Best places to wine and dine

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The only other island in the world that has as great a choice of dining experiences is Manhattan Island. But then you would be in New York City and not here with us lapping up the tropical sunshine and all the wonders of the Caribbean.

 

From fine dining to the rib shacks, from fresh fish to fresh pasta you will not find a wider choice of great eating anywhere with prices to suit any budget.

 

St. Maarten is known as the culinary capital of the Caribbean. Share your restaurant experiences with all of us. Where to go or not! 

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Re: Best places to wine and dine

Submitted by a visitor on Tue, 12/20/2011 - 16:09

One of the best kept secrets of St. Maarten is the local Fish Market. Located on the airport side of the bridge across from MacDonalds in Simpson Bay, it is not only a fish market but has a row of small local restaurants. There are really no signs so if you don't know they are there you will miss it. Just look for the big statue of the fisherman and pull in. I have eaten in several and the best 2 are the Yellowtail Restaurant which has a wide menu of both local and international cuisine. "Sha", the owner is always smiling and waiting to serve you. Not on the menu, no problem, just ask and she will make it if she can. Everything is cooked to order so don't expect to run in and out. The food is wonderful.
The second place is Johnny B's. Johnny is from here and his barbeque is spectacular! From soup to steak, if its barbeque you want or local cuisine, this is the place for you. You may know of his other restaurant, Johnny B's under the Tree in Cole Bay. You can't lose with either restaurant and neither one will break your budget. They are places you will want to come back to time and again! Don't miss these!

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Re: Best places to wine and dine

Submitted by a visitor on Thu, 03/17/2011 - 22:32

We have been visiting our timeshare condo (3 weeks) in SXM for 11 years .... and love the beaches and food. Combining both for lunch is a favorite past-time: Calmos at Grand Case has a great Goat Cheese Salad to enjoy while your toes dig in the sand; Karakter Beach offers nice appteizers, on the beach or at their tables; Tutta Pasta in Simpson Marina (not in phone book) has hearty, tasty dishes w/great service and reasonable prices; Jimbo's is always good for Tex-Mex or burgers/steaks. We continue to enjoy Saratoga's for a special night. Bamboo Bernie's is wonderful to watch the 'Beautiful People' during weekends and their sushi is awesome. Toppers by the Sea at Flamingo Beach has wonderful Ahi appetizer. Skipjack's is always good (sometimes very busy) and offers an amazing Tuna Carpaccio appetizer; tried 3 Palms again this year and were not disappointed. There are SO many wonderful spots it's impossible to visit all but we will continue to try, along w/enjoying our favorites!

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Re: Best places to wine and dine

Submitted by a visitor on Thu, 01/27/2011 - 19:31

Le Moulin Fou at Maho is a great French experience, although they speak English, they love the French language;-)

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the Best Italian Restaurant - Granduca!!

Submitted by a visitor on Thu, 01/27/2011 - 18:42

The ambiance of this fabulous restaurant is only surpassed by the food and service - Great. Not the usual Italian menu. For a real treat on your vacation in St. Maarten - try this. At Maho Beach Hotel across from the Casino

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Re: Best places to wine and dine

Submitted by longtimer on Thu, 11/25/2010 - 11:35

My wife and i have a lot of favorite restaurants after years of coming to St. Maarten on our timeshare vacation. The full list is too big, but here are a few and why: Antoine's for the onion soup and chocolate soufle. Saratoga or Halsey's for a "special" night. Tropicana for the Marigot flavor. Marakesh for a taste of Morocco. Mark's place and Pineapple Pete's for casual and good food at good prices. Granduca for fine Italian. Shiv Sagar for Indian.

Boy the list goes on but for my first post this will do... Bon Apetit!

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Re: Not happy at Harbour Queen

Submitted by gdmon on Wed, 11/17/2010 - 06:57

First, they would not accept our $10.00 off, coupon. second, no appetizers available. Third, it took close to an hour to get our food, when the place was only 1/3 full, and last I had the Harbour Queen Conche, and it was to come with a bed of rice, and I also wanted a side order of french fries. I got fries instead of rice and the waitress never offered any restitution. I also heard our waitress say to the bartenter, that we was the third table with the coupon.

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