10 Best Restaurants In St. Maarten Dutch Side

The Dutch side of the island is home to some of the best restaurants in all of St. Maarten, which are worth checking out for those who have never been there before! To help you make your decision easier, we have compiled a list of 10 of our favorite restaurants on the Dutch Side that are worth checking out! 

Zee Best

Zee Best is the most famous breakfast and lunch spot for tourists and locals that is located in Simpson Bay on the Airport Road (St. Maarten Dutch side). Zee Best is a great restaurant where you can pick up all their delicious food, including fresh juice, mimosas, heavenly crêpes, signature egg dishes, coffees, teas, fresh salads, oversized sandwiches, Jamaican Jerk Burger and more.

The staff of the Zee Best restaurant are friendly and attentive and provide fast service. Zee Best offers plenty of indoor and outdoor seating and cozy Parisian couches ​​for a great experience.


Emilio’s is a historical restaurant that is located at the bottom of the Rainforest Adventure Park in Dutch Cul de Sac, Sint Maarten. This restaurant is open for a casual bistro-style lunch or fine dining dinner experience. Emilio’s offers a wide variety of well-rounded recipes with known staples and Caribbean flavors of high-end dining with classic Caribbean cuisine.

The most famous dishes of Emilio’s are Mango Pickled Grilled Octopus, Mini Crab Cakes, Tenderloin beef medallion, Su’s Carrot cake, Lobster Salad, Tuna Kababs, Airline chicken breast, and more. Emilio’s is a great place to enjoy both food and a beautiful view of the Rainforest Adventure Park.

Nowhere Special

Nowhere Special is a great hangout famous bar and restaurant that is located in the heart of Simpson Bay. It is a perfect place to try one of the simply delicious seafood and many great local food dishes. The most famous dishes of Nowhere Special are Caribbean coconut shrimp, unique island burgers, Conch dishes, Caribbean ginger duck, and the champagne lobster.

Nowhere Special is a perfect place to enjoy lunch or dinner experience. The opening time of the restaurant is Wednesday to Monday from 11 am till midnight.

Mario’s Bistro

Mario’s Bistro is a traditional cuisine with Caribbean and Asian influences located in Porto Cupecoy. Mario’s restaurant provides a great dining experience with a friendly environment and staff. The most famous and delicious dishes of Mario’s Bistro are Mario Pad Thai with hoisin duck, caramelized onion soup, ANY meat dish, and Portobello Carpaccio with truffle oil.

With French delicacies, most exclusive wines, fast service with a clean environment, and a great view, this restaurant guarantees you to make your evening rememberable. The Mario’s Bistro provides Service 6:00 pm till midnight.


Bamboo’s is a restaurant that offers a blend of contemporary Asian and Latin cuisine. It is located in Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten, and open daily for lunch and dinner experience. Bamboo’s restaurant offers a stylish indoor and outdoor seating environment and friendly staff with quick service.

The most famous dishes of Bamboo’s are Dragon Roll, Maui Roll, Kuta Roll, bone-in rib eye, legendary Bamboo Filet Mignon, and more.

Lagoonies Bistro & Bar

Lagoonies is a local restaurant and bar which combines delicate tastes of the French side with the friendly vibes and fun-loving of the Dutch side. It is located on the edge of the Simpson Bay lagoon, which is easily accessible to all land lovers and seafarers.

The working time of the Lagoonies is Monday to Saturday from 8 am to midnight; however, most of the women staff run it. A complimentary signature Rum Punch is the most famous and delicious juice of Lagoonies.


Chesterfield’s is one of the most famous ocean-front restaurants and bars that is located in Philipsburg St. Maarten near the cruise port. This restaurant is serving people over 30 years and is considered as the culinary hotspot of St. Maarten. Chesterfields offer friendly staff, amazing environment, breezy nautical-themed.

The main reason for Chesterfield’s popularity is its large variety of top-quality seafood on the menu. Chesterfields serve Lobster, Scallops, Shrimp, and fresh fish, including Tuna, Grouper, Conch Fritters, and Mahi Mahi. Moreover, Chesterfield’s also offers meat dishes, including Prime cut steak, burgers, chicken sandwiches, and roast duck are the most delicious recipe.

Vesna Taverna – Mediterranean

Vesna Taverna is a family restaurant located on Airport Road in La Palapa Marina. This is one of the most popular restaurants that provide delicious American and French dining experience. It is a great place to enjoy breakfast, lunch, and dinner with family, friends, and couples. Vesna Taverna offers such as eclectic and delightfully diverse, clean environment and fast service experience.

Vesna Taverna offers delicious breakfast with toast butter jelly, Ham & Cheese recipe, pancakes, homemade potato, and other fresh fruit plate or French toast. Moreover, in the lunch and dinner menu, you can enjoy Panini sandwiches, Bagel styles, Wraps, chicken Caesar, salad, and many more.

Karakter Beach Bar/Restaurant

If you want to enjoy breakfast, lunch, or dinner on the shade, palm trees, clear blue water, and a different relaxing atmosphere, then Karakter beach bar is a perfect choice for you. Karakter is located on the Simpson Bay Beach St. Maarten.

This famous beach restaurant offers amazing beach experience with friendly staff, a clean environment, comfortable lounge chairs, cushions, and the best fast service. At night time Karakter converts in a cozy restaurant where you can enjoy Caribbean delights with family and friends.

Pineapple Pete’s

Pineapple Pete’s is another best restaurant that is located in Welfare Rd, Cole Bay, Sint Maarten. Pineapple Pete’s offers some of the best nightly music, cozy and casual clean atmosphere for customers. This restaurant is great for lunch and dinner and opens all week.

The most famous dishes of Pineapple Pete’s are herb-crusted rack of lamb, crab, and spinach crusted grouper, crab-stuffed shrimp, lobster thermidor and more.


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