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The Kitchen

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Brazilian, Caribbean, Latin
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L.G. Smith Boulevard 150, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 582 3004
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Aruba's only "Por Kilo" Latin Wood Fired Grill restaurant serving a buffet...
Aruba's only "Por Kilo" Latin Wood Fired Grill restaurant serving a buffet style lunch "by the pound". The number 1 lunch experience on Aruba. Lot's of slowly cooked and roasted latin comfort food. Mesquite fired grilling of prime beef, seafood, chicken, chorizo's. And well over 30 options of sides and salads. Pick anything you like and pay only for the weight of your food. Average spending $12.
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Good for:
Breakfast/Brunch
Lunch
Reservations
Takeout

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 70
    Excellent
  • 35
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Great for a quick fresh bite

I like the freshness of the food. The salad bar is ample but lacks a sushi roll section. The food is weighed and priced accordingly. The owner is a nice Dutch-Brazilian couple that are also involved in the preparation of the food which definitely gives this place a homey atmosphere and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Raffy K
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
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117 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

I like the freshness of the food. The salad bar is ample but lacks a sushi roll section. The food is weighed and priced accordingly. The owner is a nice Dutch-Brazilian couple that are also involved in the preparation of the food which definitely gives this place a homey atmosphere and taste. Advice for guests: - Sit outside, as it's... More 

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

The kitchen is a place with locals and tourists. It is a buffet style where you grab a plate, pile on the food and then it is weighed and you pay. I would recommend this mostly for lunch. They had a lot of selection and ask about the flavored iced tea! I thought was reasonably priced.

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Aruba
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

The best Variety, and so Delicious! Funchi hasa was great and the Salad bar has such a great variety and very fresh. this place is where the locals eat!

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Mooresville, North Carolina
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Rarely do you find a place that is good, fast and inexpensive, but this is it. Buffet style, pay by the 100 gram increment ($2/ 100 grams when we visited). This is a locals place and also visited by savvy tourists. The buffet was healthy with salads, soups, stews, pastas, vegetables and wood fire grilled meats. The best thing was... More 

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Oranjestad, Aruba
Top Contributor
59 reviews 59 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

I go to the kitchen for lunch once a week. The atmosphere is cute and the food is presented well. They offer a wide variety of choices including some local dishes for people to try along with a huge salad bar. The food is good, the restaurant is clean, and the people are friendly. The waitstaff is not highly trained,... More 

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etten-leur
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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 7, 2015

Eventhough it looks not that nice from the outside it is a nice easygoing place to eat. A lot of different items to chose from served buffet style and paid per 100 grams. You can eat a huge plate full of different dishes for around 12$.

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Maywood, New Jersey
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2015

It is truly a hidden gem. We're looking for it, using one of earlier's comments of one reviewer, behind the King Hong Supermarket and we couldn't find it. Then I learned there is more than one King Hong. We took the Arubus and we found the place, it is indeed behind that supermarket if you're at the right one, but... More 

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Holbrook, NY
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2014

My husband & I were fortunate enough to be taken here by a local friend. Wow! What a great place for lunch. It is not open for dinner. It is the best buffet style food we have ever had. Everything is fresh & well displayed. You take a big plate, fill it with the food you want & then they... More 

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Oranjestad, Aruba
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2014

Great selection of items. Hot or cold. You can be in and out here real quick for great value. Buffet style and you pay by weight.

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Rockland, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Small out of the way restaurant with great food and staff. Escargot in a bread bowl is fantastic! They changed the type of restaurant from sitdown and wait staff to buffet.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 150, Oranjestad, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  Oranjestad
  • Phone Number: +297 582 3004

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 17
  • Cuisine: Brazilian, Caribbean, Latin

Description

Aruba's only "Por Kilo" Latin Wood Fired Grill restaurant serving a buffet style lunch "by the pound". The number 1 lunch experience on Aruba. Lot's of slowly cooked and roasted latin comfort food. Mesquite fired grilling of prime beef, seafood, chicken, chorizo's. And well over 30 options of sides and salads. Pick anything you like and pay only for the weight of your food. Average spending $12.

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