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Yemanja Woodfired Grill

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Amazing food and atmosphere!
1. Amazing food and atmosphere!
"Was recommended several times and definitely lived up to all the hype!"
Lynn M
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2. Hidden Gem in Aruba
2. Hidden Gem in Aruba
"Every dish was well thought out and beautifully presented."
HJH74
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3. Best food on the Island
3. Best food on the Island
"Their menu is incredible and extensive"
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About
Yemanja is relaxing and welcoming with a passion for tradition and excellence. Serving international food with strong Caribbean influences prepared on our 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. Both inside & outside seating are non-smoking. Yemanja’s Kids Policy: In order to accommodate our guests who are seeking a quiet and relaxing night out in the later hours, Yemanja no longer accept reservations for children under the age of 6 after 6:30pm. We continue to welcome reservations for all guests, in the hours
PRICE RANGE
$20 - $50
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
CUISINES
Caribbean, Seafood, International, Grill, Healthy
FEATURES
Takeout, Parking Available, Free Wifi, Gift Cards Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Yemanja is located in downtown Oranjestad, Aruba. It has a great amount of seating for a small building. A large outdoor space, with a slightly smaller indoor/open-air space and then a very crowded interior space. It’s bustling. Tons of people and we waiting 15 minutes...to get our table with a reservation as there was a line of people waiting to check in as well. The front of the house service seemed overworked. It’s hard to be chatty and build rapport when you are running inside and outside and outside and inside. I felt bad for the guy. For such a great place, it’s not the ideal first impression. Once inside, we had one of the worst tables (in the hallway of the interior space where everyone has to walk to/from you), but frankly are just please to get seated at that point as plenty of others are outside with no reservation. After that - amazing. We shared the crab stuffed shrimp appetizer - mostly based upon other reviews. The shrimp is the near perfect protein - why stuff it??? But wow....amazing flavors. We would order it again. My wife had the tuna appetizer for her entree and I had the blackened snapper. Both were amazing. Amazing. Loved my snapper and would get it instantly again. The service was hectic - the people there are working hard. They seat lots of people and I feel they could use another server or two, but it met expectations. There wasn’t much time to feel like it was a luxurious experience when the staff could spend a bit more time, but each place has it’s own character. We’d go back again instantly - as in June when we are here next. Can’t wait.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed November 16, 2020

Before we went to Yemanja during our annual trip to Aruba we noticed that the menu was paired down due to the pandemic and some of our favorites were not available. What we weren't prepared for was the absolutely delicious specials that Chef Joyce and...her crew had been putting together every week (and sometimes more). We took the opportunity to try many of the specials and every single one of them was amazing. We had the Grilled Tenderloin Kebab, Asian Style BBQ Beef Short Ribs, Mediterranean Grilled Garlic Shrimps (which I made a request should permanently stay on the menu), Grilled Wahoo with Coconut Shrimp, and Grilled Cajun Blackened Striploin Steak. This restaurant is in my opinion the best on the island. The food is amazing, the ambience is perfect and the staff are first rate!! If there is one restaurant that is a must do on the island it is this one. With regards to COVID, we felt completely safe at this restaurant. We ate outside, temperatures were checked before entering, we had to use sanitizer before entering and information was taken for contact tracing purposes. All staff were wearing masks and/or face shields and tables were spaced appropriately apart. Masks were required to enter and when moving around restaurant. Menu was accessible via QR code.More

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 2 days ago

We stopped coming here the past few years....not sure why....but we decided to come back our last night in Aruba. Wow...it was delicious! It was a last minute, late reservation so we didn't want cocktails or appetizers so we just had our main courses. We...have added Yemanja back to our list and can't wait to return in November.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We had the most wonderful dinner last night at Yemanja. They've gotten so popular since we were here last, 4 years ago, and with good reason. Just as fabulous as we remembered! Thai Pumpkin Soup, Tenderloin Kabob, Yemanja Power Bowl with Grouper, delicious drinks and...great service. As we were waiting for our table we heard one patron who was leaving whisper to her husband, "That's the best restaurant I've ever been to!"More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

The grilled tenderloin kebab is probably one of their most popular menu items, for good reason! It was delicious and the "tornado" fries served alongside it are so good. My only complaint was that about 1/3 of my tornado fries were undercooked and hard. Creamy...truffle mac and cheese was just so so and a little disappointing. The Apple and Cinnamon Mille Feuille was a great way to finish off the meal. Overall, it was a good meal. Just wouldn't call it the "best restaurant on Aruba" as some previous reviewers called it.More

Date of visit: March 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One of the best meals we had in Aruba! Our waitress was fantastic and all of her recommendations were spot on. We are ended up order the escargot as per her recommendation, when we hadn’t even considered it, it is was amazing. Since we wanted...to order everything on the menu, we decided based on what the waitress recommended, again, and it was spot on again! We got the local snapper and the kebab. Both were incredible and we ended up eating all of it, even though it was a massive amount of food! The snapper was huge and absolutely excellent- perfectly seasoned and cooked. Lastly, the mango pie- also the waitress’s recommendation- should not be missed! Our hotel, Boardwalk Aruba, which is amazing) recommended Yemanja as one of their favorite places, and we absolutely agree! A must stop for a nice dinner in Aruba!More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Yemanja is always on the to visit list for me. I’ve been coming to Oranjestad for 16 years and Yemanja is definitely top three in my mind. Our waiter Kevin was especially professional and engaging. A light smell of fine wood burning is wonderful added...ambience. Try for an outdoor table for an even better experience.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Wonderful vegetarian friendly options. Revisited Aruba doing the height of Covid and we felt safe but visiting this restaurant. It had an amazing variety of vegetarian friendly cuisine and was kid friendly. We sat outside and really enjoyed the ambience and music.

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We enjoyed every dish here, including the "cauliflower steak". Service was fast- though we noticed it slowed down for diners who arrived later in a rush that occurred around 7-7:30. We ate outdoors in a patio that looked out on a small pedestrian square and...some downtown buildings. Frigate birds soared in the sky over the harbor, a couple of blocks away. Gourmet quality food we would happily return to.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Yemanja is the Brazilian Goddess of the Ocean. ( I asked) They are diet friendly. I’m a vegetarian and had no problem eating here. I had the Vegan BBQ which was so large that really two can have it. The Thai pumpkin soup was delicious....We were so full that we couldn’t have dessert. However, they knew it was our wedding anniversary and brought an ice cream dessert on a Happy Anniversary plate. The staff is wonderful. We chose to sit inside however but it’s not fully inside it’s shade with love greenery. Perfect. Parking can be a challenge as you have to look on the street. My husband had the steak Diane which was steak and lobster tail. And shrimp stuffed with crab as an appetizer. He loved it. Highly recommend this spot located in the touristy section. Great for everyone !More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Frequently Asked Questions about Yemanja Woodfired Grill

  • Yes, Yemanja Woodfired Grill offers takeout services.

  • Yes, Yemanja Woodfired Grill offers delivery services.

  • Yes, Yemanja Woodfired Grill is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

  • Yemanja Woodfired Grill is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5
    • Atmosphere: 4.5