If Saint Martin doesn’t make you weak at the knees, there’s probably not a lot that will. Here are seven of the most romantic restaurants in the most romantic island in the Caribbean.
The go-to neighbourhood for fine dining is La Grande Case. And within that neighbourhood is le Bistrot Caraibe, a restaurant that has been setting the standard for nouvelle French cooking in Saint Martin for over a quarter of a century. Of course, there’s a reason this spot has toughed it out for so long and that is: their food is delicious. If you have to choose just one thing on the menu, try the lobster thermidor - if the rave reviews aren’t enough to tempt you, the heroic quantities of butter on it certainly will. The atmosphere is casual, friendly with a hint of refinement.
Address: 81,boulevard de Grand Case, Grand Case 97150 St Martin / St Maarten
Phone: +1 059-029-0829
It’s no surprise that most restaurants in Saint Martin have a strong seafood theme. Grand Case was originally a fishing village afterall. But JAX Steakhouse isn’t about seafood. As its name suggests, this is a place to eat beef - of the certified Angus Prime variety to be exact. While there are poultry, lamb and seafood options to sate the predilections of all carnivores, the highlight of the menu is their aptly named ‘Cattle Selection’, which runs the gamut of cuts from skirt steak to porterhouse.
Address: 1 Rhine road Sint Maarten, Maho St Martin / St Maarten
Phone: +1 721-588-8884
Imagine this: the sound of waves fizzing into the powder-fine sand, the sight of the sun setting across Nettle Bay, casting a mesmerizing palette of colours across the sky, and that flush of warmth on your skin from your freshly topped-up tan and that first glass of wine. And we’ve not even begun to describe the food yet, which even French-trained chefs would admit is just as good as, if not better than, the dishes coming out of first-class restaurants back home. If La Cigale isn’t enough to get you laid after dinner, then we don’t know what will.
Address: Route des Terres Basses Nettle Bay, Baie Nettle 97150 St Martin / St Maarten
Phone: +590 590 87-9023
Who says a romantic dinner needs to be expensive and european? For Caribbean comfort food and lots of it, head to Captain’s Rib Shack. Otherwise known as Captain D’s Roadside Grill, you’ll be hard pressed to find better jerk chicken wings on this island. And what says ‘I love you’ better than kissing your boo after you just watched them gnaw on a chicken bone? Mac and cheese, dry-rub ribs and garlic shrimp are other popular favourites. Remember to leave room for their famous Caribbean Johnny cakes.
Address: 117 Welfare Road Kimsha Beach St Martin / St Maarten
Phone: +1 721-523-8296
Sol e Luna Restaurant is a place made by and for people who love wine and food in equal measures. There’s a perfect wine pairing for every dish, and whatever it is, it’ll be in their carefully curated cellar of over 100 French wines. The food here is high-end French fare made with local ingredients (mostly freshly-caught seafood), tied together with the occasional Asian twist. Like the food, the space strikes a delicate balance of both elegance and comfort.
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Address: Mont Vernon 1 Sol è Luna Inn, Grand Case 97150 St Martin / St Maarten
Phone: +590 590 29-0856
Les Temps des Cerises is a beach-front hotel restaurant with bohemian vibes. It’s the perfect spot to sip afternoon cocktails on a sunlounger, before tucking into the fish of the day while watching the sun set across La Baie de Grand Case. Compared to some of the other options in the area, this place is much more carefree and casual. Come here on Friday nights for live reggae music. And if you book a half-board room in their gorgeous hotel, you’ll be waking up to a very generous continental or American breakfast.
Address: 160 Boulevard de Grand Case, Grand Case 97150 St Martin / St Maarten
Phone: +590 590 51-3627
Located halfway between Philipsburg and Simpson Bay, you’ll find the gorgeous Indigo Bay and its eponymous beach cafe. The food here is simple and to the point - ideal for intermittent snacking while lazing the afternoon away on one of their sun loungers. Eat, drink, sleep, swim and repeat however many times you need to recover from the night before.
Address: Indigo Bay Drive, Simpson Bay St Martin / St Maarten
Phone: +1 721-553-7815