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“Good food but not a Top Five. It has potential and is convenient.” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Luna Rossa

Luna Rossa
Welfare / Airport Rd | Puerta Del Sol Plaza, Cole Bay, St Maarten-St Martin
+1 721-550-1968
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Ranked #1 of 11 Restaurants in Cole Bay
Price range: $8 - $40
Cuisines: Italian
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Dining options: Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Digital Payments, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: To ensure that each guest receives prompt, professional, friendly and courteous service. To maintain a clean, comfortable and well maintained premises for our guests and staff. To provide at a fair price - nutritional, well-prepared meals - using only quality ingredients. To ensure that all guests and staff are treated with the respect and dignity they deserve. To thank each guest for the opportunity to serve them. By maintaining these objectives we shall be assured of a fair profit that will allow us to contribute to the community we serve.
Florida
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129 reviews 129 reviews
104 restaurant reviews
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66 helpful votes 66 helpful votes
“Good food but not a Top Five. It has potential and is convenient.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

Kelly and I tried to eat at the Bon Apetite next to our unit at Flamingo but the rainy weather made us search elsewhere for a simple, light meal near the resort. With no great expectations we stumbled on Luna Rossa, near where one of our previous favorites Patagonia was located.

Seating at 8:30 was no problem in the small restaurant area and the hostess/owner was very cordial. 3 stars on the appetizers which were pasta fagiole for me and lobster bisque for Kelly. The bisque was flat and not properly seasoned and the croutons were a total miss. No way even close to the lobster bisque en crotte at Bazatzu.

The entrees were a clam pasta dish for Kelly and veal parmigiana for me. Food arrived quickly and the presentation was very good. My veal was cooked very well, medium rare, and Kelly said her clams were sweet and there were plenty. 4 stars for the entrees.

As I paused near the finish of my veal, the waitress (local) came over to the table aand took my plate while Kelly was still eating. VERY BAD FORM and more like a Waffle House for class of service. I allowed it since we did want to include a review of the good, and the bad.

The wine was average for house wines, reasonably priced. The sparkling water was warm so we had to add ice ( BAD FORM ).

All in all and with over 20 years of fine dining experience experience on St. Martin, we can't give Luna Rossa more than an average rating this year. If they can improve their service and survive until next season, we'll gladly return for a 2nd try. We're off to Tropicana tonite (01/004) for our second visit this week. They earn one of our Top Five every year which also includes, Bazatzu - Spiga - Le Pressoir aand Kakao for lunch.

Good try Pia! Work on the staff serving manners and consider the decor for 2014 and you'll be a 4 Star venue. Good value for the price $ 100 for two including wine and tip.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Grand Rapids, Michigan
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24 reviews 24 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 8 cities Reviews in 8 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Superb!!!!!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

We came to Luna Rossa for lunch, after we signed our paperwork for our home in the Pelican Key area in April of 2013. Our realtor Cathy suggested this restaurant. We fell in love then, and when we were here to celebrate with our new years dinner, everything was just as amazing. They have the best service too. Very attentive!! With authentic homemade meals and pasta, you can't go wrong with any choice. The best Italian I have had in Sint Maarten. Check out the pictures I have posted.

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St Maarten-St Martin
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“BEST FOOD EVER”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2013

My top 5 places to eat in St. Maarten 1. Luna Rosa ( Hi Mama) 2. Panlaan (for the Food- The Wine- The owner and his wife) Hi John 3. Temptation ( Hi Dino) 4. Basilico (Hi Dudley) 5. Pride of India (YUMMY)

  • Visited December 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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Saint Thomas, Canada
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“The Best authentic italian food EVER!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

My friend and I enjoyed the best authentic Italian meal ever! Pia was sooo sweet and her husband just as sweet!! Thank you so much for the wonderful service! The dishes were lovely including the pesto pasta with the secret ingredient! The brownie dessert had to be the best!! I've never had octopus before until this dinner and it was delicious! If you love garlic you'll love this place, it is to die for!!! Thank you to Roberto for treating us, we will never forget this experience!!

Lacey and Trista

  • Visited November 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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New York City, New York
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Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
“So disappointed...”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013 via mobile

I just have to learn not to eat Italian food on St. Maarten... The pumpkin soup (not Italian) was a tomatoey soup with croutons that was sent back. The gnocchi, while made wonderfully, was smothered in an awful jar like tomato sauce. The spaghetti with clams was the winner. Even the mixed salad had no flavor at all... We tried to add oil, vinegar, salt & pepper but it still couldn't be saved.. A salad? Geez... A pretty place but so far from fabulous....

Visited November 2013
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