Just as with everything else on the island of St. Barth, its French roots and influences can be felt throughout. While the majority of restaurants on the island serve predominantly French and Mediterranean cuisine, newcomers to the restaurant scene here have infused the culinary scenery with more diversity. Overall, you can expect to see mainly French, Creole, West Indian, Italian, and Asian accents on most menus, yet each of these five fantastic restaurants creates its own unique twist on the aforementioned cuisines using the best ingredients from local waters and overseas. Yellowfin tuna, mahi-mahi, red snapper, and wahoo caught by local fishermen are featured nearly everywhere. The most prime cuts of meat from Black Angus, Wagyu beef, and tender veal will satisfy meat lovers and wine connoisseurs aren’t left behind either.
La Case de L’Isle
Locally-inspired French cuisine and a wine list with over 150 bottles to choose from – we’re already intrigued. La Case de L’Isle is one of the most sought-after dining spots on the island, thus we recommend booking well in advance if you want to dine in this beautiful al-fresco restaurant with unmatched waterfront views making this perfect for romantic dinners. Beautiful views and service are instantly pleasing, and then there’s the food – tender Moroccan-style lamb, Asian-inspired steamed fish, cold soups and salads after a long day in the sun are all a welcome treat.
There is no doubt about it – Tamarin is where you will find the most romantic dining on St. Barth. Sit under tall, swaying palm trees and starlit sky while the soothing sounds of local fauna blend together with soft music. Gentle lighting and calm ripples on the pond add finishing touches to this serene environment where you can enjoy classic French dishes with a Caribbean twist. The service is fantastic and non-intrusive, allowing the quiet and intimate atmosphere to remain uninterrupted during the most romantic dinners. There is something for everyone on the menu, whether you feel adventurous to try new things or stick with classic flavors. Raw yellowfin tuna with coconut milk, mango, and almonds is an unmissable starter but we wouldn’t allow for the duck foie gras with aged rum to remain unnoticed on the starter menu too. Various seafood dishes and risottos are also the specialties of this restaurant. The indulgent dessert menu features traditional French desserts, refreshing local flavors, and our favorite – cheese.
Since 1935 in Cannes, and 2015 in St Barth, La Guérite has years of experience behind them bringing the most delicate flavors to eager bon vivants. Sitting at the tip of Gustavia’s Harbour, the cuisine and feel of the place is authentic Mediterranean. The warm, welcoming and contemporary design is perfect for hours spent caught up in conversation with friends and newly-made acquaintances while also embracing the spirit of sharing – a signature to the Med. Aromatic herbs and marinades bring richness to the dishes while also keeping things simple, and this is what makes La Guérite a favorite for anyone visiting St Barth – it’s really not about reinventing the bicycle, and the head chef knows this. Perfectly-cooked exquisite ingredients are at the very epicenter of any dish. Greek salads and spreads and Andalucian gazpacho are perfect to start with, or choose a Wahoo carpaccio for a more local taste. A herb-infused baby chicken or seabass will be perfect for a light dinner, accompanied with a glass of cold sauvignon blanc of course.
The St. Barth dining scene newcomer Orega has quickly acquired a stellar reputation since opening in 2015. The Franco-Japanese fusion restaurant leaves everybody impressed, and it’s not just the fantastic food that echoes in astonished reviews worldwide – the service is first-class and perhaps one of the best you will experience on St Barth. Intuitive staff and a hands-on owner who will often greet you personally – isn’t that something all of us want? Unlike many Asian fusion restaurants, Orega knows to offer a broad variety of dishes that will satisfy those who are not that keen on sushi. Refined, well-balanced, and tasty cocktails are both refreshing and thrilling.
Bonito, overlooking the bay of Gustavia, keeps things casual yet incredibly chic at the same time. The family-friendly restaurant offers unmatched sunset views on the charming veranda. Often visited by some of the world’s most famous A-listers, it’s easy to see why Bonito has remained a St. Barth favorite for years. French cuisine infused with fantastic South American accents are staples here and light ceviches are a must-try. Also embracing the sharing culture of the Mediterranean, there is flexibility whether you want to choose larger dishes individually or share the vast array of ceviches and light bites for the duration of the evening.