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“Worst meal EVER in Aruba” 1 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: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
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Dining options: Breakfast, Delivery, Late Night, Reservations
new jersey
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
“Worst meal EVER in Aruba”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

Having been coming to Aruba for over 18 years, we are always trying different places to eat. This was our first time at Carambola, and unfortunately I have to report it was awful. I had the salmon grilled and it was as dry and tough as leather. The fish never saw a grill, it was cooked in an oven for sure. The spinach was not fully cooked. My wife had the seafood pasta and the seafood again was way overcooked. The waiter took the Salmon off the bill, offered to bring something else, but at this point it was too late. One other thing, they have a large TV on the wall in the center of the restaurant, which was playing music videos, not exactly what we expected. To each their own.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 2 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 1 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Los Angeles, California
Top Contributor
121 reviews 121 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 27 cities Reviews in 27 cities
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
“Small and quaint”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 1, 2013

Carambola is located in the old Le Petit Cafe @ Paradise Village. service was excellent! My table mates truly enjoyed their meals. One had the beef tenderloin and the other Aruban style Grouper. The calamari I has was ok. The place is really lovely. Give it a try!

Suggestion: get the early bird special. You get a 3-course meal.

  • Visited October 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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Beverly, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
“Excellent!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2013

My wife and I visited Carambola last week. The food, service, and atmosphere was excellent. I had peanut soup for the first time. It was spectacular. Would go again in a second.

  • Visited October 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Pembroke, Massachusetts
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“The Best Restaurant on the Island”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2013

The ambiance is wonderful, the background music is perfect, you are not rushed to finish your meal and lingering afterwards toenjoy the music is ok. The price is average for the island but the food is most certainly not. The presentation is beautiful, in fact one of my sister took a picture because she thought is was just too pretty to eat. The meal is delicious, in fact we went back there three times during our 14 day stay. The wait staff, Marlon, Aldo and Edwardo will immediately welcome you with so much warmth you will immediately relax and enjoy the superb meal prepared for you. A definite yes to this restaurant.

Visited October 2013
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Dracut, Massachusetts
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4 reviews 4 reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“Great find! Great food! Great service!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2013

Went last week with 10 people, restaurant was empty, but slow season has begun. Food and service was awesome. Aldo our service did a super job, let us sample the sangria, lobster bisque. All ten of us were very happy with meal and service, would highly recommend!

  • Visited October 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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