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“Haute cuisine à la Curacao”

Restaurant Cristal Curacao
Ranked #17 of 336 Restaurants in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: French, Mediterranean
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Dining options: Late Night, Reservations
Description: Restaurant Cristal on Curacao is all about making your evening an absolutely tasteful one. Whether you would like just an entree from our new menu, a 3-course dinner or go all out with a 5-course dinner, anything is possible. Our menu purely exists out of fresh ingredients and homemade products turned into classic dishes with a modern twist. We offer lunch and fine dining complemented with a perfect glass of wine. Call us to make your reservation today!
Reviewed April 6, 2018 via mobile

We had the great honour to get the table in the small backyard of the restaurant with a direct view in the really really tiny kitchen.
But what comes out of that tiny kitchen is really great.
We had the variation of starters (for those that cannot decide) and everything on that plate, from the steak tartare to the tuna carpaccio was delicious.
For the main course we opted for the suggestion of the month (beef Wellington) which was a pure delight.
Only less positive thing was that the waitress was all alone and definitely had to much do to care for all of the restaurant, but she was always smiling and caring even though she had way to much to handle.
Take your time if you go to the Cristal but you are certainly not regretting it.

1  Thank Nachtigal I
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

We were recommended this place by a girl who worked and waited on us at Zest on Jan Thiel Beach. Over the course of a week, we became friends with her. Her boyfriend is a chef here, so we went as a family of 6 and included our new friend. It did not disappoint. The owners were there and were very welcoming and provided outstanding service. We had a three course meal, and all courses were amazing. My favorite were the scallops with truffle risotto. We will be back one day I hope!!

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1  Thank krp56
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Reviewed March 30, 2018 via mobile

We were just walking down the street on our way to a different restaurant when we decided to stick our nose inside Cristal and check out the menu. They had me at “duck”. It was a quiet Tuesday night so we had our choice of tables and picked a spot in the middle section of the restaurant, it looks like a converted old house with different rooms.
For drinks we opted for the Portuguese red by the glass: Monte das Promessas, yummy medium bodied slightly tanninic with a bunch of dark red fruit. The wine list is imaginative - not your cookie cutter one producer/various grapes - obviously the restaurant is serious about their wines and they are still very reasonably priced. And yes they serve Cristal champagne. We ordered the appetizer sampler with amongst other excellent risotto with scallop, tuna sashimi and Vitelli tonnato. I ordered the duck for main course, with a side of duck liver - I thought I died and went to heaven The duck was flawlessly cooked to order, and the duck liver was as perfect as can be: slightly crisp and caramelized on the outside while maintaining the correct consistency on the inside. Combined with just the right amount of salt is was as if an little angel peed on your tongue (Dutch expression). The service was good, it was obvious they had a lot of returning customers. Our server had a cheeky typical Dutch sense of humor adding some more flavor to an already fantastic meal. We’ll have to come back to see if their sweetbreads are just as perfect. Don’t miss this place!

2  Thank 56marjanr
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Reviewed March 15, 2018

We went to Cristal because we couldn't get into the restaurant that was our first choice that evening. What good fortune because this was the best place we ate at in Willemstad. We got a table without a reservation. The restaurant had a great vibe and we we were served by one of the owners. The appetizers (croque madame and soup) were fantastic and the lion fish was perfectly done (kudos to the chef for creating this dish!). The desserts were glorious. Prices were very reasonable for the quality of the food. All four of us loved this place.

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2  Thank sunburn2017
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Reviewed March 3, 2018

Don't waste your money, avoid at all costs. There are too many better restaurants on the island than to waste your time, money and evening eating here. The food is acceptable but the service is pathetic. Took us over two hours to get our dinners, which arrived cold, on a Thursday night when it wasn't very busy. There were but 2 cooks and 2 waitstaff, total 4 people in the restaurant. One of the waitstaff had to go assist in the kitchen, people were leaving because they weren't being served. There was a line to pay the bill because no one came to take the check and the waitstaff never checked back to see how the ,meals were. We left no tip it was so bad.

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1  Thank Peter D
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