My wife and I are planning a trip to St Barts and a search here produced 0 results. Has anyone been recently and have any good recs? Will take any cuisines and any prices. We are staying at the Eden Rock so if anyone has any experience with the 2 restaurants at the hotel it would be appreciated. Thanks
Alex -- My wife and I just returned from SBH on 8/15. We go a couple times a year. Stayed at Eden Rock the first time we went and loved it. Both their restaurants are good. We prefer lunch at Sand Bar. Dinner is also good, but, like lots of the SBH places, is obscenely expensive if you do it with wine. Our other favorites are Andy's Hideaway, Zanzibarth, Le Repaire, La Mandala, New Born, Cafe Victoire and lots of others.
Email me and I'll be glad to go on and on about any of your questions about the restaurants or any other subject relating to St. Barth. We are really into it, and always glad to pass on info and opinions!
My wife and I went for our Honeymoon on oct. of 04. Loved it and had a lot of great food. We stayed at Hotel Isle de France, which has a lovely restaurant on Flamands beach, which is gorgeous. Expensive, as most things are, but very good simple food. Great for lunch.
We had a really nice dinner at Hotel Carl Gustav. Great food and a beautiful view of Gustavia.
In Gustavia we had an enjoyable dinner at Pipiri Palace, more casual, fun atmosphere, good food. Very friendly guy running the place who gave us free shots of their homemade vanilla rum (a local specialty).
On the edge of Gustavia is Maya's, which is a very popular spot. Outdoor dining. Amazing lamb chops. Not to be missed.
Also went to Le Gaiac at Hotel Le Toiny. Probably the top restaurant on the island. I ordered wrong, so I didn't have the best meal, but my wife loved it. Beautiful setting and terrific service.
We went at the very beginning of the season, so a lot of places still weren't open. We missed out on a lot, but I don't think we had a bad meal in the 7 days we were there.
oh, where to begin!! I don't think I have ever had 1 bad meal on St. Barth's. Here are the restaurants we always eat at when we go every year. No particular order:
Pa Cri (new this year Italian, on the road to Saline Beach...MUST TRY!!!)
Andy's Hideaway (order the pizza!!)
Maya's to go (for lunch and we always bring stuff back with us for the plne ride home)
Le Piment (afternoon to have champagne and a light lunch)
On the Rocks (in your hotel, beautiful view and incredible food!)
It does not matter where the place is because every place on the island is out of this world!
Makes we want to fly out right now!!
Have a great trip. I am sure after your first visit, you will be returning year after year like we have been doing for the past 8!!
The beachside restaurant at Eden Rock is one of our favorites of all time. A two hour lunch five steps from your beach chair. Life doesn't get much better. As someone else mentioned, very expensive.
FYI - we ate so well (and llong) for lunch at various beach places, dinner was almost a struggle. When we go back, we'll probably snack through the evening (Local supermarket has great pate and cheese).
River Rat's choices are my favorites as well. I love all those places. Angelina's list is great too... especially Maya's and Maya's to go.
In addition I would recommend, the restaurant at the Guanahania Resort closest to their beach.
Le Ti St. Barth's and Niki Beach both do "scene" better than food, but since St. Barth's is part of France ou won't have a bad meal.
I'm so sorry to hear that your trip has been cancelled. We are supposed to be back down there one week from today. Can hardly wait. I can assure you that if you ever do go down there you will be very impressed by the restaurants. On the eight square mile island, there are at least 80 cafes, bakeries, bistros and restaurants and not a chain among them!
Sorry about your trip. But if you get to go, here's a reply to your question ... My wife and I were in St. Barths just before Christmas. We love Le Select for its "Cheeseburger in Paradise" connection and for people-watching on the corner. We love the food and atmosphere at the Hideaway (Chez Andy). We also enjoyed Jao and Le Piment. We have gone to Maya's every time there, and we also like the Plantation. The breakfast at the Sand Bar at Eden Rock is wonderful. We liked to buy groceries to make our own lunches (saving money for dinner), but we also picked up a couple of quick lunches at Maya's To Go near the airport.
The simple answer to the first question is "No." But, you can get decent groceries there and cook in your villa and save a ton over eating out every meal. We usually eat at the villa probably 2 or 3 times at lunch and 2 or 3 times at dinner. Just got back from a week there January 3-10 in which we ate out for 6 lunches and 6 dinners and had a chef come in and cook the seventh dinner (our anniversary). We could have saved a lot of money by cooking at the villa a few times.
The largest grocery store there is Match, which is directly across the street from the airport. Check the hours of operation, since it, like most of the others, closes during the afternoon and on holidays. In Lorient is a grocery called Le Oasis that is open 9 a.m. - 9 p.m. 365 days a year. It's the only one that is open all day, every day. Just down the street from Match is Superette and also in Lorient next to the cemetary is Mini Mart. There is also a larger store in downtown Gustavia called AMC. There are also a few other small groceries scattered about the island.
There are two butchers, one across from the airport behind the gas station in a warehouse type area called Le Mangliers, and the other on the road from Eden Rock Hotel to Saline, etc. From the main road going toward Eden Rock from the airport, take a right just as you get to Eden Rock and it will be on your left a few hundred yards.
You can also buy fresh fish at the dock as you enter Gustavia from the direction of the airport. It's just as you come into town and directly across the street from the pharmacy. Pharmacy on the left, fish market on the right. Rockfish runs about 8 Euros/Kilo, Deepwater Fish runs 12 Euros/Kilo and lobster runs 20 Euros/Kilo. Not a bad deal.
Hope you find something to eat down there. Have a great time.