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    Barefoor and El Gaucho

    Hi again! My family is staying at Barcelo however we plan to dine away at least one meal. My husband wanted to book something special to celebrate my daughter's birthday (he had suggested dinner on the beach at barcelo, but I am not sure she would appreciate being the only table.)
    Anyway, se just told me a colleague recommended Barefoot ad El Gaucho. The only other restaurant she has mentioned is Madame Jeanette's. There are 5 of us. Marisa is not fond of most seafood, but enjoys shrimp. She does not eat red meat but will always find something on the menu

    Thanks in advance for your feedback!!!

    Nancy


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    We have dined at Barefoot and had a nice evening with very good food.
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    Of the three you mentioned.... Mme J's would be my first choice....with some wonderful shrimp dishes..... My last experience with Barefoot was too many kids and El Gaucho was too touristy..... but that's just my take.... I don't think any of the three would disappoint you! And the food is great for all three!
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    Quote Originally Posted by cpjones View Post
    Of the three you mentioned.... Mme J's would be my first choice....with some wonderful shrimp dishes..... My last experience with Barefoot was too many kids and El Gaucho was too touristy..... but that's just my take.... I don't think any of the three would disappoint you! And the food is great for all three!
    Chuck we had a terrible dining experience st Madame Jeanette’s on our first visit to Aruba. We have never returned. Maybe they had an off night.
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    Barefoot is my favorite restaurant in Aruba. Sometimes there are more kids playing on the beach than others, but I don't mind it. I don't think of Barefoot as being a romantic restaurant. To me, it's more of a laid back, Caribbean vibe. If there are kids playing, you can always request a table a little further back in the sand, or sit in the restaurant area, under the big palapa. The sunsets there are usually gorgeous. If you decide to go there, be sure to take your camera. I had a really bad meal at Madame Janettes on our last trip. Normally we like it there, but this time my meal was overcooked and ruined. I agree that El Gauchos is loud and touristy, but it might be fun for a birthday celebration.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Sue M. View Post
    Chuck we had a terrible dining experience st Madame Jeanette’s on our first visit to Aruba. We have never returned. Maybe they had an off night.
    15+ visits and never disappointed.... But that's just us..... and I have heard others with bad experiences. That's why we share our views and differences here on the forum.
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    We’ve always had a nice meal at Madame Janette but do know of others who have not enjoyed it. They have a diverse menu though. I find that El Gauchos portion sizes are just too much for us 16 oz, 18 oz and even 32 oz steaks! If you wouldn’t mind an alternate suggestion, check out the menu at Casa Nonna or Yemanja

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    my choice of El G, barefoot and MJ.............MJ would be the choice that I'd make.
    our first MJ visit was 19 yrs ago and we have yet to be disappointed.

    we have not been to El G in many years and found that the food was delicious, but the restaurant noisier than we liked.
    we love Barefoot, but I think that MJ has better food and prettier presentations.

    heck, it really is all good. you cannot go wrong with any of the choices.

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    Thank you! My daughter is NOT a romantic, which is why I have been cringing that my husband wanted to gift them with a romantic dinner for two on the beach. Her birthday is 2 days before our arrival, and while the trip is a graduation gift for our granddaughter, we down to remember Marisa's special day. Those large portion are perfect fo my hubby and son in law They are the reason I booked AI! LOL!!!


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    Quote Originally Posted by hatteras View Post
    Barefoot is my favorite restaurant in Aruba. Sometimes there are more kids playing on the beach than others, but I don't mind it. I don't think of Barefoot as being a romantic restaurant. To me, it's more of a laid back, Caribbean vibe.
    Ditto - I think she has the description of Barefoot perfectly. I even said "this would be a great place to come celebrate a birthday with a group"
    My second choice would be Madame Jeanettes. The courtyard was nice. The portions are huge so hopefully have a way to heat up leftovers where you are staying.
    We didnt care for El Gaucho. We prefer Tango for what you get for your money for a steak place. But Tango is a not a special occasion type place.


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