French cuisine in all hotel restaurants on the French side is quite good but expensive. Picturesque gourmet dining places on the seashore are the islanders’ favorites.
The likelihood of finding a cheap meal is rare but the absence of tax on alcohol makes retail purchases inexpensive. Many restaurants close in Sep-Oct. A useful restaurant guide is Ti-Gourmet, published annually in French and English, free and widely available.
The Mini-Club, T875069, with its bar and dining arbour, French and créole, serves a Caribbean buffet Wed and Sat, closed Aug and Sep.
La Maison sur le Port (T875638), and Le Poisson d’Or (on the harbour, part art gallery, closed Sep-Oct, T877245) offer excellent French cuisine and seafood.
Le Bar de la Mer, Boulevard de France (T878179), serves lunch and dinner, good place to go before a disco. Many bars on the water front next to the tourist office serving barbecue lunch and dinner. For travelers on a small budget try the snackbars and cafés on Rue de Hollande. There are also lots of restaurants overlooking the boats at Marina Port la Royale, many with open air dining.
Brasserie de la Gare, a brasserie and pizzeria, open daily 1130-2230, T872064. More upmarket and expensive is Jean Dupont, T877113. French gourmet with some Vietnamese and Thai specialities, open 1130-1530 (except Sun in low season), 1730-2300. Browse around, see what takes your fancy.
It has a reputation of having more restaurants than inhabitants. Most are on the street next to the beach but these are generally more expensive than those on the other side of the boulevard and not recommendable on a windy night.
Fish Pot, 82 Boulevard de Grand Case. Overlooking the sea, sea food, excellent food and formal service but at a price, T875088, F872037, open 1130-1500 in high season, dinner 1800-2230.
Rainbow 176 Boulevard de Grand Case, T875580. Traditional French cuisine, good service.
L’Alabama, 93 Boulevard de Grand Case, T878166. Owners Pascal and Kristin are most welcoming, traditional French food in garden away from traffic noise. At the small snackbars near the little pier you can find barbecue fish, ribs and lobster as well as other local snacks, very popular at weekends and holidays, recommended. At weekends there is usually live music in one of the bars/restaurants along the beach.
Chez Yvette, Quartier d’Orléans, T873203. No sign, simple interior, authentic créole cooking.
Bikini Beach for Spanish tapas, paella and sangria, helped along with Brazilian music some nights, T874325