Gostoso Restaurante

9,4 based on 52 reviews
Cuisine(s):
Aruban, International, Portuguese
Main Course:
$18.00 - $40.00
is:
  • Casual Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Indoor Dining
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Meals:
Dinner, Lunch, Take Out
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Ratings & more:
Excellent!
Menu(s): Dinner

Restaurant Information

Gostoso Restaurante

Caya Ing Roland H. Lacle 12
Aruba
Tel: +(297) - 588 00 53
Opening Hours:
Tuesday to Friday
Lunch: 12pm - 3pm
Dinner: 6pm - 10pm

Saturday & Sunday
Lunch: 12pm - 4pm
Dinner: 6:30pm - 10pm
Gostoso Restaurante
Gostoso a local favorite restaurant, that serve a blend of both Portuguese and Aruban Cuisine, which is designed to delight even the most discriminating Palate.

With our cozy and small atmosphere and impeccable service at a reasonable price “Gostoso Restaurante” will be your next favorite neighborhood Restaurant.
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Back for another wonderful meal

Aug 11, 2014 - posted by
We returned to Aruba on 26 July and went to dinner at Gostoso the next evening. We have been to the restaurant many times on previous trips and I'm happy to report that the food and service as still as impeccable as in the past. As usual, Jose is the most gracious host and welcomed us back to the island and restaurant. We opted for a different appetizer this time around and had the calamari which was excellent (we usually get the "sushi" which is always wonderful). I opted for the stuffed chicken Gostoso which was excellent. My wife chose one of daily specials which was grouper and was excellent. I always recommend the tres leche cake to friends for dessert and we were not disappointed have that as the end to our wonderful meal. We can't wait to return next year for another wonderful meal.
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A good meal!

Apr 14, 2014 - posted by
We have been reading about Gostoso for years and finally decided to try it. In town, a little out of the way, Gostoso is run by its owner who was very friendly and told us the history of the restaurant and how he would like to expand in the future. It is a small place but cozy and clean. we did not have a reservation but they were able to squeeze us in.
The service was polite, drinks took a while to get. Once the food was ordered it came much faster than expected for a small place.
The special beef soup was really good, served with large chunks of meat and a large piece of corn. Also the stuffed avocado with vinagrette was a tasty start. For entrees, there was a beef tenderloin/medallions special with shallots that was excellent. also the breaded conch, and rib eye were good. For fish, the grouper was very fresh, but a little on the small side. Overall, it was a good meal and if we were in town casually just "winging it" for a night, we'd give it another try.
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Excellent!! Well Kept Secret!!

Apr 1, 2014 - posted by
My wife and I have been coming to Aruba for the past 14 years, over 30 visits in total and have never come across this restaurant in any of the flyers or recommendations from the concierge. The owner is a very friendly Gentleman that incorporates his Portuguese cuisine into local Arubian fare. He told us that he does not advertise and depends on word of mouth, explaining his low profile in the throw away's the hotels give you at check-in. Bottom-line! This is an excellent restaurant for fantastic food for a most reasonable price, perfectly cooked fish, the conk with creole sauce was out of this world. The avocado and cerviche was very tasty also. We had three decent size appetizers, two fish dinner's & two drinks for $82 before tip!! If you choose to dine here, you will also feel compelled to spread the word regarding this restaurant. I rarely bother rating, so this is a rare event!
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UNIQUELY WONDERFUL AND DIFFERENT

Mar 25, 2014 - posted by
Over the past several years, we had been hearing some very nice things about this place. So we set out to find it on our own and failed - two years in a row! Having learned from that lesson and having reviewed the menu with great interest, this year (2014) we simply grabbed a taxi; told the driver where we wanted to go; and trusted in his ability to find the place. As it was, the place was in the opposite direction of where we had been looking and we were glad to be dropped off at the door in just a few minutes. We like to try new places each year and especially look for some diversity of menu at the new places we frequent. GOSTOSO easily lived up to our objective of diversity. It has one of the most unique and satisfying menus we have seen in Aruba and we found ourselves experiencing difficulty in deciding what to get. So we threw ourselves upon the mercy and guidance of our waiter who deftly led us through the menu offerings and made some good recommendations along the way. Our only regret was that, this year (2014), we were unable to follow through with his recommendation that we eat here several times during our stay (we hope to remedy that next year). What we wound up with was one of the most uniquely delightful meals that we have had in a long time - from the plaintain/salmon sushi roll appetizer to the passion fruit and creole sea bass entrees. Everything was impeccably made and absolutely delicious. Service rose to the level of pampering and the advice given along the way was well worth considering. It was also pleasing to see the chef interacting with the patrons as well and showing that extra concern that is often missing in larger establishments. This is a chef that genuinely cares and you can see it in his demeanor and attitude - both of which are refreshing to see. We will be returning several times next year (in order to taste more of the offerings) and recommend the place to everyone - it may be a little hard to find but it is well worth the effort. In our opinion this place easily rivals Wacky Wahoo as one of, if not "the", the currently best seafood restaurants in Aruba and its menu goes beyond that as well. Service is excellent, setting and ambiance is nice. We found nothing to complain about here and suspect that will be the case for future visits. In our opinion, this place exceeds the standards that BAREFOOT is known for in Town. Go and Enjoy.

Visited March 2014
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An excellent restaurant!

Feb 6, 2014 - posted by
This was our first chance to dine at Gostoso's. We each had fillet of Grouper which was excellent. The fish was fresh, served piping hot, and beautifully presented, along with delicious sides. The portions were plentiful. The desserts were also wonderful. The service was outstanding. We had a chance to chat with Jose, the owner/chef, and found him to be very passionate and devoted to giving his patrons an exceptional culinary experience. We cannot wait to return!
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Best Place in Aruba

Jan 31, 2014 - posted by
Hard to Find. Well worth it. Get a couple of business cards and use with your driver on the next trip! Fifth time in 5 visits to Aruba. Jose is a gem. On a slow night, you have the opportunity to talk to him and get some of the background of the place. Kim absolutely loves the Goat Stew and counts the days and hours until she can have it. I had the Carbonara and our Aruban friend had the Tempura. All were wonderful. Jose, we will be back again and again. Don't change.
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Not the 6th best on the island

Dec 30, 2013 - posted by
We tried this restaurant due to its ranking on the Top 10 Fine Dining list. Personally, I don't think it is worthy of the rating of 6th best on the Island. There are way better restaurants.
Service was just so-so. Had to ask twice for drink refills. Kids menu was well suited for kids but not the highest quality food. My wife has the snapper and said it was good. I had the filet and it wasn't great. If eating outside bring bug spray but that's common on the island. Would probably not come back.
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Hidden Gem

Dec 4, 2013 - posted by
We ate at Gostoso in April and loved it, had never heard of it before. Loved it so much we went back on our recent trip last week. We were not disappointed. The restaurant is very small, and a little difficult to find if you're not familiar with the island, but totally worth it. The owner came to the table and explained the menu and the specials. The menu is extensive and has something for everyone. I had the sea bass with passion fruit sauce, it was fantastic, I wanted to lick the plate! My husband had the beef tenderloins "Italian style" and said they were excellent and perfectly cooked. They do have a kids' menu as well, our daughter said the chicken fingers were very good. Make reservations, as there are maybe only 10 tables and it's getting more well-known now. We will definitely go back on our next trip.
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What a find!

Oct 19, 2013 - posted by
Delicious food, in a very welcoming atmosphere. Not easy to find, but worth it! Jose, the owner, is charming and friendly, welcoming and a great guide to the menu.
I cannot wait to come back and to recommend Gostoso to friend who may be traveling to Aruba.
DO NOT MISS Gostoso!
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Twice Blessed

Oct 15, 2013 - posted by
So incredible we went there for 2 nights in a row including our last night. Jose is an incredible host with amazing culinary skills.Wife had the Seafood platter with coconut curry sause. I needed a Meat break so I opted for a rib eye. It was excellent. The place is small so we could hear all the raves from the other patrons. This place is a hidden gem, if you need directions just ask!
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