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. Anse Marcel Beach

    $$$ | French

    Beachside calm with a side order of chic is on the menu at this lovely and private cove restaurant/beach club, good for a beach day, a sunset...Read More

  • 2. 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

  • 3. Le Marrakech

    $$ | Moroccan

    Some 20 years ago, the charming owners renovated this historic St. Martin case. After several other restaurant ventures, they returned to...Read More

  • 4. Le Pressoir

    $$$$ | French

    This restaurant in a carefully restored West Indian house painted in brilliant reds and blues has charm to spare. The name comes from the historic...Read More

  • 5. Temptation

    $$$$ | Eclectic

    Temptation's Chef Dino Jagtiani trained at the Culinary Institute of America, and his dishes combine spices and ingredients that provide a full...Read More

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

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