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    Member Lynn R's Avatar
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    How do you make a reservation on line for Quinta Del Carmine.... when I go to their site, only the menu comes up...

    Thanks in advance,
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    I'm thinking their email address is dine@quintadelcarmen.com or try here... http://www.restaurantsaruba.com/Quinta-del-Carmen.html good luck!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lynn R View Post
    How do you make a reservation on line for Quinta Del Carmine.... when I go to their site, only the menu comes up...

    Thanks in advance,
    Lynn
    I called them to make a reservation.

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    We went a week ago today and took our daughters for their first time.
    They both loved it. Our younger daughter, 22, finally got out of the " I must have tomato soup" mode and enjoyed it.
    We arrived at 5:30, why we went so early is beyond me, but by 6:15 the place was hopping.
    Rob and I both had the blue cheese salad, and the girls had the baked goat cheese. I wish I had the goat cheese, it was magnificent.
    Rob and I also had the grouper with crab meat and Parm cheese, Kate had skirt steak and Jen had something pasta.
    We ended with the stroop waffle parfait. We had cocktails first( lemon drop Martinis) and wine with dinner .

    Perfection at its best... Not to be missed... Interesting reading reviews out there that go from good to fair. I guess it depends on how often you've been❤️
    Last edited by cindyo; 01-10-2016 at 12:12 PM.

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    I am one of those persons who thought (along with my husband) that our entrees were just okay and lacking flavor/seasoning that we have learned to expect/enjoy from many restaurants (in Aruba, U.S., and other destinations.) We did, however, enjoy our appetizers. It's not a matter of "catching on" but a matter (for us anyway) of giving a restaurant another chance. Even when we've had less than stellar experiences at any restaurant, whether it be food or service, we recognize that every place can have a bad/off night. We never promise to return to those restaurants but we never count them out either. It really just depends on our mood and tastebuds for any given night. Sometimes you're in the mood for certain restaurants and may be feeling adventurous or forgiving...and sometimes you'd rather go to one of your favorites. Personal preferences are just that....personal. You don't have to agree with the palates/likes of others and/or "follow the crowd". You only need to know yourself and what you deem as enjoyable. On that note....enjoy!

    Just so you don't think my comments above were "out of the blue"....I was responding to some remarks made by the poster above who referred to a "person" (that being me) regarding my review and post-review comments and that maybe I was "catching on". Those remarks have since been removed/edited.
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    First.....a somewhat "off topic" comment then my two cents on Quinta. There are a couple of restaurants in Aruba that I no longer will write a review on because over the years the owners have become "friends". I mention this because it leads into my summary paragraph at the end. As Amy correctly points out, not every restaurant is perfect every visit. If I had to give a bad review on a "friend's" restaurant, I couldn't do it.....so, to be credible, I won't review them at all.

    That said, I don't know the owner at Quinta and I think it is as fine a restaurant as there is in Aruba. What it does have that some of the finer restaurants do not is a complete menu. Some of the top of the line restaurants have an incomplete menu, not Quinta. There is something for everyone there. After five visits, we have not had a bad meal....drink, appetizer, main course, dessert, service.

    To Amy's point about seasoning, that is a personal choice. Some like it light, some like it heavy. One thing I think is indisputable is food preparation. I think Quinta gets that right every time. Food warm, beef or lamb cooked to your personal choice, fish moist as it needs to be.

    One negative comment on this visit, however, is pricing. I think drinks and main courses are appropriate for the quality. However, I think the appetizers and desserts, while excellent, are overpriced. Now, I know that appetizers and desserts are "optional", however, their pricing right now might take Quinta off of my personal "must go every visit" list. Right now that list is down to zero (just those owned by friends that I won't review and thus will remain anonymous).
    Last edited by rob o; 01-10-2016 at 09:59 AM.
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    To the original poster - I would say that this restaurant is worth a try. My wife and I dined here on three separate occasions and found it to be good, not great, but good. The atmosphere is romantic, soft music playing, lights just at the right level and an occasional gust of wind to cool you off on a hot night. (It atmosphere is similar to Madame Janet but on a smaller scale). I found the mixed drinks to be on the small side, expensive but good. They do have a decent wine list with a few high-end wines. To me, the food is good but it lacked the "Wow" factor that I get from other restaurants on the island like, Madame Janets, Elements, Carte Blanche or Barefoot.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Retagger View Post
    To the original poster - I would say that this restaurant is worth a try. My wife and I dined here on three separate occasions and found it to be good, not great, but good. The atmosphere is romantic, soft music playing, lights just at the right level and an occasional gust of wind to cool you off on a hot night. (It atmosphere is similar to Madame Janet but on a smaller scale). I found the mixed drinks to be on the small side, expensive but good. They do have a decent wine list with a few high-end wines. To me, the food is good but it lacked the "Wow" factor that I get from other restaurants on the island like, Madame Janets, Elements, Carte Blanche or Barefoot.
    This is exactly how we felt. I'm glad that we tried it but I don't have a great desire to go back.

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    Very few people enjoy all the same foods. My father and mother loved mushrooms. I cant stand them. They loved tongue sandwiches. Not me. My dad ate raw oysters, I gag. My mother thought pepper was too spicy to use on food. I love spicy food. My DW loves liver and onions, I wont eat it. DW hates onions, blue cheese, salami, bagna calda, sloppy joes and dill pickles. These are some of my favorite foods. I love jerked pork, she doesn't. I bet there are many foods you don't agree on at your home too.

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    Will do a full report on my current trip to Aruba but I must say this is one of the top 3 restaurants in Aruba. Went their twice on this trip and it was outstanding!!
    happiness is going to Aruba with your adult kids because they still want to come with their parents

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