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Yemanja Woodfired Grill

Wilhelminastraat 2, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 588 4711
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Ranked #4 of 91 restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Brazilian, Caribbean, Seafood, Steakhouse
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Good for: Romance, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Outdoor seating, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: Yemanja is relaxing and welcoming, with a passion for tradition and excellence. Serving innovative Caribbean cuisine. Seating is either inside (air-conditioned) or outside on a cozy terrace.
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Waltham,MA
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25 reviews 25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

We have always enjoyed Yemanja but this year was a disappointment. Their signature 'grouper with boursin cheese was bland and colorless. The dish was all 'white' with little cheese. The onion soup was very salty and couldn't be finished because of this. We'll give it another try next time and hope it will be better! Too many other options for... More

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Wayne, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The ambiance of the outdoor seating area was like an oasis, totally not what you expected by the look of the street entrance. The staff seemed friendly but was defiantly lacking. Two different waitresses forgot to bring drinks to our table three times during the dinner. They could not remember what and who ordered it. Our drinks took ten minutes... More

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Holland, Michigan
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2014 NEW

This was the first time eating at Yemanja and we will certainly go back again. Had the tuna tartar and roasted veggie salad, french onion soup, a dessert combo. Our waitress was wonderful and was seated in the back area, where it was much cooler.

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Mexico City
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18 reviews 18 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014 NEW

We ate in several excellent restaurants in Aruba and then in Yemanja on our last night. I have to say it was the best meal of them all, in terms of quality of food, level of service and ambience. My husband had a meat dish I cannot remember the name of, and I had the grouper filled with boursin. Excellent... More

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Illinois
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

What an awesome meal! Probably our best dinner this week. Excellent table service. Great portions. Reasonably priced. I wish we discovered this place earlier in our trip. 12oz steak with more sides than u could possibly eat. $39. The fillo with goat cheese was sweet and very delicious. Most entrées in the high $20 to mid $30 range. $15 cork... More

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Kenilworth, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

This place was recommended by a friend of ours and I am so glad she did. It's casual, friendly and the food is outstanding. From the bread given to you right away to the fab dessert at the end it was incredible. So fresh and presented beautifully. Waiter was friendly, service was quick but not rushed. We sat in the... More

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New York City, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

Ate here Thursday 3/28. We had a great meal here last year but horrible service. We returned against my better judgement and oh boy was I wrong. The food and service were absolutely amazing. The goat cheese stuffed filo dough was delicious and flavorful. The tuna tartar was good and fresh. I had the Yemanja salad with beef. It was... More

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NY
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71 reviews 71 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2014

This is a charming place that smells so good when you enter, you just know you will have a great meal. The wood-fired grilled meats are delicious. Our server was charming and helpful. I had a delicious steak and my husband had a juicy pork chop that had a wonderful flavor.

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New York City, New York
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42 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

Had a great meal with my wife and daughter. Yemanja is located in downtown Oranjestad directly behind the government buildings. There is an outdoor and indoor dinning area. A nice wood burning smell greats you as you enter the restaurant. The menu offers fish and meat dishes. We all had steaks and they were great. The main course is complemented... More

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2014 via mobile

We were looking for somewhere to eat in Aruba that tried to offer a little more than the usual tourist-targeted stuff to be found elsewhere. Yemanja was recommended to us by two separate people who live on the island so we thought we'd give it a go. Delicious grilled meats and fish, and the multiple sides that came with out... More

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