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“Interesting dining experience, but try it!”
Review of Le Petit Cafe

Le Petit Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $46
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Washington, District of Columbia, United States
Level 3 Contributor
10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Interesting dining experience, but try it!”
Reviewed August 22, 2014

My wife and I got some tickets through the Aruba Gastronimc Association to use a 3 restaurants. It's a decent deal and recommend you look into it. We tried Le Petit Cafe and it was a very interesting experience.

It's a french style restaurant that used egyptian hot stone cooking for Caribbean food. Hope you followed that. There's a bit of an identity crisis at this restaurant. (We watch too much Restaurant Impossible).

However, the food was good! I got a mixed seafood platter and my wife got steak. When our food was a the right temperature on our plates, it was great. However, you eat off the hot stone the entire meal. For my wife's steak, it cooked the entire time. So it started rare and went all the way to well done as she progressed through the meal. Same thing with my lobster. It was good when it was at temperature, but then it got overcooked and rubbery.

They have something going, I just don't know what it is. They need to do more table side presentation, cook the food on the hot stone, but removed it when it's at the temperature you want. Especially with the steaks.

If you're on a long trip like we were, I say stop by and give it a try, because it's incredibly unique.

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Craig L
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English first
Level 6 Contributor
109 reviews
67 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Food was presented differently ”
Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

Food was good, no complaints. Live band was ok as well.

We had the mahi mahi and the Chilean sea bass on the hot stone. Both were good. We are still exploring aruba and have had no bad choices so far, so hard to rate it based on everywhere else.

Average prices, but food and service were good. To us it felt like a restaurant more so for groups then for couples...

Thank Brady M
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Little egg harbor
Level 4 Contributor
31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed August 21, 2014 via mobile

We always go to Le Petit Cafe when we visit Aruba. Martin always greets us! Food is always fresh. Jonathan our server, as well as, the rest of the staff treat you great. Really enjoy the steak on a stone. We usually go to Petit Cafe at least twice during our stay. Prices are reasonable and they give you a lot of food. We usually get the filet mignon and it's always perfect! The fried calamari is really good. Also tried the shrimp in pink sauce over linguine. Excellent!! Good amount of shrimp with a pink sauce similar to vodka sauce. They make really good drinks too!The hot apple pie and ice cream is the perfect way to end the meal.. Simply delish!!!

Thank Cricket621
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Jamaica, New York
Level 4 Contributor
45 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
“A Dining Experience”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

Our return trip to this unique restaurant was just a great as all of our other visits. We enjoy eating on the stone,which is a speciality of this fine restaurant. I had the filet mignon once again. I have no idea what their secret is, but the meat is so tender and tasty. When Aruba stop by and enjoy this experience. The restaurant is located just in front of Playa Linda and there is free parking directly across the street. Some evenings there is live music. They have an early bird special, a great value ! Enjoy!!

  • Visited August 2014
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Thank Deborah Y
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Brewster, Massachusetts
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Sidewalk Surprise”
Reviewed August 19, 2014

This was our fifth trip to Aruba so we felt like we knew our favorite places to eat were all set. I had answered a survey on travel in Aruba several months before my trip and was a offered a dining gift certificate to retrieve when we were on vacation. We actually forgot about it until the desk clerk told us we had mail. It was for $50 to several places. We chose Le Petit as we had often walked by it but had not eaten there. It directly abuts the sidewalk behind a railing and we didn't think the atmosphere was inviting. We went with our 24 yr old daughter and had a lovely meal. Waitstaff was very attentive and there was a DJ who played great music during dinner. The sidewalk proved to be enjoyable for people watching during dinner. We will definitely go back next summer!

  • Visited July 2014
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Thank khelenmack
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