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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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Houston, Texas, United States
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

My sister and I decided on this place for our last meal in Aruba because the had a 3 course special for $25, which my sister and I both took advantage of. My sister had the swordfish and I had the Muoi (I'm not really sure how to spell it) but they compared it to halibut. Both tasted like chicken.... More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We went to Driftwood on Aug 19,2014. On our previous trips to Aruba we use to always go here. We haven't been here in a few years but this trip we decided to return and we were not disappointed. The fish was fresh, service was excellent and friendly. I had the Grouper in lemon and garlic sauce. It was very... More

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Johns Creek, Georgia
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

We were a party of five and everyone was very pleased with the evening. They are known for their seafood and they catch what they serve as they have a fleet of fishing boats. Very accommodating, reasonably priced food and wine list.

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We returned to Driftwood because of their delicious "pan bati" and seafood dishes. Their fish dishes are simply amazing!

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Oranjestad, Aruba
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25 reviews 25 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014 NEW

It had been many years since we visited Driftwood. The tables were very close together and we remembered feeling cramped, but decided to give it another try. We were pleasantly surprised that either they had re-arranged the seating or we got a better table. The reviews we read talked about the great service and good food, but we had at... More

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Sacramento, California
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2014

We went to the Driftwood because it was highly recommended by the hotel concierge and was in walking distance from our hotel. However, at night the area looks a little seedy with a few odd characters hanging about. Nevertheless, the restaurant offers a pleasant atmosphere. The wait staff was very friendly and attentive. The restaurant serves up fresh fish and... More

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7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2014

The taxi drivers told us to try this restaurant. Went for the three-course special and it was very good and reasonable. The only thing I would recommend is that they open their windows and let some of the Aruba sun in. Gives you the feel you're deep inside a real ship though. Would definitely return.

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Aruba
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Odd location, food was ok, service was just ok nothing special, for what the prices of the food are in my opinion it's not worth it. we went to some other restaurants and out of five we went to Driftwood would be the last on the list. Don't think we are coming back.

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 22, 2014

Driftwood has the best seafood dinners in all of Aruba!!!! The atmosphere is a bit too "oceanie"; but you can't beat the friendliness of the people and the food itself. A must visit, if you're in Aruba!!!

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New York City, New York, USA
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73 reviews 73 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014

I walked here with my daughter and in the two blocks we were accosted by a group of young guys offering to sell us drugs at the corner by the restaurant. This was too bad because the food was very good. The decor is ok and it definitely doesn't come across as fine dining but we went for the fresh... More

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