Since 1988, the highly regarded Chalet Suisse Restaurant has been enjoyed by visitors and locals alike who relish the consistency of the finest quality ingredients, the congeniality and efficiency of the all-Aruban service staff, the care given in the preparation of each dish, and the well-balanced menu options to please everyone's palate.
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Average, at best
Friends have raved about this restaurant in the past, so I decided to give it a try. I was rather disappointed in the taste of my dinner (stuffed haddock), the portion was truly microscopic and I am NOT at all a big eater and believe in portion control, however, this was crazy! Four tiny sized pieces of thin fish rolled with crabmeat, each piece was the size of a sea scollop. No flavor, horrible. The meals are quite expensive for what is plated. The staff is extremely attentive, almost to the point of being annoying. I experienced many fine dining experience while visiting Aruba for a week, but this was not one of them. Save your money and make reservations elsewhere!
4 of us ate there. Super service almost to the point of being annoying. Waiter recommended the steak. Hyped it up.. The steak was just okay. Certainly not of the quality I had expected. Wait staff seemed like they were rushing us through dinner....overall ,not that impressed that I would consider going back
I have been going to Aruba since 1994. We started out as 2 people. Now there is a group of about 35 who meet in Aruba.
We have had birthdays at this restaurant. The food, service, the ambiance is impeccable. The service is always fine.
The mouth watering food that is always served is beyond explanation. I visit this restaurant at least 2x each year. This is truly an unforgettable dining experience that each visitor to this island should experience.
Disapointed this time
Two years ago I ordered Lobster Thermador. It was excellent. When my wife and I ordered it in April 2014, we were very disappointed as the lobster was hard and tasteless. We did not complain as we were with another couple who were delighted with their entrees. We wished we had ordered something else. We will return as we love the restaurant. It was just a bad choice on our part.
Switerland & Pine Trees near the Aruban Beach
The Chalet Suisse was #1 on our list of restaurants to dine at in Aruba. And what a marvelous dining experience we enjoyed! With the impeccably dressed staff and the spacious & charming restaurant, the atmosphere was one of old country grace. The meal was a relaxing production! From the French Onion & Pea Soups, to the salads, then the Beef Stroganoff, followed by desserts, every bite was delicious & savored. The wines were lovely. And the martini was icy perfection. This restaurant is a gem that must be visited!!!
Another fine meal
We had another wonderful meal at Chalet Suisse and appreciated the warm hospitality from all the employees as well as delicious meals for both of us. I ordered the filet mignon, which was excellent. My wife had the chicken cordon bleu, which she also enjoyed along with the asparagus au gratin. We had coffees and desserts-all quite tasty. Thanks for another great evening at one of Aruba's finest, and friendly, dining establishments. We'll be back!
Best meal of our trip!
Just got back from vacation today. We had some great meals during our stay, but Chalet Suisse was by far our best dining experience. Everyone's appetizer, entree, and dessert was thoroughly enjoyed. The rack of lamb exceeded the hype ...every piece was cooked perfectly and was absolutely delicious. Service was great too, Benny the manager is awesome, all class. Can't recommend this place highly enough.
We have been going to Chalet since we started going to Aruba. 1995! We just love it. The food is delish, they have the best rib eye steak in the world, we love the rack of lamb too.
Service is incrdeible, Deserts, such as the fondue are decadent.
Great salads, and appetizers. A must when staying in Aruba.
Sept. 20, 2012
As this is our favorite restaurant in Aruba, we try to have our last dinner of our trip here. I had the escargot for appetizer & convinced DW to try one. For entrees, DW had the Shrimp Provencal over linguini & loved it. While
I had Prime Filet Mignon Madagascar with sides for sautéed spinach & french fries. Great stuff - looking forward to next year. Total amount for food, 2 sides, 2 drinks, 1 bottle of wine, 15% service charge, plus extra tip came to $163.75.
Sept. 18, 2012
This is our favorite restaurant in Aruba. The food is excellent & the service is even better. DW had the lobster tail and I had the Prime NY Strip steak. I ordered a side of sautéed mushrooms to go with the steak. Total for the food, 2 drinks, a bottle of Pinot Noir, 15% service
charge, plus extra tip came to $155.70.
My favorite restaurant
There is nothing nicer than hearing, "Welcome home," by Benny each year when we visit Chalet Suisse. The warm welcome, in addition to the outstanding food served in the charming Swiss chalet, combine to make this my favorite restaurant on the island. Every year we know that we will be served a fine meal by a professional staff who go out of their way to make the dining experience memorable. My dinner of weiner schnitzel completely filled my plate and I was determined to save half for the next day's lunch, but one bite and those plans were dashed as I practically licked the plate clean! It was positively scrumptious! My dining partner's almond-crusted snapper disappeared almost as quickly. We shared the truly sinful dessert the Grand Marquise, dense chocolate cake with hazelnut ice cream, which was pure heaven. We were both happily stuffed and looked forward to our next visit to this magical restaurant. We adore it.
Limited menu, disappointing food
My wife and I ate here for our last night in Aruba, and it was a significant step down from the other restaurants we ate at. We choose Chalet Suisse because of the menu online and were excited about the toblerone fondue. Also, we love Swiss and French food.
Well, we had the fondue and it was delicious. Unfortunately, they must have changed the menu that is on their website because both the entrees we wanted were now gone. My wife is a vegetarian and they eliminated the only vegetarian entree and the chicken dish I wanted (milanaise). We aren't red meat eaters, and this clearly seems like a place were you need to eat red meat to be happy. We were sitting by the kitchen and 90% of what was being served that night was beef. The family next to us got fish, and they were complaining loudly about it being overcooked. The steak folks looked happy, so if you like steak, this is the place to go. There was very little on the menu that we could eat, so we had four appetizers instead of entrees: salad, soup, ravioli and chicken vol-au-vent. The soup was thin, was flavorful. The goat cheese salad was enormous and underseasoned (the dressing seemed to be mostly oil, with no acid). The ravioli and chicken were all very mediocre, and tasted pre-made and frozen. The chicken, for example, was dry and the sauce tasted like canned gravy.
The servers were so nice and attentive, it's really a shame about the food. I don't understand how this place can claim to be fine dining? Everything we ate and saw looked more like slightly fancy cafeteria food. Go for dessert, but skip dinner.
Great service questionable food
We recently visited this restaurant -july 2012. The wait staff was excellent, very friendly and attentive. Unfortunately, the food did not hold up its end of the bargain. I ordered the Caribbean seafood platter which consisted of an over-cooked, flavorless lobster tail (required a steak knife to cut), some slimy "fresh grouper" and three very over-cooked shrimp. The food arrived quickly and we were warned by several staff members that the plates were very hot and to take care to not burn ourselves on them... Not a good sign. We found this to be a very expensive meal that was obviously not cooked to order and had been sitting under a heat lamp all night. Don't waste your money.
Chalet Suisse is definitely one of the best restaurants in Aruba ! Everytime I go I have the chicken stuffed with spinach and cream cheese so good! Also the chocolate fondue is to die for. Everyone there is so nice and friendly especially the host Benny, he always knows how to put a smile on everyone's faces!!
Avocado Del Mar: Skip it, the crab didn't taste fresh and had too much dressing.
Surf and Turf: The filet was excellent- good flavor, perfectly cooked. The lobster tail was very small and over cooked.
Chilean Sea Bass: The fish was breaded and greasy, the white wine sauce, potatoes and vegetables were excellent.
Chocolate Marquis: This dessert and the filet were top notch!
Hmm, how am I going to say this diplomatically. CHALET SUISSE as the survivor of three very distinguished restaurants, including Chez Mathilde and Le Dome, may be on the verge of being unable to carry forth the great traditions that these three established and maintained. CHALET SUISSE is still very good, but our experience this year was less than what we have come to expect of the establishment. The food simply was not prepared to the standards that they are and have been capable of doing. Their rack of lamb cannot be beat, but other dishes are not rising to the same standards. For this reason we did not retunr a second time this year as we usually do and we do have some quality concerns moving forward. There are far too many up and coming restaurants for any established one to become complacent and we hope that is not what is happening to CHALET SUISSE. In the past, it has been an incredibly good restaurant and we will continue to dine here until that is no longer the case.
In our last night in Aruba, the 7 of us went to Chalet Suisse, located in front of Eagle Beach. We had not been to in years. EVERYTHING was just great, from the food to the service, from the steak to the fish and the desserts were yummy. All enjoyed the meal and we all left very happy. A nice clean environment. A must see.
On 2/20/12 we (a party of 3) with reservations visited this restaurant. They seated us in at the worst table in the place, two of us with wall on our side and one facing a window, only to be told by the hostess this was the best seat in the house,(I love how the people here are always full of bologna) I asked for another table but she could not accomodate us. We were then asked 4 times for our drink order, we were not having drinks. They give you bread which is very good and one tiny cube of butter.When asked for more got another little cube. Two of us orders the lamb chops which came with 3 little cubed potatoes and a vegetable.The other plater was a seafood platter with those same three tiny potatoes and vegetable.We were still hungry,but there was no more butter for the bread.Next,did we want dessert, well yes but from Baskin Robbins.Cutting our loss for three meals for $143.00. Visit the island every year and will not be going back to this place.
Our return visit was very disappointing. The rack of lamb was very fatty and the servers didnt seem to care. Two of the four dinners came out well after the first two. We will think twice about returning.
First time we went to aruba was Oct 2010. We visited Chalet Suisse and OMG the food was wonderful. Three of us had the Filet (the best anywhere) and I had the chilian sea bass (white fish VERY GOOD). We returned in Feb and again in October of 2011 and could not wait to visit again. Our next visit is March 2012 and we are ALL looking forward to going for the Filet and now french onion soup. ALL OF THE FOOD HERE IS AMAZING.
If I could give this place all 11s, I would. For the last 10 years this is always our first stop on the island, and we are never disappointed. The staff works like a beautifully choreographed ballet...of all the wonderful eateries here, this is the one where we always feel most pampered. Your wine glass never gets empty and you wait for nothing..every server is friendly and professional and the food is always phenomenal. A do not miss place!
Just came back from dinner, had the chef suggested appitiezers, my wife had the Arugula salad and fish cakes, very good. I had the chicken in pastery and white cream sauce. The chicken was a tad dry, but overall it was good. We both had the lamb and it was as good as any I had anywhere, better than most. She had the strudel with ice cream and I had the chocolate marquie for desert, both very good. They make their own ice cream, nice touch. They were VERY busy, but the service was outstanding. We will be back
We haven't been in Chalet Swiss for a couple of years, and it is so nice to be back. There were five of us, and we all enjoyed our meals. Everything was just right. My lamb was one of the best (and I love lamb) and the portion was also very very satisfying! The best restaurant on Aruba in my opinion.
This restaurant is by far the best overall in Aruba, We have been to almost all the others. There are many good ones but Chalet Swiss is by far the best. We had theTwo Double Cut Colorado Loin Lamb Chops,Beef Stroganoff, and Wiener Schnitzel & Beef Strognoff. The wonderful desserts followed. All of the service was exceptional.
We ate here last week and would recommend others traveling to Aruba to add this to your list. The restaurant is definitely known for their service and good food. I had a filet and based on a few others I had this past week, the one at Chalet Suisee was cooked as expected and the quality was much better than the others. I'm also in love with the large bread basket you get loaded with fresh rolls and loads of garlic bread. Overall, a favorite of ours and can't wait to go back on our next trip.