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“Once top notch, now disappointing”
Review of Marandi - CLOSED

Price range: $23 - $50
Cuisines: Diner, Seafood, International
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Local cuisine
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: Marandi is Aruba's Sunset restaurant, one of the islands hidden treasures…Dine in a fabulous ambiance right above the turquoise waters on the “Laguna Pier”, either under a giant palapa hut or with the sky as your rooftop. Enjoy a majestic view of the Laguna Bay no matter where you are seated at Marandi, take in Aruba’s breathtaking sunset, totally surrounded by fishes, and later on the sparkling stars right above you… The sinfully delicious international flavored food, with a touch of the Caribbean combined with our attentive and friendly staff makes your dining experience second to none. You may also take a look into our ‘open’ kitchen, to see for yourself how our Chef and his kitchen crew are preparing the most outstanding dishes.The Marandi crew invites you to come, see and taste for yourself Aruba’s Sunset Restaurant, treat yourself to a not to miss dining experience!
Level 4 Contributor
39 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Once top notch, now disappointing”
Reviewed June 9, 2013 via mobile

Wow...what happened to this place? Did the chef leave, the owner's change, or just have a bad day. We convinced a group of our friends to come here with us, based on our previous rave worthy experience. What a shocker! Okay it's hard to mess up goat cheese and water melon, so that was good. The carpaccio bland, second worst after Windows on Aruba, go to Barefoot or Bingo for an excellent one. The waiter mixed up the soups and people began to eat until the mistake was clear, then shuffling around on the table. Cocktails were jut okay. But then came the mains, three out of eleven dishes were not average but horrid. The duck was above average, the Cornish hen the same, the mushroom risotto probably the best. The steaks came out not medium but rare (thanks for scolding us that it looked perfect medium to you dear waitress). The catch of the day, not even appearing to be locally caught fish, was bland, not even salt and pepper base seasoning present and came on top of cauliflower slime and even blander barley. All but three dishes were returned and not re-fired. The wait staff seemed agitated more than worried about this, and a manager wasn't on duty on this Friday evening.

It's really a shame and it kind of irks me having to post this review, but I was deeply embarrassed to take our friends here and continuously refer people to this place, it's coming of our list and we're not giving it another chance. The location is amazing if you come for the sunset, maybe with a new chef things could get better. Some daily specials would be nice, the menu here is years old with hardly any changes and the selections are few. It was good while it lasted.

My recommendation is heading to Barefoot, you get attentive service, a similar sunset (with similar air traffic), but a much much better cuisine.

Visited June 2013
Thank Mario D
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • German first
  • Japanese first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
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English first
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Once again it did not disappoint”
Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

We have eaten here many times on our visits to Aruba and enjoy the setting, service and food. We were not disappointed this year. The first night we each ate the fresh fish. Decided to return the next week and enjoyed Duck and Lamb stew. Always friendly and helpful waitstaff and every dish we have ordered we have liked. Can't wait to return next year

Visited June 2013
1 Thank zithelp
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Massapequa, New York
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“not worth the trip”
Reviewed June 6, 2013

go for the sunset and a drink....not for the food....service was fine, sunset was beautiful....food was disappointing

Visited April 2013
Thank Dana B
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New York City, New York
Level 4 Contributor
25 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
“An extraordinary atmosphere”
Reviewed June 1, 2013

To start the service was great and the food was amazing. My husband had lamb rack and I had the shrimp with cuscus. We ended up debating which one of us had the best dessert. The price was reasonable, but most important we left happy. I really enjoy going out to eat and have a good dinning experience and Marandi hit a home run making my night in Aruba one spectacular.

  • Visited May 2013
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1 Thank Miriam R
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Kearny, New Jersey
Level 6 Contributor
337 reviews
239 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
“Good food in a tranquil setting”
Reviewed May 28, 2013

This fine restaurant is hidden in the overgrown area just beyond the airport away from Oranjestad. Although not easy to find it's worth the search. The food and atmosphere are both top shelf. You sit on a deck that juts out into the water. There were 6 of us and 5 ordered grouper prepared various ways and it was delicious! We'll go back again!

  • Visited May 2013
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2 Thank fheagle
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