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Jan 13, 2014 04:07 AM

St. Barth / St. Bart's Best Restaurants Right Now

I am headed to the island for four nights at the end of next month, for the first time. I have reservations at Gaïac but nowhere else yet. I could replace that, if advised.

I've been considering a Cabaret night at Le Ti St. Barth (worth doing?). We're renting a house, so will probably cook in some. Otherwise, no agenda set.

I've looked at the few posts on this topic on this board but would love some ultra-current information. I'd prefer the sort of modern small-plates/grazing style format over white-tablecloth-formal, but I would take anything that's worthy, right now, in 2014.

Many thanks in advance.

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  1. Although small, St Barth has over 80 restaurants, so your biggest problem will be which ones with only 4 days. If you are planning to cook in, there is a fish market in the early AM in Gustavia and a great butcher in St Jean.

    La Gaiac is great, we have had several lovely dinners there but are doing Sunday brunch instead this a few weeks...YEA!

    Right now the place getting the most accolades is L'Esprit Saline. It's a little out if the way for dinner but also serves lunch and is near Saline beach.

    Maya's is an island institution, serving simply and freshly prepared ingredients. Google it for the back story, dinner only.

    Other well-loved places include Wall House, Santa Fe and (if you feel like Italian on a French island) Isola. The first two do lunch and dinner with great views of the quay and Gouverneur beach respectively. Isola is dinner only.

    Hope this helps. Let me know if you want more specifics.