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“An Expected Pleasure”
Review of Le Pavillon by the Sea - CLOSED

Le Pavillon by the Sea
Cuisines: Caribbean, French
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Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Reviewed May 11, 2014

After reading the always reliable Tripadvisor reviews on Le Pavillon by the Sea we decided to to try this restaurant. The restaurant building itself is very unique and situated on the beach.The food is flavorful and expertly prepared. We checked the menu before we arrived at the restaurant and wanted the oysters but they were out of season. So as not to disappoint us Chef Elaine prepared a special crabmeat appetizer. As a main course I enjoyed the most Tender rack of lamb and mike ordered the special which was grouper. Save room for dessert and espresso : a deliciously delightful ending to a memorable evening . We have enjoyed many restaurants in St. Maarten but this definitely is at the top of our list. In fact we are returning today for a lovely Mother's Day lunch.

1  Thank SXMSheila
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Reviewed May 9, 2014

Highly recommend this hidden gem in Oyster Pond, on the French side, very close to Dutch border. Beautiful views and attention to every detail imaginable. We found it by accident, but suggest readers seek it out. Quaint and quiet little neighborhood, too.

1  Thank J W
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Reviewed April 29, 2014

We came to Le Pavillon as a group of 30 people...not an easy task for a restaurant of any size to handle. However, with about a half-dozen wait staff (at what seemed to be 1-3 cooks), they were able to deliver an amazing dinner and experienced. Not only did they serve us fairly quickly given they had to cook for 30 people at once, the food was incredible. I had the lamb...which no exaggeration was one of the best rack of lamb I've had.

The place is owned by a cute french couple, and they were a pleasure to meet. You could tell that this is their true passion, in both the food and their service.

Make your trip to St. Martin more memorable...come here.

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3  Thank akc2122
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Reviewed April 25, 2014

We had rented a villa in Oyster Pond (my 4th trip to St Martin) and wandered into Le Pavillon to check out the view & menu. Elaine was wonderful in telling us about the history of the site (a former Club Med wiped out in Hurricane Luis) and encouraged us to walk around. We made reservations for dinner that night (3 of us). It was by far the best meal we have had on St Martin (including a very expensive French restaurant in Grand Case) and ranks in our top 10 overall. Elaine and Christian were attentive, food was fresh & delicious (we all did prix fixe) - the wine and dessert just added to the great meal. The homemade ice cream was to die for!
We were the only people in the restaurant that night, but as our trip was toward the end of high season, that was not surprising - overall, we found most places to be un-crowded. And who doesn't like to have the undivided attention of an entire restaurant staff?? We never felt rushed, like they were anxious for us to leave - on the contrary, Elaine encouraged us to linger over coffee and enjoy the sounds of the ocean. We look forward to visiting again on our next trip and highly recommend this restaurant!

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1  Thank bmb754
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Reviewed April 18, 2014

This was our first time to Le Pavillon but it will not be our last. The atmosphere was lovely with light music playing in the background along with the breeze of the caribbean. The food was perfectly cooked and the owners really cared that your evening was special. We are looking forward to returning with our friends in June who will also enjoy this new restaurant.

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Thank ginnyknopf
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