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Move over Barbados– St. Martin is now considered by many as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. This small island is a melting pot of cultures with French and Dutch influences and Creole and African spices. Innovative chefs have opened up an impressive array of restaurants showcasing this diverse range of cuisines.

From classic French dishes to spicy Creole stews, the island’s food offerings are nothing short of spectacular. Whether you are a seasoned foodie or just someone who appreciates a great meal, these ten best restaurants in St. Martin have you covered.      

The 10 Best St. Martin Restaurants

Le Cottage 

97 Bd de Grand Case, Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 690 56-3269

St. Martin Restaurants: Le Cottage in Grand Case

Any trip to St. Martin must include dining at one of the many fantastic St. Martin restaurants on the famous “Restaurant Row” in Grand Case. There are really no bad choices, but there are a few restaurants that rise above the rest for not only exceptional food but also exceptional service. 

One restaurant that falls in this category is the charming Le Cottage. Due to their popularity, make sure to book weeks in advance! It took two trips to St. Martin before we scored a reservation.  

Request to sit outdoors if you can for great people-watching while you dine. You will love its bistro-like ambiance and inviting atmosphere. The staff is very friendly and makes you feel right at home. 

Hands down, the one French dish you have to order is the local lobster soup cooked in puff pastry. This is their signature dish. Incredibly decadent and worth every calorie!  

Lobster Soup Cooked in Puff Pastry at Le Cottage

I can also highly recommend the very tender duck breast with orange and sweet and sour sauce and potatoes au gratin. 

Duck Breast with Potatoes au Gratin at Le Cottage

Of course, a classic French meal needs a classic French wine. Stéphane, the owner of Le Cottage, is also a sommelier. He picked a fantastic Pinot Noir from Gevrey-Chambertin to pair with the meal. 

Karibuni Restaurant

Pinel Island, Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 690 39 67 00

Karibuni Restaurant at Pinel Island

The location of this next foodie gem is incredible! The Karibuni is one of the St. Martin restaurants that is located on the stunningly beautiful Pinel Island. Getting there is half the fun. It is accessed from the French side of the island by kayak or a short boat ride.  

Once you arrive on the island, the Karibuni staff will set you up with beach chairs and an umbrella. Appetizers and drinks are served on the beach, or you can enjoy a sit-down meal at their restaurant a few steps away.  

The Karibuni Restaurant is known for its incredibly fresh seafood caught in the surrounding waters. The fishermen with their lobster traps pull up right in front of the restaurant delivering their daily catch. You can’t get fresher than that! 

Fishermen Bringing in the Lobster Traps to Karibuni Restaurant

Make lunch reservations in advance. After enjoying a Ti’ punch (or two) on the beach, my husband and I walked over for a late lunch when it was time. We were seated in our own private hut overlooking the water. 

INSIDER TIP: The Karibuni Restaurant is owned by the same lovely family who runs the Karibuni Boutique Hotel. If you book a room at their hotel, you get a complimentary boat ride, beach chairs, and an umbrella to Pinel Island. VIP service! My husband and I have now stayed twice at this incredible property. We love it that much.  

Alright, what to order? The Mahi burger is a must! So fresh and flavorful, and you get to enjoy it with an island breeze and killer view. The ultimate ambiance. 

Mahi Burger at the Karibuni Restaurant

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La Villa Hibiscus

61 Mont Vernon 1,  Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 590 29 08 65

 La Villa Hibiscus Restaurant

It is amazing that a restaurant of this caliber exists in the Caribbean.    

This elegant restaurant is run by a husband-wife team, Chef Bastian and Sabine. Sabine runs the front of the house, warmly welcoming diners as they file in, and Chef Bastian works his culinary magic in the back. 

La Villa Hibiscus is the place to go for a special celebration. The Chef has trained at some of the top restaurants including two of Joël Robuchon’s restaurants and 3-star Michelin Chef Annie-Sophie Pic. Impressive resume! 

When we dined here, the restaurant was located on Pic Paradis, the highest peak on the island. The restaurant has since moved to the neighborhood Mont Vernon. Not as breathtaking as the original location but beautiful nonetheless. 

There are four tasting menus to choose from ranging from 3-8 dishes. The seasonal menu is adapted to your preferences and any food allergies or intolerances. In other words, it’s a surprise!

Some of these dishes were too pretty to eat. I really enjoyed the slowly poached confit thigh with hedgehog mushroom.

Confit Thigh with Mushrooms at La Villa Hibiscus

Another delicious course was the Brie de Meaux served in a warm mousse and walnut chutney. 

Brie de Meaux at La Villa Hibiscus

Food critics are starting to take notice of Chef Bastian’s refined innovative cuisine. La Villa Hibiscus just won the Gourmet Stars category at the Festival de la Gastronomie

This annual foodie festival is held on the French side of the island. I didn’t plan it, but I happened to be in St. Martin last year during the festival. There were cooking and mixology competitions, live music, and many food vendors. It was a lot of fun, and I highly recommend attending it if you are on the island during that time.  

L’ Atelier

Orient Beach Village Place,  Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 690 22 10 22

L’ Atelier Dining Area

Meat, meat, and more delicious, tender, juicy meat. That is why you go to L’ Atelier.  Alex, the owner, grew up cooking from scratch with his grandma in a small room called l’atelier on her country farm. 

He drew inspiration from this fond childhood memory to create his restaurant concept. The focus is on simple and exceptional ingredients presented in a welcoming atmosphere, just like grandma’s farm. 

Make reservations in advance. My husband and I enjoyed feeling the island air as we sat in the open-air restaurant. Alex personally greeted us and gave us a very thorough explanation of the chalkboard menu. 

Our meal began with the beef marrow bruschetta and their signature appetizer, crispy poached local egg in a pumpkin velouté. Wow, off to a great start!  

Crispy Poached Local Egg at L’ Atelier

Then it was time for the star of the show, the Australian Sanchoku Wagyu Picanha steak. So moist and tender. The meat dish comes with a side dish, so I chose the truffle pasta. A great complement to the steak.  

Australian Sanchoku Wagyu Picanha Steak at L’ Atelier

The beauty of being on a French Caribbean island is you have access to all the phenomenal French wine. A lovely bottle of Hospices de Beaune Premier Cru Cuvée Maurice Drouhin was the perfect pairing. 

Don’t forget the cocktails. The bartender has some pretty amazing skills. We watched her in the mixology competition at the Festival de la Gastronomie. She created some delicious pre-dinner drinks for us that she actually used in the competition. 

Pre-dinner Cocktails at L’ Atelier

Blue Martini

63 Bd de Grand Case, Grand-Case, Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 690 56-2434 

Blue Martini Front Entrance

Everyone kept telling us you have to try Blue Martini. Great food, relaxed vibe, friendly staff, and live music. What’s not to love? 

The outdoor dining area is located in a garden-like setting with light-strung palm trees and wooden plank tables. The atmosphere is vibrant, loud, and a great place for a night out with friends. 

Blue Martini is known for their incredible burgers, tartines, and their delicious tapas. After perusing the menu, we had to start with the Frenchy Mac & Cheese. This is not the Kraft Mac & Cheese from a box you ate as a kid.  

The “Frenchy”  version consisted of risotto-style macaroni, Comté cheese, duck liver, and black truffle oil. Wow. Super cheesy. After doing a cheese-tasting class in Paris (yes, this is a thing!), Comté cheese is now my favorite cheese. 

Frenchy Mac & Cheese at Blue Martini

The New Orleans cajun-spiced chicken burger with corn mayo on an artisanal bun was another solid choice.  

New Orleans Cajun-Spiced Chicken Burger at Blue Martini

Coco Beach

Orient Bay Beach, Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 690 64 14 94

Coco Beach Restaurant

Upon the recommendation of the Karibuni Boutique Hotel, we booked a lunch reservation at Coco Beach. This is one of the St. Martin restaurants that has a prime location on one of St. Martin’s most stunning beaches, Orient Bay Beach.   

The decor is fresh and beach cottage chic. We chose to be seated in the “beach” section where the tables are placed right on the beach with an ocean view. There’s something about your toes in the sand with a drink in hand that puts you immediately on vacation mode.  

Starting off with a cocktail is a must. Order the Clarified Piña Colada. It’s not what you think, and it’s amazing! 

There are many fabulous dishes to choose from. Start with the Truffle, ham, and  Comté grilled cheese sandwich. Yes, more Comté! 

Truffle, Ham, and Comté Grilled Cheese Sandwich at Coco Beach

For the main dish, I strongly recommend the delicious lobster pappardelle with garlic, chili, creamy bisque, tomatoes, and olives. I could have licked the bottom of the bowl. 

Lobster Pappardelle at Coco Beach

With this kind of flavor and execution, it is clear a 2-star Michelin chef is heading up the kitchen. Enjoy refined French food with an amazing view in an unpretentious atmosphere. A winning combination. 

Papadan Pizza

29 Mont Vernon II, Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 590 87-7311

Papadan’s Royale Pizza

Sometimes you do not feel like going out and want to order in. Papadan Pizza has you covered. Its pizza is arguably the best amongst the St. Martin restaurants!

They have quite a selection of pizzas. We chose the Royale Pizza, which was smothered in tomato sauce, mozzarella, emmental cheese, ham, mushrooms, and a runny egg in the middle. 

All pies are made fresh to order.  We ordered at their storefront during the dinner rush. Don’t do that. Order ahead of time or be prepared to wait. Hey, you can’t rush cheesy perfection. 

If you need some wine to pair with your pizza, stop by our favorite wine store, Grapewine. The very friendly staff will find the perfect bottle of vino to pair with your meal. 

Lulu’s Corner

97 Route de Cul-de-Sac, Cul-de-Sac, Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 690 77-8781

Lulu’s Corner

Lulu’s Corner was a delightful find with a delightful owner. This charming cafe serves up some really tasty freshly-made juices in addition to coffee and pastries. Sip on your morning beverage of choice in the cozy outdoor seating to enjoy the island breeze. 

Freshly Made Juices at Lulu’s Corner

Go to this gem amongst the St. Martin restaurants for a delicious breakfast or a light healthy lunch like a poke bowl. I recommend the Oh Cheese Breakfast Sandwich, which is made with a sunny-side-up egg, melted cheddar, spinach, tomatoes, and mayo on a baguette. Great way to start the day. 

 Oh Cheese Breakfast Sandwich at Lulu’s Corner

Hercule Restaurant Creole

85 Rue de Cul de Sac, Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 690 83-0072

 Inside of Hercule Restaurant Creole

Hercule Restaurant Creole is a no-frills, laid-back find amongst the St. Martin restaurants that serves some of the best Creole food on the island with a friendly smile. Choose to dine on the brightly-colored plaid tablecloths or take it to go.    

Their signature dishes are goat and chicken curry served with creole rice. My husband loved the goat, and I loved the chicken.  

Chicken Curry and Creole Rice at Hercule Restaurant Creole

Another unique dish to try is the stuffed christophine, which is actually a fruit but eaten like a vegetable. Its shell is stuffed with ingredients like shrimp or crab, onions, peppers, green onions, and garlic. We enjoyed this dish as an appetizer. 

Stuffed Christophine at Hercule Restaurant Creole

L ’Express by Bacchus

Centre Commercial Aventura, Saint Martin 97150 // + 590 590 77 55 55

Pastry Display at L’ Express by Bacchus

During our stay at the Karibuni Boutique Hotel, we were served the most buttery, flaky croissants at breakfast. We found out they were made fresh daily at the most amazing bakery called L’Express by Bacchus.  

It is easy to be overwhelmed by the array of amazing choices. The line moves fast, so consider looking at their online menu first. I’ll take one of each, please. 

Where do I start? 

My #1 savory bakery item is the warm ham and cheese croissant. Oh my goodness. I could easily eat three of these.  

Ham and Cheese Croissant at L’ Express by Bacchus

My #1 sweet bakery item is the iconic chocolate eclair. So decadent and creamy.  

Chocolate Eclair at L’ Express by Bacchus

They also serve breakfast sandwiches, paninis, and quiches. Go early for the best selection. Do not miss this bakery!

Final Thoughts on the Best St. Martin Restaurants

Whether you’re in the mood for grilled lobster on the beach, a traditional Caribbean curry, or a fine French meal, the best St. Martin restaurants have something for every food enthusiast. Pair that with warm Caribbean hospitality and a breathtaking setting, and you have the winning formula for one incredible vacation.  

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Author Bio 

Nichole Thomas is an avid traveler and food & wine enthusiast. She is the founder of the travel blog enrichingpursuits.com, where she connects discerning travelers with curated culinary and outdoor experiences.  

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