On St. Barts, even the ordinary restaurants are famous: the venerable Le Select snack bar — a Gustavia institution since 1949 — inspired Jimmy Buffett’s iconic song Cheeseburger in Paradise, for example. So you can imagine how good the fine dining is on a French island where the art of gastronomy is held in highest regard. St. Bart’s top five-star restaurants that should make a dining must-do list for all private jet travelers to the island includes:
Acclaimed as one of the top restaurants in the Caribbean, Le Gaiac features the pinnacle of French-Creole cooking under the direction of chef Stephane Mazieres. The restaurant is located in the Hotel Le Toiny and is treasured for its romantic, open-air setting as well as top cuisine and service. The all-you-can-eat Sunday brunch offers a tour-de-force of appetizers, entrees and desserts to sample, or ask for the signature Parmesan spaghetti with truffles, prepared table-side.
The name and description of the Wall House — a “restaurant and steak house with a wine cellar” — are deceptively simple: the restaurant serves an enticing array of classic French cuisine spiced with Asian and American influences under the guiding hand of chef Teddy Le Roux, the steaks are USDA-certified prime beef, and the wine list includes 250 selections from every region of France, selected by sommelier Andreas Larsson. The views of Gustavia from your dockside table are as sweet as the desserts.
Located in the gardens of the Hotel Guanahani, Bartolemeo offers a la carte dining or a five-course tasting menu designed by chef Nicola de Marchi and executive chef Philippe Masseglia. Meals on the wooden outdoor deck are informal yet sophisticated culinary journeys through the Mediterranean. Italy, and Provence. After dinner, take your aperitifs to the popular piano bar.
The Eden Rock hotel is built on a natural high point on the shore of St. Jean Bay, and perched on top is the On the Rocks restaurant. Chef Jean Georges Vongerichten welcomes private jet travelers to enjoy haute cuisine along with the views — a signature experience at this Relais & Chateaux property. Some of the greens served at this Asian-inspired restaurant are grown on-site, and the wine list includes organic vintages as well as selections from the chef’s native Alsace.
St. Bart’s fabulous French cuisine seems endless, but for a culinary and cultural change of pace, check out this chic Italian eatery. Cousin to Santa Monica’s Via Venito, L’isola is a robust nightly feast laid out by chef Fabrizio Bianconi, from antipasti to assorted risotto and pasta dishes and fabulous desserts.
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