Niche Travel Guides: Best restaurants in St Barts 2022

St Barts is a foodie’s paradise. It could be the fresh seafood. It could be the French influence. It could be that the island attracts some of the world’s top chefs and even hosts an annual gourmet festival. It could be all of the above. All we know is that when we think of the best restaurants in St Barts, it’s impossible not to get a little excited. Even if you visit for a luxurious fortnight, you’d struggle to squeeze in all the top menus – but worry not, our guide is here to make that choice a little easier.

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Choosing the best restaurants in St Barts

Whether you feel like dining with your feet in the sand, letting the rosé flow with a spectacular view, or slipping into your latest duty-free find for a truly elegant dining experience, there’s something to suit every mood in St Barts. We’ve been travelling to the island for over a decade and with each visit, we’ve made it our mission to secure tables at the island’s newest restaurants and sample the latest menus at our established favourites. 

This year’s niche travel guide contains more than 18 of our top dining spots. From world-class Italian food with a New York vibe at L’isola to ultra-romantic fine dining at Le Toiny restaurant, these are the restaurants worth a night (or even two!) of your precious holiday.

What's hot for the 2022 season

The islands culinary scene continues to improve with the number of exciting new openings over the last couple of years. For fine dining with a view L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon rooftop restaurant is the place to be seen. Rivyera at the Hotel Christopher offers a stylish Mediterranean menu with cocktails and views to match. Gyp Sea Beach on Saint-Jean beach has quickly established itself for its food cooked on an open wood-fired grill and rum inspired cocktails. For one of the best culinary experiences in St Barth we recommend the exclusive chefs table at Zion restaurant.

Restaurants in Gustavia

In the evenings, we love nothing more than making the most of the warm nights and heading to the island’s capital for dinner. The restaurants in Gustavia offer something for everyone, from the relaxed, bohemian vibes at Shellona to the riot of colour at Orega, offering world class French-Japanese fusion cuisine. We love taking in the panoramic views at Bonito and feasting on French gastronomy at L’Atelier de Joël Robuchon. Of course, no guide would be complete without mention of Fish Corner, a small but perfectly formed fish shack serving up the island’s freshest seafood. 

Beach restaurants

There are days when we crave a long, lazy, lobstery lunch and others when we just need a quick bite before an afternoon jet-skiing around the bays. You’ll find both in our guide to the very best beach restaurants. We’ve included beach clubs with live DJs, world-famous pizza, and restaurants serving authentic Caribbean cuisine. Allow us to find a beach restaurant that compliments the flavour of your holiday.

Santa Fe Restaurant

Santa Fe

Whether it’s your first time on the island or your fiftieth, no visit would be complete without dining at Santa Fe.

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Large dining tables with views of Gustavia harbour at Bonito St Barts

Bonito

The first thing you will notice about Bonito is the view. Located on a hill in Gustavia, the restaurant enjoys an unbeatable panoramic outlook over the harbour.

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Orega St Barths

Don’t let the humble façade fool you. This tiny house in the heart of Gustavia is home to the finest Japanese food in St Barths.

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Le Tamarin St Barts Restaurant

Le Tamarin

Nestled amongst palm trees in a beautifully-lit garden, Tamarin creates an aura of tranquillity unmatched on the island.

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Rivyera St Barth

Located the luxurious five star hotel Christopher St Barth, Rivyera is new for the 2021 season, and the menu is inspired by the French Riviera.

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La Cabane

Located at the iconic Isle De France hotel – a venue known for its exceptional food, service and views.

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Zion St Barths

On a recent trip to St Barth in 2022 we were delighted to discover Zion restaurant, which is in Saint-Jean. The restaurant has a casual, yet exclusive atmosphere, and is one of the most exciting restaurants to open in St Barth in the last few years.

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Photo credit ©Jeanne Le Menn

Sand Bar Eden Rock

Following the recent renovations, the all-new Sand Bar opened in 2019, becoming the signature restaurant at the world-famous Eden Rock hotel.

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La Case

If you’re searching for an authentic French West Indies experience, it’s hard to think of a more idyllic setting than Jean Imbert’s La Case.

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Restaurant L’Esprit St Barts

Restaurant L’Esprit

If you’re searching for something completely different, we recommend the Restaurant L’esprit – it serves some of the best and most creative food on the island.

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Gyp Sea Beach

Situated on Saint-Jean beach overlooking the Caribbean sea, Gyp Sea beach has been a revelation since opened in December 2020. This Bohemian-luxe beach club captures the essence of St Barths

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Amis St Barth

Amis St Barth is the fine dining restaurant at the exceptional Le Barthélemy hotel, you’ll experience exceptional Mediterranean cuisine..

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Shellona Beach St Barts

Shellona Beach

Located on Shell Beach, Shellona is a fairly new addition to St Barts, but its chic interiors, comfy loungers and unique cocktails have already made a lasting impression

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