About

LE PRESSOIR

Who we are

At Le Pressoir, we carry forth that tradition with strict attention to detail in everything we do.

Case in point, we invariably use only the finest ingredients sourced from throughout the world: the freshest fish, fine aged meats, vegetables at their peak of freshness, and only the finest, freshest spices.
Every plate gets strict individual attention, so we deliver a dining experience so special, you will want to return often.

Our goal is always to please all your senses -- from the moment you enter our restaurant until you savor the last delicious morsel.
At Le Pressoir, you will experience both contemporary and classic award-winning creative French cuisine as you enjoy the serenity of dining in the peaceful ambiance of our home from the 1800s.

Le Pressoir: where great dining memories begin.


GREAT SELECTION OF WINES

HISTORY


There are few homes in St. Martin dating from the 1870s.


The building occupied by Le Pressoir is one of those rarities --- built in 1871.
It was one of the first homes in what was once the thriving fishing and salt-producing village of Grand Case on St. Martin's northwest coast.
This former Creole-style home was constructed with great attention to detail --- it had to be built strong to withstand the wrath of many tropical cyclones over the last 140 years.

Why "Le Pressoir"? Close to the Grand Case Aerodrome, you will see what remains of the Grand Case salt pond.
In the 1800s and early 1900s, the pond was filled with seawater which dried off during the day leaving salt crystals.
A giant press -- Le Pressoir -- crushed the crystals so they could be packed, exported, and sold as much sought-after salt in Europe in the 1800s.

A historical artifact from that era -- an actual salt press, Le Pressoir -- is on display now across the street from our restaurant.

LE PRESSOIR TODAY


Owned and operated since 2004 by Franck and Melanie Mear, Le Pressoir opens daily at 6 pm for dinner, serving until 11 pm.


We do not have formal "seatings" like other restaurants, enabling us to seat you at your convenience any time during the evening, with advance reservations.
Plan to spend an evening with us soon, but please remember: we never sacrifice quality for expediency.
Plan to spend a full evening with us to get the most out of what will be a very special, memorable dining experience.

Le Pressoir is open every evening from Christmas to Easter (our high season) 6 - 11 p.m.
Closed Sundays during low season.
Our Annual Closing is from September 15 to October 15.