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Driftwood

Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 583-2515
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Ranked #22 of 95 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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New York
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18 reviews 18 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Small, cozy restaurant. The service was good. We had a variety of dishes and the food was ok but nothing special. I would not come back to eat here. Keep looking. If you want a recommendation I'd say Yemanja.

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NJ
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22 reviews 22 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 30, 2014 NEW

Incredible seafood! Great service! Make reservations. Tucked away behind other buildings in downtown Oranjestad. Make sure you realize they do not open until 6pm. Wahoo fish (??) blackened is excellent. Families good too.

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Wayne, New Jersey
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12 reviews 12 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014 NEW

Booked a fishing charter from here not knowing they were affiliated. Great boat charter with great guys!!! The food in the restaurant was so good and the owner so nice!!!

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Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014 NEW

We enjoyed this restaurant very much...had a little trouble finding it...but well worth the search. The fish was awesome, the staff very attentive and friendly.

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Reading, Pennsylvania
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64 reviews 64 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

This is a good restaurant but not worth the wait. We had a reservation and still waited over 30 minutes. Our food took nearly an hour. Fish was fresh, delicious and came with vegetables and rice. We were told the delay was due to 2 large parties. Not fabulous - we have been here several times before and never had... More

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Maple Shade, New Jersey, United States
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6 reviews 6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2014 NEW

We stay in Aruba 3 weeks and dine at the Driftwood once a week.Best bang for your buck.Ask for the special menu for $25.99 for a 4 course dinner.Always delicious and the dining experience is most enjoyable.The staff knows us so well and can't do enough for us.After 25 years we feel and are treated everywhere like family.Great ambiance too.Enjoy,you... More

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Senior Reviewer
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4 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2014 NEW

This is a good restaurant but not worth the price, There is story behind that which I will get to in a sec. We had the Crab Cakes (mealy), fish cakes (good) and arubian fish soup (Excellent). Fish wa s fresh and came with vegetables and rice - nothing special. We spent about 40 per person but we had eaten... More

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Aruba
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57 reviews 57 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 24, 2014

Went back to Driftwood with friends and again had an excellent dinner. This restaurant has a unique setting and tremendous food. The seafood is very good and as they advertise, fresh, since they go out fishing daily. The staff is friendly and willing to go out of their way to accommodate you. The atmosphere is always nice and reservations are... More

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Senior Reviewer
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8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I found Driftwood via recommendations and through looking up reviews for best seafood in Aruba. No disappointments here. Made a reservation and got seated in about 10minutes. Great atmosphere, staff seemed friendly. Seafood chowder was awesome. I ordered a lobster, shrimp and steak kabob. Wife had shrimp and rice. Food was very good.Various servers were friendly. Will be a MUST... More

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rockville, md
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

Is in sketchy looking area but food was great and walked to Renaissance hotel after without any problems and felt safe.

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