St Barth stars as the top culinary destination of the Caribbean. More than 80 restaurants—and as many chefs—serve a successful blend of French cuisine with an international medley of flavors. Here’s our selection of some of the best eateries on the island.
Shellona is the new beach restaurant on magnificent Shell Beach in Gustavia, with a lunch menu reflecting the flavors of the Mediterranean, and a festive ambiance featuring 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 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 François 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 cuisine is just as refined as ever and rooted in traditional French gastronomy.
The new Tropical Hotel also has a new restaurant, Bohemia, in Saint Jean. In a gypsy chic ambiance, the cuisine is both fresh and authentic with Mediterranean accents.
Bo Káo brings you the delicious nuances of Nikkei cuisine, a wonderful 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, Santa Fe is a convivial and relaxed restaurant with magnificent views, offering a varied international menu based on traditional French cuisine with an accent on local fresh fish.
Lunching In St Barth
Strictly impossible to visit St Barth without visiting Eden Rock in St Jean. The spirit of this legendary iconic hotel is reflected at the Sand Bar, its upscale beach restaurant.
On the beach in Flamands, several lovely restaurants await you. At La Langouste or Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France, you can enjoy lunch with breathtaking views of the ocean.
In Lurin, the terrace at Santa Fe overlooks the sea and the neighboring islands to the south.
In Pointe Milou, Mango, the beach restaurant at the Christopher Hotel, just steps from their large swimming pool, offers a delicious menu of fusion cuisine served with an exceptional view of Pointe Milou and the bay of Lorient.
A few beaches over, Le Guanahani Hotel is renowned for the wonderful cuisine at Indigo, the beachfront restaurant on the edge of the lagoon.
Close by you can enjoy great sushi at Yosushimania, located at Villa Lodge 4 Epices. You can also enjoy Mediterranean cuisine with an Italian accent at Le Sereno, where the restaurant is also right by the beach. At Le Toiny, you can enjoy grilled fish and salads at the beach club with your feet literally in the sand.
For a fun and festive lunch right on the beach, head over to the bay of St Jean and grab your table at Nikki Beach or at La Plage. Or if in Gustavia, enjoy a meal at Shellona, right on Shell Beach.
To Kick Off The Evening
In Gustavia, enjoy a drink at Le Select or at the Bar de l’Oubli. Or check out the extensive list of cocktails at Ko Báo where the ambiance is chic and relaxed. Bonito has killer views and masterful cocktails to enjoy at sunset.
The bar and lovely lighting on the ocean add a touch of elegance to the gourmet restaurant at Eden Rock.
Impossible To Have A Bad Dinner in St Barth
Bonito is one of the best restaurants in Gustavia, boasting panoramic views of the port and the yachts in the harbor.
Contemporary décor and delicious Thai cuisine define Black Ginger, one of the most interesting places in town.
Just up the street is L’Isola, the island’s Italian treasure, highly touted for the elegance of its cuisine. On the way out of town is L’Isoletta, the little sister of l’Isola, makes great pizza with a really thin crust to eat on their relaxed terrace or take home.
Baz Bar combines a wide range of sushi with live music. At La Guérite on the Pointe, the menu revolves around delicious Mediterranean recipes served in a trendy ambiance with a new bar lounge and DJ.
In Public, Maya’s is a legendary St Barth restaurant, not to be missed.
For a romantic dinner in elegant surroundings, we recommend the gourmet restaurant at Eden Rock, with lovely lighting on the rocks, or a special soirée at Le Toiny restaurant with its refined, contemporary French cuisine.
Saline has become a gourmet paradise.
Not far from the beach, chef Jean-Claude Dufour is master of the kitchen at L’Esprit Jean Claude Dufour, whose reputation reaches far beyond the shores of this island. Reservations are at a must at this gourmet garden restaurant.
Meat and Potatoes is the place to go for good red meat. The menu also includes fish and vegetarian options.
It’s impossible to leave the island without spending an evening at Ti Saint-Barth in Pointe Milou. An island institution, known for its fun, cabaret club ambiance, its delicious cuisine made on a wood grill, music, and DJs. And yes, you can really dance on the tables!
Into The Wee Hours
Two new clubs are open in Gustavia this season. The VIP Room by Jean Roch is the place to dance the night away. And Mykonos meets St Barth at Moni (ex Casa Nikki) for unforgettable soirées.
Don’t forget to stop into 25 Quarter and Bagatelle, two places with a festive touch for after dinner in Gustavia. In St Jean, Modjo is the place to see and be seen, with music by star DJ Jacques Dumas. And a party is always on tap at Ti Taverne, the hot bar scene at Ti St Barth in Pointe Milou.
A bit of advice: Reservations are highly recommended at all of these restaurants. For additional information and details about any of them, click on their page on the ACCESS website.