MWe are lucky to have so many excellent restaurants in St Barth. There are more than 70 Saint Barth restaurants and just as many chefs who create culinary excellences that are refined and delicious, while marrying French cuisine with flavors from around the world. Living on the island for an average of 15 years, our staff has had a chance to try them all in order to provide you with a list of the best restaurants in Saint Barth.
Shellona has opened its doors on magnificent Shell Beach in Gustavia, with a menu reflecting the flavors of the Mediterranean for lunch, and a festive ambiance with a DJ and live music.
At Aux Amis, the waterfront restaurant at the new Le Barthélemy Hotel & Spa in Grand Cul de Sac, acclaimed French chef Guy Martin presents cuisine that is at the same time simple yet sophisticated. Grilled fish and meat on the rotisserie herald the promise of a memorable culinary voyage.
This year, all eyes are also turned toward Francois Plantation, the legendary restaurant of the 1990s. The elegance of the room, which has reopened at Villa Marie in Colombier, retains its Colonial style. The cusine is just as refined as ever and rooted in traditional French gastronomy.
The newly renovated Tropical Hotel has opened its restaurant Maman in Saint Jean. An ambiance of bohemian-chic sets the stage for food influences from the South of France and North America that have been successful at their places in New York and Toronto.
Bo Kao brings you the delicious nuances of Nikkei cuisine, a wonderufl blend of Japanese and Peruvian cuisine, set in the prestigious Carré d'Or with its redesigned terrace in the middle of the luxury boutiques in Gustavia.
In the hills of Lurin, with magnificent views, Santa Fe offers a convivial and relaxed atmosphere, where a varied menu of international cuisine is based on traditional French cuisine with an accent on local fresh fish.
It is impossible to come to St Barth and not visit Eden Rock, the first hotel built on the island. For lunch, drinks, or dinner, this legendary hotel is contemporary with a dash of vintage spirit. Lunch is at the Sand Bar, its beach restaurant on the edge of St Jean Bay, and one of the most beautiful beaches on the island.
On the beach in Flamands, three great places await you: La Langouste restaurant, the restaurants at Cheval Blanc St Barth Isle de France, now part of the prestigious LVMH group, and at Taïwana—both serve a lovely lunch right at the water’s edge.
Our culinary journey continues with a stop in Pointe Milou at Mango, the restaurant at The Christopher hotel, which offers a delicious menu of fusion food for an unforgettable lunch with a great view of Pointe Milou and the bay of Lorient.
A few beaches further along the coast, Le Guanahani Hotel has a beachfront restaurant with swimming pool. Known for its fine cuisine as well as an ideal location on the edge of the Grand Cul-de-Sac lagoon, where you can often watch windsurfers and kite surfers zipping along.
Worth the detour is the new beach restaurant at Le Toiny, where its relaxed ambiance. Enjoy lunch with your feet in the sand, shaded by large airy tents or palm trees, as surfers pirouette on the waves just off the coast.
And for a festive lunch, right on the beach, check out Nikki Beach in St Jean or Shellona on Shell Beach. They both rock with the music of hot DJs, and the ambiance flows from dancing to relaxing on chaise lounges and swimming until sunset.
To Kick Off Your Evening
The town of Gustavia is filled with good restaurants.
From traditional eateries facing the port to more innovative spots, every culinary desire can be met. Another address worth noting is Bo Kao, right in the heart of the boutiques in the center of town. From breakfast through dinner by way of lunch, the menu includes sandwiches, salads, homemade pâté, and a full raw bar with sushi, Carpaccio, ceviche, and tartar, which can also be ordered to go.
Those who prefer pre-dinner drinks while admiring the sunset can head to Shellona on Shell Beach.
Impossible To Not Enjoy Dinner In St Barts
This is an island that can truly boast excellent restaurants. Bonito is one of the best in Gustavia, but also the perfect place to enjoy a night cap at the end of the evening and admire the lights twinkling in the port while listening to good music.
With its contemporary décor and delicious Thai cuisine, Black Ginger should definitely be on your list of places to try.
Just a few steps away, L’Isola is the 100% Italian brasserie 100% a sure bet known not only for its refined cuisine but also for its cosmopolitan ambiance. On the way out of town, L’ Isoletta is L’Isola’s baby sister, where the pizza has a light, thin crust and can be order by the slice or by meter, to enjoy relaxing on the sofas on the terrace or to take home.
For a romantic dinner under a starry celestial canopy, we recommend the gourmet restaurant On The Rocks at Eden Rock, with its incredible view of the bay of St Jean all lit up at night. Or enjoy a special evening at the restaurant at Le Toiny, which serves exquisite gourmet cuisine.
Saline is not only known for the unspoiled and sensual nature of its magnificent beach, but also for the variety of restaurants in this charming neighborhood. First is Tamarin, run by Julie and Paco. Open all day for lunch, dinner, and afternoon snacks, the restaurant is set in a tropical oasis, where the luxurious vegetation and serenity are quite relaxing. And on Sunday, Julie and Paco offer a brunch menu with sweet and savory options.
A little further along is Meat and Potatoes, a popular place for meat lovers. Owner JC attaches great importance to the choice of his ingredients, and those who have more vegetarian tendencies will also find choices to please their palates. Finally, closer to the beach, chef Jean-Claude Dufour runs his own restaurant, L’Esprit Jean-Claude Dufour. Over the past four seasons this restaurant has built up a well-warranted international reputation and is always full, for lunch and dinner. Reservations required!
Impossible to leave the island without dining at Ti St-Barth: Open until 4am this season, this restaurant in Pointe Milou is celebrating its 20th anniversary. An institution on the island, it is known as much for its adorable staff as it cabaret-club concept with music and house DJ. Owner Carole Gruson, a charming businesswoman who also runs First Class, a discothèque in Gustavia, originated the island’s concept of combining good food and a festive ambiance. At “Le Ti,” you can have a drink on the terrace bar and watch the 9pm fashion show before the 10:15pm cabaret show, or have dinner then dance on the tables as of 11pm in an unforgettable party ambiance.
Into The Night
A nice alternative to a disco is the lounge bar-club Modjo in St Jean, a place where everyone on the island goes to enjoy a cool play list and a snack menu in a friendly setting. There’s also 25 Quarter, the bar-lounge in Gustavia and Bagatelle, a restaurant along the port known for its menu as well as its after-dinner festive club feeling. And to dance until the wee hours, the hot place to go is First Class in Gustavia
All of these places are popular, so reservations are recommended to be sure to get a good table. Please check out the listings on our website for detailed information on each of these places, many of which also offer a take-out menu.