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“Our favorite breakfast spot in St Maarten”

Zee Best Restaurant
Ranked #12 of 111 Restaurants in Simpson Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $15
Cuisines: French, American, Cafe, European
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Good for: Families with children, Kids, Local cuisine, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Established in 1983, Zee Best is a household name for vacationers and residents. Serving artisanal French Pastries freshly prepared in our bakery every morning, you will find as well, a great coffee selection, fresh juices, heavenly crêpes and everything you could imagine made with eggs from benedicts to omelets!The most important meal of the day can also be the most delicious. Open for the early risers or sleepy heads, St-Maarten best breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm everyday (Simpson Bay and Port-de Plaisance location). Voted best breakfast place in St Maarten / St Martin 7 years in a row, Zee Best also serves lunch from 12:00 pm to 2:00 pm. Come in and experience what breakfast and lunch are all about!Open 7 days a week, Zee Best, and its friendly staff, is "Zee" place to befor breakfast and lunch in St Maarten!
Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, USA
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32 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Our favorite breakfast spot in St Maarten”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

We love Zee Best for the best coissants, omlettes and crepes on the island. The eggs benedict is terrific and the orange juice is always fresh sqeezed. Note that this restaurant is cash only.

Visited May 2012
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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Japanese first
  • Russian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Simpson Bay, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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14 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent breakfast in Simpson Bay”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 1, 2012

Where to start! The cafe au lait was a generous size and very good. The huge basket of French pastries that started off our meal could have filled us up and almost did if we hadn't stopped ourselves from eating them all. That basket is very tempting and not free, so watch how much you eat before your meal comes or you could fill up on that alone! As to our meals, the omelet was light and fluffy and the ham delicious. The quiche was exactly what I had always imagined a French chef could create. The banana almond French toast made from their croissants was not overly sweet or light as we suspected it might have been when we first saw it on the menu, but it did end up being easily worthy of a lunch dish since it was so dense and filling. This is not your traditional French toast so don't order it if that is what you are looking for. The service was a bit slow after we were served our meal. We did not get the opportunity to order a second round of coffee, since there was some turmoil in the restaurant from a family who did not read the menu and thought they were served the wrong food, which absorbed the small waitstaff's attention. The menu clearly states what you will get, so not sure what went on there. The prices are a bit high, but the quality is worth it. 4 pastries, 3 breakfasts described above, 2 american coffees, a bottled water and a cafe au lait came to a total of @ $40USD. The seating is entirely outdoors, so don't expect any AC, but the location near the water ensures a slight breeze and there are plenty of seats in the shade. Will definitely return again.

  • Visited May 2012
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Thank Chrissy W
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Charlotte, North Carolina
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28 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 31, 2012

Great French Pastries, little on the pricey side. There is a location on the French side of the Island and one on the Dutch side in the Simpson Bay area.

Visited June 2011
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Dallas, TX
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80 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
“Zee Best understated exterior but.....”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 29, 2012

We have traveled to St. Martin for many years, but have found one constant in breakfast / brunch dining...ZEE BEST! You may not be aware where it is but take the trouble because you will not be disappointed, it's open for breakfast and lunch only (visit the bakery location near the airport for another marvelous experience). Whether you want a basket of fresh pastry or eggs benedict, everything is fresh and delicious, their breakfast carries us through to dinner time so it's a real value. The decor is nothing special but the friendly service combined with the excellent food, well let's just say it does not disappoint, a great way to put a smile on your face in the morning.

  • Visited May 2012
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Media, Pennsylvania
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Zee Best is The Best”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 23, 2012

Zee Best is opened for breakfast and lunch only. If you go for breakfast, you will be greeted with a basket of delicious french pastries. The almond and the chocolate croissants are "zee best". I have been there several times and have tried the crepes, omelet, and various sandwiches. Have never been disappointed!

Visited May 2012
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