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Restaurant Le Karibuni

Barbecue, Seafood, Tapas
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Beachfront, St Maarten-St Martin
0590 690 39 67 00
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Who says you can't have a 5-star meal on the beach?

On Isle Pinel, people who have visited ST Martin before all know to seek out Pinel sometime during their trip, to go to this restaurant. And yachts and sailboats anchor there just so their guests can have a sumptuous mid day repast. We splurged once and got the whole local lobster (amazing), got... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 21, 2015
Merrycontrary
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Durham, North Carolina
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
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Durham, North Carolina
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

On Isle Pinel, people who have visited ST Martin before all know to seek out Pinel sometime during their trip, to go to this restaurant. And yachts and sailboats anchor there just so their guests can have a sumptuous mid day repast. We splurged once and got the whole local lobster (amazing), got a sea food salad the next time,... More 

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Edmonton, Alberta
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41 reviews 41 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2015

I love lobster and can't resist an opportunity to get it fresh. Le Karibuni keeps their lobsters in a cage off the dock right up until you order it. Sounds great! Unfortunately great lobster also requires human intervention to cook and serve. Le Kaiibuni failed miserably on both fronts. We waited an hour for our lunch and it was horribly... More 

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new york
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

My husband and I were very disappointed with our experience here. While we weren't expecting a gourmet experience we also weren't expecting to pay $185 euros for a mediocre lunch for two then get chased down the beach for not paying for beach chairs. The service at the restaurant was great but the beach staff was absent except when it... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

Pinel Island is absolutely breath taking and the Karibuni restaurant is a fantastic place to enjoy lunch when taking a break from the beach. My family and I enjoyed the frozen margaritas and mouth watering food. We had the Italian salad, spare ribs, mahi mahi and steak. Everything was delicious. Service was friendly and prompt. Although, I love Pinel Island... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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45 reviews 45 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

Went to Karibuni for an excellent lunch of trunk fish. This is a local catch....unavailable in the US, roasted on the open fire and stuffed with mahi-mahi and spices. Caribbean lobster equally as good. This is expensive....but hey....spend your kids inheritance ("ski club"). Karibuni recovered quite quickly after the hurricane last November. Now....the boats going to the island are another... More 

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Abington, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

You have to take a water taxi over to pinel island. It cost about $13/person for a round trip. Once there head for Karibuni. 2 chairs and an umbrella for $25 all day. Make a reservation at the restaurant for lunch and try the lobster. You can pick your own and they grill it fresh. Credit cards accepted.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

I want to start out by saying that the location is beautiful and the food is delicious, but be ready to pay 7 euros for the ferry over and 25 euros for 2 chairs along with at least 50 euros for two for lunch. But we knew that coming in so that is not my problem with the Karibuni. Let... More 

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Knoxville, Tennessee
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107 reviews 107 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We have been to St Martin almost ten times, but this is the first time to go over to Pinel Island. The manager at the Palm Court Hotel in Orient Bay told us to catch an early ferry (9:30 or 10) and upon arriving at the island head left past the Yellow Beach to Karibuni. That was great advice. We... More 

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Devon
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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Fab location and good menu choices but service was appalling on day of our visit.. Knowing the place gets busy, We reserved a table for 12.30. Lots of mad frenetic activity with waiting staff darting all over the place.. Waitress took our order; We asked for rum punches, we got rum shots, we asked for wine, we had to ask... More 

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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

We had one of the worst experiences ever on Pinel Island. This restaurant was dirty with birds flying around your head and chickens pecking around your feet. We cancelled our order of ribs right away but they brought it out anyways. The food was disgusting and cold. We had also had fish dish with two nasty full pieces of fish... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Beachfront, St Maarten-St Martin
  • Location: Caribbean  >  St Maarten-St Martin  >  Saint-Martin
  • Phone Number: 0590 690 39 67 00

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Barbecue, Seafood, Tapas

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