The dish on St. Maarten

A place and plate for every palate

St. Maarten offers gastronomy from around the globe, along with its own island specialties. More than 300 restaurants showcase Dutch, French, Italian, Chinese, Thai, Vietnamese, Japanese, Indonesian and of course Creole and New Caribbean cuisine. You’ll find cafés lining cobblestone streets, beachside bistros and top rates World Class restaurants.

Exploring the culinary scene in St. Maarten is an adventure in eating. You'll find romantic restaurants in Cupecoy and Maho, a variety of bistros on Front Street in Philipsburg, and beachside bars and outdoor cafes at Simpson Bay.

Here are a few favorites.

Mr. Busby’s

Located on St. Maarten’s eastern shore, this beachside restaurant serves breakfast and lunch daily. The menu ranges from salads and cold sandwiches to grilled specialties. During the evening, Mr. Busby’s is transformed into an Italian restaurant known as Daniel’s By The Sea.

Temptation & Dare to be Rare • Atlantis Casino Courtyard • Cupecoy Sint Maarten

These two sister restaurants are located within the Atlantis World Casino, run by the award-winning chef and owner, Dino Jagtiani. Jagtiani trained at the Culinary Institute of America and is a two-time gold medal winner of the prestigious Taste of the Caribbean culinary competition. Temptation features Nouveau Caribbean Cuisine served in a soothing atmosphere, with a waterfall and piano music. Signature dishes include a black bean crusted sashimi grade tuna, hoisin-lime glazed pork tenderloin, and the “Mc Dino’s” tempura apple pie. An elegant outside bar is perfect for sipping. Rare is one of the most acclaimed steakhouses in St. Maarten for top-quality USDA prime steaks, served with savvy sauces and creative side dishes like chili-garlic fries, truffled mac ‘n’ cheese, vidalia onion rings with rhubarb ketchup and wasabi hollandaise.

Bamboo Bernies • Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino

Bamboo Bernies has recently moved to the five-star Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino complex and transformed into an ultra-sleek restaurant and lounge. The Asian inspired Buddha Lounge serves food and drinks into the early hours of the morning, and serves world-class sushi too. You’ll find exotic libations.

Bliss • Caravanserai Beach Resort

Conveniently located inside The Caravanserai Beach Resort within walking distance of the Maho strip, Bliss combines open-air seating in a tropical setting with exotic plants and private cabanas. The Taste of Bliss menu includes delectable fresh oysters in vodka shot glasses, gilled sirloin, lobster bruschetta and baked salmon. Bliss is also one of St. Maarten’s most popular nightspots.

Sopranos restaurant and bar •Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino

Located on the first floor of the Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino, Sopranos offers live entertainment from international musicians. which sets the mood for an unforgettable dining experience. You’ll hear the sounds of jazz, soul, blues, rock and roll, Motown and R&B.

Chesterfield’s

A nautically themed, open-air restaurant in Philipsburg, this is an excellent place to enjoy a relaxed meal overlooking Great Bay. Serving breakfast, lunch and dinner at a reasonable price, Chesterfield’s main fare includes steak and seafood.

The Greenhouse

This spot in Philipsburg has been a laid back but lively landmark since 1986. You’ll find an outside terrace, tranquil breezes and a nice view of the harbor. Menu options include steak, ribs, lobster and fresh seafood. The Greenhouse recently opened a second location in Simpson Bay, next to the Atrium Resort.

Ocean Lounge • Holland House Beach Hotel

Situated in the center of Philipsburg, the Holland House Beach Hotel’s newly built, open-air lounge is one of the most stylish spots on the island. Dining options include an inventive selection of light snacks (How do zucchini soup shooters, salmon and caper bruschetta, and tonka bean crème brûlée sound?).Live music sets the mood for a relaxing meal.

Oualichi Beach Bar & Restaurant

Conveniently located on the boardwalk in Philipsburg, Oualichi provides fantastic views of incoming cruise ships from the outdoor terrace and features a nautically themed dining room. This popular hangout is well known for pizza, sandwiches and wraps.

Taloula Mango’s

This casual beachfront restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches, seafood, beef, pasta, vegetarian entrées, and some of the best ribs on the island. On weekdays, lunch is accompanied by live music and on Friday evenings, guests can enjoy happy hour with a live DJ.

Ras Bushman’s I-Tal Shack

Ras Bushman’s I-Tal Shack is a small vegan restaurant located on Bush Road. The I-Tal Shack serves local organic, homegrown vegetarian food and fresh juices. When not on premises, Ras Bushman can often be found at one of the island’s many entertainment venues with his reggae band, the Freedom Fighters.

Kangaroo Court Café

Located across from the famous Courthouse, Kangaroo Court is open daily for breakfast and lunch. You can indulge in an amazing assortment of pastries and coffee, cappuccinos, espressos and more. The seating area is situated inside a garden, surrounded by Almond trees and lush vegetation.

Simpson Bay and Cole Bay Situated next to the Princess Juliana Airport, the area is lined with hotels,casinos, and restaurants. A large drawbridge opens six times a day to let mega-yachts into the Isla del Sol Marina. Here travelers can find a variety of beach bars, low-key eateries and outdoor cafes.

The Hideaway • La Vista Resort

Located at La Vista Resort on Pelican Key is a charming restaurant next to an infinity pool overlooking Saba island.

Pineapple Pete’s

This spot offers some of the best nightly music, and a cozy spot for diners. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner. Menu options include herb-crusted rack of lamb, crab stuffed shrimp, and lobster thermidor, crab and spinach crusted grouper.

Saratoga

Resembling a Spanish colonial structure Saratoga offers enjoy seating indoors or on a marina-side veranda. The menu changes every two days and features selections such as onion-crusted salmon, yellowfin tuna, crispy-fried black sea bass, and rack of venison.

The Stone Restaurant

Try this spot with culianry theater. Meals are served on a hot stone and cooked right at the table. Guests can choose from tender beef filet, vegetarian selections, or fresh seafood.

Zee Best

Known for their large breakfast menu, offers more than 20 varieties of pastries, espresso and cappuccinos until 2 pm. The lunch menu features all the breakfast items, plus burgers, salads, sandwiches and more.

Peg Leg Pub

This spot is reminiscent of an English Pub with nautical artifacts, is considered one of St. Maarten’s best steakhouses. It serves USDA grain-fed beef, savory seafood specialties, decadent desserts, super soups and salads, and an extensive appetizer menu.

For more information on St. Maarten’s culinary offerings, visit the official site of the St. Maarten Tourist Bureau



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