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Driftwood

Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 583-2515
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Ranked #20 of 96 restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $9 - $36
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Since 1986 Driftwood is specialized in fresh seafood from the Caribbean Sea and has become the favorite spot for Aruban-style seafood dishes. Fresh fish is caught daily by the owner himself and perfectly prepared by our talented local chef.
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Winchester, Virginia
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51 reviews 51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

Have eaten at the Driftwood a number of times during our yearly visits to Aruba. Each time the meals are as good as or better than the last. FRESH fish ... prepared very well! You name it and it's probably available on the menu. (They will even tweak the prep a bit to satisfy a customer.) Nice atmosphere ... a... More

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Cincinnati, OH
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25 reviews 25 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed a fresh caught Wahoo here thanks to a trip friend who took out a Driftwood fishing charter. They'll cook it many different ways for your party. Blackened and Garlic is good. The decor is good, but maybe cheapened it up to feel a bit like a Red Lobster. It was small, loud and not very private. I'd go... More

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Pine Valley, New York, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

everything was perfect. get the blackened wahoo!! The customer service is great, and the scenery even better!

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Maryland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

We heard rave reviews. We were not impressed. Service was slow. Food was marginal. Chairs uncomfortable. Dining areas cramped. Far from the best of Aruba. Not worth the time or the money. Sorry!

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Hays, Kansas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

The restaurant prepared the fish we caught earlier in the day. The price was quite reasonable considering they prepared it 4 different ways and provided sides! The staff was wonderful and very complimentary to my son who had caught the fish ... their enthusiasm made his chest swell with pride. And, as a mom, that made it all worth while!

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Madison Heights, Virginia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2014

By far the best food on the island. Fresh catch served daily from the owners boat. The fish soup is amazing. Friendly service also.

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Baltimore, Maryland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

This place was so good that we ate there twice during the week we visited Aruba! The fish is caught fresh daily by the owner and prepared in a variety of ways. I had blackened Wahoo and Barracuda in a mild Creole sauce. Best tasting fish I have ever eaten! Next time I'm in Aruba, I will definitely stop here... More

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Huntsville, Alabama
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

We got a flyer about the Driftwood's $25 dinner special and decided to give it a try. The food and service was good. My husband had steak, it was very good, I had grouper. We would definitely go again. My motto for Aruba is so many good restaurants so little time.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2014 via mobile

We went here 10 years ago and now it is more popular. Decent service. Fish can be grilled in different styles. Prices were OK for Aruba. There are plenty of coupons around so look for them. Not as big a highlight as we remembered but good meal.

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Oreana, Illinois
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8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

We went out on the Driftwood Fishing Charter and ate our catch that night at Driftwood Restaurant. The fish was prepared several different ways and it was very good.

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