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Best Places for Seafood in St. Maarten / St. Martin

(Updated Nov 5, 2019)
For people who love seafood, SXM is clearly one of the best places on the planet. We would guess that the vast majority of island restaurants offers seafood in one form or another — definitely check the menus of your favorite places closely, and check out our Restaurant of the Week selections below.

We'll mention a few places here, in no special order:

  • Spiga in Grand Case invariably has a seafood special or two. On our last visit a few weeks ago, it was seabass which was wonderfully prepared — thin, tender, and luscious. Of course, if you're a carnivore, their filet mignon has long been one of the best on the island — we do love it.
  • Emilio's at the Emilio Wilson Estate near Philipsburg offers a stunning menu with a spectrum of offerings of all kinds. Highly creative, sumptuous menu selections and a stunning historical setting.
  • Mario's Bistro at Porto Cupecoy has been one of the island's absolute best restaurants for decades. It's an absolute MUST! Beautiful seaside setting, great variety of selections, beautiful presentation start-to-finish, and legendary service. Not to be missed.
  • IZI Ristorante Italiano in Simpson Bay also has frequent seafood specials — and the quality of their salmon, on the menu every night, is among the best you'll find on the island and is one of the things we have most often here. They have great Italian dining all around in an upbeat, lively atmosphere. They just finished an extensive remodeling that has the place looking better than ever.
  • Vesna Taverna in Simpson Bay, about 120 yards North of the Simpson Bay drawbridge, has mussels and salmon fillets from Nova Scotia arriving late every week. Nobody does it better. Luscious food, lively place, and heavenly desserts. If you have not yet been to Vesna, it's time you went.

  • Big Fish, newly reopened in Oyster Pond (on the road to Oyster Bay Beach Resort) not only has several varieties of succulent seafood on its menu (along with other traditional and highly creative fare other than seafood), it also has sushi among its many popular appetizers. Huge selection of main courses and a wonderful bar, too. Bright, upbeat, contemporary ambiance.

  • SkipJacks in Simpson Bay, one of the largest restaurants on the island with a huge deck on the lagoon, specializes in seafood. Definitely try their lobster offerings, which are big sellers. They even offer cold water lobster flown in from Maine, for those who prefer it to the spiny Caribbean version, also sold at SkipJacks in quantity every night.

  • Pineapple Pete is known for its lobster Thermidor. During high season, you can see a conga line of wait staff members coming out of the kitchen with this major house specialty.

  • Toppers in Simpson Bay is known for meatloaf, brisket, and their lobster -- which is delicious. So are the brisket and meatloaf if you're not in a seafood mood. Highly informal... the focus is on the food, pure and simple.

Tags: St. Maarten's Best Seafood Restaurants, St. Martin's Best Seafood Restaurants

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