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“Like eating at a favorite relative's home”
Review of Old Cunucu House

Old Cunucu House
Ranked #11 of 54 Restaurants in Noord
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Caribbean
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Good for: Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Fargo, North Dakota
Level 5 Contributor
87 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“Like eating at a favorite relative's home”
Reviewed January 31, 2013

We went and were happy with our dinner. Three of us got the grouper in either lemon and butter or garlic, they all raved about it. The serving was huge. Served with potatoes, mixed veggies, and plantains. The other person got the traditional chicken dish, Keshia yena, served with the same sides. It was wonderful. We passed on the iguana soup but had the peanut cup dessert. That was a hot chocolate like drink with puréed peanuts. Tasted like a peanut cup cookie!
The service was slow by American standards, but good for Aruban standards. They were very attentive to out table and took time to tell us about the food.
We will go back.

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Millersville, Maryland
Level 6 Contributor
111 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
“Good aruban food”
Reviewed January 27, 2013 via mobile

We have been coming to Aruba for 20 years and eat at the Old Cunucu House every year. My wife gets the kaasiyana that she say's Is the best on the island. Nothing fancy here but the food is good and the staff is friendly. Well worth the visit for something you can't get at home

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Lincoln,RI,USA
Level 4 Contributor
41 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Aruban Manor”
Reviewed January 21, 2013

On Thursday evening they offer a dinner/show. The entertainer is Fred deJong who sings like Frank Sinatra and Harry Connick, Jr. Reasonably priced food and good. Small charge for the entertainment.

Visited January 2013
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Milwaukee
Level 3 Contributor
21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
“Interesting Setting – Average Food”
Reviewed January 20, 2013

We ate there on a recommendation from Madi’s Magical Tours. The "Cunucu House" was the main “ranch” house an Aruban family would build on land they got from the government. Then the kids would build their own houses on the ranch but the Cunucu was always the homestead. The Old Cunucu House is very authentic with many small rooms with one or two tables in each. It feels like eating at someone’s house. You can also eat outside on the porch. It’s obvious that this is a favorite of the locals. They were hosting a local party when we were there. I tried one of the local dishes, coconut shrimp. The sauce was very good but the shrimp weren’t the best. My wife’s chicken paste was good but not great.

  • Visited December 2012
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Laurelville, Ohio
Level 5 Contributor
73 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
“Not so good”
Reviewed January 19, 2013

We ate here looking to eat some authentic Aruban food. We were disappointed in the service and most of the food. The food was not really good or really bad, but there was nothing to make us remember this place except the poor service and bad house wine. My wife ordered the white house wine and it tasted as if it were watered down. I can not say that it was, but it was not a good wine. The rest of us had ordered a bottle of red and we were ok. I have never tasted a wine that had no wine taste to it prior to this, and we travel extensively.

  • Visited December 2012
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