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L' Esprit

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Anse de Grande Saline, Salines 97133, St. Barthelemy
+590 590 52-4610
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Nogent-sur-Seine, France
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner here on our last night on St Barths. The atmosphere was casual but chic. The service was great; attentive with the right amount of respect for our privacy as it was a romantic evening for us. The manager gave us an excellent recommendation for the wine and every dish was well prepared and presented. Special mention for... More 

Thank FamilyParisot
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110 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The setting is lovely. The staff are friendly. We were seated promptly and the drinks arrived efficiently. The menu was limited for vegetarians but when we asked for a vegetarian option the manager came over and proposed a vegetarian ravioli that was not on the menu. I had the foie gras in langoustine broth. I almost did not get it... More 

Thank mleleanor
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Beautiful presentation and gastronomically thoughtful concepts but lacking in a comfort of taste and union of ingredients. Just think of a great artist Jackson Pollack in edible form. Would go back for another try though as perhaps things were a little amiss this time.

Thank modny1
Barnstable, Massachusetts
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28 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Each choice presented to us was unique....the food was light and flavorful... All very different from the other restaurants....the chef sets the bar quite high.. The staff is professional ...welcoming....a lovely dining experience

1 Thank Capecodrabbit
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We came in the evening, there was proper parking, if you have a car. Simple in terms of design, it is elegant and understated. It does not disappoint! The food was excellent and the staff was wonderful. We had one of our most delicious meals there. And EVERYTHING was amazing! It's expensive, but so are most of the restaurants on... More 

1 Thank Robert S
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81 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed March 23, 2017 via mobile

The French food served here is tremendous. There is a diverse menu with duck and pigeon to go along with the expected veal and range of seafood dishes. Dessert does not disappoint either - indeed it is excellent. The casual style of the restaurant doesn't distract from the quality either, but the service is a serious miss. There are simply... More 

Thank Carr B
Toronto, Canada
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142 reviews
87 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed March 22, 2017

L'Esprit never disappoints. Outdoors but casually elegant, the service is always friendly and efficient and the food simply outstanding. It remains our favorite place to eat on the island. It is not cheap but also not as expensive as some of the luxury hotel choices on the island. By St. Barth's standards, it is fair value. Don't skip desert because... More 

Thank Cankenjan
Sao Paulo, SP
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133 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

In my opinion, L´Esprit is the best restaurant in the sophisticated island of St. Barth. Mr. Jean Claude Dufour, the chef/owner has outstanding creativity, especially when using local fishes and crustaceans. Its high quality has been maintained for many years, since he took over this restaurant.

1 Thank sergio a
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14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017

Run by the redoubtable former chef at Eden Rock, Jean Claude DuFour. Out in the boonies near Grande Saline. The food always wonderful but service can be very spotty, and they could try a little harder with the furnishings. Tends to attract a picky New York crowd, who are inevitably disappointed that it isn’t Maya’s.

Thank Keith M
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 17, 2017 via mobile

Overall experience was amazing. Fantastic service and fresh seafood. The scallops are a must have. Fresh bread and olives. Can't beat the out door feel.

Thank Sg8584

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
French, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Local cuisine, Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Anse de Grande Saline, Salines 97133, St. Barthelemy
  • Location: Caribbean  >  St. Barthelemy  >  Salines
  • Phone Number: +590 590 52-4610

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?