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View Poll Results: Choose as many as you want. Do you ever dine downtown?

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  • Yes, we go downtown for lunch/dinner 1 time during our stay.

    16 28.07%
  • Yes, we go downtown for lunch/dinner more than a couple of times during our stay.

    29 50.88%
  • Yes, we stay downtown and we dine there as well.

    8 14.04%
  • No, we do not.

    1 1.75%
  • No we do not, but would consider doing so.

    6 10.53%
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Thread: would you consider eating at a downtown restaurant?

  1. #11
    Senior Member cpjones's Avatar
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    May 2007
    Eagle Beach, Glitz Casino, Manchebo Beach Resort
    Love downtown and have enjoyed some wonderful restaurants but our time in Aruba has kind of evolved with the increased restaurant offerings in the high rise area. So many great choices just a short walk away. We always taxi to Mme J's, but the rest of our meals are in the area and we've come to love the ritual of the walk to the restaurants we choose. We always select a different hotel lobby to cut through and check out the grounds as we finish our walk 'home' along the beach.

  2. #12
    Senior Member Pegmeister's Avatar
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    Nov 2009
    West Deck in the afternoon
    Absolutely. While we do tend to get comfortable at the Divi it's always fun to have a change of scenery. One trip I had rather long list of places we wanted to try and knew we wouldn't make it to all for dinner. So we had ourselves a pub crawl with a drink or drink and appetizer at each spot. We had a blast and met some fun people. first stop the Paddock then on to Cubas Cooking, a stop at Que Pasa, the bar at the Rennaisance with a shopping stop ending at Casa Tua for Serrano ham and manchego cheese.

  3. #13
    Senior Member nikko's Avatar
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    Jun 2009
    molmok eagle beach
    yes i do....go downtown a few times each visit. i will go where-ever there is good food!!!! lol

  4. #14
    Senior Member
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    Jul 2008
    Since 1980, and throughout the many changes, we still love going downtown in Oranjestad.
    During a typical 10 day stay, we usually go into Oranjestad for both shopping and lunch three times.

    El Gaucho, the Dutch Pancake House and Cuba's Cooking are our favourites downtown.

    There are, of course, some very good choices in the highrise district as well.

    Like I've said so many times, Aruba's dining scene in my opinion, is probably the most livelyand vibrant in the Caribbean. Sometimes it gets a little over-heated and over-supplied (How many bbq places can really survive?) but the free market usually takes care of that.

    Great idea for the survey.


  5. #15
    Senior Member
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    May 2009
    A trip to Yemanja Wood Fired Grill is required for our trips. It is our favorite for steak. I grill with lump/wood at home a great deal. The taste is awesome.
    Next Aruba trip in

  6. #16
    Senior Member lindon's Avatar
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    Jun 2007
    the beaches
    We always go to Pinchos, Yemanjai, Qua Pasa, and now we added Barefoot last year. Too many good restaurants, not enough nights

  7. #17
    Senior Member AndyM's Avatar
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    Feb 2011
    Paradise Beach Villas Eagle Beach
    There are a number of restaurants downtown I like but I won't shop at Gandelman's in the Royal Plaza Mall anymore.

  8. #18
    Senior Member sbatjc's Avatar
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    Jun 2012
    We used to stay at the renaissance before buying a timeshare on the other end... We loved it downtown and still go down there for dinners

  9. #19
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    If your not going downtown, for at least 1 day/afternoon/night, your selling your Aruba trip short. Downtown has several very good places to eat.

  10. #20
    Senior Member
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    Jul 2011
    Bucuti Beach Club, Natural Pool, Donkey Farm, Alto Vista Chapel
    I loved hitting the Old Fisherman downtown. Local eats, but we ordering Sangria made it a bit pricey. The food was good and I think it was cheap. Next time, we will stick with Balashi. I wanted to hit the Driftwood after Bon Bini, but I don't think they were open that night 2 years ago. Loved Cuba's Cooking in the old location. Haven't tried it since they moved.

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