite pricey even pizza!
Completely destroyed by Hurricane Irma Mr. Busby's Beach Bar
(721) 543 6088
Oyster Pond / Dawn Beach(next to Oyster Bay Resort)
Enjoy fresh local lobster on the beach of Oyster Pond, Dawn Beach! This is an informal, really nice, but not well-known beach restaurant. They serve mostly local food. Visit for lunch or join the bar crowd with happy hour. Good ribs, sandwiches, etc. At night, Mr. Busby turns into "Daniels by the Sea", for fine dining with Daniel and his seasoned staff, who formerly ran famous "Da Livio" in Philipsburg.
OPEN FOR BUSINESS !!!
BZH Creperie (590) 0590 87 38 41 or 0690 10 16 01 Open for dinner only. Closed on Sunday
At the corner of the superette in Oyster Pond, opposite L'Oasis
Casual, laid back French Creperie, Pizzeria and Bar. Serve crepes, pizza and some typical French dishes on the open air terrace, covered by canvas and umbrellas. Not a fancy or chic place, but comfortable and nice relaxed setting surrounded by lush garden and palm trees, serving good food. Popular with the French residents in Oyster Pond.
Destroyed by Hurricane Irma Captain Oliver´s Restaurant
(590) 0590 87 30 00
or (721) 525 0240
Oyster Pond Marina
Unique restaurant on the island, sitting right on the border of the French and Dutch part of the island. The restaurant is entirely constructed above water, in the heart of the Oyster Pond marina. Fresh fish and seafood specialties to French and Creole flavors. Lobster buffet on Saturday nights and a Sunday Brunch buffet.
Presently closed Big Fish
(721) 543 6288
Oyster Pond, next to Mr. Busby's
Open for bfst., lunch & dinner
A lovely restaurant on Oyster Pond/Dawn Beach, next door to Mr. Busby's. Started as a waterfront eatery in 2007 and moved across the street in 2012 into an casual elegant setting with more seating capacity than before. Inexpensive lunch menu. More expensive for dinner, serving excellent fish, sushi and other specialities. Nice and friendly, attentive service!
Destroyed by Hurricane Irma Dinghy Dock
(590) 0590 87 10 89
Oyster Pond, Marina
Low-key bar and restaurant, a popular hang-out for Oyster Pond's boating community. Informal atmosphere, directly at the marina. Happy Hour specials. Popularity decreased though since ownership changed in 2014.