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“Wow, and wow again”
Review of Gostoso

Gostoso
Ranked #6 of 240 Restaurants in Oranjestad
Cuisines: Caribbean, Portuguese
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Good for: Families with children, Business meetings, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Description: Gostoso a local favorite restaurant, that serve a blend of both Portuguese and Aruban Cuisine, which is designed to delight even the most discriminating Palate. With our cozy and small atmosphere and impeccable service at a reasonable price “Gostoso Restaurante” will be your next favorite neighborhood Restaurant.
Reviewed March 18, 2013

An amazing experience. Cab driver was surprised we chose this place, but we are sooo happy we did!!! Awesome welcome, service, and wonderful every step of the way. Accommodating, generous, welcoming, delicious. Great value and happy guests all around us. If you don't go, you just missed one of the best parts of your trip.

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Thank Dadatravel
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Reviewed March 18, 2013

We have been to Aruba over ten times, and like to add at least one new restaurant to our "return" list every year. Every local we spoke to said it was really good, but we ought to go to a more touristy restaurant. We got the feeling they were trying to save this place for themselves!

Our curiosity got the best of us so in the cabs we (8 of us) went. The cab driver even acted as if he didn't even know the place. It was a short 8 minute cab ride from the high rise area of Palm Beach. Upon our arrival we were greater by the owner! There were about 12 tables in the quaint establishment. The owner was the waiter for the evening and made every item on the menu sound awesome. We tried the calamari, seafood chowder, Creole sushi roll, and conch sautéed in garlic and butter...all were awesome! Our rounds of drinks came quick and were very tasty. Now the entrees... Grouper with a Meunière sauce, pan seared sea bass with sweet passion fruits, pan seared grouper with special sweet mango sauce, sea bass with butter and garlic sauce, and Espetada a la Marinera...Grouper Kebab wrapped with Bacon with Onion and Pepper Madeira Style served on a bed of sautéed Shrimp, Calamari, Scallops, Mussel and Clam in a Creamy White Wine Herb Sauce..the presentation of this entree was totally amazing. The owner was so delighted that we came and thanked us several times. The local diners were very friendly toward us. Upon our cabs arrival the owner escorted us out and posed for a few pictures. This is definitely a MUST" do restaurant anytime you visit Aruba...we know we will be returning every year!

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1  Thank Ewappner
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Reviewed March 17, 2013

Second time visiting Gostos's did not disappoint. Chef/owner Jose is a delight to watch as he works the room with his imaginative descriptions of the nights specials. Entertaining, engrossing and a delight to listen to. The food does not let one down either. A little trickey to find, any cab driver worth their salt will know it. A truly local restaurant.

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Thank jeffprupis
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

Trip Advisor reviews are right on. We arrived at opening time, 6 PM, so there was no crowd at that point. My wife's salad chilled, cut in bite sized pieces with a tasty dressing. The fish chowder was very good with chunks of seafood and no potato filler! The grouper with mango sauce was delicately flavored and the beef tongue was served in ample quantity of four thin, but not too thin, slices in a rich, brown gravy that was filled with bits of vegetable and herbs that gave it a truly unique flavor. Really a fine meal. The owner took the orders and gave a thorough description of how the dishes were prepared. It was fun to hear him addressing each of eh tables as more customers arrived.

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Thank joesunshine47
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Reviewed March 15, 2013

While not the easiest place to find, the world should beat a path to this restaurant! Chef/owner Jose Do Nascimento has been a few places and learned many things about what makes a great dish before opening his Portuguese/Aruban gem. He deftly combines herbs, spices and condiments to complement the local fresh seafood and meats. We started with bachalau vinaigrette in deference to the Chef's Portuguese heritage as well as conch sauteed in garlic butter. Both delicious! I had a special house martini with vanilla, Malibu rum & pineapple juice and my husband ordered a pitcher of well-made white sangria loaded with fruit. We sadly skipped the seafood chowder that a neighboring table reported was wonderful to save room for our entrees. So glad we did!

I was not wrong to be a little daring and order the slow-simmered goat stew. Chef Jose revealed that he cooks the little chunks of goat in Guinness and red wine seasoned with lots of cilantro, garlic, leeks, bell peppers & scallions. Whatever he did to it, it was amazing!

My husband ordered a pan-seared grouper fillet served with a Creole sauce which was tomato-based and something reminiscent of a Veracruz sauce I've made for snapper. Also, perfectly seasoned and delicious.

For a reportedly small kitchen, the restaurant puts out some very sophisticated, internationally-influenced dishes. I would venture to guess that they will need to expand or start turning away many disappointed hungry diners.

Don't skip this place for more touristy places. Go to Barefoot or Pinchos for the lovely setting and reliable, predictable food and service, but go to Gostoso for a great meal. Oh, and take a cab. It is a little tricky to find and even though it is a reasonable walk from the bus terminal and Renaissance Mall, it feels little ominous walking the dark, nearly desolate streets to the restaurant.

Now, if the friendly chef would share some recipes, I won't have to wait until my next vacation to savor those flavors!

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Thank Ruthcharen
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