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“Smokers Foul the Air” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of L'Effet Mer

L'Effet Mer
Ranked #20 of 67 Restaurants in Grand Case
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$40 - US$80
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Restaurant details
Good for: View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, After-hours, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Description: The Restaurant L' Effet Mer in the heart of the village of Grand-Case, called "the gastronomic capital of the Caribbean" is the new place to be to discover a sophisticated and refined cuisine.
Saint Louis, Missouri
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209 reviews
192 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
“Smokers Foul the Air”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2014

The food is excellent; the wine list is quite good; service is adequate; selections are imaginative; setting is nice; room is fairly small. Fish dishes are very good. Management allows smoking, which destroys a nice outing and messes up the flavors of the chef's best efforts.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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English first
Philipsburg, St. Maarten-St. Martin
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Surprising”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2014 via mobile

Very Nice restaurant, in a very nice setting (sea front). Surprising combinations on the menu. We really enjoyed it. Service was sometimes trying too hard. But all in all we had an excellent dinner, with good food, good wine and good service. We'll return!

Visited April 2014
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Thank Guy147
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Chicago, Illinois
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100 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
“Charming”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014

This is a very French establishment with charming waitresses. From the street it is not appealing, but inside, the tables by the water are beautiful. It got much louder halfway through our meal when a large group of smokers was seated near us. (Oh, well.) Everything we ordered was attractive and beautifully seasoned. For starters we had sweet pepper gazpacho and classic Caesar salad (fresh anchovies.) Our entrees were roasted Brazilian lobster "Effet Mer style", with pumpkin and cinnamon mousse, and the Chilean sea bass (crab crème brûlée and a quinoa/risotto combination. We finished with the cheese plate and left happy.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank TravelGolfer
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Milwaukie
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A Gem in Grande Case: #1 Favorite Restaurant!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 May 2014 via mobile

Best Dining experience in St Martin!
The chef, Stephane, prepared an absolutely delicious and creative, visually stunning dinner for us. I am vegetarian and was thrilled at the delightful tastes during each lovely course, as we enjoyed the tranquil ambience overlooking the sea, sky and stars of this perfect Caribbean setting. A romantic and so relaxing, pleasurable evening,with every dish a gastronomic treat. It was difficult to choose from the array of mouth watering selections, and we were pleased with each choice. The wines, too, were delicious.
Our server, Gwen, elegantly and warmly provided us with top-notch service, so professional, pure class and eager to make our dining experience perfect.
L'Effet Mer will be first on the list of places to dine --- more than once ---during each trip to this wonderful tropical destination!

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Thank Molly C
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Great romantic dinner! ”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014 via mobile

We really enjoyed our dinner here, very original chef! The service was great, the meals yummy and the atmosphere very romantic. The chocolate ball desert is a must!

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Thank Ron F
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