There are an amazing number of wonderful places (and ways) to dine in St Barts and the island is famous for its sophisticated yet casual restaurant scene.
Rue de la République, Gustavia,
At this sidewalk café in the main port's ritzy shopping area, try the chef's expertly seasoned Greek plates, such as an airy puff pastry with caramelized onions and leeks.
This family-run tavern, restaurant, and sports club lies near the town entrance and serves simple, Creole-style seafood. In the one-story building with blue shutters, the clientele includes a mix of locals, neighborhood fishermen, and tourists. Besides the soccer game broadcasts, they come for Creole dishes like fresh cod fritters and grilled mahi-mahi with rice—all written on chalkboard menus. Nights at Au Regal progress from sports games to seafood dining to Caribbean music and dancing. The house specialty is the grilled half lobster, served in its shell with garlic, herbs, and potatoes au gratin.
Guanahani Resort, Grand Cul de Sac
Located within the luxury Hotel Guanahani on St. Barthelemy’s eastern coast, this upscale spot draws a dinner crowd for the innovative, French-Caribbean cuisine and romantic atmosphere. Seating is available at low-lit tables in the covered but open-air main dining room, as well as on the garden deck with wicker chairs. There’s a five-course chef’s menu and an à la carte selection that ranges from suckling pig confit with pumpkin puree, to seared mahi mahi with lobster ceviche, pineapple, and passion fruit. The high-ceilinged cocktail lounge, styled with low, padded sofas and dark woods, features a live pianist.
Route des Flamands, Flamands
While it isn't the height of glamour—picnic tables covered in plastic cloths, Christmas lights strung in the trees—this is the best bargain on the island. It's also one of the few spots to find authentic Creole dishes like goat stew and conch fritters.
Shell Beach, Gustavia
A misnomer, Shell Beach has, sadly, few shells. The sand itself (gray, rough) isn't top-quality, but the placid cove is ideal for kids. For a lunch of lemongrass shrimp, book a table on the second floor of the Asian-influenced Do Brazil.
Rue du Centenaire, Gustavia
Owner Eddy Stakelborough greets every guest at his Gustavia hideaway. Don't miss the assiette cru: market-fresh fish served in a multitude of styles, from sashimi to tempura. Bamboo lights cast a romantic glow on the braided-straw ceilings.
Just steps from Saline Beach, this open-air restaurant serves a globally inspired menu that changes daily to incorporate the freshest available local ingredients. In a partially open kitchen, Eden Rock alum Jean-Claude Dufour prepares such specialties as pan-fried yellowfin tuna with shiitake mushrooms, and grilled rack of lamb with lavender and rosemary. In addition to its flavorful cuisine, the restaurant is also known for its romantic garden setting, with only 20 tables set on a teak deck surrounded by colorful flowers and coconut palms.
Cocoloba beach, Grand Cul de Sac
Informal, funky, and family-friendly, the cafe has waterfront wooden tables shaded by sea-grape trees. Try crisp conch fritters, grilled fresh dorade, and a cold Carib beer while watching the kite surfing offshore
Baie des Anges hotel, Flamands
Do yourself a favor and try the Creole cod fritters or the grilled spiny lobster at the hotel’s casual restaurant, with one of the best-priced menus on the island.
Hotel Christopher, Pointe Milou
Lobster salad with mango marmalade, house- made french fries, and vivaneau (red snapper) a la plancha are standouts at this hotel restaurant, where white canvas awnings add a nautical touch to open-air dining.
Rue de France, Gustavia
Opened in 1949, this casual snack bar that’s renowned for its hamburgers is said to be the inspiration for Jimmy Buffet's hit song "Cheeseburger in Paradise." From the menu of inexpensive burgers, the house specialty is the double-bacon cheeseburger—also known as the Marius Special after the establishment's founder. The garden patio seating area offers simple plastic chairs and a boisterous atmosphere, a perfect place for sipping tropical cocktails with ingredients like dark rum, pineapple juice, and lemon. There’s usually reggae and other Caribbean tunes playing, as well as live music some nights.
Saline’s beach, Saline
Built around a 100-year-old tamarind tree, this open-air restaurant is located near the Baie de St.-Jean on the road to Grande Saline Beach. The teak-and-bamboo dining area is most lively during the day, when it fills with beachgoers lunching on French-Caribbean dishes like mahi-mahi tartare and conch ravioli. At night, the atmosphere becomes more romantic as well-dressed diners lounge on Javanese couches while sipping handcrafted cocktails. The dinner menu includes a variety of fresh sushi, as well as the grilled catch of the day.
Le Ti St Bart
Pointe Milou, L’Orient
Over-the-top is the only way to describe this bordello-style restaurant: during the nightly fashion show, lace- and boa-clad models gyrate to a pumping disco soundtrack.