“What are you making for dinner?”
It’s a cute joke. It’s also a recipe for happiness when the reservations are made at Oceana Restaurant & Bistro in Frenchtown.
That’s why anytime Flamboyan guests ask about fine dining by the sea, the resort is pleased to recommend Oceana.
Established in 2002, Oceana is owned and operated by seasoned Le Cordon-Bleu trained chef Patricia LaCorte. Her zest for life is reflected in every element of the exquisite eatery.
LaCorte’s youthful demeanor and boundless energy belie the fact that since the 1980s, she has run a number of spectacular restaurants on St. Thomas. Her philosophy in the kitchen has always been to prepare uncomplicated, flavorful dishes without using heavy sauces. “I believe the quality of the food should speak for itself,” she said.
Celebrated for its welcoming ambience, Oceana’s seasonally sensitive menus offer the very freshest ingredients. At dinnertime, you might begin your Oceana experience with fresh oysters, grilled octopus, fresh Dutch mussels, or an artisanal cheese plate served with dried fruit and house-made lavash.
For the main course, choices could include locally sourced grilled tuna, New Zealand grass-fed filet mignon, roasted cauliflower steak, classic Oceana Bouillabaisse, or other appealing options.
Oceana also hosts Sunday brunch with menu choices ranging from duck confit hash and eggs, to housemate quiche with petite salad, to smoked salmon Benedict, and more.
Said LaCorte with a thoughtful smile, “Our Sunday brunch is amazing — it’s incredibly popular.”
While Oceana’s interior decor reflects upbeat trends, the storied structure retains authentic old world charm. History buffs might be interested to note the property has a varied and colorful past. Originally settled in 1672 by the first Danish Governor of St. Thomas, Jurgen Iversen, in 1894, the estate was renamed Villa Olga and served as the Russian Embassy for almost a decade.
Decorative tile work on the staircase entrance dates back to the 1900’s. The surrounding galleries reflect typical West Indian architectural stylings designed to deflect the tropical sun while capturing refreshing trade winds.
The tropical setting provides countless opportunities for picture-taking, an excellent reason to arrive before the sunset.
Oceana Restaurant & Bistro is located at No. 8 Honduras, Villa Olga in Frenchtown.
Hours of operation are:
Tues through Sat 5 to 9:30 p.m.
Sun brunch from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.