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L' Esprit

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Anse de Grande Saline, Salines 97133, St. Barthelemy
+590 590 52-4610
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The French food served here is tremendous. There is a diverse menu with duck and pigeon to go along with the expected veal and range of seafood dishes. Dessert does not disappoint either - indeed it is excellent. The casual style of the restaurant doesn't distract from the quality either, but the service is a serious miss. There are simply... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 94 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

L'Esprit never disappoints. Outdoors but casually elegant, the service is always friendly and efficient and the food simply outstanding. It remains our favorite place to eat on the island. It is not cheap but also not as expensive as some of the luxury hotel choices on the island. By St. Barth's standards, it is fair value. Don't skip desert because... More 

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Sao Paulo, SP
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 93 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

In my opinion, L´Esprit is the best restaurant in the sophisticated island of St. Barth. Mr. Jean Claude Dufour, the chef/owner has outstanding creativity, especially when using local fishes and crustaceans. Its high quality has been maintained for many years, since he took over this restaurant.

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

Run by the redoubtable former chef at Eden Rock, Jean Claude DuFour. Out in the boonies near Grande Saline. The food always wonderful but service can be very spotty, and they could try a little harder with the furnishings. Tends to attract a picky New York crowd, who are inevitably disappointed that it isn’t Maya’s.

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Thank Keith M
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Overall experience was amazing. Fantastic service and fresh seafood. The scallops are a must have. Fresh bread and olives. Can't beat the out door feel.

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Toronto
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is an excellent restaurant near the Saline Beach parking lot. The food is very good and the serving staff hustles, and does a better job than what you get at most other places in St Barth. The food is not cheap but the three course prix fixe dinner for 65 Euros isn't a bad deal. All of the courses... More 

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Washington DC
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Friends told us that L'Espirit (now open only for dinner, and with a new chef) was their best dinner on the island, so we followed their advice and booked a table. They aware right-it is a great experience. Low key, not flashy, with very good food. We were warmly greeted, and the service was attentive throughout. A more adventurous menu... More 

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Leesburg, Virginia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Excellent food and service. Loved their wine list. The tables were a good distance apart so you could have your privacy. Our party of four throughly enjoyed our dinners.

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Thank Lisa F
new york city
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

In our very humble opinion, Jean Claude is an artist extraordinaire, and creates "paintings" with his delicious food preparations and combinations and choices in his charming Saline restaurant. Chris is a knowledgeable, charming head waiter, and the entire staff work together like a happy proud family. We have been there twice this trip and nothing in the service, or the... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Still one of the most spectacularly good restaurants the island of St.Barthelemy. Jean-Claude (the chef/owner) never ceases to come up with new and totally original creations. Great staff and service to match.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
French, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Anse de Grande Saline, Salines 97133, St. Barthelemy
  • Location: Caribbean  >  St. Barthelemy  >  Salines
  • Phone Number: +590 590 52-4610

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?