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“Great anniversary dinner”

Barefoot Restaurant
Ranked #6 of 222 Restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $20 - $40
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Families with children, Scenic view, Kids, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, 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!
Upper Marlboro
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“Great anniversary dinner”
Reviewed July 13, 2014

After reading extensive reviews on restaurants, we decided to try Barefoot for our anniversary dinner. The drive there was quite interesting. We were coming from Palm Beach, and once we passed the downtown area, it got darker and a little sketchy. My husband and I just kept looking at each other like "are we getting kidnapped?" LOL Thankfully, we were not. I guess with it being dark out, it looked a little suspect as we were turning onto the dirt road and circling around the building. When we pulled up to the restaurant, it was definitely not what I expected. But when we walked in…wow. Everything was very nice, and the setting was romantic. Just what we wanted. We opted for a seat on the beach, and got a front row seat at the water. Unfortunately, it was pretty dark out so we really didn't get to enjoy the scenery as much as we would've if we went an hour or so earlier. Hubby had a caesar salad, which he enjoyed, and I had the blackened maui maui which was very good. Drinks were typical…tasty but not too strong. They even brought us glasses of champagne to celebrate our anniversary. For dessert, we had bananamisu, on which they added a sparkler for our celebration. The service was just okay, but overall, we had a great experience and would go back.

  • Visited June 2014
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Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania
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“Best Meal All Week!!”
Reviewed July 12, 2014

The food and atmosphere at this restaurant were amazing!!! The seafood was fresh and the service was great. The grouper and snapper were particularly good. It's very popular so try to make a reservation to secure your spot.

  • Visited July 2014
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“Beautiful food, location and service”
Reviewed July 12, 2014 via mobile

We were in Aruba at the end of June/start of July 2014 and went to this fab restaurant. The girls were so lovely and friendly and the service was relaxed but informative. We sat on the beach and watched the sunset and the planes arriving at the airport nearby and ate a great meal.

  • Visited July 2014
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“Really good food!”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

This restaurant is set on the beach right in the landing path of the airport runway (we only saw a couple airplanes - it was not bothersome at all). The food was excellent and the service was attentive as well. There's something intriguing about eating a very nice dinner with your feet in the sand! It was easy to get to and it's close to everything. I would most definitely return to this hot spot next trip to Aruba!

Visited October 2013
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Cincinnati, Ohio
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“Still Amazing after all these Years”
Reviewed July 11, 2014

We first visited Barefoot a few years ago when they were just starting out, with recommendations from locals we met. Now it is a "must visit" every time we are in Aruba ! This week was no exception. Great setting, attentive service, and wonderful food expertly prepared and nicely presented.

The only negatives are that, as it becomes more 'discovered' and popular, it is a little harder to get sunset time seatings, and that the entrance drive and parking lot look more like entering a US junk yard than an excellent restaurant (little signage, un-paved, potholes, etc.). May me the restaurant owners can get the property owners to address this ?

Regardless, that will not keep us from returning !

  • Visited July 2014
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