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st. martin gourmet restaurant reservations?

karenri May 4, 2009 02:12 PM

looking for fabulous restaurants on st. martin!

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    jacolis May 29, 2009 04:40 PM


    My husband and I spent a week on the Dutch side this past April. We also ventured to the French side (Marigot, Grand Case). We get a lot of top-notch French food near where we live so we didn't go to some of the fancy restaurants in Grand Case but we did have a lot of other amazing meals! Some of the best food we have had in the Caribbean was in St. Maarten/St. Martin.

    Walking distance to our hotel in Cupecoy were La Gondola, Temptation and Rare (all highly recommended!). We had two yummy lunches in Grand Case (at Talk of the Town lolo and Le Soleil) and lunch at Claude mini-Club in Marigot. I loved all the amazing boulangeries around the island where you could pick up croissants, quiches, etc. There were some nice French gourmet delis as well. The best seafood meal we had was at Lee’s fish grill in Simpsons Bay– whole grilled red snapper and delicious plantain and coleslaw. Mmmm! We had good sushi (but expensive) at Bamboo Bernie’s in Maho. I was hoping to see more of a Dutch influence on the Dutch side but other than a few items in the grocery store (e.g., herring) it wasn’t that strong. Our guidebook had recommended an Indonesian restaurant but it had closed.

    Enjoy your trip.

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    1. re: jacolis
      ccmurieta May 30, 2009 03:12 PM

      How is Bamboo Bernie's new location? Do they still have the ladies drink free nights?!?!

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      ajs42548 May 6, 2009 09:48 AM

      Here are restaurants that I found to be good or have good reputations. The restaurants with an * mean that I've been there and like it.

      Peg Leg's Steakhouse--Dutch side*
      Topper's or Topper's by the Sea--Dutch side*
      3 Palms--Dutch side
      La Gondola----Dutch side
      Mario's Bistro--French side
      Spiga--French side
      Le Cottage--French side
      The Greenhouse--Dutch side, 2 locations
      California--French side
      Saratoga--Dutch side
      The Hideaway--Dutch side*

      The French side restaurants and La Gondola are expensive though recommended. The others I mentioned are very good and popular though not considered gourmet by any means.

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        gjrubino May 5, 2009 06:33 PM

        I guess there are not many chowhounds roving St Marten, judging by the lack of replies to your and my query regarding St Martin restaurants.

        I heard, perhaps incorrectly, that St. Marten is the gourmet dining capital of the Caribbean. However, I have found widely discrepant reviews of restaurants, and was hoping to find some first-hand experience at Chowhound.

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        1. re: gjrubino
          ccmurieta May 15, 2009 12:27 AM

          I go to St. Martin at least 2 times a year (heading back 6/15!!) fr the past 17 years. I will preface this by letting you know I don't go to eat on the Dutch side very often They now have some very good restaurants, but I just prefer the French side. That being said, my favorites in Grand Case are:
          L'Auberge du Gormand
          Le Cottage
          and Spiga

          In Marigot:

          for lunch:
          Bistro Nu
          Tropicana (do dessert!!!)

          for dinner:
          La Vie en Rose
          Don Camilo

          Favorite lolos:
          Skys the Limit in Grand Case
          and the lolo at Friars Beach

          Happy eating!!


          1. re: ccmurieta
            gjrubino May 17, 2009 05:51 PM

            Thanks for the info. Have you ever tried La Cigale, Le Santal, Sol e Luna, Spiga or Temptation? Have you ever stayed at La Samanna, and if so, what is your opinion?

            1. re: gjrubino
              ccmurieta May 18, 2009 07:46 PM

              We either stay at L'Esplanade in Grand Case or we rent a villa. No La Samana - I have friends that say it is pretentious and I like to be where I can feel part of the community.
              Sol e Luna - not one of my favorites but not bad for lunch. Nice location
              La Cigale I have not been to but have heard good things about from my friend who is a chef in ST. martin
              Le Santal - if this is what I am thinking of in Baie Nettle - I did not care for it - but I might not be thinking of the correct place.
              Spiga is one of my favorites and Temptation was absolutely worth the trip to the Dutch side for me.

            2. re: ccmurieta
              bythebayov May 19, 2009 08:57 AM

              what do you usually order at the lolos?

              1. re: bythebayov
                ccmurieta May 19, 2009 03:12 PM

                I order the rib plate or sometimes the chicken plate. The plates come with all seven or so sides (macaroni and cheese, pigeon peas and rice, spagetti, green salad, plantains, johnny cakes, macaroni salad...) If you want more of one side you can substitute it for another, or all of one if you prefer. That and an ice cold Presidente beer and I am quite happy.

                1. re: ccmurieta
                  bythebayov May 21, 2009 10:12 AM

                  ok this is my idea of bbq heaven...I can't wait! Who needs a fancy restaurant when you have a lolo! MMMMMMM

              2. re: ccmurieta
                wincountrygirl May 22, 2009 06:23 AM

                We go once a year and I would, first, totally agree about eating on the French side. That being said, I would add:

                Mario's Bistro in Sandy Ground
                La Cigale in Nettle Bay
                Petite Auberge des Iles next door to Tropicana in the Marina - very simple excellent salads and cold soup for lunch.

                BTW - had one of the best meals EVER this year at Le Pressoir. The new owner is great and I terrific hostess. Food was exceptional!

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