You may get the feeling you're dining below the deck of a sunken ship, as 12 large aquariums with colorful fish surround you. Our unique decor creates a warm and relaxed atmosphere. Our second dining room resembles an underwater cave, complete with a 5,000-gallon sea water tank, unseen elsewhere. Our friendly staff will give you the "Welcome Aboard" feeling and the chef-owner will personally take care of you.
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My husband could not even chew the twin tenderloins. When he told the waiter, he just smiled and gave me a card to write a review. We've been going there since 1985 but when the owner passed the prices went up and the food quality changed... No one seemed to care our meal was awful... Won't be back....
Flat out waste of $$
This place is hurting BAAAAAD.... We went because I knew they have fish tanks, and it is kid friendly.... Figured my 2 yr old would have fun..... The place is so out dated that I felt almost like it was an episode of punk'd.... I won't even waste my time telling what we ate..... Just don't bother going.... It was horrible
SKIP THIS ONE !
Years back it was a friendly nice place to eat. Now it is just horrible. Food is gross, service is the worst I have EVER seen anywhere ! RUDE RUDE RUDE !!
This restaurant was recommended by several locals, and I can only assume they get kickbacks for referring people there. The food is very dated -- stuck in the '80s -- and dead generic in every possible respect. The swordfish steak was low quality product, and when told this the waitress just said "oh" and took it away.
The taste was nothing to write home about. The waiters had a "patter" rather than a personality. The decor looks like something you'd have found in a chain restaurant in the 70s. It's dark, outdated, and really not worth the money. There are far better places to visit on Aruba.
We have been going to Aruba for 23 years and because our friends think Buccaneer is great we went almost every year (much to my chagrin). After our last visit we have decided that we will not be wasting our money any more. Service is slow and the servers seem very confused as what to do. Food barely passable. The chef from way back is no longer there so maybe that is the issue
Knowing we were dining with a 7 year old, the hotel recommended this restaurant. Very child-friendly with the feeling of dining on an old pirate boat. The huge fish tank was cool, especially for my daughter.
The food was very good for a casual restaurant. Not a place we would rush back to, but definitely would recommend to someone dining with children.
Wow... This was a restauarant that was recommended to us by people that we had met on the beach as well as locals. All I can say is wow. A throw back to the 80's. The decor has not been changed since it opened in 1980 and neither has the music. When we got there we felt like we were in a time warp.
The service was super slow... we sat for at least 10 minutes before someone even came over to us. Our server was ok, but absolutely nothing to write home about. The food was utterly disgusting. Everything was saturated in butter, I mean literally dripping in it. Then the vegetables (cabbage.. yum - NOT!) were dripping in greasy butter and cheese sauce. I ordered the "special fish of the day" it was SUPPOSED to be Mahi Mahi... um, yeah, I've had Mahi Mahi and it certainly didn't look like that!!! It was also completely overcooked and dry, which is surprising with all the butter that they had w/ everything else! My friend both had the NY Sirloin and it was disgusting. None of us finished out meals because the food was just that bad.
All I can say is thank god that we had gotten a gift certificate for $100 from La Cabana for doing the time share thing.. because if we had had to pay for that meal we would have been SO UPSET!
We were so disgusted with the meal, that it actually became comical at just HOW bad it was. It has definitely become the worst meal and restaurant that my husband, friends and I have ever eaten at.
We ended up going to Passions later to get some Key Lime Pie to get the horrible flavor, blinding of the eyes from the awful decor, and just awful experience...
Just dont go here. This was the worst meal ever and just horrible!
Our first trip to aruba on our honeymoon and the Buccaneer was recommended by a coworker. What a disappointment. Slow service, it took 5 minutes to get a menu. Food was nothing special and crowded together on the plate causing unwanted mixing of flavors. 15 % service charge already added to bill made servers lazy. Delayed more when their printer didn't work, good thing I had some cash I might still be there. Found out later the cook left and went to Wacky Wahoo's years ago. If you want seafood go there.
I've been going to Aruba for over 23 years. I do not miss this restaurant ever. It's my first visit. It's old school and classic. What other chefs do you know that comes out to each table to greet each single guest? Not allot huh. SO that says allot of this place.
The food is "island/arubian". Catch of the day is always recommended at this and other "island" restaurants. You want steak, go to a steak house.
All you "new yorkers" who have a "fine" pallet, you are the reason to have put all these classic destinations out of business, how shameful........ Love the Buccaneer :)
We were told that the Buccaneer was a must-stop while here in Aruba by our cab driver and other tourists who have much experience on the island. It's confusing for us, because our experience was not at all the same. Needless to say we were very disappointed with many aspects of the restaurant. The atmosphere is unique (with trinkets hanger hanging on the walls and an aquarium at every table) but we immediately found out that the service was less than expected- our waiter barely acknowledged our presence, let alone any of our needs. Then again it was confusing as to who our waiter was; we thought it was the first guy who served us, but two other workers shared the remainder of the effort (serving the food, clearing plates, filling water, etc.). The fish tank next to our table was filthy- there was a dead fish being picked at by the others, and the algae build-up was pretty disgusting. We had to use our menus to cover-up the nasty scene. We even considered leaving, but thought we would hold it out and try the food.
The house wine was terrible and the beer selection very limited. And then comes the food: it sucked. The poached sword fish was over-done and lacked flavor. The stuffed shrimp (said to be stuffed with crab meat) was bad and the stuffing did not taste or look like crab meat. The pasta primavera was served with a salty red sauce that was unexpected as the menu said it came with a white sauce. The fettucini with seafood was awful. The menu told me it includes crab meat, fish, mussels, and calamari, but I'm not sure what exactly was included in my meal. There was barely any pasta, but it was all cut way too short. Too much sauce. Almost 100% sure that the crab meat was fake- it tasted so, and had a gelatin texture. The calamari tasted similar. The interesting thing is that the cab driver who brought us home said that his favorite food was the chicken, and the Buccaeer is known for being a seafood restaurant.
All in all, NOT RECOMMENDED. Don't believe the hype, there are much better options for seafood.
Worst dinner ever
The lobster bisque was horrendous; it resembled porridge more than soup. The shrimp cocktail skimpy and the lettuce wilted. The swordfish might as well have been replaced by cardboard. And whatever you do, do not order the Chardonnay.
Though the atmosphere follows the theme of the restaurant well, closer inspection leaves one wanting the check. Dead fish in the fish tanks, cobwebs on the lamps, the view through the tank to a personnel area better left hidden.
The servers were kind and attentive, but we had to ask for the specials ourselves and got a second plate of bread twice.
With so many delicious and quality restaurants to choose from, we will never return to this one and would not recommend it to anyone we know, or dont know for that matter.
the place was recommended by a regular visitor of the restaurant. Low price combined with basic food. nothing special!
This wasnt a good restaurant for me. I thought the decor was dingy and felt somewhat unclean in there. They make you think you are surrounded by "12 large aquariums and one this 5000 gallons and all we saw were 20 gallon aquariums at each table and not much in each. I didnt care for the food either as my shrimp was overcooked. Prices are good but I wouldnt choose it again.
This restaurant was absolutely disgusting. The atmosphere looked as if it were plucked out of a National Lampoon's Vacation movie. It looked as if it were designed in the 70's and not updated since. We should have used our better judgment and left before dining but we didn't.
We sat in the lower level which looked like the hold of a ship. The lighting was dark, the tablecloths looked like bedspreads and we were surrounded by 50 gallon aquariums with fluorescent paint coral. The fish looked healthy somehow.
Dinner was revolting. The only thing on the menu I thought I could eat was the broiled shrimp. Everything on my plate was covered in cheese- including the vegetables and potatoes. The food was overly salty, overly breaded and laced with MSG. It had a vague smell of cooked chestnuts somehow.
I could only get through two shrimp and a fork-full of potatoes before I'd had enough. Since the service was poor, our plates sat on our table for an agonizingly long period of time. The smell was truly overwhelming.
I used the men's room which was in the back of the other (much nicer seeming) dining room. In this room, there was a very large tank full of sea turtles. I gathered this was the room reserved for large groups but the cleanliness of this room was alarming. At least in our dining room, it was so dark you couldn't see the stained carpeting.
The men's room was tiny and was railroaded off the room containing the sink. I'm not sure why they chose to make the room so confined but it was comical.
In all fairness, I live in Manhattan, NY and for that reason, my tastes and standards might be different than those of other reviews on this site and others. I give you fair warning though if you come from a civilized part of the world, avoid this place.
If you want to experience true island dining The Buccaneer is the place to go. After seven years of visiting the island The Buccaneer has been one of our favorite places to eat. The prices are great and the service is wonderful. It's a cozy relaxing place to escape.
On our fourth visit to Aruba we dined at the Buccaneer for the fourth time. Wife and I split a turf and surf. Excellent. Just right amount for both of us. Again one of our favorites in Aruba.
This restaurant was recommended to us by a tourist we had met at another restaurant. It was the worst dining experience we have had on the island or off. The service was extraordinarily slow. We had to ask for water refills and we waited an excessive amount of time for our food. When the food arrived, it was overcooked. The restaurant caters to children to the point that they have free rein. They are allowed to run through the restaurant playing tag and screaming. If your goal is good food and good service, go someplace else. If you are looking for your children to burn off some energy, this is the restaurant for you.
The Buccaneer was our first night in Aruba.
We has a five year old child with us. The people were so nice the food was so good at the atmosphere is so fun. There were nine of us and was no problem. Everything was wonderful.
Their scenery is delightful and we got placed next to the aquarium. Loved IT!
Love their barracuda here which is usually their "catch of the day". I usually order it grilled and it came out pan-fried (which seems to happen at other restaurants as well.) Since I was eating with a couple of friends and didn't want to wait while they ate, I went ahead with the pan-fried barracuda - which was fine, just not what I ordered. I would have also liked more lemon for my fish and another glass of wine but we didn't see our waiter again until we were finished eating. All in all, a "so-so" meal this time around. I do, however, love getting a table next to the large aquarium and watching the turtles, lobster, etc. swimming around.
We have dined here on every trip as we love the atmosphere, the staff is very friendly, and the food superb! We tell everyone to make sure they visit!
I have dined at the Buccaneer at least once every visit I made to Aruba since 1982. The atmosphere is awesome and the food is always delicious. If you leave the restaurant hungry, you might want to check the sign on the front of the building, because youâre not at the Buccaneer. Our latest visit was great! Sue had the Poached Catch of the day âBarracudaâ with crabmeat and shrimp stuffing, which was fantastic and was served with a stuffed potato, veggies (carrots and broccoli), cabbage and I believe plantain. I had the âSeafood Platterâ, which came with the same sides and was just as delicious. No dessert this time, a little too much to eat, howeverâ¦thereâs always next time! We had three different servers and all were on the mark with their service. The atmosphere is FUN and adventurous and if you have children, they will surely be entertained the whole meal with the aquariums and sea life. They do charge the âAruban Customary 15% service feeâ, but I donât mind paying it if I get good service. We highly recommend The Buccaneer.
Tues 06/23 Ã¢â¬â Buccaneer
Service very, very slow (in room with small tanks) - I canÃ¢â¬â¢t blame the servers since the place was crowded and they only had 3 servers in that room. The 2 older male servers had more energy than the young female server. Drinks ok. Smoked salmon ok Ã¢â¬â quality not as good as other places Ã¢â¬â only a thin slice of lemon instead of a wedge Ã¢â¬â tough to squeeze a thin slice of lemon. We both had Barracuda which tasted very good, but we both felt extremely full Ã¢â¬â Wife couldnÃ¢â¬â¢t finish it. We spent over 2 hours there. Not sure if weÃ¢â¬â¢d go back soon.
Everytime I go to this restaurant its the same old thing. Nothing new and exciting. My last time was last time!! Food varies on taste. One night it is one way the next different.
Best value for fresh seafood we were able to find. Prices neared $10 per entree less than most we ate at. Doesn't look too promising from the outside but is actually pretty cool inside. The aquariums are amazing and the sea turtles swimming laps were a great conversation piece. Other diners had kids in the restaurant and they seemed to really enjoy the aquariums as well. Food was perfect - recommend the lobster bisque as a starter. Catch of the day baracuda was done well. Service was the best we had in Aruba. Besides our server there were at least two other people on the dining floor at all times just keeping an eye on our experience, filling water, replenishing bar drinks, etc. Server was personable and willing to give honest opinions on dishes. Would go back in a second!
Sorry folks, your food reminds me on a sunken ship as well! In the past you could do it better !