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“An Absolute "Must Eat" Spot”
Review of Zeerovers

Zeerovers
Ranked #2 of 15 Restaurants in Savaneta
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Seafood
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Zeerovers is a local bar and restaurant situated on the waterfront in the fishermen's town of Savaneta. Here we serve fresh fried fish and shrimps with side orders of fried plantain, french fries, pan bati(local version of cornbread), onions in vinegar and tartarsauce. Everything is served to you in a basket as you sit on the dock overlooking the water as fishermen bring in their catch which in fact could have been your meal if you came a few hours later. That said, this is not a place for fancy dining but rather a place where you are welcomed to kick back,relax and get your hands dirty.
Reviewed August 16, 2014

We were referred to this place by two different locals. And thank god! You order the catch of the day (fish) and shrimp by the weight (kilogram) as well as sides (fries, plantains, cornbread) and they bring it out to you. We paid $30 for two large pieces of fish (1/2 kilo), a ton of jumbo shrimp (1/2 kilo), plantains, and cornbread. There were only two of us, but it could've probably fed almost 4 people. That meal would've cost $100 at any of the restaurants near or on a resort. They have a deck that is right on the water with plenty of seating, and a few tables that are even out on an open pier (but be forewarned - those tables on the pier are extremely windy). The music and overall ambience is great and the staff is very friendly.

Thank jlt10
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Reviewed August 14, 2014

The food was all deep-fried, the shrimp had heads, feet, and tails still attached. It was difficult to enjoy the basket of fries due to the deep fried shrimp legs all over them. The location is wonderful, we just wished we had gone to watch the waves. Maybe the fish is better?

Thank DesireeWa
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Reviewed August 13, 2014

We received a recommendation to eat here from a friend of my daughter's and from our B&B. The food was good but bland. It needed some serious hot sauce, but you could not beat the freshness. Gets busy and crowd on the weekend.

Thank Sheila B
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

Fresh catch of the day fried and served with jumbo shrimp. What more could I ask for? Delicious!!
The only thing I disliked was the strong smell of fish in the seating area on the pier. I know it's by the ocean and all, but the smell was a bit overwhelming at first. I got used to it though.

1  Thank Malli L
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Reviewed August 11, 2014

After you decide to travel to Aruba, Zeerover's is probably going to be the first name you hear. It's the restaurant that everyone recommends. "The fish is so fresh! It's so authentic!"

This is somewhat true, but I can't sincerely say it's an amazing restaurant. It's fun, but you're not going to experience any culinary revelations here.

Is it cool in concept? Absolutely. You walk up to the window and select how much shrimp and fish you want. You can also order cornbread, maduros, fries, and maybe one other side. Everything is weighed together and you pay accordingly. Afterwards, you go and order your drinks from another window. Will they charge you differently depending on whether you're Aruban or pegged for a tourist? Absolutely, we saw it in action.

Find a seat on the crowded dock and they will bring you your food. You might want to avoid the tables that are immediately on the water; the wind is vicious and there is an odd odor to the air. After ten minutes of breathing it in (is it motor oil? rotting seafood? something else entirely?) and struggling to keep our food from blowing away, we just moved closer to land.

The food? Well, as other reviews have mentioned, everything is fried. Nothing is breaded. With the fish (mahi-mahi that day) it was fine because we were able to eat the whole thing. If you're ordering shrimp and you don't like to eat shells, you might find the food to be a little bland. I wasn't a huge fan of the mango hot sauce, but I'm sure that would help if it is to your tastes. Also, the fish was definitely on the rare to medium-rare side. That didn't bother me, but I'm not sure if it was a kitchen error or how they intentionally serve the fish. Also worth mentioning: the food didn't quite feel worth the price.

Overall, not a bad place, but don't go out of your way to eat here.

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Thank Julie K
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