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    Red face Destination dining for parents and young adults

    Hi everyone. My fiancÚ and I are taking his "kids", ages 24 and 28 along with their sweethearts to Aruba next month. BF and I were there for a week last year and fell in love with it and want to share the experience! My question is what would be a wow place to take them where the atmosphere will knock their socks off? Doesn't have to be fancy. Just looking for a memorable experience. The Old Man and the Sea looks very cool but not one I've seen talked about on here. What do you think? Any suggestions? THANKS!

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    I would consider Bugaloe. It's on a pier, they have music, it's a nice atmosphere and they have good sandwiches. I will admit we have only eaten here for lunch, hut have been for sunset and drinks in the evening. It's not knock your socks off food, but the atmosphere just screams Aruba to me.
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    On Tuesdays at Bugaloe there is a band called Joyride that is pop, r&band rock...a little something for everyone in the evenings. Get there early and enjoy!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    That does sound like fun. I think we saw that last year. Stayed at the Hyatt then and now staying at the Holiday Inn. It is right in that area isn't it?

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    Madam Janettes
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    Quinta Del Carmen
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    Old Man and the Sea is very nice. Gets generally good reviews, a few negative too. It is somewhat out of the way.
    If you will be renting a car/van OMATS might be good or Flying Fishbone.
    If you are taking a taxi, there is a limit of 5 per taxi so you'd need 2 and it is quite costly r/t to FF or OMATS

    Quote Originally Posted by wrightstnc View Post
    Hi everyone. My fiancÚ and I are taking his "kids", ages 24 and 28 along with their sweethearts to Aruba next month. BF and I were there for a week last year and fell in love with it and want to share the experience! My question is what would be a wow place to take them where the atmosphere will knock their socks off? Doesn't have to be fancy. Just looking for a memorable experience. The Old Man and the Sea looks very cool but not one I've seen talked about on here. What do you think? Any suggestions? THANKS!

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    and for lower pried....
    I would suggest Barneys or Driftwood.

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    Quote Originally Posted by wrightstnc View Post
    That does sound like fun. I think we saw that last year. Stayed at the Hyatt then and now staying at the Holiday Inn. It is right in that area isn't it?
    Yes that's the right area. Pelicans Nest is closer to Holiday Inn, that's our favorite for happy hour. Further down past Hyatt in front of the Radisson is Bugaloe.

    Andrea's suggestions are spot on too. We loved Barneys for a low key casual dinner and the food at Quinta DEl Carmen was phenomenonal!
    Not sure when, but we will be back

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    I always find it difficult to answer a question like this because for me wow factor and atmosphere can mean different things on different days. One day it may mean someplace like Zeerovers where you can watch the boats come in with their catch, order from the window, and enjoy your food while watching the sunset, while another day it may mean a nice steak and LG Smiths with it's contemporary atmosphere and close proximity to the Crystal Casino. Carte Blanche or Two Fools and a Bull can offer a high end experience with it's limited seating and chef's whim menu while making you feel like you're at a private dinner party. Aruba has a lot to offer. What type of experience do you feel you're leaning towards?

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    Passions on the Beach for sunset and 'toes in the sand' would be especially nice for a first visit.

    Madame Janette for great food, service and nice atmosphere.

    Sunset Grille at the Radisson is top notch, not cheap but worth every penny. Sit outside and enjoy the fountains, waterfalls and the grounds.

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    Rib night at Matthews , excellent ribs and price and on the water too !

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