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“Great experience, good food, great service!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Carambola

Carambola
J.E.Irausquin Boulevard 64 | Eagle, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
297 587-6695
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Price range: $5 - $44
Cuisines: International
Dining options: Late Night Food, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night Food, Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
San Diego, California
Senior Contributor
41 reviews 41 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
“Great experience, good food, great service!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2013

I had heard about Carambola prior to going to Aruba and was checking out their menu online. This was formerly La Petite Café, where I had and average meal. But reading the menu for Carambola sparked our interest. I am so happy we went. They really did a great job with the décor and it was very comfortable. We were greeted by the owner and he sat us. While we were waiting and reading the menu, they brought us a basket of bread, garlic butter, chili oil and pickled onions. We opted for the Sangria, which was really good, but a little pricey ($11.00) For starters I had the French Onion soup and my hubby had the ceaser salad. My soup was good, My husband raved about the traditional ceaser salad as it had anchovies and he wasn't disappointed. For our entrée we both chose the fresh catch of the day which was grouper. You have your choice of sauces for the fish which is presented on the side. We both chose the Aruban Creole sauce. It was presented very well, pan fried. The fish was fresh, flakey and not dried out. It was two large pieces and placed over a lot of fresh steamed veggies along with a side of the best mashed potatoes I have had in a long time. We were so full we opted for no dessert. The meal came to about $85.00 and they do not add the %15.00 gratuity. Our server Juan Carlos was awesome and saw we were well taken care of. They also serve breakfast and lunch. We will be going back again next year. It was a nice dinning experience and I am happy Carambola didn't disappoint.

  • Visited July 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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New York
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11 reviews 11 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Good but not Great”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2013

After reading the reviews we finally decided to try Carombola. It was good not great. It was very loud inside as they had 2 large tables. We ordered the peanut soup which was not bad. Then we ordered the Bread Cake oops crab cake. It was 75% bread and the rest crab. The taste was not bad but mostly bread. The whole red snapper was good but what a rip off....$40,maybe they should charge market price like most other restaurants .I think some of the reviews are tainted!!!!!!!

  • Visited May 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Baltimore, MD
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44 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
95 helpful votes 95 helpful votes
“Meh”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We went to Carambola as one of our first dinners during our visit to Aruba. It largely underwhelmed us, the restaurant was pretty empty at dinner (I counted three seated tables including us) and the food was just so so. Compared to the dinners we had later in our trip it just didn't measure up.

Visited April 2013
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Manitoba
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22 reviews 22 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Be an early bird!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013

They have an early bird 3 course meal that includes a free glass of wine. We sat inside the beautifully decorated dining room and was in awe of all the fancy woodwork. They have a large screen playing music videos which was the only thing that seemed odd but appreciative!
The food presentation and taste was the BEST we experienced in Aruba. The attention to detail of the staff was first class.
An experience in fine dining not to be missed!
We'll be back!

Visited March 2013
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“Best food I ever ate”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2013

Eat there and you'll see why. Daily special is a good bargin. Desserts are out of this world. Great table service.

Visited April 2013
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