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Food & Dining in St Maarten


St Maarten’s cuisine is as varied as its history, combining Creole, Dutch, English, French and, more recently, international influences. Duty on alcohol (and other goods) is low and prices in St Maarten are as cheap as duty-free havens elsewhere. Most well-known brands are available.

Because dining out in St Maarten and St Martin is so popular among tourists, it is recommended that you make reservations to make sure that there is availability at the restaurant, especially during the high season when they are most crowded. Also, call ahead to find the restaurant's hours of operation because some places may have seasonal time changes, and may be closed. Most restaurant hours are generally the same from 12 pm to 3 pm for lunch, and 6 pm to 10 pm. for dinner. Places that serve breakfast usually open at 7:30 am.

Places to Dine

Bite into a delicious slice of paradise at Taloula Mango's Caribbean Café. This hot spot is located on the Great Bay Beach Promenade (called Boardwalk) along the beach in Philipsburg. You can dine indoors or outdoors at this two-level restaurant that boasts a see-and-be-seen ambience. This restaurant offers pizzas, salads, sandwiches, seafood, beef, pasta and vegetarian dishes and has a dessert and kids' menu as well as a medley of beverage options.

With three restaurants under one roof, Sonesta Great Bay Beach Resort & Casino is a dining destination in itself. Bay View Restaurant, Molasses International/Caribbean Restaurant and La Cucina Eatery each offer a unique taste and experience.

At La Cucina Eatery, you can visit Italy without leaving Philipsburg. This indoor Italian bistro features a Northern Italian-style menu and offers a delightful and delicious dining experience. It opens for dinner on selected evenings.

At Greenhouse Restaurant, there's a special almost every day of the week. Greenhouse has a relaxed, yet lively atmosphere at its two locations: Philipsburg and Simpson Bay. Both offer great views of the sea.

Set in the landmark Holland House Beach hotel building on the Great Bay Beach Promenade, Ocean Lounge is known for its breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea, spectacular food and great service.

Zee Best has earned a reputation for freshness, quality and great taste. It serves the largest selection of freshly baked home-made and handmade patisseries, fresh fruits, juices, coffees and teas and eggs.

Indulge in top-class dining at Saratoga Restaurant, where you can enjoy casual fine dining in a relaxed atmosphere overlooking the Simpson Bay lagoon. Menu items are created with fresh local fish
such as red snapper, Saban grouper, wahoo and yellow fin tuna. Also featured on the menu are spicy ceviche, French oysters, great steaks, house-cured pork loin, organic chicken, lamb rack, duck and pasta specials.

Overlooking Simpson Bay in Pelican Key, Bel Mar Restaurant offers breathtaking views of the Caribbean Sea. Diners experience some of the most amazing sunrises and sunsets. Lobster and steaks are the specialities, but guests can pick just about anything from the vast menu of grilled and seafood options. Also in Pelican Key, the Hideaway Bar and Restaurant is a secluded poolside-dining
destination hidden in La Vista Beach Resort. Diners can enjoy private dining in an outdoor setting and great poolside views. The restaurant serves pastas, chicken, fish and delightful dessert selections.

Lee's Roadside Grill, located on the road to Simpson Bay serves fresh catches of wahoo, mahi-mahi, tuna, shrimp, snapper, marlin or take your pick of live Caribbean Sea lobster from the lobster pool. The barbecue chicken and ribs are also popular menu options for those not in the mood for seafood.

For great Mexican cuisine, head over to Jimbo's Rock & Blues Café at Simpson Bay Marina, which also features a swim-up bar. The wide menu options include enchiladas, burritos, chimichanga plates, fajitas, salads, sandwiches, desserts and Mexican platters.

There are several places that serve Indian food on the island, but Lal's (across from the airport) is considered the best among the lot. Crispy nan and samosa appetisers and luscious fish, chicken and





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