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“A lovely sunset dining experience” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Marandi - CLOSED

Marandi
Bucutiweg 50 Parkietenbos, Oranjestad, Aruba
00297 5820157
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Price range: $23 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, International, Dessert, Diner
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Marandi is Aruba's Sunset restaurant, one of the islands hidden treasures…Dine in a fabulous ambiance right above the turquoise waters on the “Laguna Pier”, either under a giant palapa hut or with the sky as your rooftop. Enjoy a majestic view of the Laguna Bay no matter where you are seated at Marandi, take in Aruba’s breathtaking sunset, totally surrounded by fishes, and later on the sparkling stars right above you… The sinfully delicious international flavored food, with a touch of the Caribbean combined with our attentive and friendly staff makes your dining experience second to none. You may also take a look into our ‘open’ kitchen, to see for yourself how our Chef and his kitchen crew are preparing the most outstanding dishes.The Marandi crew invites you to come, see and taste for yourself Aruba’s Sunset Restaurant, treat yourself to a not to miss dining experience!
San Francisco, California
2 reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“A lovely sunset dining experience”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 11, 2010

After long hot day of driving around the island for some sightseeing, we decided to escape crowded Oranjestad and give Marandi a try. Unfortunately, the guidebook we had gave terrible directions so I had to call the restaurant for directions. If you drive, the restaurant is past the airport and you should follow the signs for "General Aviation" because it's easy to get lost.

The trip is worth it though because Marandi has a charming, quiet location on the water and it's a nice escape from the crowded Hi-rise area and busy Oranjestaad. We were warmly greeted and invited to select any table we wanted. The ambiance is wonderful and the food was delicious and we were treated to a beautiful sunset (the staff was very happy to snap a sunset photo). I ordered the pork dish, which I found quite tasty and my friend had the grouper, which she also enjoyed. I wouldn't say it was the absolute best food we had during our stay on Aruba but for the food quality, romantic ambience, attentive service and overall experience, I would definitely recommend a trip out to Marandi.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Boston
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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
“Our nicest eating experience on the island this week”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2010

Great ambiance, excellent food, and bar and wait staff were very accommodating and gracious. Terrific seafood combo appetizer, salads, desserts. Highly recommended but not the easiest place to find - but well wroth it! We would come back again without hesitation.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Mashpee, Massachusetts
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129 reviews 129 reviews
118 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 53 cities Reviews in 53 cities
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
“Sunset Dining”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 3, 2010

This was our first visit to this restaurant and we had an enjoyable dinner consisting of brie in puff pastry and the catch of the day (Grouper) prepared with red peppers over mashed potatoes. I am not a big fan of mash, but it worked well in this dish. Acceptable wine list. Had a traditional Dutch dessert consisting of vanilla ice cream with a thin flat cookie. (Sadly cannot remember its name.) Very good service.

    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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99 reviews 99 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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112 helpful votes 112 helpful votes
“Best waterfront restaurant in Arbua”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2010

The food was wonderful and the ambiance even better! If you are going to splurge on an evening of waterfront dining, this should be your choice.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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New Jersey
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97 reviews 97 reviews
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23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Fantastic atmosphere and cuisine at Marandi!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2010

We had read the reviews of Marandi here on TripAdvisor and so decided to try it for our last night in Aruba. We were not disappointed...the food here was excellent! Definitely the best meal we had in Aruba. The service was outstanding and they immediately greeted us and asked where WE would like to sit. Now that's service! We chose a table by the water with a great view of the sunset. I started off with a Sunset Martini. Delicious! Ended up having three of them throughout the meal. ;-) We began with the goat cheese salad and the brie salad. Both were excellent! For the main course, I had one of the daily specials of grouper, a local fish, and shrimp. It was so tasty! My wife had the "pork two ways" which she thought was "very, very good". For dessert, we had the sampler (see picture). This was outstanding, especially the chocolate desserts. Considering the quality of the food and number of drinks I had, I found the price quite reasonable. Atmosphere was nice and the views of the sunset were beautiful. Marandi would be a first choice the next time we go back to Aruba!

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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