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Yemanja Woodfired Grill

Wilhelminastraat 2, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 588 4711
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Ranked #4 of 97 Restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $35
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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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English first
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

Wow! This restaurant was suggested by a good friend who lives on the One Happy Island and we went there with an open mind. We were so impressed we went back (!) 2 days later to try the other dishes on the menu which we almost never do. Tremendous rib eye with chimichurri sauce. 3x Squids was exceptional. If you... More

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Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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63 reviews 63 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

While, I've only been to Aruba twice, I've eaten out more than enough times to know this restaurant is one of the best. Not only in Aruba, but comparable to some of the best meals I;ve had in the states. We ordered the tuna tartar, skirt steak, and snapper. The skirt steak was as tender as you can cook it.... More

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Forest Park, IL
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

We hadn't visited Yemanja in years. We have no idea why and are adding it back to our annual dining list for Aruba. Both my husband and I had a chef special at the recommendation of our server. Both meals were delicious! We also had wonderful service. Highly recommend. We won't skip another year.

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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

We went here for dinner on our recent visit, and were pleasantly surprised by the innovative men and delicious food. We shared the "superfood salad" - with kale, blueberries and almonds, our fish dinner, and the delicious vegan "snickers" bar for dessert. The restaurant was open air, but not noisy, and the service was engaged but not intrusive.

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Pennington, New Jersey
19 reviews 19 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

I had the stuffed pork tenderloin which was excellent and creatively inspired. My husband had the skirt steak which was tender however it was overly salty and dominated by the teriyaki sauce. A lighter hand would have helped that dish. Still, we would definitely eat here again.

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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

This restaurant was wonderful! The atmosphere was perfect - quiet music, dim lighting, tables close but not too close together. The bonus is that they are super Gluten free friendly! From the made in house (daily) gluten free bread to the delicious entrees and amazing deserts - they have a plan! We were very impressed with our server - she... More

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Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
40 helpful votes 40 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 14, 2014 NEW

I would definitely give this palace 5 stars for the food...it was awesome! Presentation was gorgeous and the food delicious! The calamari appy done 3 different ways was delicious as well as the beef! Grilled on driftwood to perfection! The chefs special salads were amazing...beautiful And different then most salads you'd get on The island. I give this place 4... More

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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2014 via mobile

My girlfriend and shared an amazing meal with well prepared entrees, attentive staff, and a subtle, lovely ambience. Prices were quite reasonable ($120 for two entrees, four cocktails, two desserts). The whole meal was lovely, but the chocolate molten lava cake with fresh strawberries, vanilla bean gelato, and candied almonds paired brilliantly with amaretto coffee.

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Morristown, New Jersey
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22 reviews 22 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

This was our second trip to Aruba I 2 months. We went for the first time this past trip and loved it so much that we went again. The atmosphere is so calm and relaxing. You sit outside but are completely covered, there are ceiling fans. The staff is so friendly, deliver great service without being intrusive. The food is... More

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Great River, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

By far the best wait staff, food selection, QUALITY of food on the island. A hidden gem. Would recommend Yemanja to anyone. Starting with the homemade bread, dinner selections and dessert was better than any NYC eatery. Well worth the money. A small local hometown feel - relaxed and casual.

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