Café Martier is a new and welcome addition to the Stuart dining scene. Located in the historic Post Office Arcade downtown, the restaurant is styled as a modern speakeasy and features a sprawling “vintage chic” interior with multiple dining and drinking areas. Prohibition-era cocktails are a specialty at Café Martier, and there’s live music—a piano, guitar and saxophone combo—every night. Brunch and dinner are served daily, and guests can enjoy happy hour in the piano bar every day before 6 p.m. and after 10 p.m.
I came in for dinner with a friend recently and kicked things off with a Smooth Criminal, a refreshing cocktail made with watermelon, Tito’s vodka, cucumber and lime. Our server, Scott, recommended the jumbo crab cakes and the goat cheese croquettes as appetizers, and we happily followed his suggestions. The two large crab cakes were chock-full of large pieces of sweet crab meat (no fillers) and served over a creamy remoulade sauce. The deep-fried croquettes—a combination of goat cheese, mashed potatoes and scallions—were exceptionally light and full of flavor. For my entree, I ordered the filet mignon, which came with roasted fingerling potatoes and asparagus. The beef was perfectly cooked and extremely tender, and a lush bordelaise sauce was an ideal accompaniment. My dining companion had the Mediterranean yellowtail snapper; a generous portion of two pan-fried filets topped with a fresh and vibrant medley of arugula, cherry tomatoes, capers and olives.
Favorite dessert options include the flourless chocolate cake and the tiramisu. Diners are also invited to take a guided tour of the restaurant to learn about the building’s unique history—one more good reason to plan a trip to Café Martier soon.
Café Martier, 23 SW Osceola St., Stuart; 772.600.5025; cafemartier.com