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“One of the better options” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Yemanja Woodfired Grill

Yemanja Woodfired Grill
Wilhelminastraat 2, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 588 4711
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Ranked #4 of 96 restaurants in Oranjestad
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.
Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
“One of the better options”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2012

If you an American reader skip ahead to the next paragraph since you will already know this: Aruba IS Miami. Since the island largely makes its living catering to the hordes of Americans flocking to its sunny beaches very year, it is perfectly understandable, even predictable that restaurants would therefore have a very US style flair. Perhaps even over the top somewhat… portions are designed for Americans’ larger waist lines and catered to people who would write horrible reviews if the portions were actually of normal size as they would feel somehow cheated. It’s a bit like complaining about the size of hotel rooms in large European cites…

So go in there with the right expectations and you’ll be happy! Both my steak and girlfriend’s fish were very tasty, cooked as ordered and side dishes were also very good. Wine choices adequate for the type of place, service so “good” it was bordering on annoying. Would I go back? No. But that actually applies to the island itself in general, the restaurant is just fine. Expect for the occasional vomiting Chinese laborer just existing the nearby bar on the other side of the fence from your outside table... but hey, its the Caribbean, right? who cares about such trivial nuisances!

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Louisville, Kentucky
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240 reviews 240 reviews
153 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 18 cities Reviews in 18 cities
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 22, 2012

Make reservations for after 7 pm as it can be warm. The restaurant is on a back street in the down town area near the mall. The firewood grilled food was good. The service was great. A perfect evening would be to eat here then walk to the Casino at the Crystal Palace and play some games.

Visited May 2012
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Janesville, Wisconsin
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Spectacular dining”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

Went to this restaurant based on Trip Advisor reviews and it did not disappoint. Food was superb beginning even with the bread and the spreads. The spices and sauces were succulent and made the entrees and appetizer. Unfortunately no room for desert. The place was packed for a midweek offseason night so justifiably popular for a small establishment. Probably best to make reservations.

  • Visited October 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Great ambiance”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 16, 2012 via mobile

Great little place in Oranjestad. Food was great, and the creme brûlée was amazing. Staff was friendly (even without reservations), and the service very good. Highly recommend.

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Jaburibari, Paradera, Aruba
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4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“One of the best dining experiences”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 5, 2012

The food was fantastic! Delicious seafood soup, fantastic meats, and great service make this a recommended choice.

Visited April 2012
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