Passions on the Beach

Carambola Restaurant


Overall rating:
 
  9,1    based on 160 reviews
Food:
 
 9
Service:
 
 9,6
Presentation:
 
 9,2
Environment:
 
 9,1
Childfriendly:
 
 8,7
Wheelchair:
 
 7,8
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~ General ~

International cuisine with a touch of the Caribbean.
Our talented Chef creates fresh menu choices daily.
The tantalizing menu offers endless food choices and a
captivating wine list.

It's the amazing taste of simple great food !

~ Details ~

Price Main Course USD - (±EUR):
$25.00 - $40.00 ( €20.36 - €32.58 )
No service charge is added to your check
Cuisine(s):
Caribbean, International
Meals:
Dinner
Smoking:
No Smoking
Credit Cards:
  • Mastercard
  • VISA
Opening Hours:
Tuesday - Sunday:
5:30pm - 10:30pm

Closed on Monday

~ Menu(s) ~

~ Contact ~

Carambola Restaurant

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 46
Aruba
Tel: +(297) 587 6695

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Reviewed by , posted on December 16, 2014

Best in Aruba?

I cannot say for certain that this is the best place to eat in Aruba, but it certainly must be in the top 2 or 3. Carambola was recommended to us because of the great service by Davy as well as the food. Neitherdisapppinted us! Davy greeted us at the door and made us feel right at home. There is no question that you should ask to sit in his section. The Carambola Salad was really good, but the Seafood Pasta wasthes star on the menu - only made all the better by the homemade pasta.

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
Presentation:
 
  9.0
Environment:
 
  9.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on December 12, 2014

Best ambience and food

the variety and presentation of the food is wonderful. Then the taste is beyond
words, so good.
Our host Martin and waiter Davy really know how to please the customer with suggestions and hospitality.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  10.0
Wheelchair:
 
  10.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on December 11, 2014

So glad we found this Aruban treasure!

A very welcoming place, from the time we walked in with a big hello and smile from the friendly bartender, Marlan,who remembered we loved their awesome sangria, to the wonderful meal with attentive service. Our server, Davy, described the meals to perfection we were so pleased with our order and wished we could eat more! The black pasta is a must so delicious and we had never seen it offered anywhere else! We can't wait to visit again when we return next year the atmosphere is so relaxing and inviting and the tasty sangria is already calling our name! Thank you for wonderful evening!

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  n/a
Wheelchair:
 
  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on December 10, 2014

Disappointment

We've been coming to Aruba for eight consecutive years for ~ 20 days each year so we have been to many Aruban restaurants over the years. We saw Carombola listed as the number one restaurant in Aruba on RestaurantsAruba.com when we made our reservations. After reviewing menus, we decided to make reservations and enjoy the Early Bird menu. Sadly, we were told that the Early Bird Special was not honored in the month of December. We double- checked to make sure that we had not over-looked this point when we got home, but the website did not mention this fact. We were offered a "modified Early Bird Special" - minus several entree choices and no dessert for the same price. When we left at 7:30pm, only two of forty tables were occupied. Service was good, the food was good (but not excellent), and the ambiance for the holiday season was beautiful. However, for a number one rated restaurant, we were disappointed. We feel the owner (who was present) should have shown some class and honored the menu on the Internet. For the money, we would prefer to go to elsewhere--too many great restaurants in Aruba.

Food:
 
  6.0
Service:
 
  8.0
Presentation:
 
  8.0
Environment:
 
  8.0
Childfriendly:
 
  8.0
Wheelchair:
 
  7.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on December 9, 2014

Amazing!

We had a group of six at Carambola's last week. Our server was Davey and he was fantastic. The timing of the appetizers and the meal was perfect. We had several fine dining experiences over our vacation, but our group agreed that food-wise, Carambola was the best. The sea-bass was cooked perfectly and the presentation was excellent. the red snapper special was also a hit. Davey was just the right amount of attentive, without being too overbearing and was great with our son--bringing him out his meal early. We would highly recommend Carambola.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  7.0
Childfriendly:
 
  10.0
Wheelchair:
 
  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on November 19, 2014

Our Best Meal in Aruba

Every bite a joy! The desert surprised us with its flavor and just the right amount. THANKS Davy!

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  8.0
Childfriendly:
 
  n/a
Wheelchair:
 
  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on November 12, 2014

Always GREAT FOOD, GREAT SERVICE!

I have been here several times in the last couple of years.the food is always excellent. I love the grouper, my personal favorite... my waiters have always been very attentive, very professional. it's alwaysthe best in my opinion on the island 4service , quality and in price. ♡

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on November 9, 2014

Definitely not #1 in Aruba

Meteocre food, dated ambience, will not return.

Food:
 
  1.0
Service:
 
  3.0
Presentation:
 
  1.0
Environment:
 
  1.0
Childfriendly:
 
  3.0
Wheelchair:
 
  1.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on November 9, 2014

Great Restaurant

Ambiance was extremely nice and food was too.
Had a wonderful chopped salad. Highly recommend the establishment.
Kudos to all the servers especially ours, Amaury!

Food:
 
  8.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on November 4, 2014

Average Meal

We were looking forward to the top ranked restaurant in Aruba. The whole fish (fried) was mediocre. Service was good but food needs improvement.

Food:
 
  6.0
Service:
 
  9.0
Presentation:
 
  7.0
Environment:
 
  9.0
Childfriendly:
 
  9.0
Wheelchair:
 
  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on October 20, 2014

Best meal i ever had

We arrived for dinner with a party of eight. everybody had appetizer's and entree's. I had the escargot and pork tenderloin, which was cooked to perfection. that was by far the best meal I ever had. Everybody enjoyed their dishes as well. My friends wanted to go to another place for dinner but I managed to persuade them. after dinner they told me that it was the best meal they had on the island. I felt wonderful about that.This restaurant was recommended to us and we'll also do the same. Carambola is definitely worth a visit.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  10.0
Wheelchair:
 
  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on September 23, 2014

Great Restaurant

We had dinner here twice during our recent visit to Aruba. This is a restaurant that serves fabulous seafood. The presentation & quality is top notch. The atmosphere is lovely & a great place for an intimate dinner with your special person. Our waiters were Eduardo & Marlon. They were pleasant & informative & truly added to the overall experience. We would rank their level of service to be among the best we have ever had. This is a must on any Aruba vacation.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on September 21, 2014

Best meal on island

Just spent last week in Aruba at paradise beach villas had 3 great meals at Carambola,best mahi mahi on island,the pasta early bird was absolutely wonderful,our waiter Eduardo was very entertaing and full of knowledge about every menu item,we should have ate here every night the other 3 nights we went to some other restraunts boy was that a mistake,the owner Martin&his wife greated us every night,if you are in aruba you must eat here.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  10.0
Wheelchair:
 
  10.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on September 6, 2014

Nice new find

We have been coming to Aruba for decades. This is the first time we tried Carambola. The restaurant itself was pleasant and the greeting was very friendly. Our waiter, Eduardo, was friendly, knowledgeable and had a great sense of humor. The food was very good. Standouts were the Peanut Soup, the Roast Duck and the Boulliobaise. The desserts were good as well. Wine list was good, with some variety and choices, and wines to fit all budgets.

We would definitely return.

Food:
 
  9.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  9.0
Environment:
 
  9.0
Childfriendly:
 
  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on July 24, 2014

Reviews are correct

We had dinner at Carambola tonight and all the positive reviews were accurate. The food, service and food presentation could not be better. You will not be disappointed.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on July 24, 2014

Great discovery!!

We've been coming to Aruba once a year for 15 years and have dined in a number of very good restaurants. We're adding Carambola to our "go to" list after trying it on this trip. Although not on the beach, nice ambience, great service and excellent food. Service was attentive, cordial and at the right pace. When you dine you want a well paced service. Menu was full of very attractive choices. Definitely recommend it - ranks among the best in the island; and there are many good ones!

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  9.0
Environment:
 
  9.0
Childfriendly:
 
  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on June 28, 2014

Amazing Service!

Great service!!! Elsa was our waitress and she was super helpful!! We had just arrived in Aruba from the states so we had a ton of questions about the environment and place to go-- Elsa was super nice and knowledgable! I would recommend this place to a friend any day!

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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Reviewed by , posted on June 20, 2014

Don't Ever Change, Aldo

I wish I had written this review sooner so I could be specific about the dishes we ordered. This was one of the last restaurants we went to on our trip, and I wish we had discovered it sooner. Very well run establishment. Their staff was genuine, friendly and knowledgeable about their offerings and the island. I can't say that I'd return to any of the other restaurants we tried, but Carambola is a wonderful exception.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  10.0
Wheelchair:
 
  10.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on May 17, 2014

Truly Special

This was our 10th trip to Aruba and our 1st time to Carambola and it was wounderful.We went twice during our stay and both times the service and food was excellent.I usually don't write reviews but Carambola deserves a special mention,don't miss this place!

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  9.0
Wheelchair:
 
  9.0
 
Reviewed by , posted on April 23, 2014

MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT!!

I love to travel and I love ARUBA! I usually make a few trips a year and let me just say, THIS IS THE BEST RESTAURANT for service, food, and presentation - HANDS DOWN! Its MY favorite in all the world! From the very first time I went to the Carambola, ALWAYS greeted with a friendly smile and warm welcome... the Grouper Special is my favorite!!! Presentation is awesome! I am always relaxed, never hurried... I enjoy the outdoor space myself. Open air, very nice. I make a reservation before I leave the states! I can not wait to get back! (I always eat at Carambola on my first night.) I have tried several dishes and love the tropical dishes best. But rest assured, its ALL VERY DELISH!!!!

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on March 22, 2014

We love Carambola!

We stay at La Cabana resort and this is just a minute walk away from our condo. I have to admit my group came to this restaurant 4 different times during our week stay. It was absolutely wonderful. Food was great every time, and we tried many different entrees. Also the wine was to die for. Not only was the food great, the service was amazing!! All of the waiters were very personable and extremely accommodating. I enjoyed every minute i spent at Carambola. Highly recommend this restaurant!! I do recommend eating inside however because it can get a little windy on the deck but both are great!

Food:
 
  9.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  9.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on February 21, 2014

Great ambiance and friendly staff

Worth a repeat for sure! Excellent food, and perfect service. Our waiter Aldo did great. Happy evening!

Food:
 
  8.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  9.0
Environment:
 
  9.0
Childfriendly:
 
  8.0
Wheelchair:
 
  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on February 20, 2014

Dinner at Carambola

Four of us recently had dinner at Carambola. We wanted to try a restaurant in Aruba we had never eaten at, so after reading reviews, most of them being excellent, the few negative reviews make you wonder... if some people are really miserable and never happy or their meal was really bad. We all loved our meals from the appetizers down to the desserts. Our waiter Aldo was one of the most attentive and happiest we found in Aruba!! We will definately return and highly recommend this restaurant. We came to the conclusion some people are just not happy with anything and I'm glad we are not that type.

Food:
 
  10.0
Service:
 
  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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  n/a
 
Reviewed by , posted on February 5, 2014

Great find!

We discovered this place our last night and wish we'd found it earlier. My fussy husband had the linguini with clams and I had the mahi-mahi. Both were delicious and perfectly prepared. Our waiter, Aldo, was very friendly and helpful. We look forward to trying more dishes when we return next year.

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  10.0
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  n/a
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Reviewed by , posted on January 25, 2014

Great Food

it was my first time in aruba and also eating at Carambola. It was a wonderful experience. I would recommend the seafood pasta for the seafood lovers.

Food:
 
  10.0
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  10.0
Presentation:
 
  10.0
Environment:
 
  10.0
Childfriendly:
 
  10.0
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  n/a
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