Sint Maarten Restaurants

Dining is one of the most popular pastimes amongst vacationers in St. Maarten

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Despite being the Dutch side of the island, St. Maarten is overrun with French restaurants, but that seems to be a-okay with locals and tourists alike. From fine dining to the local bakeries, you're in for a treat when you dine on this tiny Caribbean island.

Grand Case on the French side of the dual-nation island of St. Maarten and St. Martin is most known for having more restaurants per capita than any other city in the Caribbean. But, the Dutch side of the island has more than its fare share of great dining establishments as well. As you wonder around you'll find a huge offering of gourmet restaurants, as well as simple diners, bakeries, fast food restaurants, and even local lolos (beach side barbecue and grill shacks). Throughout these establishments you'll encounter a varied selection of cuisines. French, Creole, and Italian cuisines are most prevalent, you can also find American, Indonesian, Mexican, and Indian foods. Nobody vacationing in St. Maarten will ever complain about going hungry!

Tourists should take notice that restaurants in St. Maarten will often serve breakfast and lunch, then take a break for a few hours before opening again for dinner. While it is always best to call ahead to confirm operating hours, you can typically expect to see restaurants that serve breakfast to open at 7:30 a.m. Lunch will last from 11 or noon until 3:00 p.m., and dinner is typically served from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Check out our Restaurant Directory, where you can search for a particular restaurant and view that spots details. Oftentimes, we have their operating hours listed for you there. You can always check the list below.

Because dining is so popular in St. Maarten, it is wise to make reservations in advance for any of the gourmet restaurants you may plan on eating at.

While most restaurants have a t-shirt-and-jeans vibe about them, more upscale restaurants will require more formal attire. Slacks and sports shirts are suitable for men while sundresses or pant suits will work for women. If you are unsure of what to wear, the best course of action would be simply to call ahead and ask for the dress code.

Dining costs will vary by restaurant, but you can expect to pay anywhere from $25 to $50(USD) per person for the most upscale restaurants, between $10 and $25(USD) for your typical bar and grill, and under $10(USD) per person at a fast food restaurant.

A 15 percent service charge is usually added on the final bill in St. Maarten, but generally there is no tax on the meal. If the gratuity is not already included, it is customary to tip around 10 to 20 percent.

Caribbean and Local

Cheri's Cafe

Travelers will encounter several chances to enjoy local flavors and dishes throughout their time in Sint Maarten. Caribbean and Creole dishes are among the popular selections found in the area. Remember that you will be able read more details for each place on the page by clicking the links.

Cheri's Cafe is a restaurant with a casual theme Maho Reef, in western Sint Maarten. The varied menu at Cheri's includes seafood entrees including lobster and shrimp, grilled steaks, barbecued ribs and chicken, as well as several pasta entrees. Their most popular dishes are hamburgers, Mahi-mahi, and Mixed Seafood Pasta served with pina coladas. Guests will be able to find them at 45 Rhine Road.

Taloula Mango's is located at St. Rose Arcade and has a couple of dishes to choose from, including seafood and tapas. Taloula Mango's specializes in food that is easy to eat and tastes good too. You will find varied items that include hot wings, conch fritters, pulled pork, falafel, burgers, and mahi mahi. They're located on Front Street.

Beau Beau’s is located at Oyster Bay Beach Resort and has a couple of cuisines to choose from, including American and Caribbean. The menu at Beau Beau's features Caribbean and American bar grub, with everything from seafood to burgers on the menu, but the Carib beer is perhaps the most popular seller. They're located at 10 Emerald Merit Road.

Below you can find the 22 eateries offering visitors this food.

Caribbean and Local Restaurants in Sint Maarten
Name Location Type Phone Number
Barefoot Terrace 0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg Caribbean (721) 542-0360
Beau Beau’s 0.3 mi. East of Central Oyster Pond American, Caribbean (721) 543-6040
Bigwood Grill 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg American, Caribbean (721) 580-1191
Caribbean Blend 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg Caribbean (721) 520-9669
Caribean Grilled Flavors 2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot Caribbean --
Cheri's Cafe 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Caribbean (721) 545-3361
Chesterfields Restaurant 0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg Caribbean (721) 542-3484
Gingerbread Cafe Little Bay, Central Sint Maarten Caribbean, International (721) 542-3362
Jerk Grill Bar Restaurant 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Jamaican (721) 543-2570
Le Planteur 0.5 mi. Northeast of Central Oyster Pond Creole, French (059) 029-5321
Lee's Roadside Grill 3.0 mi. West of Central Philipsburg Caribbean (721) 544-4233
Mark's Place Saunders, Central Sint Maarten Caribbean, Creole (721) 543-2625
Oualichi Beach Bar 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg Caribbean, Creole, French (721) 542-4316
Rancho Argentinian Grill 2.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Argentenian, Latin American (721) 545-2495
Shieka's Vegetarian & Caribbean Cuisine 0.3 mi. East of Central Philipsburg Caribbean (721) 542-0068
Skip Jack's 2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot Caribbean, Creole (721) 544-2313
Taloula Mango's 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg Caribbean (721) 555-7000
The Boathouse 2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot Caribbean (721) 544-5409
The Point Restaurant 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Caribbean (721) 545-2115
Tide's Beach Restaurant and Bar 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Caribbean, European (721) 545-4235
Tides Restaurant and Bar 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Caribbean (721) 545-7000
Yellowtail Restaurant 2.3 mi. South of Central Marigot Caribbean (721) 555-6044

European and Asian

Shiv Shakti

Diners in the mood for some European cuisine have lots of different options to pick from. In addition to Italian cuisine, you will also be able to choose from French and Mediterranean options, among others.

Ocean Lounge Restaurant is located at Holland House Beach Hotel and is an upscale restaurant located in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. On this island, gourmet restaurants are a dime a dozen, so you always want to make sure you choose wisely. This spot in particular has won multiple awards and is known not only for its excellent food and presentation, but its elegant style and attentive waitstaff. The property can be found at 43 Frontstreet.

Sopranos Restaurant is a restaurant in the vicinity you might visit. Voted the Best Italian Restaurant on the island in 2013, you'll find their authentic cuisine is indescribable. There is also a full bar, making your experience here even more enjoyable. If you are looking to call before you go, you can do so at (721) 545-2485.

Bamboo Bernies: There are two specialties at Bamboo Bernies, and those are the expertly prepared sushi and the tender steaks. Both have sections on the menu dedicated to them, with the hardest part being that you have to decide which you want. Guests will be able to find them at 2 Beacon Hill Road.

Guests should consider trying Temptation. Named "Restaurant of the Year" by GultMillau and one of the Top 10 new Caribbean restaurants by Bon Appétit Magazine, Temptations is more than an eatery, it's an experience. Home of the first St. Maarten chef to have graduated from the Culinary Institute of America, Chef Jagtiani thrives on perfection and was even brought on as the personal chef to Queen Beatrix of the Netherlands when she visited St. Maarten. They are situated on Rhine Road.

Go through the collection just below in order to learn of all the relevant possibilities that can be found inside Sint Maarten.

European and Asian Restaurants in Sint Maarten
Name Location Type Phone Number
Antoine Restaurant Philipsburg, Central Sint Maarten French, Italian (721) 542-2964
Aura 0.5 mi. South of Central Oyster Pond French (721) 543-6700
Bacchus 1.1 mi. East-Northeast of Central Philipsburg Italian (721) 087-1570
Bamboo Bernies 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Japanese (721) 542-3622
Bavaria 2.6 mi. South of Central Marigot German, International (721) 544-2665
Bon Appetit 2.9 mi. South of Central Marigot American, French --
China Palace 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Chinese (721) 542-3711
Daniel's By The Sea 0.2 mi. Southeast of Central Oyster Pond Italian (721) 543-6828
Domino's Cole Bay Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten Italian (721) 543-7374
Izi Pasta Lounge Central Sint Maarten Italian (721) 544-3079
L'Escargot 3.9 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot French (721) 542-2483
L'Escargot Restaurant 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot French (721) 542-2483
La Dolce Vita 1.9 mi. South of Central downtown Marigot Italian, Mediterranean (721) 544-4311
La Gondola Ristorante 0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-3938
La Rosa Italian Restaurant 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-3470
Lal's Curry in a Hurry 1.8 mi. East-Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Indian (721) 587-9059
Le Planteur 0.5 mi. Northeast of Central Oyster Pond Creole, French (059) 029-5321
Mama Pizza 0.2 mi. North of Central Oyster Pond Italian (599) 527-1009
Moulin Fou 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette French, Japanese, Thai (721) 545-5777
Ocean Blu 0.5 mi. South of Central Oyster Pond Japanese (721) 543-6700
Ocean Lounge Restaurant 0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg Contemporary, Eclectic, European (721) 542-2572
Oualichi Beach Bar 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg Caribbean, Creole, French (721) 542-4316
Paris Bistro 0.8 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette French, Mediterranean (721) 545-5677
Pizza Galley 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Simpson Bay Italian (721) 587-1330
Pizza Pasta 0.5 mi. West of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-4034
Pizzeria Napoli 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-2115
Quai Ouest Restaurant and Bar 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Oyster Pond Italian (059) 087-4026
Shiv Shakti 2.8 mi. South of Central Marigot Indian (069) 581-9620
Sopranos Restaurant 0.8 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-2485
Sushi Itto Maarten 2.0 mi. South of Central downtown Marigot Japanese (721) 554-5252
Temptation 0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Point Pirouette Asian, Fusion (721) 545-2254
Thai Savanh 0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Point Pirouette Pan Asian / Pacific Rim, Thai (721) 553-1204
The Waterfront Café & Pizzeria Philipsburg, Central Sint Maarten Italian, Mediterranean (721) 542-2446
Tide's Beach Restaurant and Bar 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Caribbean, European (721) 545-4235
Zee Best Port-de-Plaisance 2.1 mi. South of Central Marigot French (721) 526-3097
Zee Best Simpson Bay 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette French (721) 544-2477

International

Lagoonies

International food is a tremendously popular choice in Sint Maarten. This is an area that has lots of cultural diversity, so it's no surprise that there's a lot of culinary diversity as well.

Greenhouse Philipsburg is situated at Bobby's Marina and is a lunch and dinner spot located in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. The Greenhouse Restaurant has plenty for everyone. Diners will be able to choose from fresh fish and lobster, certified angus steaks, chicken, pasta, and many other types of entrees. If you have questions, call them at (721) 542-2941.

Bajatzu offers various different specialties to choose from, including seafood and steak. Famous for thick and juicy cuts of meat, Bajatzu is one of the best places on the island to go if you are looking for a gourmet steak. The upscale dining room, rich scenery, and formal, yet welcoming atmosphere is perfect for a late night meal after exploring the island. You can find them at 1 Rhine Road.

Cappuccino Restaurant: No matter what time it is, feel free to stop on by the Cappuccino Restaurant where you can be sure that something mouthwatering is being prepared. Backed with cold drinks and HDTVs, you can be sure to find more than one person just wasting time here. The property is situated at 83 Welfare Road.

A notable nearby restaurant you might enjoy is Gingerbread Cafe. Located at the Belair Beach Hotel, Gingerbread Cafe allows guests the opportunity to pick up a quick meal and a cold drink at a friendly beach side setting. For customers who want to call before you go, do so at (721) 542-3362.

Greenhouse Simpson Bay is a laid-back restaurant found within Pelican Key, Sint Maarten. A new addition to the Simpson Bay dining landscape is Greenhouse, one of two on the island. This spot is known for its high quality cuts of meat and lighthearted atmosphere that ends itself to sitting back with a mixed drink and enjoying a meal with family and friends. You can find them on Billy Folly Road.

The chart directly below collects the 20 different options you can visit while in Sint Maarten.

International Restaurants in Sint Maarten
Name Location Phone Number
3 Palms Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten (721) 544-3839
Bajatzu 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette (721) 545-2021
Bavaria 2.6 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 544-2665
Cappuccino Restaurant 2.6 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 544-3331
Firehouse Bar and Restaurant 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 580-2629
Gingerbread Cafe Little Bay, Central Sint Maarten (721) 542-3362
Greenhouse Philipsburg 0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 542-2941
Greenhouse Simpson Bay 2.7 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 542-2941
Hard Rock Cafe Philipsburg 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 542-7014
Infinity Restaurant 0.3 mi. East of Central Oyster Pond (721) 543-6040
Karakter 1.3 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette (721) 523-9983
Lagoonies 2.3 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 544-2914
Molasses Restaurant Philipsburg, Central Sint Maarten (721) 542-2446
Ocean Terrace Restaurant 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette (721) 545-2115
Ocean Terrace Restaurant 0.8 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette (721) 545-3100
Sheer 0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 542-9635
The Hideaway 0.8 mi. South-Southeast of Central Simpson Bay (721) 544-3005
Topper's 2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 544-3500
Topper's by the Sea 2.8 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 544-6002
Vesna Taverna 2.3 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 524-5283

American and Other

You'll be able to find plenty of restaurants offering American cuisine in Sint Maarten. Moreover, guests are able to choose from eclectic and Mediterranean cuisine, as well as other options.

Sunset Bar & Grill is located at Caravanserai Beach Resort and is a lunch and dinner spot found in western Sint Maarten. With a sign proclaiming that "Topless Girls Drink for Free," Sunset Bar & Grill is a spot you may want to avoid with youngsters. Still, this is St. Maarten's most popular bar and grill, where you can relax with a cold drink, eat some delicious grilled foods, and enjoy the party atmosphere. You will be able to find them at 2 Beacon Hill Road.

Jimbo's Mesquite Grill can be found at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and offers a couple of dishes to enjoy, including barbecue and seafood. Bringing together two tasty cuisines; the grilling traditions of Texas and the spicy meals of Mexico, Jimbo's offers dinners a delicious and flavorful night with their large selection steaks, seafood, and classic Mexican favorites. You will find them on Welfare Road.

A nice dining venue worthy of consideration is Pineapple Pete Restaurant & Bar. "Great food, Great service" is the motto at Pineapple Pete's where they serve what might be considered fancy fare at one of the most laid back spots around.

Take some time and look through the chart down below if you want to view all the relevant restaurants that can be found inside Sint Maarten.

Other Restaurants in Sint Maarten
Name Location Type Phone Number
Abu Ghazi Shwarma Central Sint Maarten Middle Eastern --
Azul Mediterranean Restaurant 0.8 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Mediterranean (721) 545-3100
Bay View Restaurant Philipsburg, Central Sint Maarten Eclectic (721) 542-2446
Beau Beau’s 0.3 mi. East of Central Oyster Pond American, Caribbean (721) 543-6040
Bigwood Grill 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg American, Caribbean (721) 580-1191
Bon Appetit 2.9 mi. South of Central Marigot American, French --
Brother Jimmy's Barbecue 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette American, Tex-Mex (721) 545-3564
Burger King Philipsburg 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg American (721) 543-2515
Burger King Simpson Bay 2.6 mi. South of Central Marigot American --
Carousel Gelateria Bar Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten Eclectic (721) 544-3112
Front Street Cafe 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg Mediterranean (721) 542-0342
Jimbo's Mesquite Grill Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten Tex-Mex (721) 544-3600
KFC Cole Bay Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten American --
KFC Daisy Road Saunders, Central Sint Maarten American (721) 590 87-1732
KFC Phillipsburg 0.2 mi. East of Central Philipsburg American --
La Dolce Vita 1.9 mi. South of Central downtown Marigot Italian, Mediterranean (721) 544-4311
Maho Café 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Eclectic (721) 545-2115
McDonald's Philipsburg 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot American (721) 543-2760
McDonald's Simpson Bay 2.4 mi. South of Central Marigot American --
Ocean 0.5 mi. South of Central Oyster Pond Contemporary (721) 543-6700
Ocean Lounge Restaurant 0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg Contemporary, Eclectic, European (721) 542-2572
Palms Grill Restaurant & Bar 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Eclectic (721) 545-2115
Paris Bistro 0.8 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette French, Mediterranean (721) 545-5677
Pasanggrahan Restaurant 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg Eclectic (721) 542-3588
Peg Leg Pub Steakhouse 2.0 mi. South of Central downtown Marigot American (721) 544-5859
Pineapple Pete Restaurant & Bar 1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Eclectic (721) 544-6030
Rancho Argentinian Grill 2.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Argentenian, Latin American (721) 545-2495
Seabreeze Restaurant 3.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Marigot Eclectic (721) 542-2333
Subway Airport Road 2.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Point Pirouette American (721) 545-2632
Subway Philipsburg 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot American (721) 545-2632
Subway Rhine Road 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette American --
Sunset Bar & Grill 1.0 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Eclectic (721) 545-2084
Temptation 0.5 mi. West-Southwest of Central Point Pirouette Asian, Fusion (721) 545-2254
The Dingy Dock Bar & Restaurant 0.3 mi. East-Northeast of Central Oyster Pond American (059) 087-4026
The Oarhouse 2.4 mi. South of Central Marigot Contemporary (721) 522-1639
The Waterfront Café & Pizzeria Philipsburg, Central Sint Maarten Italian, Mediterranean (721) 542-2446
Top Carrot 2.4 mi. South of Central Marigot Mediterranean (721) 544-3381
Toucan's Café 3.9 mi. South-Southeast of Central Marigot Eclectic (721) 542-2333

Dining in St. Maarten is a real treat, with numerous gourmet offerings available amongst a smattering of restaurants that offer low-key fare. Everyone will find something to enjoy on the island, especially when you consider that combined with St. Martin, there are over 400 restaurants to choose from.

 

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