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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: Dinner, Lunch, 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
Great family restaurant

Call and get a reservation, dinning room fills up very quickly. Limited parking available, I would suggest taking a taxi. Food and service was excellent. I personally had the catch of the day which was definitely caught that morning, could taste the freshness! Will definitely be making a return... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 1, 2015
gobber64
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Middlebury, Connecticut
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Families with children
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Middlebury, Connecticut
2 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

Call and get a reservation, dinning room fills up very quickly. Limited parking available, I would suggest taking a taxi. Food and service was excellent. I personally had the catch of the day which was definitely caught that morning, could taste the freshness! Will definitely be making a return trip when I return to Aruba!

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Virginia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

Our family of 4 enjoyed the 3 course special menu for $29.99. You need to ask for it, because you will be given the main menu. It was popular with all of us. We thoroughly enjoyed the fresh catch of the day (all ordering it with a different preparation). The wait staff was unobtrusive while still attentive. It was a... More 

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Butler, Pennsylvania, United States
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

This was a great place especially if you like fresh fish. Even if you aren't a seafood lover there are other options. Make sure you ask about the special menu. This offers an appetizer, entrée, and dessert for one price

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2015 NEW

Everyone spoke so highly of this place and I really wanted to love it, however, I did not. The food is just average and if you have ever been to Joe's Crab Shack or Red Lobster then you've experienced this food.

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Plano, Texas
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

We used their fishing charter the morning of our dining experience. Driftwood took our catch, and prepared it five different ways for us. We paid $17 per person for the trimmings, etc. and it was not only our best meal on the trip, but probably our cheapest (if, of course, you don't cost how much money we paid to charter... More 

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Dedham, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

The service here was so impeccable, they were always there whenever we needed anything, and Andre was great with giving us tips and pointers on the menu. We started with the fish cakes and the escargot - both yummy. Then we both had the catch of the day which was wahoo - my boyfriend got his "Aruba style" which was... More 

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

One of our usual stops in Aruba. Great fresh fish!!! Caught a few hours before the restaurant opens! One of these days I have to go on their fishing excursion. I always get the catch of the day cooked Aruban style.

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Okeechobee, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015 NEW

Good food. The owner suposidlly catches the fish of the day. It did taste fresh, so maybe he does. I believe the fish was Wahoo and Mackerel. Friendly staff. I'd go back.

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Anderson, South Carolina
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015 NEW

The food is wonderful and very fresh. Owner fished daily and serves his catch. I can not say enough about this place. It was my favorite place on the island and if you're in Aruba, this is a must. Also very reasonable in price.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2015

we had a great meal for $25.95 per couple - four course - I had the catch of the day - wahoo - I had never had it before - tastes like halibut - was prepared and presented beautifully. The staff was beyond excellent - couldn't have asked for better - would highly recommend.

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Additional Information about Driftwood

Address: Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad 00000, Aruba
Phone Number: +297 583-2515
Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  Oranjestad
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
Average Prices: USD 9 - 36
Cuisine: Seafood

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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
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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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