For decades, Lagoonies Bar & Café has been the preferred hang-out and watering hole of the sailing community. Located right on the shore of Simpson Bay Lagoon at Lagoon Marina, it is a tiny bit off the beaten path for land based visitors, but definitely worth the extra minute of driving from Simpson Bay to Cole Bay.
Jimbo's Rock & Blues Café cooks up a delicious fare of Tex-Mex (recently renamed Carib-Mex) grilled over chips of smoking Mesquite. His menu ranges from "The Best Hamburger On The Island" (if its not - its on the house) to "Sizzling Lobster Fajitas".
Enjoy the gentle Caribbean evening breeze on the open terrasse of L'Isola Ristorante Italiano while dining on authentic Italian cuisine. Adjacent to the popular Hollywood Casino and close to some of St. Maarten's largest resorts, L'Isola commands a premier spot on top of the hill leading to the Pelican neighborhood.
Great food is the least we expect from a restaurant. Ambiance, service, other guests.. all is part of a dining experience. But where are the places on St. Maarten/St. Martin which offer an additional, unusual twist? Something you can't expect in a regular eatery? Read up on our list to find out!
Known as the "Gastronomic Capital of the Caribbean", St. Maarten/St. Martin offers the widest variety of cuisine and prices of any other island in the world! We boast well over 300 restaurants serving anything from local BBQ ribs and chicken, to first class French fare cooked by famous chefs imported for the season from Paris.
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.
On the Dutch side of the island, a wide variety of restaurants provide culinary treats to delight your taste buds. Drawing influences from virtually every region of the world, this island's cuisine has become increasingly intriguing, exciting and adventurous whilst remaining faithful to national traditions.
The PINEAPPLE PETE Restaurant is part of Pete's Village, offering a simple motto: “Great Food, Great Service”. This is exactly what you will find here, outstanding food, fast, friendly and efficient service offered in a cozy and casual atmosphere. Opening everyday for lunch and dinner, non-stop from 11am, Pineapple Pete is located only minutes from major hotels and 8 min from Marigot. Voted best on the island of Sint Maarten for the award 'Live Music Nightly'.
Within five minutes drive of each other, both Orient Bay and French Cul de Sac are home to a wonderful array of dining experiences. Orient Beach is St. Martin's flagship beach where the concept of the beach bar has been developed to new heights.
The new version of CUGINI TRATTORIA ITALIANA must be what all restaurant owners dream about: open the gates without any further announcement, and within hours all tables are busy! Such was the success of CUGINI's that even during the early weeks - commonly referred to as a 'soft opening'- reservations were a necessity.
Marigot, the capital of French St. Martin, offers some of the charm of a small Gallic town, with a good dose of Caribbean ambiance. There are many outdoor bars and restaurants, some of the best places in unexpected locations. During the winter months, Wednesday and Thursday nights see Marigot truly come to life with street entertainment and many local bands playing live.
Sunset Bar & Grill is an institution on the Caribbean island of Sint Maarten-Saint Martin – if not a destination in itself. Voted by an international magazine as one of the Top 3 beach bars in the world, Sunset Bar & Grill is so much more than just a shack on a tropical shore.
CRUISE SHIP VISITORS WELCOME!
Right on a white sand beach, overlooking the turquoise Caribbean sea and only steps away from the region's most exciting shopping district, you'll find the Big Wood Grill, a truly Caribbean restaurant and bar with its own segment of Great Bay Beach.
It's no false hype: Grand Case IS the culinary capital of the Caribbean! This charming village on the northern coast of St. Martin is home to an amazing number of restaurants, ranging from basic local eateries to temples of 'Haute Cuisine' of almost every nationality.
The different regions of tiny St. Maarten/St. Martin also provide for vastly different dining experiences. Get some insider pointers through the articles listed here.