Both the Dutch and French sides of St. Maarten/St. Martin offer a wide variety of dining options, and Dutch St. Maarten alone has more than 300 restaurants to choose from. Here are some of the best
Located on St. Maarten's eastern shore at Dawn Beach, this beachside restaurant serves breakfast and lunch daily. The menu ranges from salads and cold sandwiches (like crabmeat, chicken, tuna or delectable clubs) to grilled specialties such as mahi mahi, shrimp, grilled lobster, burgers, hot dogs, and baby back ribs. During the evening, Mr. Busby's is transformed into an Italian restaurant known as Daniel's By The Sea.
Bamboo Bernies recently moved to the five-star Sonesta Maho Beach Resort & Casino complex at Maho Bay and has been transformed into an ultra-sleek bar/restaurant. The Buddha Lounge serves food and drinks into the early hours of the morning amidst stylish Asian décor. The wine list includes an extensive selection of sake and shakes to complement world-class sushi prepared by master chefs from New York and Los Angeles.
AddressJuancho Yrausquin Blvd, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
This nautically themed, open-air restaurant is an excellent place to enjoy a relaxed meal overlooking Great Bay in Philipsburg. Serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner at a reasonable price, Chesterfield's main fare includes steak and seafood.
The Greenhouse was established in 1986 in Philipsburg and offers a laid back, yet lively atmosphere with an outside terrace, tranquil breezes and a picturesque view of the harbor. Menu options include steak, ribs, lobster and fresh seafood. The Greenhouse recently opened a second location in Simpson Bay, next to the Atrium Resort.
Address45 Boardwalk, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
Situated in the center of Philipsburg, the Holland House Beach Hotel's open-air lounge is one of the most stylish spots on the island. Dining options include an inventive selection of light snacks like zucchini soup shooters, salmon and caper bruschetta, and tonka bean crème brûlée. Live music sets the mood for a relaxing meal.
Oualichi Beach Bar & Restaurant
Located on the Philipsburg boardwalk, Oualichi provides fantastic views of incoming cruise ships from its outdoor terrace and also features a nautically-themed dining room. This popular hangout is well known for its pizza and offers casual fare such as sandwiches and wraps.
AddressBoardwalk, Philipsburg, Sint Maarten
This casual beachfront restaurant serves a variety of sandwiches, seafood, beef, pasta, vegetarian entrées, and some of the best ribs on the island. On weekdays, lunch is accompanied by live music, and on Friday evenings guests can enjoy happy hour with a live DJ.
Ras Bushman's I-Tal Shack is a small vegan restaurant located on Bush Road in Philipsburg. The I-Tal Shack serves local organic, homegrown vegetarian food and fresh local juices. When not on the premises, Ras Bushman can often be found at one of the island's many entertainment venues with his reggae band, the Freedom Fighters.
The Wajang Doll
Named for the dolls used in Indonesian shadow plays, this restaurant is one of the best Indonesian restaurants in the Caribbean. Diners enjoy rice accompanied by a variety of side dishes such as beef curry and mango chutney. The Wajang Doll also serves Javanese, Balinese, and Sumatran cuisine including tempura chicken, red snapper with ginger, and omelets filled with beef curry.
Located at La Vista Resort on Pelican Key, this charming restaurant is situated next to an infinity pool overlooking Saba island. The Creole-inspired dishes, all made from fresh ingredients, include snapper, shrimp and scallop ceviche.
Known for offering some of the best nightly music in St. Maarten, Pineapple Pete's provides a cozy and casual atmosphere for diners. The restaurant is open daily for lunch and dinner, and the menu options include herb-crusted rack of lamb, crab stuffed shrimp, lobster thermidor, crab and spinach crusted grouper, and more.
AddressWelfare Rd, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten
Known for its large breakfast menu, Zee Best offers more than 20 varieties of pastries, espresso and cappuccinos until 2 pm. The lunch menu features all the breakfast items, plus burgers, salads, sandwiches and more. Locations in Simpson Bay and Marina Port-de-Plaisance.