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The island of Saint Barthélemy is the one of best Caribbean islands where to enjoy gourmet food, attentive service, a relaxed atmosphere, open air dining, french cuisine, local seafood, and people in casual-smart attire.

The best restaurants are not always the most expensive, depending on what St Barts experience you are looking for.

My favorite St Barts restaurants  

In no particular order, here are my favorite restaurants in St Barths:  

Bonito 

Amazing view on the port and on Gustavia, great food, stylish but smiling service. Expensive. I  go there to celebrate special occasions.  

Le Tamarin 

Our beloved Kate / Cat was the soul of the good old Tamarin for years. After she decided to step back, this hippie-chic retreat fell into disarray. Now, the new Le Tamarin has been the hot new place to be: Wonderful tropical garden setting, great food, cool music, and a very professional couple at the helm. Book a table, it is often very full!  

Fish Corner

A tiny place, but the best St Barts restaurants to enjoy local fish. Incredible seafood dishes, fresh lobster, fresh fish tacos, tuna and other local seafood favorites. The atmosphere is welcoming and even the house champagne is nice (so St Barths!). This place has a friendly owner who really cares about your experience here. The team is always looking to create innovative dishes.

Black Ginger 

My favorite Thai cuisine and Asian food place in St Barths. Very fresh. Located in the heart of Gustavia, Black Ginger serves up a 100% Thai cuisine with an authentic and refined style. These dishes are concocted by three chefs from Thailand who have been crafting their recipes for years. A unique interior courtyard is open to starry nights matched only by its contemporary design that combines red and black colors along with minimalist furniture like Charles Eames chairs.

L’Esprit 

The restaurant L’Esprit is one of the best St Barts resaurants, without a doubt. “A must visit place as fast as possible,” “Passionate about his art.” The success of this Saline establishment goes to its talented chef Jean-Claude Dufour, who was for 10 years at the helm of the Eden Rock. Open air dining, relaxed atmosphere, fine dining, excellent wines.

Grain de Sel 

My favorite place for real Créole food. Very rich, but very yummy. Real Caribbean food by Saline beach.  Super simple setting right near the Saline beach parking lot. Yet, it is so good and authentic. Service can be a bit slow, so enjoy the Caribbean rhythm and bring friendsto have fun. Great accras, cabri (goat), and fish of the day.

Arawak Café

Between Hermès and Cartier, this outdoor restaurant is actually a great place to have a  drink early evening and to have great food at dinner.  

L’Isoletta 

This is the little sister shop to the (expensive) great Italian restaurant called L’Isola. Best pizza slices in town, high-end Italian deli. Great for lunch.  

La Crêperie 

My guilty pleasure, crêpes just like in France. Low prices on salads, friendly family-owned place.  I go there for a very simple but good lunch in Gustavia when I have to wait for the shops to open again in the afternoon.  

Brunch at Le Gaïac 

Hotel Le Toiny hosts my favorite brunch on the island, very Sunday. Book in advance. Very good.  

Shellona

hellona welcomes you to the famous white sands of Shell Beach. The beach restaurant is in a prime location just below Hôtel Barrière Le Carl Gustaf St Barth and right in the heart of Gustavia. This amazing but tiny place has an incredible view where your lunch may be accompanied by live music or DJ’s, sun beds for relaxation, and exquisite cocktails with stunning views!

The Sand Bar

Located right on St Jean beach, one of the most famous St Barts beaches. The restaurant is part of the Eden Rock hotel resort. The menu is overseen by famous chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten. Truffle Pizza, crispy salmon and DJ’s with a taste for island vibes. This is The Sand: the culinary heart of Eden Rock Resort & Spa St Barths – its unique setting represents Saint Barth’s laid-back beach style.

Aux Amis

Its location on the Grand Cul de Sac bay is just one reason to love Aux Amis. With its newly opened wine bar and delicious tapas, it offers a perfect place for any occasion from business meetings to casual dinners with friends. Grand Cul de Sac is the best place to find luxury hotels and beaches. The beach has a lot of white sand and it’s home to many water sports such as jet skiing, kite surfing, parasailing, fishing trips, etc…

Alternatives to St Barts restaurants: Take Out & Eating at the Villa  

If you are going to eat at your villa, have a picnic at Colombier beach, or a delicious snack while sailing around the island, you will need to buy food from the local stores. Here are my cliff notes:  

Supermarket: Super U  

If you are staying in a villa, there is an 80% chance that if you go shopping for groceries, you will visit the Super U supermarket. It is located right across from the airport. You will find fruits,  vegetables, meats, wine, canned food, sauces, and more. The store brand “U” is actually quite good.  

Take-out  

  • Eden To Go: The Eden Rock has taken over Maya’s To Go. Fewer selections of salads and sandwiches, but still convenient. Where: Between St Jean beach and the airport.
  • Black Ginger: Great Thai Food, the take-out is next door to the restaurant. You can actually call beforehand and request a dish of the menu to be ready for taking out, so that offer more than you can see in their tiny shop. 

Food places to check out:  

  • Le Ti’Marché: Fresh vegetables and fruits from Guadeloupe. Go there if only for the nice smell and the nice colors. Located in Lorient. 
  • The fish market: Right at the entrance of Gustavia, the best place to buy fresh fish. Be there before 9 AM, before the fishermen pack and go home.  

Booming: Private Chefs  

As the number of villas is increasing and as restaurants are expensive, St Barths has become a  great place for private chefs to work. Here are a few (I have not tried them all, this is just a list):  

My favorite restaurants  

In no particular order, here are my favorite restaurants in St Barths:  

Bonito 

Amazing view on the port and on Gustavia, great food, stylish but smiling service. Expensive. I  go there to celebrate special occasions.  

Le Tamarin 

Our beloved Kate / Cat was the soul of the good old Tamarin for years. After she decided to step back, this hippie-chic retreat fell into disarray. Now, the new Le Tamarin has been the hot new place to be: Wonderful gardens, great food, cool music, and a very professional couple at the helm. Book a table, it is often very full!  

Le Ti St Barth 

Restaurant cum cabaret show, Le Ti is an institution. Surprisingly good food for a nightspot.  Dancing on tables. Good fun. It is a night place, do not show up at 7:30 PM for dinner, but rather at 9 PM. It is 10 minutes away on foot from my villas Domingue and BelAmour, so you can enjoy the party, drink, and walk home.  

Black Ginger 

My favorite Asian food place in St Barths. Very fresh. I use them for taking out and also to offer nice things to nibble on when I host a party at my villas.  

L’Esprit 

Near Saline, a restaurant whose chef is the former chef of the Eden Rock restaurant. Peaceful ambiance, great food.  

Grain de Sel 

My favorite place for real Créole food. Very rich, but very yummy. Real Caribbean food by Saline beach.  

Arawak Café 

Between Hermès and Cartier, this outdoor restaurant is actually a great place to have a  drink early evening and to have great food at dinner.  

L’Isoletta 

This is the little sister shop to the (expensive) great Italian restaurant called L’Isola. Best pizza slices in town, high-end Italian deli. Great for lunch.  

La Crêperie 

My guilty pleasure, crêpes just like in France. Low prices on salads, friendly family-owned place.  I go there for a very simple but good lunch in Gustavia when I have to wait for the shops to open again in the afternoon.  

Brunch at Le Gaïac 

Hôtel Le Toiny hosts my favorite brunch on the island, very Sunday. Book in advance. Very good.  

Take Out & Eating at the Villa  

If you are going to eat at your villa, have a picnic at Colombier beach, or a delicious snack while sailing around the island, you will need to buy food from the local stores. Here are my cliff notes:  

Supermarket: Super U  

If you are staying in a villa, there is an 80% chance that if you go shopping for groceries, you will visit the Super U supermarket. It is located right across from the airport. You will find fruits,  vegetables, meats, wine, canned food, sauces, and more. The store brand “U” is actually quite good.  

Take-out  

  • Eden To Go: The Eden Rock has taken over Maya’s To Go. Fewer selections of salads and sandwiches, but still convenient. Where: Between St Jean beach and the airport.
  • Black Ginger: Great Thai Food, the take-out is next door to the restaurant. You can actually call beforehand and request a dish of the menu to be ready for taking out, so that offer more than you can see in their tiny shop. 

Food places to check out:  

  • Super U L’Oasis: A smaller version of Super U, with a nice selection of fine foods and wines.
  • Le Ti’Marché: Fresh vegetables and fruits from Guadeloupe. Go there if only for the nice smell and the nice colors. Located in Lorient. 
  • The fish market: Right at the entrance of Gustavia, the best place to buy fresh fish. Be there before 9 AM, before the fishermen pack and go home.  

Booming: Private Chefs  

As the number of villas is increasing and as restaurants are expensive, St Barths has become a  great place for private chefs to work. Here are a few (I have not tried them all, this is just a list):  

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