The "Rare Bird" is a favorite lunch and sundown spot for visitors and locals alike. The pretty blue-and-ivory Creole case (house) is set on a green hillside alongside the stone steps that lead up to Fort Louis (at 114 steep steps, quite a climb, but worth it). You're slightly removed from the harborside hustle, and the music of birdsong and a garden waterfall out back adds to the feeling of serenity. The food is reliably fresh and tasty, from a lunch menu of salad, soups, and burgers to full-blown French fare at night (filet de boeuf Rossini; sea scallops and shrimp in Champagne sauce). Toast to the sunset with the house cocktail, the Oizeau Rare, a potent concoction of dark rum and tequila with pineapple, orange, and coconut. Reservations are recommended.
St. Maarten/St. Martin
St. Maarten/St. Martin› Restaurant
Marigot Front de Mer (Harborfront), St. Martin
Our Rating Neighborhood Marigot Harborfront Hours Mon–Fri 11am–10pm; Sat 4–10pm, closed June Phone 590/87-56-38 Prices Main courses €15–€24 lunch, €18–€50 dinner Cuisine Type French Web site L’Oizeau Rare