Eetcafe The Paddock

4,5 based on 38 reviews
Cuisine(s):
Dutch, International
Main Course:
$16.00 - $22.00
is:
  • Budget Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
Accepts:
 
Meals:
Dinner, Lunch
Serves:
Ratings & more:
Menu(s): Breakfast

Restaurant Information

Eetcafe The Paddock
Wharfside MarketL.G. Smith Boulevard13
Aruba
Tel: (297) 5832334
Opening Hours:
10:00am - 2:00am
Happy Hour  
Eetcafe The Paddock
Eetcafe The Paddock, located right next to the fruit market and the harbor is the only genuine Dutch bar on Aruba. In Holland we call it an 'Eetcafe' meaning that you can enjoy different popular platters each day in a friendly atmosphere as you savor your favorite beverage.
Showing reviews 1 - 10 of 38

funky place on the harbor

Aug 10, 2012 - posted by
My wife and I own a house in Aruba and spend a lot of time on the island. We stop at the Paddock for lunch occasionally or drinks in the afternoon and we have had dinner there a couple times. The Paddock is a funky, old bar-restaurant that sits right on the harbor. It has some outdoor tables that face the harbor so you can watch charter fishing boats and cruise ships come and go and planes approaching the airport while you are eating. Given the type of place it is, the food is very good and very reasonably priced. We usually sit at the bar and service there is great. Note that every cruise ship docked can mean up to 3000 more people in town so the service staff can be extremely busy.
8.0
6.0
n/a
8.0
n/a
8.0

The WORST

Jun 20, 2012 - posted by
This was quite possibly the worst dining experience that I have ever had in my life.
I'm 52 and can not remember any time I was so very unhappy with a restaurant.
My wife ordered the fish soup and when she got it it looked like it was canned tomato soup with a few pieces of fish in it. The taste was NASTY. The only time we saw our waitress was like 15 minutes after we were seated and then again just before we received our check. They had birds flying all around the restaurant landing on tables and the place was dirty. The hamburger I had was very dry and on a huge bun so you didn't even know you had meat inside it.
WOULD NOT RECOMMEND THIS PLACE TO ANYONE!!!!!!!!
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
n/a
n/a

“”

Feb 9, 2012 - posted by
This has to be the worst dining experience I have had in Aruba. Wait staff were very unconcerned. When someone in my party asked to please have someone take our order, she said " we are very busy!" Food was over cooked and possibly the vegetables were canned. I have heard about how good the burgers are but we were told we couldn't order them because they were not able to cook ribs and burgers at the same time. What????? Anyway, don't waste your time and certainly not your money. I am not sure how they are still in business.
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
n/a
n/a

“”

Feb 7, 2012 - posted by
Our party of four visited this restaurant for lunch. First the drink order was wrong. Then after a long wait only three meal were brought to the table. One was completely forgotten and had to re-ordered at that time. No apology was given. The orders that were received included cold French fries. I asked the waitress to replace them and she did not seemed pleased!! Being an open air restaurant pigeons were all around. There was a notice asking patrons not to feed the birds. However a piece of food fell on the floor and the waitress immediately came over to sweep it up. She told us please don't feed the birds in an accusatory manner. When we told her it fell - we did not feed she started to argue with us. How inappropriate!! The gents restroom was disgusting!! Do not patronize this restaurant. It was awful!!
1.0
1.0
1.0
1.0
n/a
n/a

“”

Feb 5, 2012 - posted by
Rude,Rude,Rude service. This was my fifth and final time eating at The Paddock. Looking at the restaurant from the outside it has a fun, quirky atmosphere but it was far from a fun place last Wednesday night( Rib Night). I have eaten here each time I visit Aruba, even though the service was marginal, but this time it reached a new low. It was crowded and apparent that they were short staffed. We were patient, placed orders and received food relatively fast, food was okay but servers all had an almost hateful attitude.

Aruba may be one happy island but the Paddock is not a happy restaurant.
7.0
1.0
3.0
6.0
6.0
8.0

“”

Jan 1, 2012 - posted by
I cannot remember a restaurant with a worse service than this (I am 61 and know 27 countries...) They just don't care about customers. And they don't care...
8.0
1.0
6.0
6.0
n/a
n/a

“”

Nov 9, 2011 - posted by
Well, I was disappointed. My new wife and I are exploring the less expensive restaurants on Aruba, and therefore the All You Can Eat Ribs for $13 deal was super exciting; that is, until we went. ALSO: there was a "free souvenir drink with purchase of a meal" coupon in a guidebook, so I thought "sweet! A free drink too!"
When we arrived it was a beautiful setting: dusk was fast falling, the seating area was half-full, and the waiters looks young and friendly. Well, when we got there we stood next to the stand where there is normally a host/hostess, and no one helped us. Then a waiter walked back behind the podium and looked at me and smiled, to which I told him there were just two of us and I asked where we should sit, and he said "wherever you want". So I chose a table on the pier, on the sand just overlooking the water (gorgeous!). But then there we sat for over 10 minutes. Waiters walked behind us, next to the tables near us, and entirely ignored us. Then a waiter saw me and sort of waved. I thought "great, we can get drinks or finally be treated like paying customers". Finally my bride said that I should go talk to a waiter and see if we can get menus/service/anything. The young waiter was very apologetic when he realized we were being ignored. That was good. Then a different server came up to us and took our orders and all that. Finally. Btw, the ribs were big, juicy, and generally good. Some were overly dry, but my first plate (I had two plates) was really good. Overall the service was really poor and that just made the experience so much lower than it could have been. As an aside, she had the Grouper salad, and it was bland, and this is coming from a girl who generally appreciates bland food.
And about that free drink? They said they were ALL OUT of the "souvenir drink" so I didnt get it. Being an American who is used to customers being valued I expected them to you know, replace the "Sourvenir Drink" with, oh, gee, one soda? a free beer? whatever? But, no. No honoring the coupon. All in all, not the best place.
7.0
2.0
5.0
8.0
n/a
n/a

“”

Aug 19, 2011 - posted by
Every year The Paddock is one of our must go lunches. We go on Sunday, so we can park in front. There have been years when my points were a lot less. This year we really enjoyed our lunch. They have added sand to their patio, which gives the feeling of sitting on the beach. My carpaccio sandwich was excellent, as were the Tosti Paddocks of the others. The one minus were the fries. Being a Dutch restaurant I'd have expected much better. I had one, it was cold and overfried. Disappointment for this Dutch girl for sure. But besides that it was better than other years for sure.
7.0
8.0
5.0
8.0
n/a
n/a

“”

Sep 21, 2010 - posted by
stupid pigeons at the tables, basic food with a nice view in the harbor
6.0
7.0
6.0
6.0
n/a
n/a

“”

Jan 29, 2010 - posted by
everything fantastic!! nice people nice service nice view, I will be backi noticed that the paddock is one of the most visited places at this moment, neverv a dull moment!!
10.0
10.0
10.0
10.0
9.0
8.0
Showing reviews 1 - 10 of 38

Restaurant page views: 31,200