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restaurants on Aruba

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restaurants on Aruba

We're going to Aruba for our second time in March. Looking for recommendations for dinner--we're not afraid to go off the beaten path to find places if they're really good.

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1. Re: restaurants on Aruba

What type of food/restaurants do you like?

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We're up for anything. Last time we tried a couple local restaurants--can't remember their names. We did go to Madame Jeanette's, and the big Argentenian steak house downtown.

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Hi WYNX,

We went to Aruba in April and we usually look for restaurants off the beaten path.

1) Papiamentos (sp?) one night-- took a cab from the Wyndham (soon to be Westin) both ways. The setting is really romantic-- there are tables around a lighted pool. The food was good, not the best we had on the island, but the service was top notch--- from the hostess to the waiters, everyone was incredibly friendly and polite. We would probably return and perhaps order some different menu items...

2) Driftwoods for lunch one day--the food was good with many daily fish specials, again great service. The restaurant is in the main shopping area on the island and indoors. Not as romantic as Papiamentos but my boyfriend enjoyed the food more.

3) Madam Jannettes-- again, took a cab from the hotel. Great food, outdoor setting, music and again great service. Enjoyed a great bottle of wine with a veal chop bigger than my plate! Would absolutely return.

4) El Gaucho-- in town. Good steak house, HUGE PORTIONS. Seemed a bit more commercial than any of the other restaurants I already mentioned but the food was still well above average.

5) Kooku Konubu "party bus"-- this tour takes you to the lighthouse for a champagne toast at sunset and then off to a private home for a dinner before taking you areound the island to different bars. We are not really party people but we thought it would be fun to try it...the dinner was not great and the bars were empty except for the people on the bus (we did visit the island around Easter so maybe that's why??). I would not do this again, as although the private home was absolutely beautiful, the food was average and the bars seemed geared towards the people on the bus as opposed to visiting "local" bars. In other words, quite touristy.

Do NOT eat at the Italian restaurant or the Chinese restaurant in the Wyndham-- horrible, horrible food. Maybe it will be better with the change of ownership but who knows...

Heard the Flying Fish is great for a romantic dinner on the beach (your table is actually on the beach) and that the food is pretty good from other couples we met during our stay but didn't get a chance to try it.

Hope this helps!

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4. Re: restaurants on Aruba

Some of my suggestions where you would find locals along with the tourists:

Rumba - downtown

Que Pasa - downtown

Bingo - near high rise hotel area

Chefs Tables - just opened in Sept.; wonderful food and ambiance and not too far from Madame Janette's

Gasparito's - near high rise hotel area (they have the best Keshi Yena!)

For romantic dining (tables in the sand): Flying Fishbone (you will need a car) or Passions (located at Amsterdam Manor.)

No Cunucu - definitely off the beaten path. Every time we've been there we've been the only Americans in the place. All of the food is Aruban (alot of fish and different types of stews.) Good and very cheap.

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Flying Fishbone in Saventa is great. We've been to Aruba 5 times and make sure we have dinner there everytime. Very romantic

http://www.flyingfishbone.com

If you check out their website you'll see how the tables are set up in the sand. Make a reservation before you go so you can sit outside.

Marandi's is a great gourmet restaurant on the beach - watch the sunset. We went there last year and really liked it.

Check out their website http://www.marandiaruba.com

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Sorry, meant to say "Nos Cunucu", not No Cunucu. Typing too fast....oops.

We used to go to Marandi and loved it there - but their chef left and opened a new restaurant this past Sept. called Chefs Tables and it is now one of our favorites.

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Aruba Amy, Thanks for the info about Chefs Tables -- we'll definitely try it -- we going in January. The last time I went to Marandi's was January 2006.

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Valerie - if you love Marandi, you will also love Chefs Tables. Here is their website with menu:

http://www.chefstablesaruba.com/

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And what's happening with Marandi? Still open with different chef, or planning to close?

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10. Re: restaurants on Aruba

Marandi is still open, same location, different chef.

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