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    What do you think of these dining options

    Hi - We're arriving next week and I'm trying to finalize dining arrangements.

    We have reservations for the following:
    Private sunset dinner @ Marriott (for our anniversary)
    Madam Jeanettes
    El Gaucho

    Then I have the following for casual options for one or two nights (we'll pick depending upon our mood that particular day):
    Salt and Pepper
    Pelican's Nest
    Casa Tua

    And finally, I'm looking for input on the following:
    Wackey Wahoo
    Aqua Grill
    Simply Fish
    Ruth Chris

    Also, if you could pick one downtown restaurant (aside from El Gaucho) what would it be?

    Thanks for your input and help. We are counting the days (9 left!).

    Zil

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    Yes to Madam Janette's and El Gaucho--
    Like Salt 'N Peppers for lunch more than dinner...
    Not tried Wackey Wahoo, but heard good things about it. Aqua Grill is okay, but expensive and I think you could get better food elsewhere for the price.
    Simply Fish-okay too.
    Ruth Chris---been to some here in the States and although the food is good it is quite expenseive here, so who knows what it would be like there !!!
    Maybe try Flying Fishbone instead....YUM !!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zilgags View Post
    Then I have the following for casual options for one or two nights (we'll pick depending upon our mood that particular day):
    Salt and Pepper
    Pelican's Nest
    Casa Tua
    Depends on whether you want tapas or pizza that night, we like S & P, and everyone seems to enjoy Casa Tua. You do not hear much about the Pelican's Nest.

    And finally, I'm looking for input on the following:
    Wackey Wahoo
    Aqua Grill
    Simply Fish
    Ruth Chris
    Wacky Wahoo's gets excellent reviews. http://www.restaurantsaruba.com/view_review.html?REST_ID=193

    Ruth's Chris has a terrific summer special http://216.34.190.20/email/200806_summercelebration/index.html
    "Summer Celebration for Two: $89
    Start your summer off right by joining us for the Summer Celebration at Ruth’s Chris. You and a guest can enjoy 2 three- course meals for $89. Begin with a soup or salad, followed by an entrée and a side dish. Choose from five entrée courses, including our petite filet, our fresh fish selection or our delicious chicken. End your evening sharing one of our homemade desserts. There’s cause for celebration this summer at Ruth’s Chris. Available for a limited time in U.S. locations and Aruba."

    Also, if you could pick one downtown restaurant (aside from El Gaucho) what would it be?
    Que Pasa in Oranjestad gets great reviews, as well as Yemanja Woodfired Grill, Rumba and L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House.

    http://www.restaurantsaruba.com/topten.html

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    THANKS!

    How about Smokey Joes and has anyone tried the sunset Hors d'Oeuvres package at the Hyatt (maybe for the last night).

    I promise, this is the end of my list

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    For downtown, I would vote for Yemanja Woodfired Grill. El Gaucho is a good choice for you... and Mme Janetts's is a perfect choice - Ask for garden seating. Aqua Grill is exceptionally nice, but pricy. S&P have never tried for dinner, but love it for lunch. Either S&P or Casa Tua are close to eachother and generally offer entertainment on the patio (shared courtyard) in the evening which makes for a nice evening. Smokey Joe's - great ribs, but we fought with flies last time. If you're considering Ruth's Chris, you might want to consider the Sunset Grille at the Radisson instead. SG is unique where RC is available in the States. Finally, Wacky Wahoo has fantastic reviews... sorry it was closed for vacation when we were there! There really are great dining options in Aruba.... makes it tough to decide!

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    For downtown either Driftwood or Old Fisherman.

    Wacky Wahoo - we like it a lot. We have had dinner here & then went to Bingo's for desert.


    Smokey Joe - only had rib dinner & also like it a lot. Can do take out and go back to the beach if you like.
    Tom & Karen

    Next Trip: Jan. 6 - April 7

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    My vote is Wacky Wahoo and downtown the Driftwood.
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    Casa tua and simply fish....Ruth Chris is just like at home...Though, I have heard good things about wachy wahoo

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    Downtown, try Matilde.

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    wow, as I read the list it is amazing how many different opinions there are out there...I have never been to Bingo's but plan on trying it this year, as well as Wackey Wahoo's.........
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