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Great Restaurants and Bars on Dutch St. Maarten
Good to know where to go!
There are plenty of
great dining places!
Casual or elegant...
Many places are
on the beach or at the Simpson Bay Lagoon
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Restaurants in Dutch St. Maarten
Fine Dining on the "Friendly Island"
Regardless on which side of the island you are accommodated, make sure to visit restaurants on both sides of the island! Explore the French gastronomy, but pay also a visit to the fine restaurants on 'Dutch' St Maarten. Mainly in Philipsburg and Simpson Bay, there is a broad range of cooking styles and ethnic food to choose from.
Besides French,and Italian food, you will find American, Mexican, Argentinean, Indian, Indonesian, Surinamese, Japanese, Chinese, Créole and Antillean cuisine. Many of them are in a beautiful setting at the waterfront of Great Bay, Simpson Bay Lagoon or the Maho Reef.
After dinner, there are plenty of places, on Dutch St. Maarten, from bars and discotheques to Casinos and gambling places, to keep you entertained.
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Area code: 721
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Name + Location
Type of Cuisine/Description
Name + Location
Type of Cuisine/Description
Anand 542 5706
Indian Cuisine. A bit hidden little restaurant, located in a small alley just around the corner of L'Escargot.
Antoine 542 2964
Front Street 119
French/Créole Cuisine with a touch of Italian flavors and ingredients. The New York Times voted Antoine´s Lobster Thermidor "the best on the island". Amazing waterfront dining with sensational view. Seafood Lovers will enjoy the Seafood Linguine which uses only the freshest local produce. Open 11am to 11pm
Chesterfields 542 3484
Great portions in a nice, waterfront setting. Not the fine dining place, but still great with a large choice of various dishes, for lunch or dinner. Also fine place for (American) breakfast. A popular place with the local (business) community for lunch.
Chez Delphine 522 2313
Boardwalk at corner of Speetjens Arcade
Chez Delphine is a surprising place. The French owner provides excellent cuisine at very attractive prices. A wide variety of breakfast, snacks, and exquisite main courses, including lobster, at lunch time. Dinner at some nights. The place gives ample of opportunity to sit either right with your feet in the sand and water, or in a cabana like cozy place in midst of the action at Boardwalk. Don't miss this place, when you are strolling along Great Bay in Philipsburg!
Domino´s Pizza Philipsburg
& other locations
Restaurant for dining and dancing at the place of former Fusion restaurant next to the Sea Palace Hotel.
L´Escargot 542 2483 Philipsburg
96, Front Street
Classic, delicious French Cuisine and seafood with a special twist. L´Escargot is celebrating over 30 years of excellent dining in a vintage gingerbread Creole house that dates back over 150 years. There is a choice of 8 different styles of snails on the menu, and house favorites include a fabulous Rack of Lamb, Langouste, and their famous Roasted Duck. Some of their desserts have been award winning. Friday night, they feature "La Cage aux Folles", a lively dinner cabaret show, and reservations for that are a Must! Open for lunch and dinner.
Greenhouse Bar & Restaurant 542 2941
Great Bay, between board walk and
International cuisine. Open for lunch & dinner. A good place for Happy Hour or a casual evening out. Fully stocked bar.
A casual bar and restaurant, where you can also sit outside to enjoy the fine Caribbean weather.
Philipsburg, on the
Boardwalk (next to Taloula Mango)
Open every day from 10am to 8pm with Caribbean cuisine in an informal atmosphere. Moderately priced (main courses start at $13.95). A place for having lunch or a snack overlooking the azure blue waters of Great Bay. The menu features traditional island cuisine. Variety of grilled meat and fish specialties, also salads, burgers and subs.
The Ocean Lounge
at Holland House 542 2572
Philipsburg at the Boardwalk
The Ocean Lounge is an appealing restaurant at the Oceanfront and boardwalk located in the Hotel Holland House in Philipsburg. The attractive place serves tapas and finger foods in a new and trendy European style restaurant.
You can have a dinner on lounge seats with a nice view over the water. The kitchen is international with a great wine assortment.
CHIPPIE's CAFE 542 6988
Philipsburg, in an alley between Pondfill and Cannegieter Rd, in the area of GEBE
The former chef and owners of the "Old Captain" moved to a new location in Philipsburg that quickly became a very well known place under the new name of "Chippie's Cafe". Lots of regulars from all walks of life. Chippie is not a fancy nor chic restaurant, but it's definitely a place to go for Sushi, for good quality, huge pieces at very reasonable prices! There are other Asian specialties from China, Indonesia and Japan, and international seafood dishes. They also have burgers, meat, salads etc. And if they don't have what you want, they get it for you!! Chef Molly prepares also daily specials. And all this at very very competitive prices! Best time is to go for lunch, or an early diner. The dining room is air-conditioned !
Oualichi 543 4316 Philipsburg, Boardwalk
One of the newer places in town, this fun, nautical-themed eatery serves up mostly sandwiches, pizza and burgers. You can sit outside on the beach or inside, or at one of the tables on the covered veranda. The glass-covered bar and some of the tables are decorated with sand, shells, and other beachy things. Oualichi is a popular hang-out, which can also be booked for special occasions and business luncheons etc.
542 3588 Philipsburg
Boardwalk 19 Front Street
(at the Pasanggrahan Boutique Hotel & Guesthouse)
Unfortunately rip-off prices, e.g. $4 for a mediocre small cup of espresso at their board walk bar!
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Set amidst a nice tropical garden of the Creole-style Pasanggrahan Hotel, they serve international cuisine. Pasanggrahan is also good for seafood.
Pink Pearl 542 0230
Front Street 147
On the water on Front Street. Low-key eatery serving great shrimp wantons, also affordable Steaks.
Shiv Sagar Philipsburg
Front Street 20
The first Indian restaurant on the island is now closed (12/2012)
with 4 locations, one at the Pondfill in Philipsburg
Boardwalk, next to St. Rose Arcade
Another excellent option for a low-key lunch, or early evening out on the Boardwalk. Lunch specials for 7-10$, and reasonably priced dinner menu. Live band on Friday evenings.
Owners Sue and Norman Wathey combine decades of culinary experience, as the couple also runs the Kangaroo Court for many years.
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The Boardwalk in Philipsburg is the primary destination for many visitors. After arrival by cruise ship, the water taxis take them to the center of the board walk.
views of Great Bay beach and boardwalk here!
RESTAURANTS and BARS
RESTAURANTS and BARS
Aqua Simpson Bay, Airport Rd. (opposite the Winair ticketing office, next to Lal's)
Casual open air eatery on the water (lagoon-side) with very good Sushi. Besides the Sushi menu, they also feature an eclectic menu with a variety of dishes. Moroccan feel inside with gauge drapes, cushioned benches, nice pillows etc. Aqua has a fish tank.
Welfare Rd 103
German food & German beer. Specials at Octoberfest.
101 Welfare Road
Mediterranean fine food at the entrance to Pelican Key, next to the Bavaria restaurant. Bistro type at medium to high price level. Open daily, except Saturdays from 5pm to 10pm. Great ratings on TripAdvisor.
Boat House 544 5409
Popular for steaks and seafood on the waterfront in Simpson Bay. Nice set up in a colorful Creole-style cottage.
Buccaneer Bar Simpson Bay / Kim Sha Beach (next to Atrium Resort before you drive up the hill towards Pelican Resort).
A low key eatery and beach bar, good for steaks, seafood, pizza.... right on the water/beach of Simpson
Bay. BBQ grill and Pizza oven. Live entertainment four days a week from 5PM to 8PM, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday and Sunday. They also offer beach chairs and umbrellas free for customers.
Open daily from 10:30am-until open end...
Picante Bar Simpson Bay / Kim Sha Beach (next to Atrium Resort )
Beach bar, serving food, too. Beach chairs and umbrellas available.
Captain´s Cove 544 2616
Top-rated Steak and Seafood House on the waterfront of Pelican Resort Club marina. Lobster, and prime US and Argentine steaks, ribs, chops, rack of lamb, baked stuffed Caribbean lobster, local seafood, pastas. Broad list of value wines and famous vintages. Actually, it is the only restaurant on St. Maarten to be awarded The Wine Spectator´s prestigious "Award of Excellence"... The right place for couples looking for romantic waterfront dining in air-conditioned comfort. Homemade desserts and pastries. Live music for dinner dancing on Mondays and Fridays. Open 7/7
Pelican Resort Marina
Open daily for bfst, lunch & dinner
Don't let you fool by the kind of unusual entrance that looks more like entering a condo complex... ! Ciao is a new (opened January 2009), fine Italian waterfront restaurant & pizzeria set up in nautical themes. Nice setting on the waterfront terrace at Simpson Bay. Reasonable prices ($11+ for appetizers, main courses start at $14) for good food prepared by the attentive Italian chef.
La Guinguette 544 4507
Cole Bay at
Port de Plaisance
French Bar-Restaurant at Port de Plaisance, located directly at the marina, close to Princess Casino. Choose to sit in the comfort of an air-conditioned dining room, or enjoy the night breeze on the romantic outdoor terrace.
The Hideaway 544 2650
at La Vista Resort
Locally created Creole dishes, as well as fine international cuisine in an intimate and casual poolside setting. Serves up great pastas, and fish dishes. Open 7/7 for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Live entertainment Thursday, Friday, Saturday.
Rock & Blues Café 544-3600
Yacht Club Marina
Delicious fare of Tex-Mex grilled over chips of smoking Mesquite. Open air dining and swim-up bar. The open air seating is set around a beautiful pool with two waterfalls. The menu ranges from Hamburger to sizzling lobster Fajitas, and some special Vegetarian menus. Great Nachos. 32oz fish bowl Margaritas! Classic Rock & Roll, Blues. Open 7/7 for lunch and dinner.
Joe´s Pub and Grill 557 9954
and 7 Alive
Maybe one of the most understated restaurants on St. Maarten. Don't equate the sparse decor with the food. The food is great and very reasonably prices. You can eat in or get a take out and find a quiet spot on the beach nearby to enjoy your meal. All You Can Eat Ribs Tuesday to Saturday nights. Joe´s is known for serving the best Rib Platters you can find on Sint Maarten.
Villa and Condo
Rentals, Click! - at attractive rates!
For rent directly from owners at Pelican Key in Simpson Bay.
RESTAURANTS and BARS - continued
RESTAURANTS and BARS - continued
Vesna Taverna 524 5283
Airport Road 15 Unit 1
Eatery morphed from Bagel outlet to full service restaurant at moderate prices. Casual ambiance with good food and service. Short after the bridge on the left side in direction to airport. Open daily except Sunday and Monday nights.
IZI Ristorante Italiano 544 3079
Upscale Italian restaurant in very modern, colorful design. Beside pasta, you get a large choice of vegetarian food, fish, meat, poultry, and salads and amazing desserts. Moderate prices, good service, closed Tuesdays.
Cugini 523 7076
next to Fedex
Italian restaurant relocated from Marigot to Simpson Bay in 2014. Great Italian food including pizza at very moderate prices. Extensive menu and wine cellar. Easy to reach with ample off-street parking. Calm and relaxing ambiance.
Grill & Bar
Welfare Rd 84
Casual dining spot overlooking the charter and fishing boats on the lagoon. On the inexpensively priced menu is grilled seafood, fish, lobster, ribs, chicken, BBQ, and steak.
Pasta Café 545 3098
Palapa Center & Marina
American Breakfast, Bagels, Sandwich, Snacks, Seafood, Pasta. Open for bfst, lunch and dinner.
Simpson Bay (opposite Megaplex cinema).
Open daily from 11am till late. This casual eatery has become a popular and busy place, mainly with North American (repeat) clients and visitors. They also feature Pool tables in an air-conditioned room and live music on some nights. The waiters are very attentive and efficient, and the bartenders do also a wonderful job.
Pizza Hut 545 3210
Airport Rd 65
Offers Dine-In, Carry-Out or Delivery.
Rancho Steak & Lobster 545 2495
Featuring the finest cuts of steak, freshest lobster, and a large selection of wine. Open for lunch & dinner. Friday Live Flamenco Show & 50% off on Spanish Wine. Live Latin music on Havana Nights Saturdays.
Karakter 523 9983 Simpson Bay Rd. 121
next to Mary Boon's Plantation
Beach - Lounge - Restaurant
Open daily from 10:00am - 8:00pm except Tuesdays, open on Friday night
New place, more like a beach bar, right between runway and Simpson Bay beach built around a school bus, the bar, and lounge chairs on the beach. Nice drinks, and snacks/tapas. Very attentive management and service. Moderate prices.
New restaurant, soon to be displayed.
Space reserved for new restaurant on Simpson Bay.
Restaurant at Mary's Boon Beach Plantation
Renowned for its historical and ambient Mary´s Boon Beach Plantation Resort, founded in 1970, the restaurant offers beachfront dining at Simpson Bay. Its open air seaside dining gallery provides a romantic atmosphere serving international cuisine. Unfortunately, the restaurant experienced some changes in ownership and struggles to regain a good reputation.
The Stone Restaurant & Lounge 580 7141
Airport Rd 23
At this place, you can expect excellent tender meat & steaks prepared on a hot stone on your table. The setting is simple, even minimalistic, but quality of the meat is great! Since recently, they also added Sushi to their menu, and promote an "All you can eat Sushi" on Sundays!
Lodging Choices Tip
Dutch side or French side, what is better?
This really depends on your style of vacation. If you prefer nightlife, spend or win some money at casinos, like hanging out at bars, then the Dutch part is right for you. And you may want to stay close by at a rental property at Simpson Bay or at Cupecoy.
If you are more into a quiet life, enjoy great food, and love spending the day at a fabulous beach, may be even at a topless or "less" beach, then the French side is the place to go. See here for lodging options.
3 Palms Restaurant and
The Rocks Beach
Bar & Grill
60, Welfare Road
at Three Palms Plaza
Promoted as "Sophisticated food and drink in a trendy atmosphere". New stylish restaurant and bar.
The new bar at Simpson Bay Resort & Marina opens daily at 7:00am.
Tequila 545 2495
Palapa Center & Marina
Genuine Tex-Mex-Kitchen. Thursday Mexican Buffet. Open for lunch and dinner.
Top Carrot 544 3381
Mediterranean cuisine and delicious vegetarian menus, daily specials created with a personal touch. Located in the stylish Simpson Bay Yacht Club complex, Top Carrot offers relaxing indoor lounge ambiance, or shaded bistro-style dining on the cool terrace. Complete, authentic fruit and vegetable juice bar, and home baked desserts. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Topper's 544 3500
Welfare Rd 113
(next to Dolphin's Casino)
International Cuisine, prime rib on special nights. Open from 11am Mon - Sat for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday from 4:00pm for dinner only. Daily specials and children's menu available. Has developed into a popular hang-out with (mainly American) expats and tourists alike. Karaoke after 9:30pm.
White Swan Bar & Restaurant
Sr. Modesta Rd. #2
Chinese Cuisine waterfront on the lagoon-side. Enjoys a good reputation. Moderate prices.
Bamboo Bernies 545 3622
Maho Arcade, 2.floor at the Western end
Bamboo Bernies is Sushi Bar and Restaurant, and live music venue. Exotic Tiki drinks, fresh sushi, BBQ, live music. Features over 30 varieties of tropical drinks. Moderate prices. Open Tues - Sun from 5 pm, on Sat & Sun lunch, too.
Cheri´s Café 545 3361
American Cuisine and entertainment! Open air place at central area of Maho hotel district. Dancing, fun, and the place to go, see, and meet people.
La Rosa Too 545 3470
Maho Reef Mall
This is a great Italian restaurant nestled in the far corner of the Maho Resort complex. You can sit on the balcony overlooking La Rosa´s Waterfalls and the night life of St. Maarten. Consistent top quality Italian Food with a Caribbean flair. Open for dinner only. Closed on Sunday.
Pizza Pasta 545 4034
A true Italian Trattoria. Open for lunch and dinner.
Le Moulin Fou
545 57 77
Maho Beach Resort (behind Cheri's Cafe)
A wonderful place to enjoy an excellent French dinner. Attentive and attractive French waiters will guide you through your dinner. Excellent food and excellent service, while you may want to watch people and entertainment at Cheri's Cafe, just below the Moulin Fou's terrace. Moulin Fou has both, inside air-conditioned sitting in a beautifully decorated dining room, or outside on the terrace.
Maho area with high density of resorts, casino, restaurants, and bars.
Sunset Bar and Grill 545 3996
This great beach side hang-out and perfect spot for watching aircrafts at the end of the airport runway was substantially hit by hurricane Omar in October 2008. The popular bar is open with new ownership. See more about this beach area and the airplane landing thrill here.
Free WiFi Hotspot!
Sunset Bar - the world famous airplane spotting area. Free adrenaline shocks included! More about this awesome spot on the Maho Beach webpage and on our Island Tour pages.
or 523 8992
at Starz City
[email protected] Napoli is a popular Pizzeria and restaurant at the Starz City Casino entrance. Outside dining is a bit like sitting in the entrance hall of the casino. The pizzas are excellent. Unfortunately, a bit overpriced, but this is not unique to the Cupecoy area.
Restaurants in the Cupecoy area are either at the Starz City Casino complex, or in the new Porto Cupecoy area. There are only a few places and coffee shops between these two centers.
Puerto Cupecoy is a new upscale development on the lagoon side of the Cupecoy area.
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at Starz City
The former Le Montmartre restaurant has now become La Coupole.
Maximo Café 554 0333
This seafood-heavy French restaurant, is located on Porto Cupecoy, a marina, condo, retail and restaurant complex built by Orient Express Hotels. It is gaining a reputation as one of the island’s top spots. Pastas include tagliatelle with scallops; main courses include a filet of turbot with a riesling sauce. Expensive!
Temptation 545 2254
at Starz City
Fine dining restaurant with live piano music and international cuisine. The softly lit, cozy dining room is fashionable, romantic and soothing at the same time, and was created by celebrated designer Craig Spann. The extensive and ever-evolving Nouveau Caribbean menu and flawless service make dining a seductive culinary experience. Open 7/7 for dinner only. Closed on Monday in low season. See also restaurant "Rare" at same place.
Open on weekdays 6-12pm, and 6pm to 1 pm on weekends.
Re-opened in early 2007, with the new concept to simply pamper patrons as they lounge on the comfortable sofas, or sit at the modern romantic dining tables. Tapas menu includes sticks of Foie Gras, Coconut brioche, Blue Water Crab Cake, Chicken and Truffle Croque Monsieur. The light dishes, with portions meant to be shared, offer diners a chance to sample several enchanting creations prepared by a French chef
Mario's Bistro 523-2760
Romantic ambiance at the Porto Cupecoy Yacht Club. French and Italian food and attentive service have made it a longtime favorite. Prices on the upper edge.
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Oyster Pond - Dutch side
Oyster Pond - Dutch side
144 Oyster Pond
Brand new French cuisine restaurant at the Westin Resort on Dawn Beach. Fine dining in elegant setting, ocean view. Seafood specialties.
Mr. Busby's Beach Bar 543 6088
Fresh local lobster on the beach of Oyster Pond (Dawn Beach). Looks like a beach bar, but turns out to be a good restaurant, too. They serve mostly local food. Visit for lunch or join the bar crowd at happy hour. At night, Mr. Busby turns into "Daniels by the Sea", for fine dining with Daniel and his seasoned staff, who formerly ran famous "Da Livio" in Philipsburg, more info
The beach is densely lined with beach chairs mainly catering for neighboring Oyster Pond Resort.
Emerald Merit Dr. 14
Open for bfst, lunch & dinner.
Nice setting for al fresco eating. Upscale dinner place serving fish, sushi, and meat including steaks (and other specialties). Main courses around $30 at dinner. Friendly and attentive service!
(within Oyster Bay Resort)
You can take a table in front of their beautiful pool, the ocean in the front, and St Barth as a background. At the French/Dutch border, the Beau Beau features International American and Caribbean cuisine and entertainment (Cabaret and live music local bands). Open 7/7 for bfst, lunch and dinner
Captain Oliver's 0590 87 30 00
Oyster Pond Marina
Unique restaurant on the island, sitting right on the border of the French and Dutch part of the island. When you enter the restaurant, you cross the border right at the reception area. The restaurant is entirely constructed above water, in the heart of the Oyster Pond marina. The chef prepares fresh fish and seafood specialties to French and Creole flavors. Great buffet style dinner at Saturday nights and brunch buffet on Sundays, excellent value. Open 7/7.
Oyster Pond is an active Yacht harbor with great views towards St. Barth.
Small bars, ice cream parlors, and "watering holes" just everywhere!
There are plenty more small restaurants, roadside trailers for fast food, small bars, and mobile stands selling beverages and styrofoam container food. Some might be good and prices attractive, some, we tend to warn you as hygienic conditions might be off common standards. There are also areas, which are less safe!
Grounded Airplane No longer operational as of 2017
On the pondfill road at the Northern edge of Philipsburg: An old airplane has even been converted to a restaurant. You see it, when you enter Philipsburg on Bush Road.
There are plenty of nightlife places, which are not covered here. You may or may not want to see casinos, adult shows, brothels, and all type of establishments on the Dutch side.
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