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Dining Out...

Saba restaurants just keep getting better.  Saba offers tourists and locals good value and menus to please most any pallet.   In the mood for something Caribbean style? local creole dishes, West Indian barbeque and fresh seafood are readily available.  Vegetarian or even Vegan? no problem!  Sushi, prime rib and even a restaurant with its own organic garden.  Not bad for a small island!  Night time dining prices range from $8-25.  Some higher-end dining is also available but you'll find good value and fair prices at every level.     

Restaurant Descriptions     Theme Nights    Food News

 

  Check with Sea Saba for weekday theme night specials. Saba is not a place where it makes sense to have an "all inclusive resort".  Part of the Saba experience is to walk through the village, enjoying the night sky and serene atmosphere.  Pick a different restaurant, chat with a local or another diver along the way.  You will be pleasantly surprised with the number of quality restaurants at reasonable prices.  Leave room for the home made desserts so many restaurants specialize in...or, sample some Saba Spice--click here for recipes, careful if you really try this at home!

 

Theme Nights

Monday Sea Saba's Monday Night "Making the Most of Your Saba Experience" followed by homestyle specials @ The Brigadoon--from $14
Tuesday  Following a night dive, try Eddie's West Indian Authentic Barbeque
--or
Indonesia Reistaffel at Ecolodge--only on Tuesday--by reservation only
@ Swinging Doors--$14

@Rainforest Restaurant--$24 (in high season only)

Wednesday Cloud Forest Slide Show followed by dinner

Grill Night @ chicken beef or seafood kabobs with great veggies served on saffron rice

@ Ecolodge--Slide show free of charge; regular menu $18 p/p and up

@ Tropic's Cafe  $19.95

Thursday

Prime Rib Night in addition to regular menu

@ Brigadoon--$19.95

Friday Movie Night and Burgers
enjoy a recent release on a huge screen while you sip a cold one reclined in a chaise lounge chair!

--or do a re-run @ Swinging Doors' barbeque--either choice: $10 per person

Spit Roasted Chicken

@ Tropics Cafe--$10 for choice of beef, fish or veggie burger INCLUDING the movie :-)



@ Swinging Doors--$14


Scout's Place:  $14

 

Saturday

Sushi Saturday reasonably priced and plentiful--by reservation only. Served between 6:30-7:30 p.m. followed by regular menu

@Brigadoon--ala carte pricing

 

 

Sunday Steak Night--cook your own or tell Eddie how you like it

Grill Night--choose chicken, beef or seafood kebabs

@ Swinging Doors--$18

@ Tropics Cafe--$19.95

 

Windwardside

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sea Saba's Windwardside Recommendations

Tropics  Cafe Restaurant Eden The Brigadoon Saba's Treasure

The Brigadoon  

One of Saba's more popular eateries, the Brigadoon is housed in an original 19th century Saban home and conveniently located in Windwardside with open air dining overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  Its proprietors, Michael and Tricia Chammaa, offer a large variety of crowd pleasers but Chef Michael’s Mediterranean heritage is evident in many of his signature entrees.  Closed Tuesdays

         


   

Saba
Chinese

Saba Chinese Restaurant

Authentic Chinese and Indonesian dishes prepared by Saba's Choi family. Delicious and very affordable, the Saba Chinese Restaurant offers a great view of Windwardside and The Level. Daily lunch and dinners. Closed Mondays.


 

 

 

Saba's Treasure

is worth visiting just to see the work of art created by local artist Robbie Lynn.  The interior was made to look and feel like the interior of an old schooner.  Saba Historian Will Johnson further enhanced the look with old photos and stories adorning the walls.  The indoor bar and dining area as well as street side dining facilities create a fun atmosphere enjoyed by locals and tourists.  Enjoy pizza (just $12 for a large), sandwiches and daily specials while listening to classic rock 'n' roll and a pleasant volume. 


The Swinging Doors

Located in the heart of Windwardside, The Swinging Doors is owned and operated by one of Saba’s more colorful characters, Eddie Hassell.  Quick with a joke, Eddie always has a Saban tale, the latest gossip or tales of the sea to share. The Doors is now famous for its Tuesday and Friday night barbeques, while daily fare consists of finger foods only. Get out of the sun, have an ice cold Heineken and don’t forget to ask about the "we’re all here because we’re not all there" tee-shirt. "We don't take credit cards,  don't ask for any 'fancy drinks' and don't let the doors hit you in the ass on the way out!

 


Tropics Cafe

Tropics is now back to basics with a crowd pleasing menu complete with tropical drink samplers.  Open for breakfast and lunch daily (closed after breakfast on Mondays); dinner on Wed, Fri and Sunday.  Breakfasts can please healthier tastes with fruit and yogurt or ready yourself for a full day of diving with traditional American breakfasts from eggs any style to omelets and pancakes.   Lunches range from 'green stuff' to assorted burgers and hot and cold sandwiches.  Tropics isn't just a hotel restaurant but a place for an all-day hangout.  Lounge by the pool, take in the sunset, watch the stars.  Friday night is "Movie Night" with  burger (choose from beef, fish or veggie) and fries and a large screen happening for just $10.

        


 

 

Restaurant Eden

Follow the tiki lights and soft music to the charming gazebo or the deck-top tables under the stars.  Proprietors Norbert and Nina of the Netherlands and Norway, respectively, offer an interesting menu in a lovely outdoor setting. Each item is a delight both in presentation and exquisite flavor.  All meals start with their fresh baked bread and Norbert's wondrous tapanade.  For a first course, there are at least 10 options including a delectable soup du jour or the fluffy goat cheese pastry.  Entrees range from an inspired risotto to savory lamb chops, seafood and more.  Norbert's crowd-pleasing scalloped potatoes are added to the table.  Outrageous desserts are the final touch. Just a few steps away from the foot of the Mount Scenery Trail and just above Sea Saba’s Windwardside office at Lambee's Place.  Open nightly for dinner only.

        

 

 

Rendezvous Road

The ambience and experience is 100% natural.  Dine with the music supplied by tree frogs and lighting only by candlelight.  Located on the Crispeen Trail, prearranged transport and a flashlight are mandatory.  Ecolodge Rendezvous an accommodations choice for some but the cafe is a must for all.  Offering breakfast lunch and dinner for their guests or for others by reservation.  Chef Bernt prepares a nightly menu with vegetables supplied from the organic garden located just outside the restaurant.  Join Tom van t'Hof, the proprietor and renowned naturalist on Wednesday nights for his cloudforest presentation prior to dinner. 
      

The Bottom
 

Simple, sweet and to the point.  Luna is open daily from 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. with everything from bacon and eggs to pizza...perhaps more the American idea of a diner, be assured of a good meal at a decent price.  Dinner menu varies nightly from barbeque to Thai specials.  Ask to see the full menu at the Sea Saba office.  Sea Saba can help arrange transport.

 

Troy Hill


King's Crown
King's Crown

Elegant fine dining in one of Saba’s more formal dinner settings located within the upscale Queen’s Gardens Resort. Built at the base of the rainforest with spectacular ocean views, Mango Royale offers casual breakfast and lunch service on its lovely terrace beneath the mango trees or around the poolside bar. The dining room, decorated with fine Indonesian furnishings, is reserved for formal evening dining.  Let their chef introduce you to a large selection of seafood as well as veal, beef and duck. Plan for a slower paced evening complete with a fine assortment of after dinner drinks and cigars.

     

Fort Bay

Pop's
Place

 

 

Pop's Snack Bar

Grab a cold drink and watch as the boats come in and out of Saba’s busy Fort Bay. Hang out with a local crowd and discuss the latest with fisherman, expats and other tourists.  Now run by Vic and air conditioned, Vic serves nice quality snacks, burgers and full dinners and the coldest Heinekens on the island.  Located right next door to Sea Saba’s workshop at the harbor.


Inn Two Deep

is open for breakfast and lunch daily.  Located above Saba Deep Dive Center, it's the ideal place to watch the boat traffic at Saba's Fort Bay Harbor.  Serving a variety of sandwiches and daily specials.  Open until 3 p.m. dail

 
   

"From Hearth to Home"
Saba's Cookbook

photo and article courtesy of Suzanne Nielsen, St. Maarten Daily Herald correspondent

SABA—A very original cookbook compiled by the Saba Lace Ladies Group is just off the press and now available at various gift shops on the island. The 272-page book is entitled “From Hearth to Home” and contains 308 recipes, 15 articles about the island, and illustrations of Saban stone hearths by local artists.

The book divides the recipes into chapters by their occurrence during the course of a meal, from starters to desserts. Many of the recipes also carry tips for doing Saba Lace work or household hints.

The articles are easily located since they are printed on a contrasting color. They explain bits of history and lore about the island, present the heraldry and anthems of the island, and describe some of the special ingredients in the local dishes.

The local Lions Club began the project several years ago, and passed it on to the Saba Lace Ladies Group.  The women donated their own favorite recipes and gathered more from the community. Angela Johnson was the main organizer behind the project, and an American couple Sue and Bob Moore did the yeoman’s work of
getting the manuscript typed, the four-color artwork scanned, and the book produced and bound.

As they were reviewing the material, the Moores realized that many of the Saban recipes took McCormack seasonings, which they also saw in great abundance on the shelves of local groceries. The local McCormick Spice distributor in St. Maarten was approached and agreed to help with publishing costs by a donation of
$500.  

 

 

                     
This page last updated on 06/01/2010 from our Windwardside office.

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