Top 5 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in St. Maarten

by Alli

My husband and I were blessed to have our daughter, son-in-law and grandkids join us for our first week of vacation in St. Maarten (a Caribbean island).  It sure was quiet after they left – almost too quiet!  And I have to admit that I shed a few tears as I watched them leave for the airport.

The night before they were to fly home I asked them the all important question, “What was your favorite restaurant in St. Maarten?”

I’m constantly reading restaurant reviews from bloggers and I love it, but we rarely get to see a restaurant through the eyes of a child.  Here’s a little background before we look at the Top 5 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in St. Maarten (according to my grandkids). Most kid’s meals are $10.50 US and include a drink (no free refills for kids OR adults) and some of them include a scoop of ice cream for dessert.

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Top 5 Kid-Friendly Restaurants

1. Tyler’s Favorite (age 11):  Pineapple Pete Restaurant & Bar

Ty loved the jerk wings AND BBQ wings and he voted Pineapple Pete his #1 favorite place to eat in St. Maarten.  The kids meals are served in a paper-lined frisbee (souvenir) and include a drink and dessert.  They also have live music nightly.  (Pineapple Pete is my favorite, too.)

Top 5 Restaurants in St. Maarten

2. Logan’s Favorite (age 9):  Zee Best Restaurant

Zee Best serves breakfast and lunch only. According to their website, they are”Open for the early risers or sleepy heads, St-Maarten’s best breakfast is served from 7:30 am to 2:00 pm every day (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!”

Logan had breakfast for lunch – scrambled eggs, bacon and toast and he declared it, “Delicious.”  I had french toast with bananas and it was pretty darn good.  They also have crépes that looked amazing.

Zee Best

3. Caden’s Favorite (age 6):  McDonald’s

OK, you can take the kid out of the country, but, well, you get it.  His favorite food in the entire world is McNuggets.  Period.

Top 5 Kid-Friendly Restaurants

4. Tegan’s Favorite (age 3): El Rancho Caribe (Rancho Steak & Lobster)

Tegan had the kid’s pizza and thought it was amazing.  It also came with a drink and a scoop of ice cream for dessert.  They had live music featuring a Latin band and all the kids enjoyed the music even if they didn’t know the words.

Best Kid Friendly Restaurants

5. Lee’s Roadside Grill & Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Cafe tied for second among the kid’s favorites.  Lee’s Roadside Grill has a huge grill and is located right across the street from our beachside resort.  (All of these restaurants are in walking distance). You can smell the delicious aroma of chicken and ribs cooking all day long except Mondays.  That’s the only day they are closed.

Kid-Friendly Restaurants

Funny story about Lee’s:  My husband really liked their BBQ sauce and asked the waiter if it was homemade.  He said, “No, it’s imported.”  We were imagining some exotic recipe from far off lands when the waiter added, “It’s imported from the USA.  It’s KC Masterpiece.”  I almost choked on my San Pellegrino!

5 Kid-Friendly Restaurants in St. Maarten

Jimbo’s Rock & Blues Cafe has been voted #1 Tex-Mex restaurant in St. Maarten for 7 years in a row.  I totally agree.

Top 5 Restaurants in St. Maarten

This was not our first trip to St. Maarten, so we’ve eaten at these restaurants several times over the years and they are all amazing.  All of the kids favorites just happened to be in the Simpson Bay area – just steps from our resort.  Just keep in mind that you’re on island time and enjoy.  No hurry, no worry!

Helpful Hint:  Most of the restaurants are open air and sometimes mosquitoes are lurking under the table.  I’ve never had a problem, but if you do, just ask your waiter for bug spray.

Also, a 15% gratuity is usually included.  It’s referred to as a “service charge” and is added right beside the “tax” line on your restaurant bill.

Kid Friendly Restaurants in St. Maarten

Top 5 Kid Friendly Restaurants in St. Maarten

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Shirley Wood August 3, 2015 - 1:51 pm

I know you all had a wonderful vacation. I’m sure it was sad when they left but it looks like everyone had such fun while they were there!
What a hoot about the imported K.C. Masterpiece! Love that story.
Those open air restaurants are probably a lot of fun but it is good to know they have bug spray. I’m one of those people that mosquitos are attacked to. I’d need that bug spray!

Erlene August 3, 2015 - 3:21 pm

How funny about the KC sauce…lol. My kids all like different things too. My youngest dd loves a place called Sushi Boat, youngest son loves McDonald’s (go figure), oldest dd likes Subway, and my oldest son likes anywhere that serves food…lol.

Kristen from The Road to Domestication August 3, 2015 - 4:08 pm

Okay, St. Maarten just made my travel list. Looks and SOUNDS amazing!

Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle August 3, 2015 - 5:34 pm

This was a great article! I’ve never really thought about dining when going on a trip.

Christy Maurer August 3, 2015 - 5:44 pm

I think that Pineapple Pete’s would be my favorite too though the other places look yummy. My kids are “grown-up” menus now! I miss the days when they could eat off of the kiddy menu. Bummer about no free refills…just get water I guess lol.

Robin Masshole mommy August 3, 2015 - 5:58 pm

You can never go wrong with McDonald’s, right? Thanks for this great list. I will definitely keep it in mind if I ever find myself in Saint Maarten again 🙂

Mary August 3, 2015 - 8:48 pm

Cute kids! When my kids were small and we were vacationing in St John, they were missing the chicken mcnuggets. Now, not so much anymore. So glad to hear that you found the familiar imported bbq sauce. lol Thanks for shring your family times. They are so special

Liz Mays August 3, 2015 - 9:50 pm

I would definitely have to check out Lee’s. It’s so cute that Caden’s favorite was still McDonalds!

Kristin August 3, 2015 - 10:22 pm

Looks like some happy Kiddos. Thank you for the share.

Felicita Moncada August 3, 2015 - 11:33 pm

We love St. Maarten! They have the best prices when it comes to jewelry… lol. I will definitely check out the restaurants you suggested as we love tasting local cuisine.

Alli August 4, 2015 - 3:17 pm

Yes, jewelry stores are everywhere!

tiaras & tantrums August 4, 2015 - 12:46 am

thee all look like great family friendly restaurants to bring everyone along with. We are not in that area much but I will have to remember these

Annemarie LeBlanc August 4, 2015 - 4:40 am

Looks like you and your family had a great time with great food! I would love to visit St. Maarten’s too and try their imported BBQ sauce! 🙂

Rebecca Swenor August 4, 2015 - 6:20 am

These all sound like awesome places for kid friendly restaurants in St. Maarten. I would have to say my kids both loved Mc Donald’s as kids. I do have to say that KC Masterpiece seasoning is the best for kind of food. Thanks for sharing.

Chubskulit Rose August 4, 2015 - 7:03 am

All of these places looks amazing! We have never been there but would definitely keep this in mind when we do.

Mhie Lee August 4, 2015 - 9:07 am

I can so relate with you. We take my in-laws once in a while when we go vacation and I just love being with them and I see in my daughter’s eyes the real happiness when she’s in grandparents.We went last year in St. Maarten with my in-laws and we love it. Hopefully we can go back next year.

Rosey August 4, 2015 - 9:35 am

I love when restaurants make an environment the kiddos are going to love. Makes me instantly want to return (and I usually do).

ARod August 4, 2015 - 11:13 am

Great idea asking the kids to vote. I cracked up when i got the McD vote lol. Too funny thanks so much for sharing.

Tatanisha Pitts-Worthey August 4, 2015 - 11:43 am

This list would come in handy if we’d come to St. Maarten. Thanks!

Lynndee August 4, 2015 - 12:31 pm

Our son LOVES calamari so any restaurant that offers calamari is okay with him. Actually when we go out to eat, he would always ask where we’re going and if they have calamari. 🙂

Ourfamilyworld August 4, 2015 - 1:47 pm

St. Maarten sounds like a great place to visit. I will add this to my bucket list.

Sandy KS August 4, 2015 - 1:54 pm

Where is St.Maarten located at? I have never heard of it before. Is it in the US, Europe, Canada etc. It looks like place to take kids vacation too.

Alli August 4, 2015 - 3:15 pm

St. Maarten is an island in the Caribbean. Half of the island is owned by France (St. Martin) and St. Maarten is owned by the Dutch.

Zan August 4, 2015 - 3:31 pm

Sounds like you had fun with the family. The restaurants all sound so wonderful – the little ones picked well. Your BBQ sauce story is hilarious! Yes, Island time is surely slower than US by far. Just relax and enjoy! Your photos are amazing – makes me want to go visit.

Ann Bacciaglia August 4, 2015 - 5:54 pm

These look like great places to take the kids to eat. My kids would love to look at the fish.

Nickida August 4, 2015 - 6:21 pm

These all look like delicious places for the entire family to eat. I also get while your son still added McDonalds, sometimes you just need that comfort of home even when traveling.

Bonnie @ wemake7 August 4, 2015 - 8:11 pm

This is so cool how you made this post through a child’s point of view. Such a great list. =)

Marielle Altenor August 4, 2015 - 9:58 pm

Well if I’m ever in St. Maarten, I’ll know where to take my kid for eating! All the food looks so good!

Mimi "MimiCuteLips" Green August 4, 2015 - 10:23 pm

St. Maarten sounds beautiful. I love that they are so kid friendly. I would happily spend my money there.

HilLesha August 4, 2015 - 11:48 pm

I have never been to St. Maarten, but the idea of visiting a Caribbean island again sounds nice. I’ll definitely have to keep these restaurants in mind!

Alyssa C August 5, 2015 - 10:14 am

This is perfect, I was just telling my fiance I want to visit St. Maarten! I feel like this is a sign, I just need to book our vacation 😉

Uplifting Families August 5, 2015 - 2:39 pm

Kid friendly restaurants are a must in our house. All of the food looks so good. The kc masterpiece story is funny. The waiter had fun with that one I bet. 🙂

CourtneyLynne August 5, 2015 - 4:46 pm

Hahaha I think it’s so funny!!! You can take kiddos to the most awesome places ever and they will still I’ve there basics like mc Donald’s!

Michelle @ Dishes and Dust Bunnies August 5, 2015 - 8:10 pm

I think it would be great to visit there someday and I’m glad to know that there is an kid friendly restaurants in the area! Looks like the kids had a great time!

Kelly Hutchinson August 5, 2015 - 11:47 pm

It is hard to find good restaurants that are family friendly. I think Jimbo’s Rock and Blues Cafe sounds fun.

Alli August 7, 2015 - 8:10 am

Jimbo is actually from the states. He vacationed in St. Maarten years ago and never left. He visits every single table and is always so nice.

Krystal August 6, 2015 - 11:00 am

I have gone to the Caribbean but not this island! IT looks like a great place for people of all ages.


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