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“Back to 5 stars! What a relief. Enjoyable evening at this fine dining restaurant, excellent food and service”
Review of Rainforest Hideaway - CLOSED

Rainforest Hideaway
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $40 - $50
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Located on the waterfront in a bay described by American travel writer, James Michenor, as the "most beautiful bay in the Caribbean" - Rainforest blends into the mangroves and has been described in the Wall Steet Journal as one of the most romantic restaurant locations in the world. Serving Sophisticated Caribbean food in a rustic and casual atmosphere - with service and food standards to match any international restaurant - the theme of Rainforest is "Magical Dining in Marigot Bay". Let it be the highlight experience of your St Lucia vacation. Now open every night of the week in High Season and five nights in Summer. Live Jazz on 5 nights - Monday, Wednesday Thursday, Friday and Saturday all year round. Special Taxi arrangements from Rodney Bay - call 286 0511 or 451 4485 for Taxi details
Colchester, UK
Level 6 Contributor
239 reviews
149 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 310 helpful votes
“Back to 5 stars! What a relief. Enjoyable evening at this fine dining restaurant, excellent food and service”
Reviewed April 24, 2014

Having missed this restaurant for a couple of years during our annual visits to Marigot Bay, we thought we would give RFH yet another chance. I'm very pleased to report that we were not disappointed. We had a wonderful meal with fine service from Keicha and her colleagues. We made reservations for dinner with jazz provided by Empress and her father, and were quickly checked in by maître d' Wilson, who later came round to check all was fine. We were soon attended with menus and requests for drink orders, and were very pleased to see that RFH has reverted to its previous prix fixe (2 courses for EC$130 (US$48) or 3 for EC$160 (US$59).

We started with complimentary bruschetti (topped with a wonderful mixture of cut vegetables) followed by a small glass of delicious seafood dumplings, both of which were clearly made from fresh products. (RFH used to offer also a complimentary sorbet but ours seems to have gone AWOL.) I ordered the famous lump crab cake (EC$8 supplement) with banana chutney, and a couple of marinated mussels. Absolutely delicious; probably the best I've tasted. My wife chose the RF caesar, which was also excellent. Meanwhile, we were also tucking into a nice bottle of (reasonably priced) Norton Malbec. We chose the pan-fried mahi mahi with roasted spiced pumpkin, tostones, creole beurre blanc and callaloo reduction, which was excellent and straight from the oven. By the, we were flagging - but could not resist a shared portion of pineapple and coconut cheesecake drizzled with caramel and pineapple sauce, which was OK (a little too desiccated; the best cheesecake on the Bay is still Julietta's at her Lookout overlooking the Bay).

Expensive? Yes. Over EC$540/US$216, which is about EC$200/US$80 more for a 3 course dinner at any other restaurant on the Bay. (We're usually on the Bay for a month each year.) Nonetheless, RFH is good value for money for a special occasion. You would pay the same, if not more, in London or New York - although I believe the folks from Oklahoma (earlier review) when they say they would pay less there.

So, John - given our history - we are delighted to write this overwhelmingly positive report. Will we return? Absolutely - although unlike one of your other diners, we will not be chartering a jet specially for the purpose.

Oh, and the chairs are just fine. New cushions?

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank JohnEO
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JohnVerity, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
JohnEO

Thanks for coming back after your short absence and for the "overwhelmingly positive report"

The only thing I take issue with is the comparison of prices with other restaurants in the Bay. We have not put our prices up in three years - but two 3-course dinners (EC$160pp), an average bottle of wine (EC$120), a couple of food supplement costs, service (10%) and VAT Tax (10%) does add up to EC$540.

However several of the other prominent restaurants in Marigot have increased prices - so that the differential from Rainforest has nearly disappeared. It is easy to pay $80-90 for an entrée at many of our competitor restaurants - and I think you will find the average differential on food is now down to no more than $20-$30 for a three course dinner. You will spend more with us on wine - as no other restaurant - except those in the Discovery (now Capella) Hotel - offers a full wine list, but that is part of the "fine dining" experience.

We are not cheap - but the price needs to viewed in the context of the overall quality, service and ambiance that Rainforest is renowned for.

We look forward to your next visit.

John Verity
Owner - Rainforest Hideaway
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St. Johns, Florida
2 reviews
“Fantastic Meal and Ambiance!”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

This was a happy accident we found while in Marigot Bay! The whole experience was so wonderful. The ambiance and location were beautiful. The Staff were so friendly AND professional! The meal was WONDERFUL! I did not meet the chef, but our meal was amazing. A very romantic evening!

Visited April 2014
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Thank KyFoxFL
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JohnVerity, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
Dear KyFoxFL

Many thanks for taking the trouble to write a review of Rainforest - and so pleased that you enjoyed the romantic experience. Nothing more I can add - you said it all...!

John Verity
Owner - Rainforest Hideaway
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London, United Kingdom
Level 3 Contributor
12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Gutted i didnt get to go...”
Reviewed April 22, 2014

Heard from other guests that this is the best place to eat in Marigot Bay. One of the two fine dining restaurants in the Bay. Best kept to the last night before you leave. Be sure to check when the live music is on, and be sure to reserve a table. Sometimes they have private functions on, so that can spoil a plan if you do not check in before hand. As it is fine dining, you will pay the extra for it. Nice setting & a little ferry boat takes you across the marina to the restaurant. Romantic!

Visited April 2014
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Thank MissLouche
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JohnVerity, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, May 5, 2014
Dear MissLouche

Thanks for your review of Rainforest. In High Season we now have live jazz on three nights, Monday (Allison Marquis), Wednesday and Saturday (both Emerson & the Empress). As we move into Low Season (summer) from mid-May until mid- November we reduce our opening nights. This Summer we expect to open Wednesday through Sunday and we plan to move the Monday jazz to Sunday - keeping to three nights each week.

Reservations are always a good idea - but we don't close that often for functions - maybe three or four times a year.

John Verity
Owner - Rainforest Hideaway
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Houston, Texas
Level 2 Contributor
2 reviews
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“Don't Miss This Experience!”
Reviewed April 17, 2014

We hailed a water taxi at 5pm from Solomon at Sugar Beach for a private sunset cruise to Marigot Bay (where Oprah's house is). A quick 30 minute boat ride brought us into Marigot Bay right as the sun was setting and the bay itself was crowded with over a dozen sailboats tied up for the night. Solomon took us straight to the deck of The Rainforest Restaurant, in which you can only get to by boat or water taxi. The host greeted us on the dock and told Solomon to come back to get us in 2 hours. We knew we were in for a treat! He then showed us to the bar to have a drink before dinner. Gabe ordered a Rainforest Punch for me, similar to the local favorite Rum Punch, but green and served in a martini glass and he had a martini with delicious pearl onions. Around 6:30 we were seated at the best table in the restaurant, right on the water facing the bay. We could see everyone in all of their sailboats cooking dinner and relaxing on the bow. After opening a bottle of Argentinian Malbec, we ordered our 3 course meal. I had crab cake to start, grilled Mahi Mahi as the main course, and rum sautéed bananas and ice cream for dessert. Gabe started with Pork Tenderloin and apple compote and chose the Beef Tenderloin as his main course, completing dinner with White Chocolate Creme Brûlée. We were given 2 small appetizers, compliments of the chef, bruschetta and a Tuna and Lion Fish medley. YES, we ate Lion Fish! We took pictures of each plate because of the beautiful presentation and honestly enjoyed every second we were there. The food was absolutely amazing!
We snapped a picture of the chef and her team, and then headed to the bar to buy Solomon and Titus a Rainforest Punch for the ride back. They were very thankful. We boarded the boat and cruised to Soufriere under the stars in the blackest of night sky where all we could see to the right was a never ending Atlantic Ocean with a straight line reflection of the moon. Half an hour later, we docked at the pier of Soufriere and took one last picture with Solomon before we caught the taxi back to Stonefield.

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Krystal H
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JohnVerity, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, May 4, 2014
Dear Krystal H

Many thanks for your very positive review of Rainforest. Coming by boat from Soufriere, Ti Kaye at Anse Cochon, Windjammer Landings or Rodney Bay is expensive - but can be a magical experience - particularly when you take in sunset offshore. This is always more spectacular than from land and a starlight or moonlight cruise back is very romantic way to finish the evening..!

John Verity
Owner - Rainforest Hideaway
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Appleton, Wisconsin
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Fantastic”
Reviewed April 13, 2014

We ate here four times while staying in Marigot Bay. It was a short complimentary water taxi ride over to the restaurant. It had very nice views of the Bay and excellent service.

We typically each did the two course dinner $48 U.S. each and would share an appetizer and dessert. For appetizers we really enjoyed lump crab cake with banana chutney (slight up charge for this) and the tuna tartar. Favorite entrees included the coconut crusted sea bass, cardamom star anise duck, parmesan encrusted salmon and chile & lemongrass infused shrimp with a nice risotto. For dessert, the rum sauteed bananas with rum raisin ice cream and the fresh little crepe were to die for. This was one of my favorite desserts of all time. The white chocolate creme brulee with lime and raspberry compote was also very good as was the pineapple and coconut cheesecake with carmel sauce.

While some people may say this was higher priced food, keep in mind it was the freshest of ingredients and it is a fine dining experience that is sure to please the palate! As such, we felt the prices were not at all out of line.

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank MP-Hami
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JohnVerity, Owner at Rainforest Hideaway, responded to this review, April 15, 2014
Dear MP-Hami

Many thanks for writing your very complimentary review of Rainforest. To come 4 times for dinner during your short vacation is a very positive endorsement of the restaurant - for which we are very grateful.

We are a little more expensive than most of the other restaurants in Marigot - but the differential is getting less and less..! We have not put our prices up in over three years - but my own recent dining out experiences in Marigot (and those of our guests at Mango Beach Inn) indicate that several of the other restaurants are catching us up fast - and soon we will be paying the same for award-winning "fine dining" at Rainforest as for local "home-style" cooking and friendly casual service. I am glad that you thought our prices were worth it..!

Best regards

John Verity
Owner - Rainforest Hideaway
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