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“Should be Saint Lucia #1” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Rainforest Hideaway

Rainforest Hideaway
North Side, Marigot Bay, St. Lucia
+1 758-451-4485
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Ranked #2 of 16 Restaurants in Marigot Bay
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $50 - $60
Cuisines: Caribbean, International, Fusion
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Good for: Entertaining clients, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located on the waterfront in a bay described by American travel writer, James Michenor, as the "most beautiful bay in the Caribbean" - Rainforest blends into the mangroves and has been described in the Wall Steet Journal as one of the most romantic restaurant locations in the world. Fine dining in a rustic and casual atmosphere - with service and food standards to match any international restaurant - the theme of Rainforest is "Magical Dining in Marigot Bay". Let it be the highlight experience of your St Lucia vacation. Now open every night of the week. Live Jazz on 4 nights - Monday, Wednesday Thursday and Saturday. Special Taxi arrangements from Rodney Bay - call 286 0511 or 451 4485 for Taxi details
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“Should be Saint Lucia #1”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

We absolutely loved this place, we dined in around 12-15 places during our 2 week stay and this was the absolute highlight. I had looked RFH up months ago & was so looking forward to it, we booked a full day trip from Rodney bay just to accommodate our evening meal here which we also specifically chose the Thursday for the live jazz (which just topped off the atmosphere perfectly - no way too loud as previously reviewed). Rainforest hideaway you didn't just meet expectations, you smashed them! Yes pricey, but the live music, ambience, free water taxi, sublime food both tasty & beautifully presented, an owner / manager who evidently cares a great deal about his customers, fab service, gorgeous cocktails & great furnishings (it's the little things!) make rainforest hideaway just perfect. We loved every second! We hope to visit you again some day. Mr & Mrs Guy :) p.s. We only think rainforest hideaway isn't #1 on Saint Lucia because the footfall will probably be a lot less than the north!

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Mangobeach, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, August 9, 2014
We appreciate this lovely review - and the fact that the guests came from Rodney Bay to dine at Rainforest. In fact we do have guests coming to Rainforest Hideaway for dinner from both the north and t he south of the island- it's not very far at night when there isn't much traffic. And another great way to come for dinner of course is by boat which is probably the the most magical way to arrive. There are several boats which bring guests regularly - Miss Perfect's Eco Dive boat from the south and Captain Tom of Exodus or Kieran in the north. You can find them all on the internet. We are also glad you enjoyed the jazz, listening to Allison on Steel pan and Jab Duplessi on saxophone is really special - it's difficult to get the sound levels right so that everybody is happy but if any guests find music too loud we hope they will tell us! Come back soon!
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“Excellent food, incredible atmosphere and the perfect ending to our trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We arranged to go by boat to this gem in Marigot Bay. It was our final night on the island. we arrived just as the sun set and stayed well into the night- we did not have music our night, but we had the sounds of the bay which was just as terrific. The menu was a prix fix with excellent choices. We went as a family. Our teenaged girls loved not only their choices but anything they tried off our plates as well- it was more expensive than some places but the overall evening was so memorable it was worth it. Service was top notch and food was as well.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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JohnVerity, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, July 29, 2014
Dear Mosdry

Thanks for your lovely review of your memorable experience at Rainforest. You have highlighted most of the USP's of the restaurant and there is nothing more to add except - thanks and please come back again..!

John Verity
Owner - Rainforest Hideaway
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“By water taxi”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014

Loved the position, food very good the band were excellent.
Liked it all.
Also good to use the walkway from Marigold bay through the mangroves,the sound from the mangroves was excellent.

Visited July 2014
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JohnVerity, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Dear avril51sunshine

I guess you are referring to the short water taxi ride across the Bay. Think of Rainforest as being on an island - only reachable by a two-minute ferry ride. Many guests find this an endearing part of the experience - like leaving the "real world" behind for a few hours to soak up the magical atmosphere of Rainforest

Coming directly to Rainforest by water taxi from Soufriere or Rodney Bay is also a great experience. A sunset cruise to Marigot, delivery direct onto the Rainforest dock and then a moonlight or starlight cruise back after dinner captures the full magic of Marigot. Not cheap but for many the highlight of their St Lucian vacation.

Please continue to liase though Sam. who is monitoring events closely


John Verity
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“Pricey but a real experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

They are now serving a prix fix menu which is nice as you have few surprises on the menu. I had an excellent fish plate with a ceasar salad and dessert. DH had sea bass for an up charge. Dinner for two with not drinks but bottled water was $160 with service charge. Two course was slightly less. Definitely an option for a special occasion. Be sure to arrive before dark to get the full experience of Marigot Bay.

Visited July 2014
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JohnVerity, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, July 27, 2014
Dear Rosebud

Thanks for your review of Rainforest and so glad you enjoyed the experience.

Our fixed price Menu is EC$130 for two courses and EC$160 for three courses - plus all diners receive a complimentary bruschetta and amuse bouche. Not cheap, but not expensive for free live dinnertime jazz three nights each week (year round), free ferry, professional service, a unique "over-the-water" location and some of the best food on the island.

July is out tenth anniversary - and the tenth year that we have been listed by TripAdvisor as the No 1 restaurant in Marigot Bay and the second time as "One of the Top Ten Fine Dining Restaurants in the Caribbean".

John Verity
Owner - Rainforest Hideaway
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“Excellent!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We loved this restaurant. While it is a little pricey, how often are you in St. Lucia on Marigot Bay? You have to try it! We met the owner while we were there, a very nice gentleman. The food was amazing! Everything came out looking like a piece of art! Will definitely come back next time we are in Marigot Bay, it was a magical evening!

Visited July 2014
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JohnVerity, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, July 20, 2014
Dear Jeasue

Thanks for taking the time to write a review of Rainforest - and glad you enjoyed the experience. Not sure about the "nice gentleman" comment. Must have been one of his good days. His well-earned nick-name is "Mr Grumpy"...

John Verity
Owner - Rainforest Hideaway
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