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    Where do the locals eat??

    I'm interested in eating off the tourist path, and wanna go where the locals go. I'll be on the "Happy Island" next month. Have been to the Kunucu House and liked it...I'll be at the Marriott Surf Club. Anybody know of any small local cafes?

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    Cafe Capri (located just a block or so down the street from Amadeus) is a great place for good, local food.

    We also go to Bingo's quite a bit where both tourists and locals go for dinner and/or drinks. They also have a great lunch menu, too.

    Dos Locos (located down the road from Screaming Eagle and LaQuinta) is a great little local place that just opened. We didn't eat there but stopped in for a drink and the menu and prices looked very reasonable. We were the only tourists in there at the time.
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    Welcome to the forum

    Local Restaurants

    Cheap & Local Dining


    A week ago Friday we had a fantastic, and reasonably priced dinner at Marina Pirata in Savaneta. Luckily we had made a reservation, requesting a table on the dock next to the water. The restaurant was full with locals. We were the only tourists there until we were about half way through our meal when another family sat down for dinner.

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    aside from cafe capri, they also get take out from Hot Take Away next door to amadeus.
    they also eat at old fisherman downtown.
    they also eat at Cooks for special occasions, like birthdays and mothers day.
    also Lindas on palm beach rd.
    also at Buccaneer.
    also at Nos Conucu.
    click on the links lisa provided

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    If you have a rental car. Zeerovers down in Savaneta, is great for fresh fish and shrimp. Oh Yes, a few cold beers always goes good.
    Enjoy

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    I like Dos Locos, Marina Pirata, Zeerovers, Cafe Capri, B55, Wachy Wahoo and the driftwood.

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    Wacky Wahoo is great but make reservations, very small

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    Was thinking of going there. What kind of food do they serve?


    Quote Originally Posted by Arubalisa View Post
    Welcome to the forum

    Local Restaurants

    Cheap & Local Dining


    A week ago Friday we had a fantastic, and reasonably priced dinner at Marina Pirata in Savaneta. Luckily we had made a reservation, requesting a table on the dock next to the water. The restaurant was full with locals. We were the only tourists there until we were about half way through our meal when another family sat down for dinner.

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    Quote Originally Posted by swagmaster View Post
    Was thinking of going there. What kind of food do they serve?
    Marina Pirata has mostly seafood, but some items for landlubbers I tried to post their menu on your FB wall, but you can see the menu at

    http://www.facebook.com/MarinaPirata

    Items like fish of the day (there are usually at least two or three "of the day" selection) they will give you a choice of cooking styles and toppings. I love the meunière, and dh loves the creole. You will DEFINITELY want a table on the dock. There are some lights shining on the water and the kids, even the "big ones" , will get a kick out of seeing the fish come up to the top looking for scraps.

    Dh called from the U.S. about a week and a half before requesting a table on the deck, next to the water. The place was full when we arrived at 8 pm. It was a Friday so do not know if that had anything to do with it, but we were happy we made the reservation and even happier they held the table for us. It was worth the phone call.

    To get there turn right at the traffic light at the Balashi factory, take the road to the end, turn left and follow the signs. It is very well marked.

    Last edited by Arubalisa; 02-07-2013 at 12:34 PM.

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    that grouper looks magnificent!

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