Anna-Maria's Autentico Ristorante Italiano

7,5 based on 29 reviews
Cuisine(s):
Italian
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  • Casual Dining
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Anna-Maria's Autentico Ristorante Italiano

Kamay25
Aruba
Tel: +(297) - 586 2833
Opening Hours:
Daily 6:00pm to 10:00pm
Closed on Sunday
Anna-Maria's Autentico Ristorante Italiano
Anna-Maria and Christian started their Ristorante for the love they both have for exquisite fine dining, their passion for cooking, and the fun of entertaining.

It all started by inviting some of Chris’ guests over for dinner after long hours at work in the sales force at a well known Brand resort on the island. After dining, these guests would encourage Anna-Maria and Chris to open their doors to the public, giving everyone the opportunity to taste their delicious recipes.
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Worst Dining Experience in 28 Consecutive Yea

Sep 7, 2016 - posted by
My husband and I are Aruba fanatics. After our 2-3 weeks yearly visits we can't wait to go back to everything fabulous that Aruba has to offer, including great restaurants. Anna Maria Restaurant is certainly not one of them. In fact, I can give a dozen raving reviews to deserving restaurants in Aruba, but this review is a warning on many accounts to save your hard earned money and do not go here.

Located on a dark desolate street (but in very safe Noord), it is a private home behind a locked gate-no sign, just a number 25. The property is very pretty,(but not as beautiful a backyard as Papiamento Restaurant) and although very difficult to find, this is the only positive.

Four of us arrived on time for our 7:30 reservation. This small restaurant was only half full at this point, but with only two waiters, we didn't get the menu until 20 minutes later. Our order, appetizers and main course, was taken at 8:10. From 8:10 until 9:40, when our appetizers arrived, the restaurant filled up- and with large tables of 8-12 persons. Our main courses arrived at 10:30. We finished our coffee and dessert at 11:30. Absurd!! This sounds like an exaggeration of time schedule, but it is not!!! I kept track because I wanted to discuss with Anna-Maria, although I never got a chance. My husband and I later agreed that had we been just the two of us, we would have left (hungry) by 9:00PM and sought out another restaurant. However, we were with friends who raved about this restaurant from their wonderful experience from the year before, so were giving it a chance. We had, in fact, made these reservations a full year ahead.

Now a review of the food: Very expensive-for what you are getting. We actually don't mind paying for terrific food, and find that the cost of food in Aruba has risen over the years-both in the supermarket and definitely in the restaurants. Starting with the most positive things I can say about the food: the brownie/nut dessert was delicious, although very very small with a half scoop of melted ice cream for $9. My husband and two friends had shrimp and pasta dishes that were very good, but for $43 and $44 dollars each they should have been extraordinary! I ordered their signature dish, lasagna. It tasted sour, and discovering it was totally burnt on the bottom, left is uneaten. The waiter came over and took the burnt sour lasagna back to the kitchen. He came back to explain that the kitchen can handle 30 persons for dinner each evening and tonight their had been 52. He said that the person who was suppose to watch the lasagna didn't, and if it overcooks it can become acidic (sour). So, at 11:45, starving, I was settling for spagetti and meatballs, which, by the way, was just ok.

Appetizers: My friends had an eggplant appetizer and what the menu said were spinach crepes-actually one crepe for $15. My husband and I split calamari- totally tastless, although not chewy. But the biggest rip off of all was the $15 Ceasar salad! It was literally a half full SMALL (dessert bowl size) of warm wilted romaine lettuce, a couple of croutons and a sprinkling of grated cheese with mediocre dressing on the side.

By 10:45, when the party of 12 not far from our table still hadn't gotten their food either, two of the men at that table came over to us to share how they felt with ones that could understand. They explained that they arrived at Anna-Maria's at 8:30 and were also very disappointed and hungry!We think that the right thing would have been Anna-Maria coming out of the kitchen to apologize for perhaps an "off night", as she knew/saw what was going on, to make us feel more positive upon leaving. Maybe this happens often in busy season. The waiter told us that 6:00-7:00 is a better time to come before it gets overcrowded. No apology, no offer to adjust the bill (although we didn't ask) or treat us to a glass of wine- just a miserable experience in our beloved Aruba.
We paid our outragous bill, knowing that we will never be back, nor recommend this fiasco for a restaurant.
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Best place to eat in aruba

Dec 16, 2015 - posted by
Are family have been coming to Arubafor the last five years weeks 2/3 and my daughter got married last year we always try to go restaurant 2/3 times with 8-14 people who love Aruba. The food is always the best,and the owners and waiters are so friendly they come out to talk with you and make sure that the meals were perfect. We will be coming Jan9 thru the 25 and we will be see you again. My father inlaw and his wife who are in there 70s from Arizonia can't wait to go to the restaurant again.
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Excellent Food and Atmosphere

Nov 10, 2015 - posted by
My Husband and I have been going to this lovely restaurant ever since it opened.
The restaurant is clean, quiet and the food is among the best on the Island
A definite must when visiting Aruba.
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Would Go Back

Sep 16, 2015 - posted by
First off, all these people saying they are from new york and eat in little italy so they know italian food are delusional.
Mulberry Street is an absolute joke and the food at Anna Maria is far better. Everything is cooked to order is fresh. I payed over $50 for a lobster/pasta dish that was excellent. Yes it is expensive but you are on a resort island. If you want cheap food go to a chain restaurant like hooters!! or eat with the masses who crowd the ever popular and very Vanilla Gianni's. No, it does not compare to food in Italy and nor should it. Maybe if Bobby Flay or Rachel ray said it was great others would as well.
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Molto Bene

May 13, 2015 - posted by
Had a perfectly delightful time @ Anna Maria....it is
a must every time we visit Aruba. The Bolognese is
incredible. My husband orders every time! I
recommend anyone going to Aruba should put on
restaurant list and I will assure them a delicious
meal for sure.
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Average

Apr 13, 2015 - posted by
Had a bad experience with the food and the owner. I guess he didn't like my bad review on Trip Advisor and replied with lies. Very arrogant man. Nice place but food is not what the hype makes it to be. Overpriced and ordinary. Will never go back even if it was free.
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Poor Experience

Apr 11, 2015 - posted by
Very small portions and extremely over priced. Staff was unfriendly and an additude.
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The hype is greater than the restaurant

Mar 18, 2015 - posted by
We had a party of four. The salads were good. The soups were good. The waiter was friendly and accommodating. I had the fettuccine Alfredo with shrimp. I enjoyed it. The shrimp were a bit over cooked but ok. My wife had gnocchi. The menu said it was in a filletto di pomadora sauce. It arrived in a marinara sauce. My wife didn't enjoy the sauce. Our friends had pasta. She ordered spaghetti in a fra diavalo sauce. It arrived in a overly oily marinara sauce with no heat. He ordered spaghetti with shrimp. He said the food was ok but not for $40+ dollars they charged. He said a bowl of spaghetti with five small shrimp isn't worth the price.
I had the brownie desert. It was good but very small. My friend had the same complaint. This was our second year visiting this restaurant. We are seriously contemplating dropping it from our list of restaurants we frequent while in Aruba.
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will be back

Nov 17, 2014 - posted by
Can't say enough good things about this restaurant,we have been going there for the last five years.We always have a party of at least ten people and never had a complaint.I recommend all the pastas and the Sangria. Nov.9 2014
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Disappointment

Sep 11, 2014 - posted by
Situated in the middle of nowhere where you have to ring the bell! (there 's no sign: restaurant), where you can come in despite not having a reservation (!), you expect a lot. Well, disappointment. To start bread and oil is served, the oil is perfect, but the bread is sweet! We are not americans!
If you're not a fishaddict there's not much else to choose besides pasta's. Like bolognesa and putanesca. THEY ARE SWEET!!! And the sauce is very thin. Moreover, the prices are exorbitant: 27 US dollars for spaghetti bolognesa! In Italy there are no restaurants that serve sweet food.
The wines were good and at the right temperature.
In short: lots of pretentions and you get nothing!!!
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