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Restaurant of the Week – Vesna Taverna

Mar 18, 2024 | 0 comments

A deliciously diverse culinary experience

Welcome back to our “Restaurant of the Week” blog series. As you already know, during the season we introduce you to highly recommended restaurants on St. Martin / St. Maarten and give you all the insider information about the menu, the service and the owners.

This week’s highlight is the impressive Vesna Taverna restaurant on Airport Road at La Palapa Marina, north of the Simpson Bay drawbridge. It offers delicious French and American cuisine – as well as authentic Greek dishes on Saturday evenings.

Vesna Taverna - The main entry

About the team

Vesna and Yannick met in 1998 at the renowned Fish Pot Restaurant in Grand Case on St. Martin. Yannick is French and has been working as a restaurateur since 1994, Vesna is Greek and Macedonian, loves to cook and has also been working as a restaurateur since 1998. Both have been trained by leading chefs around the world and spent several weeks at the renowned Atelier Guy Martin in Paris in 2013.

Vesna Taverna is run with a lot of love and dedication. Yannick is the creative force behind the menu and conjures up delicious dishes with passion. Vesna creates a feel-good atmosphere in the restaurant with her warm manner and attentive service. The team is small but mighty and works hand in hand to offer guests an unforgettable culinary experience. They love what they do, preparing great food for friends – new and old. 

About the kitchen 

The cuisine at Vesna Taverna is characterized by Mediterranean influences, which are skilfully complemented by Vesna’s Macedonian-Greek roots and Yannick´s French influence. Fresh, seasonal ingredients form the basis for the varied dishes on the menu. Whether starters, salads, pasta, meat dishes, or desserts – there is something for every taste. In addition to the regular dishes, Vesna Taverna is always creating new specials that underline her creativity and love of experimentation.

Friday night

Even though there are deliciously matured steaks and fresh salmon fillets every day … On Friday evenings you will be presented with fresh salmon fillets flown in from Nova Scotia as well as the famous and specially matured cowboy steaks.

Moules Marinieues are also served on Fridays – the sweetest and most delicious mussels imaginable. If you don’t want to indulge in these, you can of course also choose from the regular menu …

Delicious mussels

The Greek night

Vesna cooks Greek food all day on Saturdays. A real treat, because there are Greek metzes (also called mezes), for example. These are small but very delicious starters. They are available with meat as well as in vegetarian versions. A variety of main courses skilfully round off the Greek menu and, of course, there is no shortage of traditional Greek pastries on Saturdays … So let yourself be surprised.

It is all about the taste and presentation  

The dishes at Vesna Taverna are a feast for the eyes and the palate. The flavors are perfectly balanced, the ingredients perfectly cooked and the portions more than sufficient. But most importantly, Vesna attaches great importance to the presentation of her dishes and therefore ensures that every dish is a small work of art.

In summary, Vesna Taverna is an insider tip for anyone who loves Mediterranean cuisine with an extraordinary flair. Vesna’s passion for cooking and her husband’s hospitality make every visit a special experience.

Smoothies at Vesna Taverna

Finally, we would also like to briefly mention the great smoothies, as their ingredients are usually always in stock. You are spoiled for choice and can also put together your own selection: Orange, grapefruit, apple, banana, kiwi, mango, papaya, avocado, passion fruit, carrot, cucumber, beet, celery, ginger, parsley, pineapple, strawberry, even parsley, spinach and more … No matter what combination you prefer, anything is possible!

Logo Vesna Taverna

Vesna Taverna is located at Palapa Marina, Airport Road #18 St. Maarten, and is open from 9 a.m. Monday through Friday and 8 a.m. Saturday and Sunday. For more information or reservations, visit the website at

Please always call for reservations at 1- (721) 524-5283.

Vesna Taverna is one of the Premium Partners of MOTCC

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