In an enchanting garden setting that one local dubbed "beach-club rustic chic," Chef Jean-Claude Dufour has been cooking up a fine-dining storm since taking the reins of this popular place in 2011. The plating is as elegant as anywhere on island, but the alfresco atmosphere is as languid as the balmy air. You dine on a palm-shaded courtyard deck with views of the old salt pond of Salines. The delicately flavored food is dreamy: Start with mushroom ravioli, duck spring rolls, or sea scallop sashimi, and move on to full-bodied mains like a classic filet de boeuf or roasted pigeon with seared foie gras. Finish with L'Esprit's housemade ice cream or sorbet. If you simply want to picnic on the beach, hit L'Esprit to Go and choose from an array of fresh-made salads and sandwiches.
St. Barts› Restaurant
Anse de Grande Saline
Our Rating Neighborhood Salines Hours Thurs–Tues noon–3pm and 7pm–10pm; closed Mon Phone 590/52-46-05 Prices Main courses lunch €24–€34, dinner €30–€45. Reservations recommended. Cuisine Type French/Pan-Asian Web site L'Esprit
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