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“Awesome Dining Experience” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Yemanja Woodfired Grill

Yemanja Woodfired Grill
Wilhelminastraat 2, Oranjestad, Aruba
+297 588 4711
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Ranked #3 of 167 Restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Steakhouse, Seafood, Vegetarian, Vegan
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Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Large groups, Doing business, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Yemanja is relaxing and welcoming, with a passion for tradition and excellence. Serving comfort food with a twist prepared over wood fired grill. Also, offering healthy foods with an extensive vegetarian menu and catering to all your dietary needs, such as vegan and gluten-free. Seating is either inside (air-conditioned) or outside on a cozy terrace.
The Villages
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8 reviews 8 reviews
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9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
“Awesome Dining Experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Yemanja is always one of our "must go to" restaurants when we visit Aruba...The ambiance, food and wait staff are always terrific and this year's visit was no exception...our server, Doreen was terrific and kept us all happy...the food was awesome...we had everything from terrific special appetizers, grouper, pork tenderloin, steak and wonderful desserts (the crème brulee is fabulous) and very generous drinks. We ate outside and enjoyed a starlit Aruban evening with good friends, good food and good service!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“A Superior dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014 via mobile

After a week in Aruba we were ready to celebrate our last night with a great meal...Yemanja fulfilled our expectations and more. It was our first time to Aruba, and during the week we had eaten at a number of places recommended by friends and family including smokey Joes, Aqua Grill, Matthews, Passion. None came close to meeting expectations. We found Yemanja on trip advisor and figured we would give it a try. The place is tucked in behind the Government building in Oranjestad. We were pleasantly surprised when we were seated in the outdoor courtyard with a direct view of the kitchen behind the bar. Com our table we could watch the chef at the grill. The menu selections were incredibly varied with seafood, steak, lamb and choosing any one item was very difficult. Our group tried the soups as appetizers and each was excellent. The fish chowder was superb. All of us selected the grouper filet stuffed with Bousin cheese. Without question this is one of my top five fish dishes I have ever had. The meal was served with family style sides of garlic mashed potatoes, vegetables, black beans and white rice. We had anticipated having the molten chocolate cake for desert but we're too full to eat desert.

Our only regret is that we found Yemaja on our last night, otherwise we would have gone back. The only problem would have been whether to have the grouper again or try one of their other awesome sounding entrees.

Visited May 2014
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Montreal, Canada
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“Restaurant Par Excellence”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014

We had a fantastic supper at Yemanja with a large group of friends and not only was the food delicious the service was impeccable. A must visit place in the heart of the city. Easy walking distance from anywhere including the port where the cruise ships dock.

Visited January 2014
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Madrid, Spain
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“Good food and nice veranda”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2014

We went to Yemanja for a dinner. The place is relatively small so I recommend to call and reserve a table. The restaurant has a nice veranda. We ordered a variety of different dishes (steak, fish, soups, duck and vegetarian plate) and all of them were good. The service was good as well. The place is located just behind the parliament; you can park in front of the parliament in a huge parking lot and have a very short walk. The place does not feel very touristic, which is an advantage. Fully recommended.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Bloemond
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“Great experience.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2014

First time at Yemanja and it will be a repeat for sure! Great service and a very nicely put together culinary feast. My friends had the calamari friti and I had the presciuto salad. Both were excellent. The 3 fish combo was very tasty and came in a huge portion. The pork tips I had was different and well prepapred. I finished the feast with the Lava cake, a must try. I would highy recommend Yemanja for a wonderful dinner experience.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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