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“Hardly royal” 3 of 5 stars
Review of The Waterfort Terrace

The Waterfort Terrace
75, Curacao
+(5999)/465-0769
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Ranked #184 of 248 Restaurants in Curacao
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Luxembourg
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24 reviews 24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 13 cities Reviews in 13 cities
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Hardly royal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2012

Had lunch here on a visit to Willemstad. The only restaurant open at the waterfront at the time. The setting is basically nice, maybe a bit on the rustic side, but since there was a bit of wind on that day, it was not as pleasant as it seemed at first, with napkins blowing away etc. We had the fish of the day and the pepper steak, and they were both basically ok, but still a bit disappointing with hardly any flavor/spices. But considering the moderate price level, it wasn't really too bad. The service was good, as everywhere on the island. Overall a decent lunch with a great ocean view.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Virgnia Beach VA
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10 reviews 10 reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“GRILL KING - great value, location, and great food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2012

We ate a late lunch there. There were 6 of us and we wandered into the area at the front of the restaurant just to see what the menu and location was like. The manager or head chef (not sure which) welcomed us in and gave us a run down of the type of food and prices. We had a very nice meal, reasonably priced with good portions. That same manager put on a show feeding the huge fish that were swimming up close to the rocks right next to the terrace. It was quite spectacular. He was very friendly and made us all laugh and feel very welocme. The waitress was not so friendly ~ but overall we had a great experience and we most definately will go back when we visit again next month. We enjoyed watching the ships and boats sail by from the terrace and the sound of the waves crashing up on the rocks and the nice breeze off the ocean made it a lovely visit.

We ate at Scampi's a few days later for dinner. Scampi's is right next door to the Grill King. But we were not so impressed with the food or service. It was OK though.

  • Visited February 2011
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Atlanta, Georgia
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39 reviews 39 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
“Grill King Curacao Willemstad”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 31, 2011

Great atmosphere. Average service. Not so good food. The only sub-par meal we ate on the island. We did enjoy the atmosphere, the cocktails and the service was at least average. We went with a group of about 8, and no one really had that great of a meal. Not terrible...just not very good.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Texas
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24 reviews 24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 14 cities Reviews in 14 cities
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
“Just ok”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2011

We chose Scampi's for our anniversary dinner because of the atmosphere and live music, and both were great, but otherwise, the restaurant is just ok.

The white wine selection is bad. I requested taste samples of each of the 3 white wine choices and all were bad. They tasted sour. I drink cheap wine at home all the time, but these choices were not drinkable for me.
In the end, I ordered a mojito which was very good.

We ordered the stuffed portobello mushroom appetizer. It was good.

We ordered two entree's - one was good, the other was not.
The trio of shrimp was good - shrimp served with 3 different sauces
The grouper filet with capers and wine sauce was not good at all. Obviously fish had been pre-frozen - it had no flavor and texture was mushy.

TIP: If you order fish ANYWHERE on the island, ONLY order the catch of the day. That way you know it's fresh. Apparently, lots of places serve frozen fish and you can DEFINITELY taste the difference.

So, in the end, the atmosphere and live music saved the day. Some parts of the meal were good, others were disappointing.

I can recommend this restaurant, in general, because it obviously depends what you order, but it's too risky to recommend for a special occasion dinner (like an anniversary, or something).

  • Visited May 2011
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Minneapolis,MN
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36 reviews 36 reviews
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Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
“Nice if you like an overpriced Olive Garden”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2011

It really did remind me of an olive garden. Very little local food. Popular with the Cruise ship folks I suppose. They tried hard to upsell. Their catch of the day was lobster at 95 guilders plus ($50 -100 US depending on the size.) They insisted the 'water was not clean' unlike every other place on the island (they all get it from the same desalinization plant and it is VERY CLEAN) so you must buy tiny bottles f water at 3.50 guilders each. And the seafood was underwhelming. It came with rice, which was just a bowl of plain rice. no flavoring. The steak my wife had was ok, but don't bother with the 'surf and turf'. They just stick a skewer of three TINY shrimp (more like on a toothpick) into your steak like a garnish. Wine was an inch of wine in the glass. The location is nice though, right on the water. Clearly their main purpose is to relieve the tourists of as much money as possible while giving as little as possible in return. Kings Grill next door has better food, better prices, more wine, and less upsell.

  • Visited March 2011
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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