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“Excellent French bakery” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Sarafina's

Sarafina's
Boulevard de France, Marigot, St Maarten-St Martin
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Ranked #10 of 61 Restaurants in Marigot
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Takeout, Dessert
Valley Stream, New York, United States
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17 reviews 17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
“Excellent French bakery”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

One of the great things about the French side of St. Martin is that it's really French! This place features everything from homemade baguettes to real (and big) French macarons - it's like going to a bakery in Paris. I wanted to eat everything in the display case, it all looked so amazing - but I ended up with a prosciutto and mozzerella sandwich and a couple of macarons for dessert. The sandwich was made on one of their own baguettes and was *really* tasty, with what looked like a pesto sauce to give it some moisture and taste. The macarons were as good as any I've had, though the coffee macaron was better than the raspberry, which was filled with a jam that was a little too sweet.

While we were there, we saw a local restaurateur come by to pick up a giant bag full of baguettes - always a good sign. This is obviously where some of the local restaurants get their bread.

Be aware that even though it doesn't really look like it the way it's roofed over, this entire restaurant is actually outdoors and at ground level and consequently there is all manner of wildlife. Don't leave your plate sitting unattended - my wife did this, and it was almost immediately attacked by a very aggressive pigeon that obviously didn't want our leftovers to go to waste. We also saw a gecko and even a mouse in the seating area. I don't fault the restaurant for that because again, it is really outdoors and there's no real way for them to control the animals you might find outside in the town of Marigot. But just be aware of it and don't leave your food just sitting on a table - a little critter might try to grab it. It's easy to forget you're outside because of the permanent look of the roof. (There are no walls.)

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Tewksbury, MA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“pastry overload”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

Wow, what a selection of fabulous French pastries! And the omelets were great also. It was so good we are planning to stop there for breakfast before proceeding to the airport to fly home. Enjoy!

Visited February 2013
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usa
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38 reviews 38 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
“Just like being in France”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2013

We had a stop here on our tour. We got the best pastries. It was just like being in France. People were eating lunch. All the food looked great.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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kelowna,bc
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 6 cities Reviews in 6 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great pastry”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2013

Sarafina's was one out of many excellent bakery cafes. You have to try the breads and pastries even if you don't usually eat them.

Visited February 2013
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New York City, New York
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54 reviews 54 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 20 cities Reviews in 20 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Excellent brunch spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

Great breakfast/brunch spot to start your marigot day trip or before taking a ferry to anguilla. Excellent food, decent prices. Authentic French bakery. Avoid times when you see long lines from cruise ships.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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