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“Amazing service and food”

Barefoot Restaurant
Ranked #7 of 222 Restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
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Good for: Large groups, Local cuisine, Scenic view, Romantic, Families with children, Kids, Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Aruba is all about the fabulous beaches during the day, and the many great restaurants at night. It is only logical that these two unique things of Aruba are combined into one! Luc & Gerco found the perfect spot to synergize great food, and a beautiful setting to create an experience almost unique on our island. When listening to the ocean caressing the shore, while wiggling your toes through the pearly white sand, why not let yourself be pampered by a gourmet dinner? Chef Gerco & Maitre d' Luc had a shared dream of opening up a restaurant here, but wanted something in line with what they enjoy on Aruba: the nearly perfect climate, the possibility to always be outside, the tropical feel... When opening their restaurant, they had these ideas in their heads, and it worked like a charm! Tables under a large palapa on a wooden deck with a view of the ocean, or outside under the Aruban nights sky, on the pristine beach... An original menu was created by Gerco and team, with some of the old school favorites as well as locally influenced dishes. With the help of the local wine suppliers, Luc made an extensive wine list, with wines from all over the world, and is always ready to pair a wine with your dinner. The experienced service team is friendly yet professional, ready to wow you from the moment you walk in, to make a fabulous evening into a great memory on Aruba!
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“Amazing service and food”
Reviewed August 21, 2013

We had a beautiful night here. The setting was amazing with the sunset and incoming airplanes in the sky. Service was attentive and friendly something quite rare in other eat on beach places. Food was fresh and creative!

  • Visited August 2013
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English first
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“Excellent service & beautiful setting”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

My wife and I had 8pm dinner reservations on a Tuesday. The place was mostly empty at that time, but we had to wait about 10 minutes while they cleared our table. They sat us right on the beach about 15 ft. From the water. We were very lucky because there was a thunderstorm over nearby Venezuela and we watched the lightning strikes light up the sky and clouds. It was beautiful. It was also very relaxing eating on the beach. The staff were all extremely friendly. They could have been faster taking our order but overall the service was excellent.

We had the Dutch style crab cakes and a Greek salad as appetizers. Both were very good. I never had crab cakes that tasted that way before. I had the beef tips cooked in a red wine reduction with onions & mushrooms. The sauce was a little too thick but it was still a tasty dish. My wife had the grouper special with shrimp. She enjoyed her dish very much. For dessert we ordered the Grand Dessert (might be a different name), which is a sampling of a few different types of their desserts and all of it was good.

I highly recommend this restaurant to all. Good food, great service, and beautiful, relaxing setting. What more could you want?

Visited August 2013
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Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“One of the Best Restaurants On The Island”
Reviewed August 20, 2013

Wonderful on-the-beach location, relatively central to the city with a gorgeous view of the sea. Great drinks, meal, service and all-round dining experience. The chef even took the time to come out and say hello and ask if we were enjoying our meal. Really good time and we'll be back again in November!

  • Visited February 2013
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Silver Spring, Maryland
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“Most romantic dining experience of our honeymoon.”
Reviewed August 18, 2013 via mobile

We went here for the first dinner of our honeymoon. The hostess was incredibly gracious and let us sit much much earlier than our reservation time so that we could enjoy the sunset while we dined. We were greeted with complimentary champagne to celebrate our honeymoon. The champagne was delicious (even my husband who doesnt really like champagne said it was good!). Our server Rod was very knowledgable and provided great recommendations when asked. He was also nice enough to take multiple pictures of us without us even having to ask. The drinks and food were phenomenal, I ordered the Royal Mojito (uses champagne instead of soda water...mind blown), Vanilla Bean Skewered Scallops (changed my life!), the Gratinated Grouper topped with goat cheese, shrimp, and asparagus, and the key lime pie. My husband ordered the Beef Carpachio topped with a mozzarella tomato salad with gourmet lettuce and pesto dressing, grilled skirt steak with spicy BBQ sauce, and the banana-misu (raved about it). That said, the sunset view was the highlight of our evening and something we will always always remember. All in all it honestly was a perfect meal. I could not find a single flaw in anything from the atmosphere, to the service, to the food and the drinks...everything was truly spectacular. Thank you for such an unforgettable experience! We will definitely be back!

Visited August 2013
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“Excellent ambiance, very good food”
Reviewed August 18, 2013

You can sit in the sand or on the deck. Both spots are beautiful for outdoor dining in Aruba. Food is very good, I thought it was better 2 years ago. Party of 6 ordered 4 entrees, 2 kids meals, 3 appetizers and shared them. We were charged a "Sharing fee" of $4 or $5 for each of the plates we "shared", which was an insult considering the bill was $200+. It's a great place to dine out if you have a car and do not have to take a cab. Restaurant is close to the airport and will be $17 each way from Palm beach by taxi.

  • Visited August 2013
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