Topper for L'Escargot Restaurant in Philipsburg, St Maarten, home of fine French cuisine, cabaret, and snails!
L'Escargot Restaurant
96 Front Street
Philipsburg, St Maarten
phone (721) 542 2483
Cell (721) 554-2424 | email
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Joel and Sonya have been pleasing diners for over 40 years from their colorful Créole house at 96 Front Street in Philipsburg, making them the oldest restaurant under the same management on St Maarten. The menu features escargot (of course!) in seven different styles, each more interesting than the next, but goes on to include the finest of French cuisine.

As Graham Porter said in the Today newspaper: "At the risk of sounding clichéed, experiencing fine dining on the island without a visit to L'Escargot, is like a long vacation in the Caribbean without the sun and beach." More recently, the Daily Herald had a very complimentary review of an evening at L'Escargot.

If you are coming from the head of town to the east where the cruise ships dock, you'll see the colorful side of the Créole cottage (above left) and up above on the front will be Joel, the friendly snail (right). On the left is the reverse of that sign is Sonya, visible to those approaching from the foot of town. These photos and many others will enlarge if clicked. Use your back button to return. Lunch is available Monday through Friday from 11:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Dinner is available seven nights per week from 6:00 PM until 10:00 PM, except summers when the restaurant is closed on Sunday. From the US, call 1 (721) 554-2424 for reservations.

Stop in for a light lunch of soup and salad with a chilled bottle of Sancerre, Macon Villages, or Meursault - a perfect pick-me-up after a morning of shopping. The menu also features some of the freshest seafood in the Caribbean including local lobster (Thermidor, if you please) and Dover Sole flown in fresh several times each week. There is also the tenderest rack of lamb and our Gourmet Magazine award-winning "Le Canard de L'Escargot", crispy duck in a pineapple and banana sauce. Save some room for dessert because our crème brûlée also has a Gourmet Magazine award of its own. Our appetizers range in price from $7.50 to 12.50 and the main courses range from $18.50 to only 30.50 for our award-winning rack of lamb. Our recipe for accras was featured in an article on Créole cuisine on SXM-Info.

Our fine red wines include famous Bordeaux from Chateau Canon, Chateau Talbot, Chateau Pichon-Longueville, and La Tour de Pez. There is a large selection of Burgundy featuring Pommard and many more. Click our photo to the right to see an enlarged version of our famous snails. Contest code: snails! Contest winners are welcome any night but Friday.

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The restaurant is right on Front Street, just a small stroll from the courthouse or pier. There is a bit of parking behind the restaurant, but there is more in the center of town and some along the street. Use the the link above to obtain a map, but it's easiest to follow the odor of garlic drifting down Front Street. If your nose fails, the sounds of Edith Piaf will guide you to the right spot. It's more French than France and straight out of Provence. Look for our sign and the Chaine des Rotisseurs sign outside. Step inside to another world and admire Joel's vast collections of miniature bottles, snails, and hot sauces. Check the wall for your friend's business cards and add your own.

Sonya/Dolly

Friday nights feature a cabaret loosely based on La Cage au Folles, and loose is definitely the word to use for this cast of characters. Feeling rambunctious? Surprise your friends and join us on stage. But remember:

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Joel/Kenny

Here's a vintage photo from the opening night almost 40 years ago:

That is Joel smiling in the center with Sonya to the right. On Joel's right is Robert Choisy from Monaco, who did some of the artwork in the restaurant.