Eating at the right places is a huge part of having a great trip. With so many options to choose from, we can guide you to some of the best spots St. Maarten has to offer.
Karibuni, which means “Welcome” in Swahili, is a famous french restaurant located on Pinel Island. To get there, you can catch a ferry boat which runs hourly from the old fishing town of Cul-de-Sac, on St Martin’s east shore. Or you can reach it by paddling in a kayak or on a stand up paddle board.
Layla's - Nettle Bay (french side)
Layla’s beach bar and restaurant is an oasis of tranquility on the Nettlé Bay beach in Sandy Ground. Time seems to always stand still here. While sitting under Layla’s wooden roof, lounging on a comfortable canapé, under the enjoyment of a cold beverage or an honest home cooked meal, it suddenly becomes very easy to relax and to forget about reality, work, and any troubles.
Rainbow Café is a steak and fish house with more accent on the beach and live entertainment. Located at the end of the Boulevard de Grand Case, the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean, the Rainbow Cafe is open from breakfast to dinner. Sit on the first floor for a dining experience with a fabulous panoramic view over the bay of Grand Case. Free Beach Chair with Lunch and Dinner.
Waikiki is located on Orient Beach. Spend the day sipping cocktails or dining in their restaurant. You can rent chairs and umbrellas right on the beach. Massages are also available. Good food, great drinks and the perfect Beach Bar atmosphere!
Traditional recipes with a modern touch and the use of natural products are the base of this quality kitchen, complimented with a large choice of wines from all over the world. Take advantage of our 5000 square foot real wine cellar atmosphere of the most exclusive wines from Bordeaux, Burgundy and Rhône Valley, in the best vintage available. A variety of 2600 different wines from France, Italy, Spain, California, Argentina, Chile, Rare Vintage Cognacs, Armagnacs, Aged Rums and Ports.
If you like Le Cottage restaurant in Grand Case, you will love Dreams, the exciting new beachside restaurant just oozing chic in Nettle Bay. Run by Bruno of Le Cottage fame, this stylish waterfront gathering place is the perfect spot to eat, drink and relax on beachside loungers. The menu features light French fare, interesting tapas and fresh sushi.
Kontiki Beach restaurant is the southernmost of the “five stars” of Orient Beach, and situated in close proximity of the Club Orient naturist resort. Much as you’d expect to see on the French Riviera, Kontiki is frequented by a young and well-to-do clientele that goes to the beach to see and be seen.
The restaurant and bar “La Playa” welcomes you for your breakfast and lunch or just to chill out with a drink. Enjoy the unique beach atmosphere to drinks cocktails on the sand and watch the sunset.
Le Sand - Nettle Bay (french side)
Le Sand is a new elite restaurant right on Nettle Bay beach featuring one of the best menus on the island. Guests will enjoy open air seating with stunning views of the sea. The chic décor, unmatched beachside location and haute cuisine menu combine to make this restaurant/beach bar a rousing success. If Le Sand reminds you of the beachside restaurants on Orient Beach, it is with good reason. The Le Sand menu features fresh fish and delectable French dishes. If you love paella, try Le Sand on the weekends.
This is one of the best French restaurants on the island. A hidden gem at Mont Vernon road! Awarded as “Most Romantic Restaurant” by the readers of St. Maarten´s “The Daily Herald”.
Loterie Farm - Pic Paradis (french side)
Under the tutelage of chef Julia Purkis, comfort food served in a familial garden rules the roost here. Creative dishes with global influence drive the essence of our traditional eatery. Don’t miss a treetop lunch or dinner at Hidden Forest Café, Loterie Farm’s restaurant, where Julie Perkis cooks delicious, healthy meals and snacks.
La Main A La Pate - Marigot (french side)
This Marina Port La Royale restaurant offers an international menu with everything from pizza to fish to pasta, plus daily specials to please most palates. The owner Stephan and his very friendly wait staff combined with great food and its special location directly on the Marina Port La Royale’s water edge making it one of the outstanding, must-try restaurants on St. Martin.
Beach Bar and Restaurant. Truly on the beach! You sit at tables right in the sand. Excellent live music at some nights, mainly Thursdays and Sundays after 8pm.
Tropicana - Marigot (french side)
This bustling bistro at the Marina Port La Royale is busy all day long, thanks to a varied menu, (relatively) reasonable prices, and friendly staff. Salads are a must for lunch, especially the salad Niçoise with medallions of crusted goat cheese. Dinner includes some exceptional steak and seafood dishes. The wine list is quite extensive. Desserts are tasty, and you’ll never be disappointed with old standbys like the crème brûlée. You can dine outside or inside along the yacht-filled waterfront, which is busy with shoppers during the day.
La Croissanterie - Marigot (french side)La Croissanterie is open everyday for breakfast and lunch. Come enjoy home-made bread & croissants and a simple and generous cuisine in a relaxed atmosphere by the marina.
Le France - Marigot (french side)
In the heart of Grand Case and on everyone’s list of favorites, this attractive wood-beam room has “real” St. Martin style. Tasty food served on a breezy porch over a glittering blue sea is enhanced by Joseph, the amiable owner. Salads and simple grills rule for lunch; at dinner, try one of the seasonal specials featuring what’s best in the local markets.
We welcome you upon your arrival with a warmth. Discover our new cuisine with traditional and gourmet dishes in a space completely redecorated by the colors of a Cottage revisited.
At Le Pressoir, you will experience both contemporary and classic award-winning creative French cuisine as you enjoy the serenity of dining in the peaceful ambiance of our home from the 1800s.
Auberge Gourmande, in the center of restaurant row in Grand Case, serves fine French cuisine in an intimate dining room in one of the oldest Créole houses on the island. Lovingly remodeled in subtle browns and yellows, the wood and stone of the old house harken back to a time of slower pleasures. Enjoy an evening on our terrace amid the plantings or step inside to find your favorite alcove.
Ocean 82 - Grand Case (french side)Blending simplicity with chic design, Ocean 82 is a French restaurant mixed with tastes of the sea. Located on the water, flavors designed by Chef Franck Vuillemin will entice you to return again and again. With a wide variety of foods, there is something for everyone. Come join us for either lunch or dinner in the quaint village and Caribbean culinary capitol, Grand Case
Visitors continually flock here for the friendly management, the varied French-Caribbean menu, and the fun location in the middle of Grand Case.
Le Galion is a brand new Restaurant located on the Marina Royale in Marigot on the Island of Saint-Martin. The Restaurant proposes a French Traditional Cuisine with decent priced Items and served in a Friendly Atmosphere.
Spiga Restaurant, Grand Case, St. Martin, treats your entire palate — not only with some delightful home-made pasta, but also with a refined international assortment of gourmet dining selections suitable for everyone, including meat, fish, poultry, and vegetarian selections.
Hidden Garden - Grand Case (french side)
Tucked at the end of a narrow boardwalk, Hidden Garden is a magical spot with flickering candles, timber benches strewn with cushions, and sensational cocktails.
Rendez vous Lounge Italian and French cafe serving Gelato and French pastries, open as well for Breakfast, Lunch and dinner. Happy Hours every day from 5 to 7 P.M. Serving thin crust pizza every day from 6 to 9 P.M. Located at Porto Cupecoy in St Maarten.
This dramatic and hip addition to the top level of the Maho central shopping area features red lacquer walls, lounging tables, Indonesian art, a first-rate bar, and electro-house tunes. You can get terrific sushi and sashimi, both the classic Japanese varieties and the Americanized ones (California roll, for example). All are good, as are the Asian hot appetizers and exotic cocktails like the Tranquillity (citrus vodka and smoky oolong tea). If you’re not into Asian fare, try the salmon, ribs, or beef. The young crowd keeps this place hopping way past midnight. If you’re solo, you will have a great time hanging and even dining at the bar. There is a sake and sushi happy hour from 5 to 7 nightly.
Basilico International comprises Basilico Restaurant and Basilico Bar and Lounge. We are located at Atlantis Casino, Capecoy, and opened our doors in December 2013. Since then, Basilico International has proudly ranked in St. Maarten’s top five restaurants. Authentic Italian cuisine with 3 Italian chefs. Love and passion for cooking is the success behind our restaurant. The management and staff are ready for you to make it a perfect night out.
This sexy restaurant, filled with classy downtown Tribeca ambiance can only be described as enchanting, mysterious and inviting. The food is outright delicious and packed full of flavor! Watch as the open kitchen entertains, excites and culminates into a great dining experience!
Kokomo is a chic new eatery on the beach with a classic design that practically blends into the surroundings. With a combination of modern French and American cuisine and a rustic feel, the location is a treat to the senses and embraces both the old and the new. In every detail from hand-picked 75-year-old wall planks to hi-tech solar lights, Kokomo is geared towards producing a unique ambiance and an unmistakable style inviting everyone to forget their troubles and wind down.
Karakter, a funky and charming modern beach bar, is right behind the airport, serving up fun, great music, relaxation, and a lot of style. The vibe is more like St. Tropez than St. Maarten. Open from 9 am till 10 pm, the restaurant serves up healthy and tasty choices for any appetite: fresh fruit smoothies, tropical cocktails, fresh fruit salads, healthy sandwiches, and tapas.
Upscale Italian restaurant in very modern, colorful design. For something fun and different, diners are invited to create their own menu: pick a pasta and a sauce, then add in your choice of meat, fish, and veggies. Located right next to the cinema in Simpson Bay. Great family restaurant.
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. Located next to Rare at Atlantis Casino Cupecoy.
Top Carrot - Simpson Bay (dutch side)
Mediterranean cuisine and delicious vegetarian menus, daily specials created with a personal touch. Located in the stylish Simpson Bay Yacht Club complex, Top Carrot offers relaxing indoor lounge ambiance, or shaded bistro-style dining on the cool terrace. Complete, authentic fruit and vegetable juice bar, and home baked desserts. Open for breakfast and lunch.
International Cuisine, prime rib on special nights. Open from 11am Mon – Sat for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday from 4:00pm for dinner only. Daily specials and children’s menu available. Has developed into a popular hang-out with (mainly American) expats and tourists alike. Tuesday night Karaoke is a ton of fun!
The Ocean Lounge is an appealing restaurant at the Oceanfront and boardwalk located in the Hotel Holland House in Philipsburg. The attractive place serves tapas and finger foods in a new and trendy European style restaurant.
Delicious fare of Tex-Mex grilled over chips of smoking Mesquite. Open air dining and swim-up bar. The open air seating is set around a beautiful pool with two waterfalls. The menu ranges from Hamburger to sizzling lobster Fajitas, and some special Vegetarian menus.
La Dolce Vita- Cole Bay (dutch side)
For an elegant Italian dining experience, La Dolce Vita is one of Dutch St. Maarten’s best choices. With its location at the large Port de Plaisance resort complex right on the border to the French side, the restaurant is easily accessible from that side of the island as well.
La Buccaneer Beach Bar - Simpson Bay (dutch side)
Come out to Buccaneer Beach Bar for lunch & dinner, great live music and an all around good time! With a big beautiful deck overlooking Simpson Bay and plenty of lounge chairs waiting for you in the soft, white sand, it’s a great place to spend the day. The grill is open from 5:00 – 10:00p.m. and serves up a variety of delicious fare from cheeseburgers to fresh seafood sandwiches. Fresh pizza is served in the evening.
Established in 1983, Zee Best is a household name for vacationers and residents. Serving artisanal French Pastries freshly prepared in our bakery every morning, you will find as well, a great coffee selection, fresh juices, heavenly crêpes and everything you could imagine made with eggs from benedicts to omelets! Open for breakfast and lunch.
Luna Rossa - Simpson Bay (dutch side)
Authentic homemade Italian cuisine in Puerto Del Sol in Simpson Bay. Romantic dining.
Vesna Taverna - Simpson Bay (dutch side)
Founded as “The Bagel house,” Vesna Taverna became “Bagelhouse and More” when Yannick and Vesna bought it back in 2008. Though the term “Bagelhouse” is gone now, Vesna continues to offer fresh, authentic homemade bagels every morning alongside their rich, delicious breakfasts.
Live entertainment six nights a week is on tap at this always-percolating open-air lounge, a local institution since it opened in 1988. It falls somewhere between a revival tent and a Carnival party pavilion—and its fan base is all over the map as well, from musicians to locals to cruise-ship retirees. The house band, Sweet Chocolate, will have you up and dancing.
Sale & Pepe - Simpson Bay (dutch side)
if you want good Italian good on the Island of Sint Maarten look no further. Friendly atmosphere and good service for an affordable price.
We would like to personally invite you to an exquisite dinning experience like nowhere in St. Maarten. CANOA Restaurant presents International Cuisine fused with Caribbean Panache to give you the ultimate grastronomic encounter.Canoa so named for its signature Caribbean dish of ripe plaintain cut down the center to mimic the look of a Caribbean Wood Canoe, is deep fried with a lavish layer of ground beef in sumptuous Italian style tomateo sauce and topped off with mouth watering mozzarella.
Where else can you enjoy an ice cold beer as a huge KLM Jumbo Jet soars right over your head? Sunset Bar & Grill is St. Maarten’s most popular beach bar and it’s easy to see why. We are right on a beautiful white sandy beach, but also right at the end of the runway of Princess Juliana International Airport. Live music, featuring Caribbean and international artists, can be found at nights and on weekend day time hours.
Cugini - Simpson Bay (dutch side)
The decor of Cugini is warm and cozy, the lightening perfect and the comfortable chairs will make you want to stay longer than planed. This is easy, if you start with an Italian Proseco for aperitif and finish you great meal with an Italian Grappa.
Mario Bistro - Cupecoy (dutch side)
In October 2015, Mario’s Bistro moved from their long-time location in Sandy Ground on the French side of Saint-Martin to a chic location in Porto Cupecoy on the Dutch side, and changed the name to Mario Bistrot. The same blend of Asian, French and Caribbean cuisine that Chef Mario was so well-known and loved for, is served at their new location.
Taste the authentic essence of the Caribbean at Boca Marina Restaurant & Bar. The only restaurant located in the lagoon. With a relaxing yet upscale atmosphere with breathtaking views. The idyllic and exceptional cuisines are all here, Live Caribbean Lobster, Great Seafood, Steaks and all varieties of Caribbean Specialties. Try our locally made rum that you can appreciate as a digestive for your great pleasure.
Big FIsh - Oyster Pond (dutch side)
A chic, white interior, fresh-caught fish, and friendly, if sometimes relaxed, service, are the draw at this Oyster Pond restaurant. The location is convenient whether you are staying in Oyster Pond or Dawn Beach. Stick with whatever was most recently in the sea, and you will be happy with your food. If offered, grouper in curry-coconut is a yummy option, and the hurricane shrimp is a local favorite. Light eaters will love the huge fresh salads. The owners also run a fishing-charter outfit, and they will happily cook up your daily catch here, too.