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Cafe on the Bay Bar & Restaurant

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Behind First Caribbean Bank, Cole Bay on Welfare Road, St. Maarten, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
+1 721-544-2030
Tue - Sun 11:30 - 22:00
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Albany, New York
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 November 2012

Great service, even better food, and fabulous location on the water! Wednesday nights with live entertainment by Les Hodge makes a perfect night, EVEN BETTER! Thank you to Sandra for creating this oasis in paradise!

1 Thank CaribbeanGlen
Pensacola Beach, Florida
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 May 2012

This could be a wonderful location, but Do Not host your parties here. The owner is dishonest. Food is mediocre at its best.

3 Thank Miss F
Salisbury, North Carolina
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27 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 May 2012

This place a little hard to find but did after reading a trip adviser review. "Across from the megaplex" was very helpful. Our waitress was very attentive and had a great personality, but the food was fairly average. Our conch "fritters" had the consistency of dough balls with very little conch flavor and were somewhat mushy. One of the men... More 

Thank deancat
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2012 via mobile

À little hard to find but well worth the trip.This was our first visit but not our last. We arrived just in time for happy hour $3.00 martinis! !!! Food is excellent along with a fantastic staff.They should be doing more advertising as it is a lovely place on the water side.

Thank lmiszbee
Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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38 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 May 2012

I Love love love cafe on the bay. A little hidden gem but an excellent place for sunsets. Not to far from the every day life. A wonderful place to just sit back, relax, have a cocktail and unwind.

Thank EnergyEvans
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 May 2012

The best restaurant excellent for price quality, presentation and service. they make you feel good and you want to go back. the place is beautiful, relaxing, music and they give a speacial touch at the end of your dinner you get a after dinner drink, which we did not expect. the owner came and talk to us to make sure... More 

Ayer, MA.
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2012

My wife and I emailed Cafe on the Bay about a month in advance to make reservations for Easter Sunday (we had never been to St. Maarten and we weren't sure what would be open). We were in St. Maarten for our honeymoon. The atmosphere was relaxed and we sat outside with a great view of Simpson Bay. The waiters... More 

2 Thank TimfromAyer
East Northport, NY
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 April 2012

After hemming and hawing over which restaurant to dine in one night, we settled upon Cafe on the Bay as we did not want to go into Philipsburg with so many cruise ships in town. We were not disappointed. Although this restaurant was a little hard to find, (it's closer to Simpson Bay, across from the Megaplex behind the First... More 

1 Thank lilac0427
New York, NY
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 April 2012

We were referred to this restaurant by a local resident, who located from the northeast and we were so glad he told us about it. The staff is very friendly, it is a family run business and they make you feel very welcome. They have a wonderful happy hour, half price appetizers and drinks. I think the cosmopolitans were around... More 

2 Thank travel4NY
Willemstad, Curacao
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106 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 April 2012

I am giving this place and average rating because nothing exists between Average and Very Good. I would say this place is good. Location is nice, staff is nice and doing a great job, Food is nicely presented and is good. The fish dishes in our group had a bit too much salt not that it was bad but it... More 

1 Thank huub9999

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
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Open Hours
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
11:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Behind First Caribbean Bank, Cole Bay on Welfare Road, St. Maarten, Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
  • Location: Caribbean  >  St. Maarten-St. Martin  >  Sint Maarten  >  Philipsburg
  • Phone Number: +1 721-544-2030
St Maarten

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?