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NOLA Bayou Bistro, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten

NOLA Bayou Bistro

4.1
4.1
70 Reviews
$31 to $50
Creole / Cajun / Southern
Bringing the flavors of New Orleans to St. Maarten! Come dine by the water and enjoy Chef Ramon Perez’s creations in a unique and elegant atmosphere. We look forward to hosting you in Simpson Bay, located next to the pharmacy in Plaza del Lago.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, International, French American
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    (721) 520-3600
  • Payment options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Executive chef
    Ramon Perez

What 70 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.8Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Sint Maarten

    Best Ambiance

  • Sint Maarten

    Good for business meals

  • Sint Maarten

    Innovative

  • Sint Maarten

    Good for groups

  • Sint Maarten

    Healthy

  • Sint Maarten

    Hot spot

  • Sint Maarten

    Neighborhood gem

  • Sint Maarten

    Great for fine wines

  • Sint Maarten

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Sint Maarten

    Romantic

  • Sint Maarten

    Great for scenic views

  • Sint Maarten

    Good for special occasions

  • Sint Maarten

    Lively

  • Sint Maarten

    Most Booked

70 Reviews
  1. OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nola is a hidden gem in the Simpson Bay area of Dutch St. Maarten. Nestled in the Simpson Bay Yacht Club plaza it's unassuming entrance gives no clue of what lies ahead. The dining room is large and open. Fans spin gracefully from the high wooden ceiling enhancing the bayou bistro vibe. A small bar with neatly organized bottles of top shelf spirits tempts you to at least peruse the many selections offered. Neatly coiffed staff in black uniform greet you with friendly faces as you are led to your table. If you prefer waterside dining a sunken deck which overlooks the marina is lined with neatly decorated intimate tables and is fitting for a romantic dinner. The menu pops with Cajun favorites like shrimp and grits, lobster ettoufe, gator and jambalaya. You can also allow your palate to explore dishes like Creole catfish court- boullion or Caribbean snapper. A well-appointed wine list and signature cocktails are available. Live jazz music was playing and it did not interfere with our conversation. Prices are comparable to the other restaurants on the strip but the experience and service is well above. Do not leave St. Maarten without dining at Nola! Reservations recommended.

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  2. FareedM

    Edmonton

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 24, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent view and ambiance, service ce was great and food excellent.

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  3. Grady

    Greater Boston

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on March 22, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Overall a lovely evening on the Marina in Simpson Bay. Server and service very good, meals good and fairly priced. We dined early so caught only a bit of the live music that started at 7:00. Next year we will go for dinner and the music.

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  4. TriciaG

    Greater Boston

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on March 18, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lady D was our server. She and her team were professional, efficient and personable. She made our evening fun! She brought a bread basket to our table that contained corn bread and muffins that were yummy. My shrimp and grits were out of this world, my husband’s salmon was wonderful, the couple that dined with us enjoyed catfish and gumbo. I had a virgin Nola Hurricane and the flavors were delicious . The view of the marina was amazing and the interior of the restaurant was beautiful, classy yet cozy at the same time. We truly enjoyed our evening out at Nola’s

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  5. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    One of the most fun dining experiences ever. The team at NOLA are incredibly kind.

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  6. OpenTable Diner

    Fargo

    7 reviews

    3.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on March 12, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    It was ok. The short rib was overly salty. The sauce probably got reduced too much and intensified the flavor profile. The server was very sweet and attentive. The ambience was the best part of the experience. The wine collection was impressive.

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  7. RoseannS

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on March 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful outdoor seating on the water and live music

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  8. LSUB

    New York City

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 2, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 2
    Food was overpriced for the quality and portion we received

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  9. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 1, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    My husband had no real issue with his food other than the entree coming out before the appetizer… and then brought back … my filet and sides were cold …. Was charged for crab that I never received … 15% tip already added to bill and not to mention it started pouring so we were soaked . Our initial waitress was extremely rude and starts off with “before you even ask” we don’t have (points to half the menu) and leaves to never return … thankfully another sweet waitress came and took care of us . They need better management 3 other tables around complained about the same issues .. half the waitstaff truly cares about your experience the other half does not

    2 people found this helpful

  10. dinaround

    Raleigh

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on February 26, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    We enjoyed dining on the outdoor deck this time. The Simpson Bay Lagoon view is great day or night! The food was good, the menu nicely varied and better than the original menu on opening--just the right balance of familiar and Orleans regional specials. The service staff was new on our visit, so a little off, but all were friendly and we got all of our order and in a timely fashion. The Happy Hour at the bar features some nice "small plate" options. We did the Happy Hour last week and really enjoyed it.

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  11. ReneV

    Caribbean

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 20, 2024

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    Fried food, bad service, to much money for a minor evening out

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  12. GeorgeF

    Montreal

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 19, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The service was excellent, and the ambiance was very nice. The food was good, but a bit pricey. My wife and I had the crab cake and alligator fritters for appetizers, both very good. For our main course we had the short ribs and the jambalaya, both very good as well. All in all we enjoyed our dinner in an outdoor setting. We were here last year also when NOLA opened, and we enjoyed it. Worthwhile dining when visiting St. Maarten, probably one of the better restaurants on the island.

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  13. ChantalC

    Montreal

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 16, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 4
    The food was very good but the service was correct there was mixed a little. I recommend this restaurant.

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    Montreal

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    My rating was already discussed with the manager. Our WORST dining experience ever. A complete disappointment

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  15. HeatherC

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    1.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on February 14, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 4
    Absolutely terrible service on Valentine’s evening Multiple servers not knowing who ordered what and coming around with appetizers to wrong tables. My beef Wellington was warm at best. Carrots cold. Took 3 hours to get through our dinner.

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  16. ShellyA

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a group of 8 and we all loved the food. When we first walked in the ambiance and the water view was beautiful. The food was excellent. Loved the southern fired chicken and the salmon. The Madi Graz platter was off the chain good. Would highly recommend to other people.

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  17. MikeH

    Jacksonville

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Birthday dinner at a beautiful restaurant. The jazz combo was great and really set the mood. Service was great and the staff friendly and attentive. everyone enjoyed their entrees and their cocktails, too.

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  18. RickM

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 8, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome variety of sea food & flavors. Very attentive & courteous staff.

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  19. JoeK

    Atlantic City

    5 reviews

    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 6, 2024

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 3
    Service was terrible, we sat there for about 15 mins before I stopped a server to ask a question whether she was working our table and she replied no and abruptly walked away. We came here specifically for the Jimbo ribs and they were no longer on the menu. The website says they are, waste of time , we left and ate at another restaurant. Bad experience for us!

    1 person found this helpful

  20. OpenTable Diner

    Hamburg

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lively and lovely place in Simpson bay marina area Al a carte food and super service

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  21. Jack

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 31, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We chose it based on an internet review and loved the setting and the food.

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  22. OpenTable Diner

    Greater Boston

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We were a petty of six and were Seated a corner table over looking the watt. The wait staff were kind and pleasant. The food was very good and so were the drinks. The credit card reader was down so we paid in cash. It was worthwhile.

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  23. Craig

    Greater Boston

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2024

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    The biscuits, cornbread and beignets were the highlights of the meal. The Cesar salad was tasty but had 4 little leaves of romaine. The Salmon and Shrimp and grits were ok. We both a Hibiscus Crush as our drink and it was delicious although it came after we had finished our appetizers. We had to wait forever to get dessert and had to ask three different waiters for our check. When our check came they said their internet was down and we had to pay in cash ($180). We were there over 2 1/2 hours for dinner - most of the time waiting.

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  24. foodie

    Greater Boston

    66 reviews

    4.0

    66 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant very good food and service. I think it needs more menu items that are less spicy.

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  25. LINDAL

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 16, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful restaurant. The food was exceptional! Nice size portions also. Can’t wait to go back.

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  26. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing food and beautiful waterfront views. Everything we ordered was delicious from hand crafted cocktails and delicious bread basket with cornbread we asked to take home with us. Would recommend this restaurant for anyone that wants a fancy night out with high quality cuisine.

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  27. TAaron

    Chicago

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food and service. The ambiance is fantastic.

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  28. MichaelH

    New York City

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lovely new place with great service and superb location and ambience. Excellent martini, crab cake appetizer was huge (suggest sharing it), short ribs were delicious, fried catfish was good but I thought it rather missed the New Orleans vibe. We were way too full for dessert! All in all, a lovely evening out! Will try shrimp and grits and fried chicken next!

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  29. FrancineT

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Nourriture excellente et service impeccable site enchanteur !!! Janvier 2024

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  30. DeborahW

    New York City

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on January 7, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    This was a fabulous dining experience. We know 'Jimbo' from his prior restaurant, but this one is, as promised, NEXT level!!! Truly gorgeous setting, cuisine and service with a lovely musical duo the night we visited. Looking forward to returning on our next visit.

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  31. CherylB

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great place to relax and enjoy a wonderful dining experience.

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  32. StuartH

    Las Vegas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 2, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic all the way around and good to see Jim Morris again!

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  33. OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Jim, the owner, and his staff did not disappoint with this new restaurant. The atmosphere was great and the restaurant is beautiful. All the staff was friendly. The food was outstanding. It’s a little pricey, but worth it!

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  34. KausarZ

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 1, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 5
    Excellent experience over all. Delicious food and ambience. Waitress needs a bit more training.

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  35. RichardC

    San Francisco

    13 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 2
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 4
    A pretty disappointing evening. There were ups and downs all night. The ups included the baby back ribs and short rib dinners. The downs were the service and the cooks. The servers were very friendly and attentive but they were intrusive. They cleared bread plates before we were done. They left the napkin rings on the table the whole meal. Our apps came out quickly but there was then a 30+ minute wait for the mains. We had to send the fillet back 3 times to get a medium steak. The first two attempts were purple in the middle. We heard “the kitchen is working hard on your meal, it should be up soon” several times. Someone came by early in the meal, Jimbo(?), who welcomed us but stayed away when the problems began. Hopefully this was a one night issue.

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  36. BrianF

    Philadelphia

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food was excellent. Owner was very engaging. Setting was very nice.

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  37. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on December 23, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Very impressed with the food, atmosphere and service. Mumbai gumbo and tiramisu martini were my favorites. Highly recommend!!

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  38. BryanW

    Raleigh

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Food and atmosphere were fabulous. The owner "Jim" was extremely friendly and shared his experience and background with us. I would highly recommend. The food was very good and the drinks were perfect.

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  39. rachels

    Cleveland

    49 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    I’ve experience. Beautiful building and view. Owner is very hands on and friendly.

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  40. LoriW

    Toronto

    14 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on December 12, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a lovely dinner and evening. The oysters, short rib, and desserts were delicious! Lilly our server was very attentive. The owner and the hostess were very welcoming and made us feel great the minute we walked in. I had the seared tuna which was good, but I would have the short ribs next time. Highly recommend you try it. Nice to have an upscale restaurant in Simpson Bay.

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FAQs

NOLA Bayou Bistro is rated 4.1 stars by 70 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today
Google Map for NOLA Bayou Bistro

68 Welfare Rd, Plaza del Lago, Simpson Bay, Sint Maarten 00000

Additional information

  • Neighborhood
    Simpson Bay
  • Hours of operation
    Happy Hour Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–7:00 pm Dinner Mon–Sat 5:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Creole / Cajun / Southern, International, French American
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Business Casual
  • Parking details
    Public Lot
  • Payment options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Executive chef
    Ramon Perez
  • Additional
    Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Wine
  • Phone number
    (721) 520-3600
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