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Don Camillo's? Other St. Martin suggestions?

laurabfriedel Jan 18, 2009 09:49 AM

We're headed back to St. Martin for the first time in 8 years. We used to love Don Camillo's in Marigot. Anyone know if it's still around/good?

Also, other restaurant recommendations would be greatly appreciated. We're staying on the French side (Baie Rouge) but are willing to venture out. Most nights we'll be a group of 8 adults, though we're also looking for a special spot (waterfront preferably) for our anniversary dinner.

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    ajs42548 RE: laurabfriedel Jan 18, 2009 05:34 PM

    We heard that La Gondola in the Atlantis Casino is excellent. We also like: The Boathouse, Topper's, The Hideaway, PegLeg's among others.

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      wincountrygirl RE: laurabfriedel Jan 30, 2009 08:29 AM

      We were there in November and Don Camillo's was still there. Other good choices are Le Pressoir in Grand Case, La Cigale in Nettle Bay, Marios Bistro on Sandy Ground, Bistro Caraibes in Grand Case, Petite Auberge de la Mer in Marigot, Tropicana in Marigot. La Cigale is right on the beach. It's very small and very pretty and the service is fabulous as is the food. Marios is on the water, Le Pressoir is not but the food is great.

      1. phelana RE: laurabfriedel Feb 1, 2009 11:20 AM

        We saw Don Camillo's. Our nightime dining was in Grande Case but we loved Le Source for lunch. We paid 1=1 in August with USD. Thankfully for you the USD and Euro are so close. Have fun and report back soon.

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          jl0328 RE: laurabfriedel Feb 3, 2009 08:02 AM

          I was in St Martin last March with a coporate group. Most of our dinners were 8-10 people. We really enjoyed Rare (Copecoy), Big Fish(Dawn Beach) and L'auberge gourmande (Grand Case). We did not enjoy La Sammana. It was too stuffy and overpriced for what we received.

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            wincountrygirl RE: jl0328 Feb 4, 2009 02:43 AM

            I agree about La Sammana. Beautiful spot on the water,but the food is way too pricey and not that good. We used to go there for our first morning of vacation breakfast every year. The view, especially in the early morning, is so beautiful But, even the food at breakfast was terrible!!!

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            MOM FRIEDEL RE: laurabfriedel Mar 5, 2009 07:06 AM


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              wincountrygirl RE: MOM FRIEDEL Mar 6, 2009 02:42 AM

              Have a wonderful time!! I miss St. Martin!!!

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                julyfairy RE: MOM FRIEDEL Apr 3, 2009 12:14 PM

                thank you so much for the compliment....It was a pleasure seeing you and your family after all these years including all the new additions.

              2. chispa_c RE: laurabfriedel Mar 8, 2009 04:26 PM

                We're headed to St. Martin in July for a dive trip and would like recommendations for local food - on the Dutch side. I'd love to have your suggestions/recommendations. Thanks!

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                  ajs42548 RE: chispa_c Mar 9, 2009 03:46 PM

                  We have 2 weeks of time share on St Maarten and here are my suggestions for Dutch side restaurants:
                  For dinners---The Boathouse, The Hideaway, Pineapple Pete's, La Gondola, Topper's, Lido (for ribs), Peg Leg's (for steak), The Greenhouse.
                  For breakfasts---Zee Best, Top Carrot, Ric's, Topper's(or Topper's by the Sea. The same owner but it's on the beach), Turtle Pier.
                  I'm sure others will give more recommendations.

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                    chispa_c RE: ajs42548 Mar 9, 2009 08:00 PM

                    Thank you very much!!

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                      wincountrygirl RE: ajs42548 Mar 11, 2009 03:44 AM

                      Zee Best has the best croissants and coffee!!!

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                        chispa_c RE: wincountrygirl Mar 11, 2009 06:01 PM

                        Noted! Thank you.

                        We had a hard time finding iced tea when we were in the Bahamas. Is iced tea easy to find in St. Maarten?

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                          DineSXM RE: chispa_c Mar 11, 2009 07:32 PM

                          Not at all, you can find it in most grocery stores, supermarkets, and bars on the Dutch side - and most probably also on the French side of the island. There is a "bubble tea" place in Simpson Bay, next to the McD.

                          For Caribbean food on the Dutch side, you might want to stop by Johnnie B Under the Tree in Cole Bay for ribs and grilled lobster, Wilma's Windsor Castle" (featured on Anthony Bourdain's No Reservations) for local stew and patties, or one of the newly opened lolo's (locally owned & locally operated) across from the Simpson Bay police substation.

                          AJS already listed a bunch of good, more conventional restaurants that won't break the bank. I would also check out the list of 2009 Daily Herald Restaurant Awards for more ideas.

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                            chispa_c RE: DineSXM Mar 16, 2009 07:17 AM

                            Great suggestions. Thank you so much. Johnnie B's sounds perfect! I cannot wait to get there.

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                              ajs42548 RE: chispa_c Mar 17, 2009 09:29 AM

                              We have been going to Johnny B's for years. However, I hate to say that this last time I was there I was disappointed. If you do go, I suggest you take it out and eat in your room. The wind can be annoying.

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                                chispa_c RE: ajs42548 Mar 26, 2009 12:42 PM

                                Thanks for the tip!!

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