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“Amazing atmosphere, very good food, decent service, non-existent wine list”

The Old Man & The Sea Restaurant
Ranked #9 of 15 Restaurants in Savaneta
Price range: $7 - $100
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Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Baltimore, MD
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20 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
“Amazing atmosphere, very good food, decent service, non-existent wine list”
Reviewed August 18, 2014 via mobile

Was among a group who selected this establishment based on having dined next door at the Flying Fishbone last year. First off, finding the place would be a challenge unless you've been here before. There is a tiny sign for OM&tS, and you can't see it until you're in the FF parking lot. Basically, go to FF and you'll find OM&tS. Look for the dry-docked old boat with lights.

Walking in, though, is like entering another world. Billowing sheer curtains on wood frames look like something out of a Caribbean fairy tale. The passageway opens onto a open air courtyard that itself opens onto the Caribbean Sea. We were literally the only people there (7 PM on a Sunday) and we're promptly seated at a large table nearly in the water. The setting looked ideal for a wedding, with massive wooden tables surrounded by white slip-covered chairs. Two docks, but without boats attached, were available for even more private dining. The views were stunning. Palm trees wrapped in Christmas lights completed the scene. Probably the most romantic dinner venue I have ever seen.

The server eventually brought us water and menus, and took our drinks orders. I'm a wine drinker (check the name!) but this wine list didn't really exist. I was asked "white or red?" Uh... Turned out they had a few reds, but all from one Argentine wine maker. The table settled on a Malbec. I had Jack on the rocks. And we prepared ourselves for a lazy-paced dinner.

The smells from the kitchen were intoxicating from the moment we walked in, which was a little odd, actually, since we were the only ones there!

After eventually delivering the drinks, the server eventually took our food order. Their specialty is a catch of the day in a spicy papaya sauce. I ordered that and was not disappointed. The catch was wahoo, and it was a generous cut, cooked to perfection, and served with a sliver of of fresh papaya on top and the sauce on the side. The dish included a few steamed veggies and an Asian-tasting rice pilaf. My wife ordered the macadamia crusted grouper, and that was equally delicious. Everyone at the table was please with their order. And eventually more groups showed up, but still the place was nearly empty. Between dinner and dessert, my daughter and I explored one of the docks and it's attached gazebo, replete with more sheer curtains and lush pillows illuminated under antique chandeliers. I could have slept out there, and could certainly picture dining out there and not wanting to leave.

Dessert was the house specialty of deep fried Oreos and ice cream. A distinct but delicious taste. Everyone left satisfied.

Definitely pricey, but the views cannot be matched. If you're looking for a romantic dinner on Aruba, this has to be under consideration. The service could have been better, though on a slow night, that happens. Food was delicious. Wine list needs work. I would definitely eat here again.

Visited August 2014
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SunnySWFlorida
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40 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Pricey but very romantic”
Reviewed July 14, 2014

At least try to stop in for a cocktail on the ocean. This place is lovely! It is on the beach and lit with candlelight ambiance. Friendly staff as well.

Visited May 2014
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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“Picturesque setting where something is a little "off"”
Reviewed July 6, 2014

Hard to explain our experience here. The setting is magical, but for most of the meal we were the only patrons in the place. The front parking lot was completely empty and we wondered if they might be closed but they weren't. When two other parties arrived, they chain-smoked their way through their meals while the wind carried the smoke to our table, of course.

The staff of what appeared to be only two people (chef and server) were nice, but there were no niceities, such as a greeter/hostess or busser to refill water glasses. We went long stretches without ever seeing anyone.

Pear and walnut salads were blah and coated with what seemed like bottled and cloyingly sweet dressing. It was so dark we had to use our cell phone light to see what was in there. We didnt finish the salads. Had the lobster thermodore and it was a huge portion (shared between two people thankfully) but was so salty I could not finish it.

The people here were so nice and sweet that I hate to give it a poor review, but it just does not compare to the Flying Fishbone next door.

Visited July 2014
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Worcester, Massachusetts
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“6/15/14 -Wish we read the reviews before we ate there :-( Our bad!!”
Reviewed June 23, 2014

Unfortunately the Flying Fish Bone was closed the day we wanted to eat there, so we chose the Old Man & The Sea instead and what a mistake. The service was "no where around", the food what warm/cold, my surf and turf must have just been slaughtered, but I wouldn't have been able to send it back because it would have taken an hour just to find the waitress. Next time we will make reservations for the Flying Fish Bone as soon as we arrive in Aruba, heard it is soooo much better than OM&TS.

  • Visited June 2014
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Farmingville, New York
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“Very romantic!”
Reviewed June 17, 2014 via mobile

One of the most romantic dinners we've had in aruba! We very lucky to have been accommodated in there private island where we were secluded from everyone very very romantic! Food was execellent as well as service. Cannot go to aruba without trying this one!

  • Visited May 2014
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