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    Narrowing down restaurants ... please help!!

    There's a group of six of us from New England going to Aruba at the end of April. We've all been to Aruba before, and know about Le Dome, Papiamento's, Iguana Joe's, Salt & Pepper, MJ's, and Flying Fishbone. We're wondering about OTHER restaurants. We'll only be on the island for a week, so we're trying to narrow it down and make some reservations before we arrive. (Frankly, I'm not interested in Italian restaurants because we are close to Boston's North End.)

    Any comments on the following restaurants (including pricing & particular tables to request) would be greatly appreciated. We are renting a vehicle, so no restaurant is too far away. Also, if you think I've missed a real gem, please let me know. THANKS!!

    Matthew's Beachside Restaurant
    Passions Beach Bar & Restaurant
    Yemanja Woodfired Grill
    Pinchos
    Gostoso
    Marandi
    Marina Pirata
    The Old Man & the Sea
    Wacky Wahoo
    Cook's Restaurant
    Gasparito


    In other words, if you could only visit five of the above, where would you go?

    I understand that Screaming Eagle & Matilde are supposed to be great, but I think they're probably too pricey.

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    Senior Member cindyo's Avatar
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    My comments on your choices....
    Matthew's Beachside Restaurant- heard good and bad
    Passions Beach Bar & Restaurant- many on this board love this place, I don't

    Yemanja Woodfired Grill- never tried
    Pinchos-great bar with a swing, great sunset, good salsa and good food
    Gostoso- never heard of it
    Marandi- liked the original more than I liked this one
    Marina Pirata- never been
    The Old Man & the Sea- going mid april
    Wacky Wahoo- never been
    Cook's Restaurant- heard a really BAD review on this, will keep it to myself. Others love it on the board.


    PLACES i WOULD INSTEAD SUGGEST...
    LG SMITH STEAKHOUSE
    CHALET SUISSE
    mADAME JEANNETTES
    PADDOCK RIB NITE
    CASA TUA( YES, ITALIAN, AND SUPERB)

    We're also from the boston area, own timeshares, and visit for 2 weeks every year. We will be there mid april with 24 people.
    Enjoy where ever you decide to go !! cindy
    SUNSET GRILL @ RADISON


    Gasparito

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    Matthew's Beachside Restaurant - not 4 star but good food. friendly staff, nice surroundings
    Passions Beach Bar & Restaurant. just o.k. nothing special (imho)
    Yemanja Woodfired Grill - great food - don't miss it.
    Pinchos - beautiful sunset, good food
    Gostoso - nothing special.
    Marandi - can't rate as I only had salad. Miss the old place cause it's not as far a drive.
    Marina Pirata - 1st time next month
    The Old Man & the Sea - definetly if distance doesn't matter.
    Wacky Wahoo - delicious and inexpensive.
    Cook's Restaurant - delicious steak. closed for renovations.
    Gasparito - never been

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    Definitely Passions and skip Gasparito. We were loyal Gasparito customers for 12 years and the last time was so disappointing in so many ways we won't be going back this year.

    We also did not care for Pinchos.

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    Matthew's Beachside Restaurant-went there in December didn't care for it
    Yemanja Woodfired Grill-FANTASTIC
    Marandi-we enjoy this and like the atmosphere
    Marina Pirata-out of the way, good fish but very simple decour, good but there are better
    The Old Man & the Sea-LOVE IT!! Great food and unbelievable atmosphere (right next door to Flying Fishbone and I would choose this one over FF)
    Madame Jeanettes- love the food and live music, one of Aruba all time favourites
    Screaming Eagles-beautiful atmosphere and very good food, enjoyed food at Old Man and the sea better by a little bit
    L.G. Smith-favourite steak house and great modern decour
    Que Pasa-first time to visit tonight and we loved it!!
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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    Quote Originally Posted by Randi View Post
    The Old Man & the Sea-LOVE IT!! Great food and unbelievable atmosphere (right next door to Flying Fishbone and I would choose this one over FF)
    Is OMTS expensive?

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    Matthew's Beachside Restaurant - been there a few times - casual, good food (but nothing to write home about in our opinion), nice atmosphere

    Passions Beach Bar & Restaurant - always one of our favorites for beach dining, toes in the sand by the water

    Yemanja Woodfired Grill - great food!

    Pinchos - nice ambiance but not one of our favorites for food (we'd rather go there for drinks)

    Gostoso - never been

    Marandi - food is always great (and a nice atmosphere, too!)

    Marina Pirata - tried this place several times but could never figure out what all the fuss was about. Food was just okay in our opinion.

    The Old Man & the Sea - one of our new favorites for a romantic dinner - worth the drive if you have a rental car

    Wacky Wahoo - casual, great food

    Cook's Restaurant - have not been

    Gasparito - used to be one of our absolute favorites for YEARS (since 1996) but just had a so-so meal there last year and we were soooooo disappointed. But we're going to give it another try this year.
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 -- 36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018




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    do you need reservations for marandi?

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    I would say try:

    Wacky Wahoo
    Marandi's
    Old Man and the Sea (haven't been there yet, but will be going in may)
    MJ's is great to go with with a group
    Terry Joz

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    I forgot"
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