As well as throwing the world’s best New Year’s Eve parties, the island of St Barts is also home to a number of remarkable restaurants which are all easily accessible to those arriving on a superyacht.
Whilst the national cuisine is distinctly French- a fact which can be attributed to St Barts’ history as an overseas commune- the variety of restaurants is great enough to satisfy every traveller’s taste, not matter how specific they may be.
Each promising a unique experience, the options on offer range from casual beach-side bars to fine dining.
To help you decide which is best for you and your charter party, we’ve hand-selected 10 of the very best restaurants to try out over the coming year.
1. La Langouste
Situated above the Bay of Flamands, La Langouste embodies everything that’s great about dining out in St Barts.
Indeed, whilst enjoying selections from the varied a la carte menu, guests can enjoy looking out across the bay, taking in the picturesque surroundings in style.
Particularly good for lovers of seafood, the house specialty is fresh lobster. Taken straight from the tank, the dish is served up with three special sauces.
Bringing the best of Italy to the Caribbean, L’Isoletta bills itself as a ‘Roman style’ pizzeria which specialises in preparing dishes the traditional way.
Located in the heart of Gustavia, the cosmopolitan portside capital of St Barts, a visit to L’Isoletta is the perfect way to round off a day of sightseeing.
Boasting an enviable range of dishes and wines, L’Isoletta is unquestionably one of St Barts’ greatest restaurants
Sourcing ingredients from the local market and wines from Italy, the outdoor terrace is an especially comfortable environment in which to eat.
Of course, due to its close proximity to the bars and clubs of Gustavia, L’Isolletta is a perfect place to grab a bite before a night out on the town.
3. Maya’s To Go
Named after a passionate owner who lived on a nearby sailing yacht, Maya’s To Go was launched in the fall of 1984.
Since then, the owner has moved ashore, and the restaurant has earned a favourable reputation amongst both locals and those visiting on vacation.
Famous for changing its menu at the beginning of each day, Maya’s is governed by a concept which produces excitement and curiosity amongst diners.
As the name suggests, it’s possible to get five star dishes to take away with you, an arrangement is perfect if you fancy eating on board your yacht.
4. Black Ginger
Yet more evidence that St Barts brings together the very best of the world’s flavours, Black Ginger is the place to go for Thai food in Gustavia.
Boasting an open-sky architecture and sleek furnishings, the dining environment is at once luxurious and comfortable.
Renowned for their knowledgeable and friendly staff, and with each of their chefs trained in Bangkok, you can be assured of discovering a new favourite dish when dining at the Black Ginger.
Named after a sailing sloop which once belonged to the friendly owner, Eddy’s offers diners the opportunity to enjoy a range of locally inspired dishes in either a tropical garden or indoor area.
With flourishes of French Polynesian style, large pagoda style lanterns produce an inviting ambience to enjoy along with savory meals and timeless wines.
The perfect place to sample some local flavors, Eddy's is as cool as it is traditional
Led by a team of speciality chefs, Bonito infuses traditional French cuisine with a South American twist.
Boasting an extensive menu, the restaurant is positioned a short distance away from the water and promises to satisfy the taste buds of everyone who steps inside.
The laid back decor and furnishings lend a seriously chilled vibe to the place, and the five star service means visitors never want to leave.
7. L'esprit de Jean Claude Dufour
Perhaps the biggest name in the St Barts culinary circle, Chef Jean Claude Dufour has achieved something truly spectacular with his intimate Saint Barts restaurant.
Indeed, by applying all of the gastronomic skills he acquired back in his native Bordeaux, as well as adding a pan-asian twist, the chef has produced an altogether fresh dining experience for the elite traveller to enjoy.
The signature Raviole de Champignon comes highly recommended, and there are few places in St Bart which provide such a fine range of rose.
Found in a tropical garden not far from Saline Beach, visitors are also able to enjoy breathtaking surroundings whilst sharing a meal together.
8. Le Tamarin
Recently redesigned, Le Tamarin is certainly one of the hidden secrets of the St Barts dining scene.
Named after the century old tamarind tree which emerges from the patio, the quaint restaurant specialises in a range of cuisines, offering visitors both variety and excellence.
Particularly appropriate for romantic dinners, it’s possible to see the stars whilst enjoying a meal at Le Tamarin.
9. Francois Plantation
Fusing traditional French glamour with Colonial style, the look and feel of Francois Plantation recalls the spirit of the old Mediterranean.
Nestled in the hills of Colombier, diners also have the opportunity to look out across the ocean to further enhance the nautical theme.
Gastronomic delights here take inspiration from West Indian and European cuisine, so expect homemade foie gras, pissaladieres, and barigoules.
As might be expected of a restaurant which combines such fascinating traditions, there’s an outstanding range of old rum and wines on offer.
10. Nikki Beach
Expected to reopen in March, Nikki Beach St Barts is certainly a unique dining proposition. Located along the picturesque beach of Saint-Jean, the exclusive resort boasts a chic restaurant which has become the preserve of A-listers and discerning travellers.
With an irresistibly cosmopolitan menu, visitors can enjoy a range of signature dishes from around the world, soaking up some seriously sophisticated surroundings as they do so.
There’s also no doubt that Nikki Beach St Barts knows how to party, so for those keen to keep the night alive will need look no further.