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.
Caya Ing Roland H. Lacle 12
Aruba Tel: +(297) - 588 00 53
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Back for another wonderful meal
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.
A good meal!
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.
Excellent!! Well Kept Secret!!
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!
UNIQUELY WONDERFUL AND DIFFERENT
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
An excellent restaurant!
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!
Best Place in Aruba
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.
Not the 6th best on the island
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.
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.
What a find!
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!
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!
Return Trip to a Great Restaurant
We had the pleasure to return to this great restaurant on July 25th during our yearly jaunt down to the island. As ususal, Jose welcomed us back with a hearty greeting and even though we didn't have a reservation, he seated us immediately. Upon selection of a wine, Jose informed us that he didn't have the selected wine and took the time to tell us about a Portueges wine which was lovely. We normally get the "sushi" and this year was no different and it was delicious. My wife had the goat stew which was very tender and a good portion. I selected the grouper with a lime and butter sauce which was wonderful. We ended up splitting an order of the tres leche cake which is a must if you are going to try this restaurant. Another great year and good food at Gotoso and looking forward to our return next year!
We ate at Gostoso's in July and were very happy we did! Our cab driver Jose (who we recommend also) recommended it and we are so glad he did. The chef/owner Jose was wonderful. He made you feel like you were guests in his home! Service and food were excellent! We will be back next July! Amazing!!
First time trying this restaurant. We really enjoyed our dinner. We had the Stuffed Avocado Bacalhau Vinaigrette, which was very good. Then we had snapper and grouper, one with passion fruit sauce and one with mango sauce. Both dishes were great.The only bad point was we were the only one in the restaurant. I definitely recommenced trying this restaurant.
First of all big thanks to the chef/owner Jose for a great dining experience! He makes you feel like you are eating in his home. We tried the fish chowder,stuffed artichoke with shrimp,the creole"sushi roll", grouper with creole sauce, and chicken mignon. All were superb and generous portions. Can't wait to come back next year!!!
After reading all the great reviews, my husband and I ate here last week. Wow! What a hidden gem! Jose is a doll, and the whole staff is friendly and helpful! The Creole Sushi Roll appetizer is awesome (and I don't even eat sushi - it's not "really" sushi), the Gostoso cocktail is great, too. My husband got one of the specials, and I had grouper in mango sauce. Everything was just wonderful!! This will now be a regular dinner spot for us in Aruba!!
Best food AND Best Value
We have been coming down to Aruba for 7 years now, and I have been researching different restaurants to go to on this site. I read the reviews of Gostoso, and after having dinner there for the very first time, I have to agree that this is the best find on the island!
Gostoso's is a small establishment with limited seating so you must call in advance to secure a table.
My family (of 5, youngest being 14) arrived and were sat down right away. From the start, we were greeted by warm smiles, and throughout the meal, the attention given to us was not overbearing, but was quite timely. Our water glasses never got empty.
The menu is diverse and offers something for everybody.
For appetizers, I had a stuffed artichoke that was unique and flavorful. My wife had soup which was delicious. My boys ordered their specialty... the Creole Sushi Rolls. Not sushi - sushi... but a Portuguese style sushi roll... no rice or seaweed, but filled with crab or salmon, and avocado, wrapped in thinly sliced plantain... with a sweet homemade sauce... DELICIOUS!!! Must order at least one for the table!!!
Dinner: Although their steak supposedly is terrific, we all were in the mood for fish, and BOY! what a treat. We each ordered the grouper and we either had it with a mango sauce or Madeira style... with passion fruit and a sliced banana that was warmed up laying on top. It is an absolute treat for your taste buds... Best on the island so far.
Dessert: Two words... Tres Leches. They have a bread/cake dessert soaked in three different types of milk and topped with merengue. Yummy. A homemade dark chocolate cake was good, and their caramel flan was okay.
At this point, you will be stuffed, as the portions are generous.
Throughout the process, they were very clear as to how much everything costs... except for the sangria. They made it sound wonderful, so I ordered it. They didn't say how much it would cost --> US$50 ! Ridiculous.
When I got the bill I was shocked. Great way to ruin what overall was a terrific experience. Everything else is very fairly priced... so ask before you order (Lesson Learned)
Again... whether you are looking for a "Fine" restaurant or just one of fair value... this one is as good as any!
A great Find
We have been coming to Aruba for 12 years and this is the first time we ate here. Boy have we missed out... The food was excellent, the spices unique and the staff was great. The owner/chef was very attentive to our needs and was very appreciative of our comments. A little off the beaten path but very easy to find and we'll worth it.
The food and service were amazing. My son said they have the best filet on the island. We enjoyed everything. Definitely have dinner here if you are visiting Aruba.
Gostoso- had not been here in a few years.This man from portugal really cares about his place. Their Sangria is awesome.Food was excellent . My wife is a cake fanatic and I am not but we had their tres Leche dessert.THE BEST CAKE I HAVE EVER EATEN!! Annual
This is probably our fourth year dining at Gostoso and we continue to go back because it's a great value and good food. My husband is especially fond of their homemade hot sauce. We've never had a bad meal and their alfredo sauce is excellent. Nice and light, nothing like the heavy sauce we have in NJ.
Really love this restaurant, definitely one of my favorites on the island, good price, delicious good and definitely great service. Very good ambiance. It is always hard to choose what to eat as I like so many things on their menu, my favorites are the sushi creole, breaded calamari, Chupe soup, Filet Mignon any style, Grouper filet, Fish and Shrimp tempura, Fricase de Pollo..too many to mention. Would 100% recommend this restaurant.
Gostoso is one of the best kept secrets in aruba. the food there is AMAZING!i had the grouper in mango sauce and it was amazing, it had such great flavor. my daughter had the grouper in a passion fruit sauce, topped with a banana, and finished the whole entire thing and said that she could eat a whole other one! my wife had the cabrito stoba, stewed goat and ate every piece. The dessert was AMAZING!the tres leches cake is absolutely to die for. we have this cake at home at a restaurant and this one was even more delicious and milky than the one at home. great find in aruba, a must to go to!
The owner, Jose, was absolutely charming and could not be prouder or more earnest to please his guests. The restaurant is small so definitely do make a reservation. Gostoso is on a small side street in downtown Oranjestad. If you are going to take a taxi anywhere on the island, this is the place where you want to take a taxi to. Parking is also very limited.
The food at Gostoso is a mix of international, Aruba and Portuguese foods. There is a very large menu and Jose patiently answered all of our questions and suggested various items we might like to try. Definitely do also try a pitcher of their delicious white sangria!
cute place, hard to find, very tasty foods with nice presentation. only gripe was quantity of food for the very moderate prices. very small portions of fish in all appetizers. all four of us had the same complaint. due to that probably would not go again. also, watch the bill for included service charge.
Tried this restaurant based on the posts here, we were disappointed. We ordered the sushi roll, but wanted shrimp instead of the mix, they said it would be another 15-20 minutes to make, so they were pushing the pre-made mix. We each selected the Golden snapper - one mango sauce, the other with a different sauce. The sauces were fine, but the snapper was the strongest tasting snapper I have ever had- it really detracted from the flavor. The chef was very nice and offered dessert free, but the intense fishiness of the snapper turned me off everything. Very hard to find the location in the dark also....but that is not the fault of the restaurant, it is the fault of the poorly marked Aruban streets.