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“Nice Catch”
Review of Driftwood

Driftwood
Ranked #20 of 227 Restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $9 - $36
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Local cuisine, Large groups
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: We are located in the heart of characteristic downtown Oranjestad and offer you a unique dining experience. Enjoy the freshest fish, biggest shrimp, or the most succulent Caribbean lobster amid the rustic ambience of the natural driftwood dining room. Our menu includes a large variety of typically Aruban delicacies including our three star fish soup and our mouth-watering filet of fish served with a mild Aruban Creole sauce... A seafood lovers dream come true. Furthermore all dishes are prepared with an Aruban touch and accompanied by Pan Bati, our famous Aruban corn bread. We welcome you to our intimate and comfortable Aruban seafood restaurant where we will do our utmost to make your dining experience a most pleasant and enjoyable one. Welcome to Driftwood!
Reviewed January 11, 2014

They say when you're looking for good food in an unpretentious atmosphere ask the locals. Most agreed on Driftwood for seafood. It is located on a side street behind the Renaissance hotel in town. No wait even without reservation and seated in a main dining room with the classic chowder-house type decor. Admittedly, it was crowded, but compared to the restaurant strip on Palm Beach this was like being on a desert island. The food was good, the service was excellent and the prices were within range for seafood. The coconut shrimp appetizers were very good, not greasy. The crab cake was good, but very small for the $13. price. The catch of the day (caught by the chef) was wahoo and kingfish. I chose the latter Aruban style, fresh and nicely spiced. Stay away from the shrimp in garlic, not what you might expect, it tasted like lobster sauce at a chinese restaurant - you could have that at home. Dessert was an excellent key lime pie and a "real" strong cup of coffee which hit the spot. Our waiter, Donny, was very attentive and clearly an asset both in terms of his friendliness and professionalism. In all, a good experience. Recommend.

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Thank JOHN M
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Reviewed January 8, 2014

We stumbled onto the Driftwood in an advertisement and decided to try it. We were greeted and seated soon. Of course the weather was perfect and the sundown was wonderful. The food was very good and not overly priced. We'll do it again.

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Thank DaveFmIA
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

Normally I am not a fish person but I tried the catch of the day prepared Aruban style. I sounded different. It was superb! Our family had a very nice dinner and I thought the price was very reasonable for what we had. There was enough to have leftovers the next night as well!

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Thank Kiteguy
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Reviewed January 3, 2014

This is my fifth experience at Driftwood and would never return. from the Sangria to the dessert choices Dont Bother, too Many choices on the Island. The Servers are very nice and they remembered our anniversary, but a devil dog with a candle would work better.

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Reviewed January 1, 2014

We went to driftwood in December 2013 on a family vacation. Food was fresh , delicious, and cooked well. All of us thoroughly enjoyed it. Service was excellent and very attentive.

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Thank Pam P
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