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“Lovely evening and meal”

Matthew's Beachside Restaurant
Ranked #22 of 222 Restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $25 - $100
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Good for: Scenic view, Bar scene, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Casual and chic, Matthew's is renowned as one of the best covered open-air beachfront restaurants in Aruba. Upscale Caribbean, International and seafood dishes are prepared using the freshest ingredients.Besides breakfast, lunch, dinner, we offer all you can eat spareribs on Tuesday's, Karaoke night after dinner party on Wednesdays, Italian night on Thursdays and of course our daily happy hours with live music at the bar on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday. If you are a sports fan, you'll be happy to know that there are 3 flat screens at the bar that are always showing your favorite sport.
Carmel, Indiana
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Lovely evening and meal”
Reviewed July 21, 2014

We enjoyed our night at Matthew's very much. The staff was very attentive and the food was delicious. The view and ambiance is spectacular. We were not rushed and we also did not wait too long to be served. Portions were generous and our grouper and steak were very well prepared. We will return again on during our week here.

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank CarrieM296
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Columbus, Ohio
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39 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
“Great service, good food, but annoyed by flies”
Reviewed July 13, 2014 via mobile

Arrived early for our reservation and the staff were accommodating as well as let us choose the table we liked with beach/ water view.

Service was great, including all the additional service staff who helped throughout our meal. The female waitress we had provided excellent service. We enjoyed how the staff was personable, made conversation, and talked about Aruba too.

We enjoyed all the food: Ceasar salad, spicy shrimp appetizer, grouper entree, meat combination entree, and both mousse (chocolate & passion fruit) desserts.

The only problem we encountered was when our dinner was served, at least 20 flies started swarming around our food and us. The staff quickly responded with bringing and lighting a candle that sent the flies away. We visited Aruba last July and never encountered this problem. The staff explained how the flies arrive before sunset then after sunset disappear. After sunset, they did disappear. Therefore, we would recommend eating here and recommend planning a meal time after sunset.

We read previous reviews and thought the restaurant was close to the Radisson. The front at Radisson even instructed walk to the Westin and we'd see the restaurant straight ahead. We walked past where the Westin was, turned the corner curve, stopped at the Divi, found out it was about a 10 minute walk further, then took a taxi from Divi. We ended up taking a taxi back to the Radisson too. It's a lot further than we expected from the Radisson and thought it was worth the $9 each way taxi cost.

Thank Mjzeta
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Massillon, Ohio
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388 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Go here!!!”
Reviewed July 9, 2014

We went here twice recently, June 24th (Tuesdays are all you can eat ribs) and June 26th (Thursdays are italian night). Both nights dinner was absolutely delicious! You have to go!!! I didn't make it through my first set of ribs, but my husband did, plus some! He said rounds 2 and 3 were even more tender than the first round of ribs! We both ordered off the italian menu (it was delicious) and we each got a free tiramisu (also delicious)! It was a great deal! We were highly impressed with everything - service, setting, food. It was all perfect! You're super close to the water. So pretty! And the prices weren't bad at all. I think this was the cheapest restaurant we ate at all week (other than Pizza Bob's one night). You have to go to Matthew's!

  • Visited June 2014
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1 Thank Andrea B
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Boston, MA
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Great service, great food”
Reviewed July 4, 2014

We had a wonderful meal there with about 30 other people in our party and the staff executed everything perfectly. The food was delicious, the drinks were amazing and the service was fantastic.
Great spot right on the water, too!

Visited June 2014
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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Hit or miss”
Reviewed July 2, 2014

Stayed recently at a resort close by and visited this place 3 times for breakfast and twice for dinner.

Overall you will love the breakfast here because you get the most bang out of your money. The price is reasonable and the quantity is HUGE. We always had hard time finish everything that we ordered. Everything are freshly made and delicious.. The only downside is coffee because it tastes really blend. The breakfast service was excellent 2 out of 3 time when we were there. One server particular Jonathan was very pleasant and attentive. Definitely go there for sit down breakfast and you wont regret it.

The dinner menu is decent and food is very good. It wont blow you away but def. worth the trip especially comparing menu price to similar restaurants. Service can be a hit or miss. We went there last night before leaving the island and had the early bird special. I had the pumpkin cream soup which was delicious, The entree was chicken Cordon Bleu which was excellent as well. Everyone else has crab cake for app and grouper for entree which they all loved. My only problem was with the server who seemed disinterested throughout the meal and forgot my kid's order. No apologies were made and by the time they brought out the kids meal my child was already full from eating our plates. The dessert was chocolate mousse which was wayyyyy too sweet so we couldn't really finish. It was pretty obvious most of servers were more interested with the WC soccer game on tv than the customers.

Long story short, def. go there for breakfast cuz its good and you get what you pay for. Diner is another story. Even though the food is good the service can be a hit or miss which can be annoying. I guess some of them don't really care so much since the 15% service charge is applied automatically to the bill.

  • Visited June 2014
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