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Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad 00000, Aruba
+297 583-2515
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Closed now
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
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Lincoln, Nebraska
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22 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Best sea food ever. Had the swordfish the first time and the surf and turf kabobs second visit. The owner catches the fish daily so catch of the day varies. Not sure where they get the beef but as good a steak as I have ever had. The service was tremendous. This is a place you have to try whenever... More 

Thank dmillerpac
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We had a lovely dinner and tasty desserts after our half day fishing excursions. Hats off for the opportunity to have our catch prepared in so many flavorful ways.

Thank Lisa D
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19 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This restaurant can be jam packed but the service is unbelievable. Is the only restaurant that knows how to handle large crowd and consistent. The fish is always fresh.

Thank Carlos V G
Cannes, France
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7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

We have been last night at the Driftwood. We started with calamari fritti which were very tasty. Multiple choices for the catch of the day. We went for the barracuda, excellent choice. The fish was super fresh and rich in flavor. Pickled onions offered with bread are very good too. Staff is so friendly and helpful. This resto is one... More 

Thank Fabio A
North Haledon, New Jersey
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Great dinner...have been to the Driftwood many times and we just visited this past week and had an awesome meal. Wait staff was extremely friendly and helpful. You can sign up to go deep sea fishing with the owner and they will cook what you catch! Highly recommend having a dinner here.

Thank Rina F
McKinney, Texas
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45 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

When we visit Aruba we always at least make it once to Driftwood. Local favorite of many people. It is downtown Oranjestad and we finally through the years don't get lost anymore finding it! We made reservations and arrived on time. A party of only us 2 we were seated in the most unusual, obscure seating arrangement. It was in... More 

Thank kelleypie
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9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Great fresh catch of the day, it actually is caught that day. Barracuda, Mahi Mahi and swordfish. Very consistent, some of the staff have been here over 30 years. We will be here every time we visit the island!

Thank Rick K
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44 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

We have been visiting the Driftwood since 1990, our first visit to the Island. The seafood is always super fresh, and the white sangria with chunks of watermelon is refreshing with a good kick! Although expanded over the years, it is still one of the best restaurants for authentic Arubian seafood. Their pickled onions are unique & tasty and the... More 

Thank Dgem
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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83 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

My friends and I looked forward to dining at this restaurant based on its great reviews. So we made it our first place - Day 1. However, we did not share the same experience due to: 1) long wait for service and an even longer wait for food. One of my friend's fish options came out rare of which she... More 

Thank CruzanHamilton
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Even though it was a Saturday evening and we followed two large parties into the restaurant; the service was great! Wait staff was extremely helpful in assisting us in making our 'first time' selections. Seafood (salmon and shrimp) was prepared at it's best! Remember to take a 'sharpie' with you to write on the driftwood walls!

Thank Reva O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$9 - $36
Caribbean, Seafood, Soups
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
5:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Klipstraat 12, Oranjestad 00000, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  Oranjestad
  • Phone Number: +297 583-2515
We are located in the heart of characteristic downtown Oranjestad and offer you a unique dining experience. Enjoy the freshest fish, biggest shrimp, or the most succulent Caribbean lobster amid the rustic ambience of the natural driftwood dining room. Our menu includes a large variety of typically Aruban delicacies including our three star fish soup and our mouth-watering filet of fish served with a mild Aruban Creole sauce... A seafood lovers dream come true. Furthermore all dishes are prepared with an Aruban touch and accompanied by Pan Bati, our famous Aruban corn bread. We welcome you to our intimate and comfortable Aruban seafood restaurant where we will do our utmost to make your dining experience a most pleasant and enjoyable one. Welcome to Driftwood!

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