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Karakter

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Caribbean, Bar, European, Dutch, Spanish, Pub
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Simpson Bay Road 121 | Simpson Bay, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
+1 721 5239983
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Sun - Sat 9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff
Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children
Description: Specialized in healthy and delicious food, Karakter offers only the best:...
Specialized in healthy and delicious food, Karakter offers only the best: the best smoothies, salads, wines, beers, cocktails, tapas and lunches. Our lounge chairs, wooden couches and lounge cushions, paired with amazing white sand and a perfect blue sea, complete the ultimate Caribbean experience. Karakter. Your total beach experience. Just relax and we will take care of the rest...
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  • 520
    Excellent
  • 246
    Very good
  • 73
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 12
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Nice beach venue with really good food

Karakter has seen fit to squeeze in twice the number of chairs they offered last year, so the experience is mitigated by having your neighbor right on top of you. Good food, drinks and beach service though some of the staff isn't up to the standards of past help.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Thomas W. A
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Arlington, VA, United States
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Arlington, VA, United States
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Karakter has seen fit to squeeze in twice the number of chairs they offered last year, so the experience is mitigated by having your neighbor right on top of you. Good food, drinks and beach service though some of the staff isn't up to the standards of past help.

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Thank Thomas W. A
Meredith, New Hampshire
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

We had a great day, with great food, service, and fun. Everything was perfect. It was a pleasure to spend our day there, food was wonderful.

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Thank Loony168
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4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Started with a Tuna tar-tar app on fresh brushetta. Very good. I had the Karakter Italian, the Mrs. had the Mediterranean. Both very good. Italian was beef carpaccio with pesto, romaine, and parmesan on warm Ciabatta. Mediterranean was melted brie cheese with grilled pears, onions, and pecans on brushetta. The flavors blended so well together. Service was great, scenery was... More 

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Thank Jason K
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great location and nice beach, but the service was a nightmare. When you have to remind the waiter 5 times to bring to water, it's a problem. And the food wasn't event good. Go for the beach and not the food - pack your own drinks because you'll never get any. If I was the owner I'd be pissed because... More 

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115 reviews
101 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

It's really nice to walk down the beach and happen upon a great restaurant. Right on Simpson bay beach, excellent fresh food and potent drinks. Great ambiance with fantastic quality live musical performances - Highly Recommended!!!

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Thank MrESP2013
Fairfield, Connecticut
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35 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The day we went to visit the Health dept shut the kitchen and bar down that morning. Stayed closed for 5 days. We were still able to go to the beach and it was beautiful...that is why I rated it average. Waves and shore and views were great. Sorry we could not eat nor drink there. There were still some... More 

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Thank KarenKFairfieldCT
Sewickley, Pennsylvania
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50 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

This is a hidden gem which combines extraordinary Oceanside food with proper cocktails and acceptable service. Alas, it has become too well known. Getting crowded. When it is not crowded, you will never leave.

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Thank Millionmiles2013
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13 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Had a late lunch here on a Wednesday afternoon and relaxed over a leisurely meal chatting with folks at nearby tables. Then down to the beach chairs and umbrellas. Excellent servers.

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Thank Mstaman
St. Maarten-St. Martin
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24 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Hygiene is a big issue. It was front page new on the most important newspaper of St. Maarten and was closed temporarily.

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Thank pat774
Oak Brook, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

this is the place, great food, great drinks, friendly staff, great beach chairs. Fantastic views. Got lucky 6 years ago and found Karakter just after it opened, spend 3 days their in mid January. Will be back.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Simpson Bay Road 121 | Simpson Bay, Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
  • Location: Caribbean  >  St. Maarten-St. Martin  >  Sint Maarten  >  Simpson Bay
  • Phone Number: +1 721 5239983

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 30
  • Cuisine: Caribbean, Bar, European, Dutch, Spanish, Pub

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic, Large groups, Families with children

Description

Specialized in healthy and delicious food, Karakter offers only the best: the best smoothies, salads, wines, beers, cocktails, tapas and lunches. Our lounge chairs, wooden couches and lounge cushions, paired with amazing white sand and a perfect blue sea, complete the ultimate Caribbean experience. Karakter. Your total beach experience. Just relax and we will take care of the rest...
Open Hours
Sunday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
9:00 am - 10:00 pm

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