Restaurants in St. Bart's
Superb French fare dominates the St. Bart's restaurant scene. Those who flock here have discerning taste and deep pockets, and only the best chefs make the cut. Menus tend to change daily, and the fish is freshly caught. If you're on a budget, it may be worth dining out for lunch when the prices tend to be more reasonable. In addition to the array of tony restaurants, there are more casual beachfront spots as well as gourmet markets stocked with meats, homemade bread, cheese, and plats du jour. (Check out La Petite Colombe, an excellent patisserie in Lorient.) One of the best restaurants in St. Bart's is the funky beachfront Best for Sand and Shade; order the grilled fresh dorade, crisp conch fritters, and, bien sûr, a cold Carib beer to wash it down. Among the restaurants in St. Bart's with stellar views, the nautical open-air dining room at Le Mango, at Hotel Christopher, serves a mean lobster salad. With the exception of the markets, reservations are always essential. Come evening, many St. Bart's restaurants slip into glittery, after-dark parties—so be sure to slip into something lovely on your way out.