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Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad 00000, Aruba
+297 583-2515
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5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Dessert, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We are located in the heart of characteristic downtown Oranjestad and...
We are located in the heart of characteristic downtown Oranjestad and offer you a unique dining experience. Enjoy the freshest fish, biggest shrimp, or the most succulent Caribbean lobster amid the rustic ambience of the natural driftwood dining room. Our menu includes a large variety of typically Aruban delicacies including our three star fish soup and our mouth-watering filet of fish served with a mild Aruban Creole sauce... A seafood lovers dream come true. Furthermore all dishes are prepared with an Aruban touch and accompanied by Pan Bati, our famous Aruban corn bread. We welcome you to our intimate and comfortable Aruban seafood restaurant where we will do our utmost to make your dining experience a most pleasant and enjoyable one. Welcome to Driftwood!
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
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It's a pretty large place..very small bar up front and a huge dining room, with more seating in a room off to the side. It's cute--beach-y atmosphere with lots of fishermen's ropes and driftood decorations. We shared a salad..just OK, nothing special. We both had wahoo, one done pan fried with... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 28, 2015
gkealy
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NYC
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
  • Local cuisine
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NYC
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178 reviews 178 reviews
138 restaurant reviews
92 helpful votes 92 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015 NEW

It's a pretty large place..very small bar up front and a huge dining room, with more seating in a room off to the side. It's cute--beach-y atmosphere with lots of fishermen's ropes and driftood decorations. We shared a salad..just OK, nothing special. We both had wahoo, one done pan fried with Arubian garlic sauce, the other blackened with a peach... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

We had the early bird special which was the catch of the day, fish soup and ice cream for dessert. It was by far the best fish I had ever eaten.

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Dallas, Texas
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69 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Another suggested place to go and it was worth it. This place is always busy and the food was excellent. Drinks, apps and dinner were amazing.

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26 reviews 26 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Hadn't been to The Driftwood in Aruba in many years. So we decided to try them again. They have a wonderful menu with great food. The service was excellent too.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

Went in 2010 for our 25th anniversary. Glad to see that it is still there. Loved the food and the atmosphere. If I can remember 5 years later, it was great!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

The food was really good. Fresh fish of the day is what they catch from the charter boats that day. Very friendly and fun

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

When we arrived in Aruba the one common recommendation was Driftwood. It was close to the Renaissance within walking distance so we planned on going one night during our trip. You will not be disappointed. Outstanding seafood, the owner owns a charter service so fresh fish is not an issue. We both had Wahoo, the portions were big and all... More 

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Moorestown, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2015 NEW

Very good food. Had fresh grilled Mahi Mahi and land an sea kebabs. Both excellent. Loved the driftwood huts motif.

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Westfield, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2015

We love the food and staff at Driftwood. This is the one restaurant in Aruba that has consistently been at the top of our go to list. Can't go wrong with their fresh catch of the day! We have never been disappointed, not once in 20+ years!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Fantastic food, excellent service, staff very friendly and attentive ! I would recommend this restaurant and have already gone back myself!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad 00000, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  Oranjestad
  • Phone Number: +297 583-2515

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 9 - 36
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine

Description

We are located in the heart of characteristic downtown Oranjestad and offer you a unique dining experience. Enjoy the freshest fish, biggest shrimp, or the most succulent Caribbean lobster amid the rustic ambience of the natural driftwood dining room. Our menu includes a large variety of typically Aruban delicacies including our three star fish soup and our mouth-watering filet of fish served with a mild Aruban Creole sauce... A seafood lovers dream come true. Furthermore all dishes are prepared with an Aruban touch and accompanied by Pan Bati, our famous Aruban corn bread. We welcome you to our intimate and comfortable Aruban seafood restaurant where we will do our utmost to make your dining experience a most pleasant and enjoyable one. Welcome to Driftwood!
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm

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