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“Not quite hidden gem - should be known better”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Chef's Tables - CLOSED

Chef's Tables
Certificate of Excellence
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Good for: Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
New York City, New York
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240 reviews
162 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 89 helpful votes
“Not quite hidden gem - should be known better”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 5, 2012

We've been going to Chef's Tables since they opened a few years back.

First, the decor; the restaurant is beautifuly decorated with hand crafted elements setting a lovely caribbean atmosphere. Objects made from driftwood, shells and items such as window shutters have been re-purposed with fresh paint and are used throughout. The table tops are also hand made and have both sand and tiny shells filling areas on the surface that have then been covered with a highly polished polyurathane like substance which seals it all in. Very creative!
The place is quite large and can handle large crowds and also has a large outdoor terrace for al fresco dining used in the high season, which is also quite nicely decorated.

As for the food, we have enjoyed many wonderful meals at Chef's Tables and these keep us coming back time and time again. Last visit we went twice - with only a day or two between trips and enjoyed completely different meals that were equally delicious. My favorites are the shrimp tempura appetizer and the shrimp teriyaki entree. Also very enjoyable are the beef caparccio and the surf and turf. The desserts here are quite nice. It is a selection of about 10 tapas-sized servings and you can order whatever number a person wants. We usually order 3-4 apiece as they are each different and are a manageable size and just right to cap off a meal. The service is just lovely and is always professional and friendly.

The restaurant is not far from the low rise and high rise areas but does require a short taxi or car ride to get there. Highly recommended to get away from the hotel areas and experience more of Aruba. The payoff is a great dining experience.

Doug and Dan

  • Visited September 2012
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4 Thank diBiella51
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  • Dutch first
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  • German first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
“Great Dinner and Service!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 24, 2012

We had a wonderful dinner last night! There were six of us, we have been going since their opening. It is a great experience. Attentive and yummy! We started with a delicious cream of mushtoom soup (soup of the day), then an apple, blue cheese and walnut salad that was great! The dressing was outstanding, apple/honey mustard vinagrette, which at the end of the meal we were invited into the kitchen to learn how to make it. We had complimented them on it and were most impressed on their invitation. What a great personal touch. Some of us had the grouper, beef teriyaki, and the special of the day a wonderful pork chop. All of them were outstanding! Not to be missed.

Visited October 2012
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2 Thank Maria M
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37 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 4, 2012

Thought the food was GREAT......found portions large, food great. LOVED the "shot glass" size deserts for $2.....got 3 and they were great! A/C not great but very glad we went there. Service was excellent.

  • Visited September 2012
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1 Thank moc51
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Bournemouth, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 79 helpful votes
“A lovely haven away from Palm Beach”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012 via mobile

The food was fantastic, the portions are a little on the large side but I think the Americans probably love that!

The atmosphere is pleasant and the entire property was very clean.

We drove there, it's about 5 mins drive from high rise area, very easy to find,most people we noticed got a taxi.
When you leave, they ask if they can organise a taxi for you,which I thought was really good.

The hosts are Dutch and are very friendly.

It was a lovely evening and I most definitely recommend it.



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1 Thank LTS1Bournemouth
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Wilmington, North Carolina
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167 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 78 helpful votes
“Good food, large portions”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 28, 2012

A nice dining experience. The tune tartare appetizer was quite good, but unfortunately the portion was large enough to be an entree. The seafood trilogy was nice but the portion so large most of the grouper was left behind. The dessert tapas $2 a piece shot glasses of ten different desserts a great idea. Be careful an entree by itself is more than a meal, or perhaps an appetizer and a salad.

  • Visited September 2012
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