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“Best Food on the Island!!”
Review of Crave

Crave
Ranked #7 of 118 Restaurants in Simpson Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $31
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Mediterranean grill & brasserie, healthy digest, fresh food. Gluten-free menu available. Bring your own wine NO CORKING FEE Come hungry, bring your appetite, NO CREDIT CARDS.
Reviewed November 24, 2013

My boyfriend and I read a review here on Trip Advisor and decided to try it out. The review was NO exaggeration. EASILY the best food on the island, thus far. It wasn't too difficult to find, but we circled a bit because the name isn't lit up. Didn't matter because it was well worth it!!

The owner, Ace, is attentive, funny, and takes great care of his customers. He made amazing recommendations and each was perfection.

The pomegranate and pistachio meatballs are unlike anything I've ever had in my life!! The eggplant dip? DIVINE. And the lamb... when I say you cannot leave St. Maaren without eating it, I'm not lying. It falls off of the bone!!

We sat outside and the breeze was great.

I highly recommend this place to any and everyone traveling to St. Maarten!!!

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Thank Michelle T
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Reviewed November 21, 2013

There are so many fine dining establishments in st. Martin, however most of them have a similar menu. When we walked into Crave we were greeted by Ace. He welcomed us and served our drinks promptly. The restaurant was crowed but he did take the time to explain everything on the dinner menu. The appetizers were exceptional. We had the chef taste platter, hummus, eggplant dip and the most delicious meatballs I have ever had. For dinner I had the lamb shank with rice and lentils, the meat was so tender and falling off the bone. If you like lamb this is for you! My husband had the shrimp kabobs which had so much flavor that you didn't need the dipping sauce but it was so flavorful you had to do a dip! It was the best meal on the island by far. The prices are very reasonable for the high quality of food you get here. Drinks are also made perfectly. We are going back tonight to try other items on the menu! Ace is a wonderful, passionate host whose hard work and vision will go a long way.

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1  Thank Fireman306
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Reviewed November 13, 2013

We showed up very close to closing and without hesitation our host (Ace) made us feel welcome as though they were pleased to see friends. This restaurant exemplifies what many like best about St Maarten. Warm and friendly people who really appreciate their visitors from around the world.
An interesting menu with some fun and creative dishes with a middle eastern flair. The appetizers were a welcome change from the norm. And the main courses were difficult to choose from. Chicken was fantastic. We would go back just to hang out with these wonderful people. Oh yeah, and eat well at the same time.
Prices are better than most of the higher end restaurants in St Maarten.

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Thank Bob C
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

My husband and I visited Crave while we were in St. Maarten last week. It was a little hard to find, as the sign was well displayed but not well lit and the road is exceptionally busy! We were initially the only people in the restaurant and the owner seated us and carefully explained the menu. It is obvious that he was truly passionate about the food and he wanted to ensure we had a dining experience.
He made everything sound so good it was difficult to choose! All of the food was wonderful and had a unique spin on the traditional restaurant food. The dishes all were prepared well and we would definitely visit Crave again if we were in Simpson Bay. Hopefully the bridge clears up traffic a bit so Crave can be experienced with less traffic. The service was great and food was great. We highly recommend!

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Thank 2011_lapope
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Reviewed November 12, 2013

Ace is a most gracious host and runs down every menu item because he is passionate about the food he serves. We enjoyed his descriptions of his menu items and even his recommendations. Do have a fancy cocktail like a cappuccino martini or a white elephant! Enjoy an appetizer, a great entrée like the lamb shank or the kebabs which have incredible flavor. We enjoyed the ground beef and chicken kebabs immensely. And stay for dessert too. The organic chocolate tea is to die for! We ate here twice during our 2 week stay October 24th to November 7th. Right on the main drag through the Simpson Bay area next to Bavaria. By the way, Ace, why do you warn good food takes time? We had our appetizers within minutes after ordering and entrees shortly after finishing our appetizers! All food hot and fantastic. We'll be back again.

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Thank Daniel T
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