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Driftwood

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Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad 00000, Aruba
+297 583-2515
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Large groups, Families with children, Local cuisine
Description: We are located in the heart of characteristic downtown Oranjestad and offer...
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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  • 67
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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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Six of us visited the driftwood for our last dinner in Aruba. Onion soup and escargot were tasty. Ask for the 3 course meal for around $30 it's the same price as a regular meal and they don't tell you about it. It's s great deal. Hearty portions corn bread was amazing. Chocolate cake to die for

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jaime C
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We caught fish on a charter boat and had them delivered to this restaurant. It was awesome! They cooked our dolphin four different ways, all of which were excellent.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Six of us visited the driftwood for our last dinner in Aruba. Onion soup and escargot were tasty. Ask for the 3 course meal for around $30 it's the same price as a regular meal and they don't tell you about it. It's s great deal. Hearty portions corn bread was amazing. Chocolate cake to die for

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Thank Jaime C
Woonsocket, Rhode Island
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53 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

The Driftwood Restaurant is located in downtown Oranjestad and offers a menu geared toward seafood. The fish was very fresh, and cooked to perfection. The food was served quickly and very hot. Service was excellent, and the atmosphere was a nautical Caribbean theme. Prices were very reasonable. Highly recommended.

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Thank btgolfer
Rochester, New York
1 review
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Menu selection small with similar sauces for different entree. Creamy, fried food and soups and appetizers. Attentive service. Dated atmosphere. Local place, Ok nothing special won't return.

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1 Thank ioblaf
Gainesville, Virginia
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Great service, good food and nice environment. Everything about this restaurant was pretty good. The only detractor was that I didn't get a chance to go back

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Thank BopShipman
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Disappointed most by food quality, but staff was disappointing as well. Crab cakes were gross. A flat patty that tasted like it was cooked in hamburger fat. The entrees seems outdated with everyone getting the same soggy vegetable medley. Even pasta dishes had the medley piled on the dish vs on a side plate. Not worth the $. Much better... More 

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Thank Jill S
Hyannis, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

I was on a mission to have lobster while in Aruba and saw several ads and great reviews online and decided to give it a try. Everything was fresh and the service was great too!

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Thank Sandy M
Brattleboro, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

The owner of this restaurant goes out fishing in the morning to gather food for the restaurant . This restaurant serves the most fresh food on the island. Most is brought in from overseas. The fish is so tasty!! Sides are delicious . This restaurant is a treasure! Don't miss it!!

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Thank nanci p
Barnegat, New Jersey
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5 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

In old rundown area. Food was good at best, interior was dated. Looks like it did first time I came 12 years ago. Servers were attentive and polite.I think with a little facelift, it would be great again

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Thank Javanat
Hamilton, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Yay, we finally had an opportunity to go to this highly reputed restaurant. A well-earned reputation for certain. I enjoyed MahiMahi prepared Arubian style......amazing! This team certainly knows what they're doing. I was a bit concerned when two of our family members ordered lamb. They truly are lamb lovers, so they went in with high expectations. Driftwood did not disappoint.... More 

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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, Soups

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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