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Prime grass-fed steaks - Palapa Grill, Simpson Bay, Saint Martin

Palapa Grill

4.7
4.7
45 Reviews
$31 to $50
Steakhouse
In a hidden oasis in the heart of bustling Simpson bay, executive Chef Shane brings you mouthwatering prime cut steaks, fresh local seafood and famed international dishes. We provide warm & professional service, serve world-class cocktails and outstanding, beautiful food in extraordinary surroundings.

Travelers Award 2020 & 2021.
Worldclass bar TM 2020 & 2021.

Palapa: a unique experience through all your senses.

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 4 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, International, Seafood

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (721) 559-1901

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Executive chef

    Shane Huggins

  • Private party facilities

    Perfect Venue for Weddings and Corporate Events.

  • Neighborhood

    Simpson Bay

  • Cross street

    Airport Road

  • Parking details

    Street parking is also available

  • Entertainment

    Live shows on weekends!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

What 45 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

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

4.7
4.7 based on recent ratings
  • 4.7Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.6Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Caribbean

    Steakhouse

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  1. BN

    BernadetteN

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everyone was friendly service great food great would definitely go back again thoroughly enjoyed the experience
  2. S

    Shaniece

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food, drinks, and service was great. Will definitely be back.
  3. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Atlantic City

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service, in a cool setting. Great drinks, delicious steak and mashed potatoes. When we arrived for our reservation made on open table, the server said our table was still occupied (seating is limited so reservations required). To apologize for the wait, she offered us complimentary glasses of Prosecco as we wait in their adorable lounge. This gesture alone sets Palapa Grille apart! Menu shared their inspiring story of resilience building back from a storm. It was hand built by staff including tables, decor etc. We were given a little tasty cracker with a mix of shredded chicken over guacamole. So yummy! Menu is full of free range responsibly sourced ingredients. New Zealand beef steak unbelievably tender. It was undercooked for my taste yet so good wouldn’t have sent it back. The server promptly arrived seemingly noticing the steak didn’t look perfect and enthusiastically offered to refire. Anyone who eats steak understands the importance of this! Refiring at all isn’t ideal but doing it before it settles and could dry out is paramount. I was extremely thankful to have it perfected. There was also a delay bc of confusion regarding our second drink order but it was rectified. We understand mistakes happen but especially overlook anything when staff create such a rapport with guests. We along with other tourists and locals we’ve referred will return despite the further location from our area.
  4. R

    Robert

    Pittsburgh

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Our server, Paella was excellent., great service and very friendly.
  5. JD

    JermainyD

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 8, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Awesome food, the service was okay (i think they were too busy to be attentive). When you reserve on opem table it does not update their system so it is better to cal first to reconfirm your reservation.
  6. RP

    RickP

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Friendly, attentive and fun wait staff. Really cool atmosphere and best of all the meal was awesome! Highly recommend an evening of great dining.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Palapa is my favorite place in all of St. Maarten! Best place for a superb steak. The aesthetic is so cute. Perfect place to celebrate a birthday, too! I make sure to come here every time I visit the island. 10/10
  8. BS

    BobS

    Minneapolis

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on October 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful experience. The owners are so kind and considerate to spend time with me!
  9. CL

    CeliaL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very nice experience ! Excellent, à faire et à refaire!
  10. MG

    MicheleG

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 28, 2022

    overall1food2service3ambience5
    been here a few times, love the ambiance…menus choices are poor …every time i’ve been here over 1.5 yrs (3x) never had lobster e pasta was always told not available…….they need to add grilled lobster to survive….ordered a martini the glasses were half filled…wine barely 6’ ozs..…you want us back? give a little don’t skimp:…staff was amazing, don’t let them suffer…you are going down hill vs the amazing other dining options
  11. G

    Gloria

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service outstanding. Meal did not disappoint. A gem of a restaurant
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on October 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was my birthday and really looked the experience of dining here . The staff , food and ambiance was great ! A must if you visit the island of Sxm.
  13. L

    Lilcherry2

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined on October 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Palapa Grill was the one of the best restaurants in SXM! From the service when you walk in to the food, exceptional! The staff is courteous and attentive. The rib-eye was so good and so were the drinks. We celebrated my birthday and they bought a slice of cake on this cute fake 3 tier cake platform! Highly recommend this place.
  14. M

    Michael

    Dallas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This place was hands down the best restaurant we visited during our stay in St Maarten. The vibe of the place was so cool, modern and tropical. From the moment we arrived they acknowledged our anniversary and made us feel so welcomed. The food was incredible. Definitely try the new Zealand fillet, you will be glad you did. Wait staff is super friendly and they even helped us get a taxi back to the resort since it was late at night.
  15. RE

    REGINALDM

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on October 10, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience4
    I celebrated my 50th Birthday on this beautiful island and it was nothing short of amazing!!! My husband went out of his way to plan an memorable vacation for me. Once we arrived the ambiance was beautiful! We were promptly seated and received our drinks. The bread was perfect. I ordered a ribeye steak as well as my husband. My steak came out and it did not look like a ribeye. I told the waitress and hostess. They both told me the meat was cut differently and assured me it was a ribeye. The waitress avoided our table to a point where she never brought out our red wine. We were famished and started to eat. She came to the table after we were 90% done with our meal to pour the red wine. I hate liars and people who do not take accountability for their actions. I did not cause a scene or send my meal back because I knew it would ruin my mood. If it was not for the customers around me my evening would have been ruined.
  16. JD

    JackD

    Hawaii

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on October 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    On vacation in St Maarten and thoroughly enjoyed our meal at Palapa Grill. The New Zealand beef tenderloin was great and the lobster Thermidor was even better. Atmosphere and service were top notch. Would definitely eat here again.
  17. RC

    RachelleC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 7, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience5
    The ambiance and food was top. The service felt like home
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on September 3, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We were warmly welcomed by the host Chris who was absolutely amazing.. she gave us great drink suggestions and was totally fine when one of us didnt love the drink. She said “ i want you all enjoy tequila as much as i do” the food and ambiance was amazing and gave us a luxury feel on the island. This is a must go spot.
  19. DN

    DeboraN

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on September 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything about this restaurant is amazing! The Chef, Shane, and all the staff went above and beyond, and the food was fantastic. You can’t go wrong with Palapa Grille!
  20. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on September 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    By far the best meal we had during our stay. Service was excellent and the ambiance was beautiful
  21. M

    Mika

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 31, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Service was amazing from the minute we entered. The hostess was so kind and cheerful. The ambiance was very nice. We ordered the lamb shank and the lobster. The lamb shank was HUGE and delicious. The lobster was very flavorful. The restaurant offered us two glasses of Prosecco to celebrate our anniversary which was so kind of them! It was so delicious, we ordered a bottle. Our server Jeandralica was the best! She was too kind and all of her food suggestions were superb. She was very attentive and very quick to check on us and refill our glasses. Definitely dine here and please request Jeandralica!
  22. D

    Dani

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 28, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Vacationers beware!!!!! this restaurant/lounge closes late but the kitchen closes at 10pm. We were late for our reservation, yes but we called to see if something could be done. The restaurant did not answer, when we arrived the young lady at the door tried to lie to our face. She claimed i never called or messaged her, proceeded to show me her call log insisting nobody ever called. Just to show my missed call by accident. The whole encounter was rather strange, moral of the story is if she would’ve answered and let us know we wouldn’t be accommodated we would’ve NEVER wasted our time and money showing up.
  23. AR

    ARTD

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious! All staff were very nice and helpful. They made great food recommendations. Ambiance was very nice as well. Highly recommend for a nice night out in Sint Marteen!
  24. D

    Delhen

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s was our anniversary and we came to visit SXM for the first time . After searching online and reading reviews I decided on Palapa Grill. Let me say we were not disappointed. The ambiance is romantic and ideal for picture taking. Our waitress was friendly and very helpful in our choice of food selection. The food came out no long waiting. It was very flavorful and the prices are very reasonable. Will definitely eat there again!
  25. 4

    4830zz

    Naples

    138 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    138 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    First time we tried this restaurant. Steaks were excellent and the service was good. They have done wonders to redesign this new restaurant.
  26. g

    ginaf

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Gorgeous place and the service was wonderful!! Perfect place to celebrate our daughters 22 nd birthday !
  27. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Fort Lauderdale

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful staff, yummy food and easy vibes! To top it off they had a special surprise for hubs' bday ♡
  28. W

    Wing

    Miami

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Great atmosphere, friendly staff, on request we were seated at a quiet area. The gentle seabreeze and the quiet background music, gave us that extra caribbean vacation feeling. We had the Prime Rib-Eye for two, which was just absolutely fantastic! And to top it off, the Jack Sparrow cocktails made our experience just that much more special. We would definitely visit Palapa Grill on our next visit.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Beautiful decor, wonderful service, outstanding food!!!
  30. CT

    ChrystalT

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on August 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved everything about this place. Calamari, tuna tatare, red snapper, sea bass and lobster pasta were all amazing. We were seated and served quickly and they did a wonderful job adding to the experience. Oasis inside. Very chic❤️
  31. CR

    ClarysR

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very good, the service was fabulous, special mention to the Mille feuille !
  32. CS

    CharlesS

    Charlotte

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Place is amazing. Decor is awesome very tropical. Food was delicious. Highly recommend!
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Tampa

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Palapa is a great date vibe. The set up is perfect, the music was just right, and the food is grade A. Great aesthetic for pictures and memories. I ordered the ribeye and mashed potatoes. Great choice for steak lovers!
  34. GK

    GeneseK

    Dallas

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I had my birthday dinner here. It was such a gorgeous place. It forces you to have fun. There was music and the scenery is gorgeous. Delicious food & drinks. Perfect for date night or larger gatherings. Each section of Palapa is perfect for those who love instagram content too. Note: If you are bringing a cake from another vendor, there is a cake cutting fee/pp, but it's not pricey.
  35. KK

    KkkK

    Toronto

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service was amazing! By far the best restaurant in St Maarten.
  36. T

    Traveler10

    Phoenix

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great ambiance. Food was deliciously prepared and reasonably price. Great lounge area to enjoy a pre or post dinner cocktail. If you love Old Fashioned drinks, they their version called the Cuban Cigar. Highly recommend this place for a great couples dinner
  37. AM

    AlannaM

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The service was amazing. Friendly staff beautiful restaurant.
  38. MM

    MaryellenM

    Fayetteville

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on June 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We loved every part of our dining experience - except for the loud music and choice of dinner music….it was hard to hear and during dinner it would have been fun to listen to some island music, soft jazz etc then at 9 or later play the louder, more current music
  39. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Birthday dinner celebrations Amazing food
  40. DT

    DustinT

    E. Tennessee

    9 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on June 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an incredible experience! From the moment we were greeted the service was exceptional. The whole staff went above and beyond to make our night special and enjoyable. We travel with our 2 year old which isn’t always easy, but they brought him crayons, building blocks, and anything else they could think of to make it a truly amazing night. The hostess was more than great and I wish we would have gotten her name, and our server Pinela was top notch. Oh, and the food was just as good as the service. You must have a Jack Sparrow!

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Staff is vaccinated
    • Staff temperature check required

FAQs

Palapa Grill offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (721) 559-1901.

Palapa Grill is rated 4.7 stars by 45 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 Palapa Grill

Airport Road #28, Simpson Bay, Saint Martin 00000

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Airport Road

  • Neighborhood

    Simpson Bay

  • Hours of operation

    Dinner Mon–Sat 6:00 pm–11:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Steakhouse, International, Seafood

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Resort Casual

  • Parking details

    Street parking is also available

  • Payment options

    AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Shane Huggins

  • Entertainment

    Live shows on weekends!

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Dancing, Dog Friendly, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Outdoor Smoking Area, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Vegan, View, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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