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    Kid Friendly Restaurants

    We will be travelling in late September to the Surf Club with a bunch of family. One of those family members is my totally awesome 18 month old grandson. I am looking for recommendations of child friendly places that have high chairs, kids menus, etc. I searched for threads addressing this, but most are kind of old. Shnyda, I remember you taking your daughter (who was the same age) to some places to eat earlier this year, any favorites? Has anyone been to any places recently that really stood out kid-wise? Thanks!

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    Every restaurant I've ever been to on the island has had a kid's menu or has been extremely accommodating to our kids. This last trip included Gianni's & Chalet Suisse who provided kid's menus and Madam Janette which offers to make any menu item a child's size portion and also offer small Filet Mignon, chicken fingers or fish fingers with french fries. Let me tell you, my boys ordered the chicken fingers & fish fingers - neither could finish their meals - huge portions!

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    El Gaucho even has a kids room with video game console! and Buccaneer was an excellent place to go - my kids loved the fish tanks a few years back.
    Last edited by Jacki; 08-26-2013 at 02:20 PM.
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    We've been taking my now 5 year old daughter to Aruba every year since she was 10 months old. The only restaurant we have ever encountered that does not have a children's menu or would not accomodate with a children's portion or child friendly food was Wacky Wahoo. The food (for adults and older children) is delicous but for that simple reason we will not return.
    Every other restaurant we've been to has been extremely accomodating and child friendly. Enjoy!

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    Dining with a child
    check out above thread

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    Thanks Andrea!

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    This was interesting to read because we went to Gianni's in 2011 and they were completely non-accommodating. We had gone previously and they had a kids menu and we LOVED it and in 2011 they told us not only do they not have a kids menu and they wanted to charge $10 to split a dinner between my 4yo and 2yo, we only got around that ridiculous charge by asking for an extra plate and splitting it ourself. Oh, my friend's kid were only 3 and 1 and they also said they could not share. Sad but I don't think I will go back because they were so horrible about our kids which was a 360 from our trips in 2009 and 2010.
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    Wow, Jen, I'm really sorry to hear that. Hoping that Gianni's has seen the poor judgement they made back in 2011 and that's why they were so wonderful in 2013
    Jacki ~ loving Aruba from NJ

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    I am an idiot that I said 360 instead of 180! It looks like they realized they were being ridiculous.
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    Walt -- sorry I missed this original post way back in August. Mia was about 18 months old in September and we brought her just about everywhere with no issues. Most restaurants on the Island are very accommodating. We were able to get high chairs at Chalet Suisse, Pinchos, Taste of Belgium, Barneys, Bingo's and many others. The only nights in Aruba we have left Mia with a baby sitter have been to go to the "nicer" restaurants which have been Papiamento, Screaming Eagle, Ruth's Chris.

    We are heading back next month with a 2 year old Mia for her 4th trip to the Island and plan on taking her everywhere.... She is usually pretty good at restaurants and we have her Aunt and Uncle coming to assist us if she gets a little wild.
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    I have never had a problem with a "sharing" fee at Gianni's. We've gone every year since they opened with my now 5 year old daughter. She LOVES pasta so we just give her the pasta side that comes with the meal and have never had an issue with that. Hoping things have not changed or we will be crossing them off our list!!

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