This site uses cookies. Some are essential while others improve your browsing experience and allow us to advertise. For more info visit the privacy policy page.

Allow inessential cookies for:

Your preferences have been updated.

Aruba Nights Island Guide
Results 1 to 4 of 4

Thread: Atardi Review and Beachfront restaurant comparisons

  1. #1
    Senior Member Traceyd14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Under a palapa on Palm beach
    Posts
    4,537
    Post Thanks / Like

    Atardi Review and Beachfront restaurant comparisons

    We had a wonderful experience at Atardi beachfront restaurant at the Marriott Stellaris. Reservations were easily made online before we left home, and we were seated promptly. The tables are spaced very nicely so we were not right on top of our neighbor, and the table settings were lovely. We were in the 2nd row, but had no table directly in front of us. The service and the timing were nicely spaced out, never felt rushed, never felt like it was too stretched out. We had a tuna carpaccio appetizer that was fresh and prepared perfectly. We both decided on macadamia crusted grouper and were pleasantly surprised by the flavorful dish. We also received a complimentary glass of sparkling wine since we were celebrating an anniversary. We were too full for dessert. Our waiter and his runners were helpful and friendly They even came by each table and offered to take photos at the water's edge of each couple or group. The waiter was even helping couples decide on a pose - he was great. The drinks were tasty - I had a couple espresso martinis.
    I think so many people who stay on Palm Beach and do not want to rent a car or drive in the dark should consider Atardi as a romantic beach front option.

    Comparison
    We have dined at Barefoot, Passions, Flying Fishbone, Elements, and now Atardi. As for price, they are all pretty similar and on the more expensive side of your dining options. All give an acceptable level of service.

    Food: In my opinion, our best meals were at Flying Fishbone. My husband gives the nod to Elements.

    Experience: Flying Fishbone, sitting at the tables in the water was a unique experience, but now I kind of feel like been there, done that. I am glad we went, but I probably wouldn't spend the taxi fare to go back. Atardi tables were spaced out perfectly. It could be recency, but it's probably my favorite of our beachfront meals so far.

    Service - too close to call - Elements was outstanding and we enjoyed our time, but I know others have said it was a little too long and spaced out for their liking. I really felt like Atardi hit the mark on their timing and our waiter was fabulous.

    Least Favorite: Passions - tables felt close together, chairs were cheap plastic with chair covers (several years ago, may have changed). I didn't feel like the food was anything special. One downside of Flying Fishbone, we felt the tables were too close together.

    Convenience - Staying in Noord or Palm Beach, Atardi can't be beat.

    For a group: I think Barefoot gives the best group atmosphere. I think its the least romantic - so think birthday rather than proposal.

    Overall, I think we are most likely to return to Elements and Atardi.
    2 6
     

  2. #2
    Senior Member cpjones's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    Eagle Beach, Glitz Casino, Manchebo Beach Resort
    Posts
    5,218
    Post Thanks / Like
    Well thought out and expressed....! Thanks!
    0 0
     

  3. #3
    Junior Member Monster Calves's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2009
    Posts
    14
    Post Thanks / Like
    Great review of the different options to eat on the beach. I agree with the Flying Fishbone. Once you have done it once, the feet in the water (and getting in and out with sandy feet) becomes more distracting. I am now eager to try Atardi. I really liked the food at Passions. I didn't pay too much attention to the proximity and plastic chairs. Maybe that's what I expected in that setting?
    0 0
     

  4. #4
    Senior Member Traceyd14's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2011
    Location
    Under a palapa on Palm beach
    Posts
    4,537
    Post Thanks / Like
    Quote Originally Posted by Monster Calves View Post
    Great review of the different options to eat on the beach. I agree with the Flying Fishbone. Once you have done it once, the feet in the water (and getting in and out with sandy feet) becomes more distracting. I am now eager to try Atardi. I really liked the food at Passions. I didn't pay too much attention to the proximity and plastic chairs. Maybe that's what I expected in that setting?
    The tiki torches at Passions make that setting to me. It's a good place, my uncle loved the food, it just wasn't for us. I have a bias against chair covers after a wedding planning catastrophe...lol. We also had a disappointing experience with foul sewage odor at a happy hour once at Passions so I am reluctant to book there again. The odor has been talked about many times and seems to be a rare occurrence and most days a non issue. It's just one of those things when something rubs you the wrong way it's hard to go back.
    0 1
     

Tags for this Thread

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •