Restaurant Options in Sint Maarten

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 Cuisine

Cheri's Cafe

Caribbean dishes are very easy to find in Sint Maarten. Because this kind of cuisine has elements borrowed from a variety of converging cultures, even the pickiest eaters will find dishes to their taste at these restaurants. Don't forget that you will be able read further info regarding each restaurant on the page by clicking on their names.

Cheri's Cafe is a lunch and dinner spot Maho Reef, in western Sint Maarten. This fun loving restaurant is a perfect place to unwind and have a good meal while enjoying the music, dancing, and general festivities. Cheri's Cafe is a favorite among tourist looking to get the most of the Caribbean spirit. They're located at 45 Rhine Road.

A good restaurant in the area you might want to try is Taloula Mango's. 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. Visitors will be able to find them on Front Street.

Beau Beau’s can be found at Oyster Bay Beach Resort and has a couple of cuisines to choose from, including American and Caribbean. Although it is located on Oyster Bay Beach Resort property, Beau Beau's is a favorite amongst locals, and tourists are drawn to the lively atmosphere that you can feel pulsing through the door as you walk by. The restaurant is owned by popular local personality King Beau Beau and favored amongst those looking for a good time. You will find them at 10 Emerald Merit Road.

Take a look through the chart below if you want to see the Caribbean choices that can be found inside Sint Maarten.

Caribbean Restaurants in Sint Maarten
Name Location Phone Number
Barefoot Terrace 0.2 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 542-0360
Beau Beau’s 0.3 mi. East of Central Oyster Pond (721) 543-6040
Big Fish 0.4 mi. South-Southeast of Central Oyster Pond (721) 554-3009
Bigwood Grill 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 580-1191
Butter Fish Restaurant 2.3 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 580-7351
Caribbean Blend 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 520-9669
Caribean Grilled Flavors 2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot --
Caribisch Gastvrijheid Beheer 0.5 mi. West of Central Point Pirouette (721) 544-2179
Cheri's Cafe 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette (721) 545-3361
Chesterfields Restaurant 0.5 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 542-3484
Gingerbread Cafe Little Bay, Central Sint Maarten (721) 542-3362
Harbour Queen 1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette --
Jack Fish 2.3 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 522-6575
Lee's Roadside Grill 3.0 mi. West of Central Philipsburg (721) 544-4233
Mark's Place Saunders, Central Sint Maarten (721) 543-2625
Oualichi Beach Bar 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 542-4316
Shieka's Vegetarian & Caribbean Cuisine 0.3 mi. East of Central Philipsburg (721) 542-0068
Skip Jack's 2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 544-2313
Taloula Mango's 0.3 mi. East-Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 555-7000
The Boathouse 2.5 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 544-5409
The Point Restaurant 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette (721) 545-2115
Tide's Beach Restaurant and Bar 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette (721) 545-4235
Tides Restaurant and Bar 1.4 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette (721) 545-7000
Yellowtail Restaurant 2.3 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 555-6044

Local Cuisines

Vacationers will have a good handful of opportunities to try out local flavors and dishes during their time in Sint Maarten.

Captain Oliver's Restaurant has a couple of cuisine options to choose from, including Creole and French. Captain Oliver's serves some of the freshest seafood available, seasoned with French and Creole flavors. Chicken, steaks, salad, and more are also on the menu. The property can be found on Avenue du Lagoon.

You may want to consider trying Rancho Argentinian Grill. Take your tastebuds further south to the culinary traditions of Argentina, and in particular, to an Argentinian steak house. Famous for its juicy and tender grilled steak, the Rancho Argentinian Grill has dazzled diners with award winning food on Sint Maarten for years. You'll be able to find them on Airport Road.

Just below you can find the 4 places serving up this type of food.

Other Local Restaurants in Sint Maarten
Name Location Type Phone Number
Captain Oliver's Restaurant 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Oyster Pond Creole, French (059) 087-4026
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
Rancho Argentinian Grill 2.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Argentenian, Latin American (721) 545-2495

European and Asian

Shiv Shakti

If you and your party are looking for some European fare, you'll find lots of different options to pick from in the area. Alongside Italian cuisine, you will also be able to find French and Creole restaurants.

Ocean Lounge Restaurant is located at Holland House Beach Hotel and has a few different cuisines to try, including contemporary and eclectic. The menu here is inspired daily by what ingredients are available fresh. The breakfast buffet allows guests to choose from hot dishes to simple (but delectable) pastries and fruit, while lunch and dinner is a la carte and blends Caribbean and European preparation styles for simple indescribably good food. Find them at 43 Frontstreet.

A nearby restaurant to be aware of is Sopranos Restaurant. 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. For customers who want to call ahead of time, 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.

You should think about 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. Find them on Rhine Road.

Go through the chart below if you want to see the relevant choices that can be found in Sint Maarten.

European and Asian Restaurants in Sint Maarten
Name Location Type Phone Number
Anand Simpson Bay 2.7 mi. South of Central Marigot Indian (721) 544-4696
Anand's Philipsburg 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Indian (721) 542-5706
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 --
Calypso Pizzaria 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Italian (721) 542-4552
Captain Oliver's Restaurant 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Oyster Pond Creole, French (059) 087-4026
Carri Pizza 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Italian (721) 542-6931
China Palace 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Chinese (721) 542-3711
China Town Restaurant 1.6 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Chinese (721) 548-3144
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
Golden Dragon Restaurant 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Chinese (721) 542-5294
Granduca 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-2800
Izi Pasta Lounge Central Sint Maarten Italian (721) 544-3079
Just Sushi 2.0 mi. South of Central downtown Marigot Japanese (721) 544-4311
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
New China Night Bar & Restaurant 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Chinese (721) 542-4214
New York Bar Chinese Restaurant 1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Chinese (721) 545-2477
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
Pasta Cafe 1.7 mi. Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-3098
Pizza Galley 0.4 mi. Southeast of Central Simpson Bay Italian (721) 587-1330
Pizza Hut Simpson Bay 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-3211
Pizza Pasta 0.5 mi. West of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-4034
Pizzamenia 0.5 mi. West of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-2429
Pizzeria Napoli 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-2115
Pride Of India Central Sint Maarten Indian (721) 586-1125
Quai Ouest Restaurant and Bar 0.3 mi. Northeast of Central Oyster Pond Italian (059) 087-4026
Rancho Pasta Cafe 2.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Italian --
Shiv Shakti 2.8 mi. South of Central Marigot Indian (069) 581-9620
Slim's Chinese Bar & Restaurant 3.7 mi. Southeast of Central Marigot Chinese (721) 543-7798
Sopranos Restaurant 0.8 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Italian (721) 545-2485
Sushi Bar 0.5 mi. South-Southwest of Central Point Pirouette Japanese (721) 545-2254
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
Tutta Pasta 2.6 mi. South of Central Marigot Italian (721) 557-5162
White Swan 1.9 mi. East-Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Chinese (721) 544-2844
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

Fusion

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

Greenhouse Philipsburg is located at Bobby's Marina and has a couple of cuisines to choose from, including American and International. Operating in Sint Maarten since 1986, The Greenhouse has become a favorite among both locals and tourists. The restaurant is known for its quality steaks, cold drinks, and wonderful views of the water and cruise boats, especially at night.

Bajatzu is a pleasant dining venue that's worth considering. 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. 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. They're located at 83 Welfare Road.

Fusion is located at Paradise Mall and has various different specialties to try, including seafood and steak. Fusion seeks out the finest and freshest ingredients available, regardless of how far they have to go to find them. This restaurant doesn't limit itself by serving only one style of food. Guests can find them at 71 Welfare Road.

Get Wet Bar and Grill is located at Great Bay Boardwalk and is a lunch and dinner spot situated in Philipsburg, Sint Maarten. Get Wet is a bar and grill at heart, serving up hefty portions of grill favorites like ribs, chicken, burgers, and hot dogs alongside a heaping pile of crispy french fries. Because you are dining in the Caribbean, you'll find a nice listing of grilled seafood on the menu as well. Find them at 1 Loodgieter Street.

Use the chart right below to find more detailed information on these kinds of options in the area.

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
Doctor Fish Restaurant 2.3 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 586-0313
Firehouse Bar and Restaurant 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 580-2629
Fusion Simpson Bay, Central Sint Maarten (721) 553-4300
Get Wet Bar and Grill 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg (721) 552-1678
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 0.8 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette (721) 545-3100
Ocean Terrace Restaurant 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette (721) 545-2115
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
The Stone 3.1 mi. South of Central Marigot (721) 526-2037
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

There are many establishments that serve American meals in Sint Maarten. In addition, diners will be able to decide between eclectic and Mediterranean food, as well as other options.

Sunset Bar & Grill is situated at Caravanserai Beach Resort and is a local bar and grill located 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'll find them at 2 Beacon Hill Road.

Jimbo's Mesquite Grill is located at Simpson Bay Resort and Marina and has a couple of specialties to choose from, 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. The property is located on Welfare Road.

You might want to consider trying 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. To reach them, call (721) 544-6030.

View the chart just below to find details on these kinds of options within the area.

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
Baskin Robbins Sint Maarten Little Bay, Central Sint Maarten Eclectic (721) 543-7981
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 --
Café Organica 2.0 mi. South of Central downtown Marigot Eclectic (866) 786-2278
Carousel Gelateria Bar Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten Eclectic (721) 544-3112
ESPN Cafe Cole Bay, Central Sint Maarten American --
Front Street Cafe 0.1 mi. Southeast of Central Philipsburg Mediterranean (721) 542-0342
Haagen-Dazs Sint Maarten 0.7 mi. South of Central Point Pirouette Eclectic (721) 545-2988
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
Tequilla 2.0 mi. East-Southeast of Central Point Pirouette Tex-Mex (721) 545-3098
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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