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    Thank you! MJ's was on the top of the list for one I was wondering about. What about Marandi, OMATS, Flying Fishbone, Simply Fish? I've never noticed kids, but I don't know if it was because they weren't there, or I just wasn't paying close attention and they weren't bothering me. Although he behaves, we don't really take him to upscale restaurants at home, so I was just wondering if maybe it was more appropriate in an island/vacation atmosphere. I know there are babysitting options, but since he's never been with anyone but family and he's our first, I don't know if we're quite ready to take that step.

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    follow your gut.
    if you do not do it at home, then probably you should do the same in aruba.

    and as far as the babysitting options go, i hear ya!!!
    scary enough leaving one with a trusted family member or close friend....!

    Quote Originally Posted by kgarv View Post
    Thank you! MJ's was on the top of the list for one I was wondering about. What about Marandi, OMATS, Flying Fishbone, Simply Fish? I've never noticed kids, but I don't know if it was because they weren't there, or I just wasn't paying close attention and they weren't bothering me. Although he behaves, we don't really take him to upscale restaurants at home, so I was just wondering if maybe it was more appropriate in an island/vacation atmosphere. I know there are babysitting options, but since he's never been with anyone but family and he's our first, I don't know if we're quite ready to take that step.

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    IMO it depends on the kid. We were very lucky with our daughter. We could take her to any restaurant in Aruba and home and she would be happy and quiet. Even our second child was pretty well behaved - would not sit through a 2 hour meal like our DD, but he would still allow us to enjoy a nice meal. Our #3 is a nightmare to take to restaurants - he is 2 1/2 now, and we usually opt to stay home or get a babysitter so we can enjoy nicer restaurants. Even a trip to McD's is intolerable - he will not sit or be quiet for more than 5 minutes. We really struggled last spring in Aruba eating dinners out, and by the middle of the trip decided to find the quickest and most kid friendly places available. It cut down on a lot of stress and made our vacation a little more relaxing. Nothing makes you feel like you've wasted money more than an expensive meal you did not enjoy.

    If your child is well behaved i think you could take him anywhere - occasionally we would get looks from other patrons when we arrived with our daughter at some of the "nicer" restaurants, but by the time the meal was over we would receive compliments on how good she was from those same people. If your child is a terror I would say go low key and save yourself the stress and money.
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    We have brought our children to any restaurant that we have gone to in Aruba without problems. We usually bring a dvd player with their favorite movie and that helps. My 5 year old brings his Nintendo DS and that keeps him happy. They have been to MJ's as well as Simply fish! I also bring lots of snacks for the little one and crayons with a coloring book. MJ's does not have a kids menu but they serve a smaller portion of anything on the menu and they will just bring out pasta and sauce.

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    We have been to Aruba with our 2 children several times, they are 6 and 3. We have never dined without them. Most restaurants are very accomodating, we just ask for an earlier reservation so the kids aren't so tired from being on the beach all day. Smokey Joe's is great. We have taken them to the Lighthouse, Madame Jeannette's and Ruinas Del Mar and have never had a problem.

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    Thoughts from a non child person. I understand!!! Your on vacation, so isnt your child. We were all a child once in our life so I am patient when the little guys are screaming and running. Im usually the guy making funny faces and waving. Enjoy your dinner.

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    I guess the best bet is to use your best judgement. We have a 6 and 3 year old. We try but sometimes it's more stress then it's worth. I have friends that feed their kids dinner before they go that way by the time they get to the restaurant they are in the stroller sleeping. Some kids can sit still and behave, mine are hyper and wanna be on the go constantly. Not really to good when your spending money on a cab and then dinner. Sometimes by the time we get to where we are going we are rushing to get in and out and get back to the hotel. Some people don't care but we have consideration for other people who are dining, we know most people are on vacation and are spending good money, the last thing they want are kids running around during dinner. But like Bill said, sometimes when they aren't yours you can look and smurk saying haha. It's your call, you'll know best and whatever you decide is fine, it's your vacation!

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    We have a 21 month old that doesn't like to sit still. We will be bringing her to the "noisier" type restaurants and don't plan on sitting through 3 courses of food - we're lucky if we get appetizer and entree. Dessert is never an option!!!!
    We also bring my mom along so that DH and I can get some alone time and don't have to rush through every meal

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    Quote Originally Posted by Andrea J. View Post
    Buccaneer is the first one that is very kid friendly comes to mind.
    +1 We were their this past December with my 3yr Old daughter and 3yr Old neice, and they had a blat with the staff.

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