Welcome to the French side of St. Martin, the gourmet food capital of the Caribbean, where you’ll find some of the world’s most decadent dishes and flavors. This mix of Euro-Caribbean cuisine makes for a long list of restaurants you’re going to want to try, and what better way to help you do that than to create a must-try guide for your time on the island? You may have come here for the beaches, but you’ll be returning for the food.
Le Tropicana – (French) Le Tropicana is one of the best restaurants in Marigot, mixing Creole flair with delicious food. It’s the perfect place to dine if you’re looking for beautiful views of the marina and mouthwatering French cuisine. A reservation is definitely recommended, maybe even a few weeks in advance.
Recommended dish: Anything with goat cheese!
Rosemary’s Restaurant – (Creole) Looking for authentic local food? Look no further! Rosemary’s is serving up traditional Creole cuisine at a great price.
Recommended dish: Rosemary’s Fish Plate
Bistrot Caraibes - (French) One of the many restaurants along Grand Case’s infamous restaurant row, Bistrot Caraibes, is a fan favorite. The kitchen seamlessly blends French and Caribbean cuisine, to assure no one goes home unhappy (or hungry).
Recommended dish: Since this restaurant is known for it’s fresh lobster, definitely sample anything with lobster in it!
La Villa - (French) This romantic open-air restaurant is one of the gems of Grand Case. Here you’ll find a three-course menu for €49, where you can combine any of the dishes.
Recommended dish: Lobster Ravioli
Lolo’s - (BBQ) Lolo, coming from the French word meaning “lot,” are typically small traditional restaurants where you’ll find authentic local dishes. Lolo’s is a great spot for lunch, serving up generous portions of true Caribbean cuisine at a fantastic price.
Recommended dish: Red snapper
Spiga – (Italian) This restaurant may fool you from the outside, however, in this restored Creole home are some gorgeous Italian dishes, both pleasing to the eye and the palate. Not to mention they have an amazing wine list!
Recommended dish: Pappardelle pork and Italian sausage
Layla’s – (French/Caribbean) THE place to be for lunch if you’re on the French side of the island. The view of the ocean combined with the sound of wind whispering through the palm trees and the overall laid back atmosphere of Layla’s is sure to transport you to pure paradise. It may be a bit out of the way, but it’s definitely worth the trip!
Recommended dish: Any of their tapas!