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“An Unexpected Delight” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Le Pavillon by the Sea - CLOSED

Le Pavillon by the Sea
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Savannah, Georgia
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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“An Unexpected Delight”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 12, 2014

My husband and I stumbled upon Le Pavillon on an exploratory walk of Oyster Pond. The restaurant was closed at the time, but the owners, Elaine and Chris, were there prepping for the dinner opening. They were immediately friendly and warm and helped us out with a car rental by introducing us to Winston (who has great deals on car rentals, by the way!). We went back to eat there the next night with some friends and the food was outstanding! Three of us had the Grilled Snapper Fillet and it was oh-so-good. It was my first time eating kale and it was delicious. We all loved our food and the service was excellent. Elaine and Chris are so friendly that my husband wanted to ask them to sit down and eat with us. I kid you not. We had a fabulous wine and for dessert, ice cream with the most wonderful chocolate sauce! Elaine even brought us tiny chocolate chip cookies at the end. This woman already knows the way to my heart! If you find yourself anywhere near Oyster Pond, give Le Pavillon a chance. The food and ambiance is worth every euro!

  • Visited March 2014
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1 Thank boatergal79
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  • English first
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English first
Quincy, Massachusetts
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“An Expected Pleasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 11, 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank SXMSheila
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Wonderful! Service, food, ambience were all outstanding”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 9, 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited May 2014
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1 Thank J W
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New York City, New York
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Fantastic food, even better service”
5 of 5 bubbles 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.

  • Visited March 2014
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3 Thank akc2122
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Rochester, New York
1 review
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“Simply outstanding!”
5 of 5 bubbles 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!

  • Visited April 2014
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1 Thank bmb754
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