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L'Esprit Jean-Claude Dufour

French Cuisine
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+590 590 52 46 10
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L'Esprit Jean-Claude Dufour
Route de Saline
97133 St Barthélémy

“One of the best tables on the island, without a doubt.” “A restaurant to visit as fast as possible,” “Passionate about his art.” L’Esprit is definitely one of the culinary experiences most highly acclaimed by visitors to the island. It goes without saying that this restaurant in Saline owes it success to the talent of its chef, Jean-Claude Dufour, who after running the kitchen at Eden Rock for more than 10 years, set off on his own culinary adventure five years ago.


He selected a setting that fits his personal style, casual and open-air, close to the most beautiful beach on the island, with décor that is both intimate and welcoming in the heart of a tropical garden, where the stars twinkle brightly over the tables.

For Jean-Claude Dufour, cuisine is above all a sense of discovery, a perpetual research into the flavors he reinvents every evening, following his inspriration. He meticulously seasons every dish and carefully oversees the presentation of every plate.


Once again this year, his menus are very enticing, featuring a mix of classics and new recipes, which keep you coming back again and again. The duck spring rolls, the salad of white cabbage and mango, or the seared foie gras to start, followed by such specialties as roast pigeon, chestnut-artichoke tortellini, or braised veal with ravioli, and butternut blinis. The menu also places an accent on seafood with lobster ravioli, roast scallops with coppa, or turbot steaks.


New this season is the introduction of a 65-euro, three-course menu with appetizer, main course, and dessert. This initiative has been met with great enthusiasm, and provides another opportunity to enjoy the excellent cuisine of a chef whose pleasure is in pleasing others.


Credit photos : © Michael Gramm


Wine selections by Tof, director of the dining room.

Key Points

Discovery of new flavors; light, original, sophisticated cuisine; a menu for everyone, from fans of meat and fish to vegetarian dishes.


On the road to Saline, near the beach.


Open every evening except Wednesday. Closed for lunch.

  • High saison: 7pm to 11pm
  • Low Saison: 7pm to 10pm (May to November)

Open year-round

Reservations recommended

24 hours in advance!

Booking will be confirmed by the restaurant via email


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Customer reviews and opinions (9)

St. Bart's is a magical island. It's beauty is appreciated upon every return visit. We have been to the island 7 or 8 times and had never eaten at L'Esprit until our last visit in January 2017. The Chef is truly talented and created dishes that were as complex in taste that we have had in a long time. To say that each dish exploded in your month with great taste is an understatement. It is a great restaurant and we cannot wait to return to the island and experience the Chef's creations.


Loved it, the Food , The Service (especially Olivier and Cyril) , the Location, Setting Just Perfect !!!


Un bonjour de toute la famille APOLLONI qui est très fière de vous et qui est émerveillée par la beauté de cet établissement. Bravo pour cette réussite.Peut-être aurons nous un jour le bonheur de venir dans votre paradis. Gros bisous.


L'Esprit is a very special place; the food is the best on the island; and the ambience and service are fabulous! And the setting is beautiful too! I cannot wait to go back.


A truly talented chef. From appetizers to dessert: SUPERB!


grand chef APACHE , c' est avec grand plaisir quue nous viendrons découvrir ton nouvel univers ou tu excellera s comme d' habitude . ( Dominique et Fanny )


un petit encouragement de ta ville natale pour te souhaiter bon vent...


Vivement l'ouverture !!!! Cela va etre terriiiiiible ....En attendant :bons préparatifs !....


on y croit et bonne chance à vous dans cette belle aventure


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