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    Cook's Restaurant

    OK... So I'm starting to line up the meals for our July visit! Cook's seems to have some good reviews so I've visited the website and it's on our list for this year. I understand that there is an upstairs dining room as well as a downstairs dining room. Which is better and why? Is the kitchen (girll area) an open concept and upstairs or down?

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    The owner of COOKS , Ommi Henriquez started the restaurant upstairs.The main kitchen is upstairs.
    The first floor area was a travel agency and an international shipping office.Since Ommi is the buildings owner, he moved the travel and shipping to another location and expanded the restaurant downstairs as well.

    The 1st floor is the main restaurant and is GORGEOUS.It has a piano bar, a lounge area, and the restaurant dining area, an open concept kitchen behind a large window behind the bar.

    Upstairs is very similar, a large dining area, a bar and lounge area.
    Problem with the upstairs was/is the stairs. Some patrons had difficulty on the long flight to the 2nd floor.

    So the idea of expanding to the downstairs was born.

    When times are very busy both up and down are running full throttle.He installed a dumbwaiter elevator for food to be sent up or down if needed.

    Paul and I have dined there numerous times.
    I always get the seafood stuffed grouper with saffron drizzle.
    Paul usually gets the lamb or the cowboy steak.

    pricing is reasonable

    the funny thing about Cooks is that it is "the place" for locals.
    Cooks does a bang up business with private parties, functions etc...
    i am always raving about COOKS as are the arubans.
    We were there before Christmas and we were a party of 2 and the place was packed with parties of 8 or more. Upstairs was also packed with private parties too.

    i wish it would catch on with more tourists.
    it is a great restaurant and the atmosphere, food and staff are excellent.

    the upstairs dining room is not open on a regular basis.
    if you make a reservation, likely it is for the new dining room.
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    OK... So I'm starting to line up the meals for our July visit! Cook's seems to have some good reviews so I've visited the website and it's on our list for this year. I understand that there is an upstairs dining room as well as a downstairs dining room. Which is better and why? Is the kitchen (girll area) an open concept and upstairs or down?

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    Thanks Andrea! Always count on you for answers.... thanks! Like Paul, I'm in it for the cowboy steak!

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    I call that cowboy steak as a slab of brontosaurus

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    I call that cowboy steak as a slab of brontosaurus
    A big steak ..lol.. that word brontosaurus reminds me of the Flintstones

    How far is cooks from the Radisson ? I like the downstairs thought, good decision on your friends the owners part. I hope he gets more tourist, I want to give it a try, the menu looks awesome

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    yup the cowboy steak is something that fred flintstone would eat. it is an immense piece of steak....really large and cooked perfectly!

    the restaurant is really upscale and decorated nicely.......BUT it is not "fancy and pretentious or snooty" , each time i have gone there, i have worn a short set or a top and a skort, hubby has worn his usual....docker shorts and his greg norman shirt......and both of us in tevas or birkenstocks.......so although the photos on the website look almost formal, it is "smart casual"

    i know they are closed on sundays, but wondering if they will be open for easter?

    maybe about 3 or 4 mi from the radisson.

    directions.......head thru the downtown along the waterfront.
    Turn LEFT onto the street before Talk of the Town hotel.
    At the first set of lights, Cooks will be on the left right there on the corner.
    parking in the rear.
    Quote Originally Posted by KATH2ME View Post
    A big steak ..lol.. that word brontosaurus reminds me of the Flintstones

    How far is cooks from the Radisson ? I like the downstairs thought, good decision on your friends the owners part. I hope he gets more tourist, I want to give it a try, the menu looks awesome
    Last edited by Andrea J.; 03-15-2012 at 02:37 PM.

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    when there in june, I'm going to give it a try, you suggest reservations ?

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    absolutely reservations.
    Quote Originally Posted by KATH2ME View Post
    when there in june, I'm going to give it a try, you suggest reservations ?

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    did it already, am good on a 8:00 reservation, they already confirmed... thanks look forward ...will let you know...

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    Kath2me, As I understand it, Cooks is a block further than El Gaucho. Don't forget, Sunset Grille used to have a 22 (24?) bone in prime ribeye on the menu.... so, it seems to be about the same (for a better price). Besides.... I take Lipitor for moments like this!!!!

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