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    Thumbs up Marina Pirata - 2 Thumbs Up!

    My wife and I had no real dinner plans last night so ventured out to Savaneta in search of Marina Pirata. Despite having no reservations, we were seated promptly at a nice table for two at water's edge.

    My wife and I both had the calamari (she ordered hers breaded and I ordered mine in garlic sauce) - the calamari was likely the most tender we have enjoyed on Aruba.

    For main course, my wife had the grouper and I had the mahi-mahi, both ordered prepared with lemon butter. The fish was delicious, prepared perfectly, and with a very satisfying portion size.

    We shared a bottle of wine and the total bill came in very reasonable.

    A great adventure out and a new find that we highly recommend and will be back to again. Enjoy!

    Michael

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    YES!! michael that restaurant is so rarely mentioned and it is so DELICIOUS.


    we have had terrific meals there and it is a great option instead of paying big $$ at some of the other waterfront, water edge, beach restaurants.

    it is such a pretty and comfortable location.
    we could sit there forever watching the water sparkling.

    we love their grouper
    mine grilled, husband pan fried.

    Quote Originally Posted by mmattalo View Post
    My wife and I had no real dinner plans last night so ventured out to Savaneta in search of Marina Pirata. Despite having no reservations, we were seated promptly at a nice table for two at water's edge.

    My wife and I both had the calamari (she ordered hers breaded and I ordered mine in garlic sauce) - the calamari was likely the most tender we have enjoyed on Aruba.

    For main course, my wife had the grouper and I had the mahi-mahi, both ordered prepared with lemon butter. The fish was delicious, prepared perfectly, and with a very satisfying portion size.

    We shared a bottle of wine and the total bill came in very reasonable.

    A great adventure out and a new find that we highly recommend and will be back to again. Enjoy!

    Michael

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    where is this restaurant?

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    from the airport head SOUTH towards San Nic.

    at the traffic signals in the Balashi area turn RIGHT.

    follow that road til it comes to end and turn LEFT (there is a DePalm sign).

    stay straight, go over the little bridge and then turn Right .

    Follow that road, it turns to the left and Marina Pirata will be on the right.
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    where is this restaurant?

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    Marina Parita

    We have not had dinner at Marina Parata for the last couple of years. As I recall, the service was very accommodating and our dinner was very good, the location was very pretty and serene located on a wooden deck. My concern is for people in wheelchairs or are disabled because there are many steep steps that you must walk down to reach the restaurant. The family that we were with had an elderly grandfather that was in a wheel chair and lucky for us there was a teenage grandson that helped carry grandpa in his wheelchair down the steps. My other concern was that night there were a tremendous amount of Mosquitos that were in a biting mode. We left the restaurant very itchy. So, if you plan to have dinner at Marina Parata and you have someone in your party that is in a wheelchair or disabled, make sure there are some strong men to assist down the steps. Another suggestion is to bring Off wipes or Off spray with you just in case it is a Mosquito night. Other then that, a very lovely out door restaurant with great water views, good food and friendly service.
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    OFF was mentioned in this post!
    insect spray/wipes cannot be stressed loudly or often enough for ALL outdoor dining experiences on Aruba.



    Quote Originally Posted by Karen Lutzker View Post
    We have not had dinner at Marina Parata for the last couple of years. As I recall, the service was very accommodating and our dinner was very good, the location was very pretty and serene located on a wooden deck. My concern is for people in wheelchairs or are disabled because there are many steep steps that you must walk down to reach the restaurant. The family that we were with had an elderly grandfather that was in a wheel chair and lucky for us there was a teenage grandson that helped carry grandpa in his wheelchair down the steps. My other concern was that night there were a tremendous amount of Mosquitos that were in a biting mode. We left the restaurant very itchy. So, if you plan to have dinner at Marina Parata and you have someone in your party that is in a wheelchair or disabled, make sure there are some strong men to assist down the steps. Another suggestion is to bring Off wipes or Off spray with you just in case it is a Mosquito night. Other then that, a very lovely out door restaurant with great water views, good food and friendly service.

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    If you can go early catch the most beautiful sunset there! You also can feed the fish with bread while you dine on the water. Its a tricky place to get to and coming home at night time we thought.

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    Andrea's directions are perfect . . . we took the scenic route there since it was our first visit and made it there (by way of Domino's in Savaneta to ask for directions . . . yes, a guy stopped and asked for directions).

    We fed the fish our extra bread . . . which we hope is not doing our part in raising dinner for next tme :-)

    Kidding aside, a new find we are glad we tried . . . thanks Andrea for your reco - not everything on the beach needs to be super pricey (can you say Zeerover too).

    Michael

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    For a video showing you an actual drive past Marina Pirate, see my little number with driving directions to Mangel Alto. Around the 2:00 mark, the camera turns to Marina Pirata. The video was made about an hour before sunset. Here's a link:

    http://bentpage.net/2012/03/09/drivi...o-aruba-video/

    Enjoy your visit and be careful driving.

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    Whats the cab fare from Lacabana?

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