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“Excellent lamb chops and escargot, and attentive, friendly staff.” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Scala Restaurant - CLOSED

Scala Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: Italian, American, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Families with children, Romantic, Kids, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff
Description: Casual but sophisticated ideally located on the high rise strip on a sprawling corner of Paseo Herencia Mall. Scala is a bustling outdoor and indoor restaurant wich features two European trained chefs with Mediterranean and Caribbean influences. The bar offers a great variety of cocktails and martinis and for the wine lovers there is a very extensive wine list, both by glass as by the bottle. Scala is a dining experience you should not miss while visiting Aruba.
Acme, Pennsylvania
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48 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Excellent lamb chops and escargot, and attentive, friendly staff.”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

Scala is located in the Paseo Herencia Mall on a second floor level with outside seating available. We chose to sit outside and our seats overlooked the boulevard bustling with tourists, cars, and horse drawn carriages. There was a public lounging area on the boulevard across from Starbucks. Unfortunately, smoking was permitted in the lounge area, and occasionally during dinner the smell of smoke drifted up to our table. There was an extended family seated at a large table near the front door, and the "adults" felt it was ok to allow their young children to scream and wrestle all over the floor. I would have appreciated it if the management had controlled this. I would have given this visit 3 stars, but the food and service was so very good! The lamb was prepared at the perfect medium rare temperature. The balsamic mint jelly and rosemary sauce was delicate. Perfect! The escargot was in a delectable puff pastry. Wine selection was good. The strip steak was a little tough, probably grass fed. That was fine, because the red wine and mushroom sauce was so delicious I kept dipping my potato into it, as well. The staff was attentive, and the service impeccable, silent, and somewhat formal. I prefer that in a higher end restaurant. While a little pricey, it was a good value.

Visited May 2014
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Cambridge, United Kingdom
1 review
“The best restaurant in Aruba”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 8, 2014

The food is excellent, the attention is excellent, the place is excellent. I have nothing to complaint about.

  • Visited December 2013
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Little egg harbor
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30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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“Always good at Scala!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 6, 2014 via mobile

We remember when Scala first opened, they were handing out menus and it looked like a really nice place with a great view. We tried it and since then have made Scala a must stop each year we return to Aruba. The food, view, and service make Scala a great choice for a nice evening in Aruba..never disappointed when we dine at Scala! Good mojitos too!!

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Sterling Heights, Michigan
1 review
“Excellent Restaurant/Superb Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 3, 2014

My husband and I were vacationing in Aruba from March 15-22, 2014 and stumbled upon Scala. Eating at Scala's was an excellent experience only surpassed by the superb service we received from our waitress Marisa as well as the rest of the staff. If you read this review prior to going to Scala in Aruba, the food is excellent and I would recommend you ask for Marisa as your server. We will definitely be back! A++
Laura from Michigan

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Ardsley, New York
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“Nice location, friendly staff and great food”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 26, 2014

My wife, toddler daughter and I visited this restaurant the last night of our stay in Aruba. We already explored most of the nearby restaurants and dismissed this place since we went to plenty of Italian restaurants where we live. It was a pleasant surprise. The location was good, we sat at a table overseeing the street but right behind a palm tree so my daughter didn't complain about the wind, the staff was exceptionally friendly, especially to my toddler, who likes to run around before the dinner starts, the food was excellent as well. Overall a very pleasant experience.

  • Visited April 2014
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