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As a French island, the food scene in tony St. Barts is as polished and sophisticated as the people who visit. While its difficult to go wrong at just about any restaurant on the posh island, there are a few that you shouldn’t miss. Here are the five best places to eat in St. Barts:
1. Restaurant Le Gaïac. Hôtel Le Toiny’s stellar restaurant is the go-to location for foodies visiting St. Barts and, hands-down, the most romantic. The cuisine is an ideal marriage of French and local flair, with freshly made dishes such as conch ravioli and mahi-mahi tartare on the menu. It’s quite challenging to get reservations in high season, so we suggest booking in advance of your arrival.
2. L’Isola. Angelinos in the know flock to Santa Monica’s Via Veneto, and its sister restaurant in St. Barts lives up to its reputation. Restaurateur Fabrizio Bianconi serves up a festive experience of classic Italian pastas and mains at the nightly house party. Experts praise the extensive wine list. If a more casual night is in order, head next door for wood-grilled pizzettas at L’Isola’s companion café, L’Isoletta.
3. Restaurant Le Santa Fé. Perched on a hill in Lurin, Restaurant Le Santa Fé overlooks Gustavia and offers some of the best views of St. Barts and neighboring islands. Featuring French cuisine enhanced with local ingredients, the menu is filled with classic dishes such as lobster thermidor and escargot. It’s a convenient stop coming or going from Gouverneur Beach. Bonus: The sunsets here are brilliant.
4. La Case de L’Isle. From breakfast to dinner, this alfresco restaurant at the resort Cheval Blanc St-Barth Isle de France serves exquisite, locally inspired French cuisine imagined by executive chef Yann Vinsot. A selection of 150-plus French wines and champagnes complement the elegant, light and colorful dishes.
5. Bonito. Chef Laurent Cantineaux (an alum of New York’s Five-Star Daniel) offers a fantastic menu alongside unrivaled views of Gustavia Harbor from a white, open-air pavilion. The Latin American cuisine is made up of a variety of ceviches, tiraditos (a cross between sashimi and carpaccio) and larger format dishes. Though seafood dominates the menu, you can eat off the land as well. Make a reservation around sunset and you’re in for a real treat.