3 locations; Royal Plaza Mall, Paradise Beach Villas and Playa Linda Beach Resort
Offering a la carte and buffet breakfast from 8 - 11 a.m. and a continental dinner menu, with a special on the stone grill
feature from 6 - 11 p.m. daily, this quaint eatery welcomes the entire family.
Le Petit Cafe
J. E. Irausquin Bld z/n
Aruba Tel: (297) 587 4620
Fax: (297) 582 6577
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7 nights - 7 different restaurants - this was
The "presentation" was very creative and I might say unique, which in now way makes up for
a) completely tasteless french onion soup - the worst i've had in many years
b) completely tasteless and undercooked "churrazco" stake. probably wasn't "churrazco" to begin with
3) tasteless fish.
one good point: they don't charge 15% "service fee" like most others. basically begging people to leave something. i wish i could take some from the chef and the owners, and pass it along to the waiters.
and the bathroom is in such a state of disrepair that it's scary to go in
Not Sure Anymore
I visited this restaurant in 2011 and 2012. In both those instances, the food quality was excellent (I'm basing my numbered ratings on all 3 visits) The lava rock cooking was fun and certainly unique.
In October of 2013, my girlfriend and I returned for our third visit. This experience was completely opposite of our first two visits, yet eerily similar to other reviews on this site.
First, we were served with complimentary bread filled with cheese. The outside ends were extremely hot while the inside was perfectly frozen. Our appetizer, chicken sate, included a side of peanut butter. The edges of the peanut butter was also hot, however, the inside was very cold. It was clear and distressing to know at this point, our food wasn't being freshly prepared, it was being microwaved.
The main dish was surf and turf which we both ordered. My anxiety of the food preparation lessened knowing I would now be cooking it. However, the steak had the slightest odd taste to it. After leaving the restaurant, we both felt a little off (In fairness to Le Petit, it wouldn't be right or factual to blame them as we were never tested for food poisoning.)
Finally, the service wasn't the best. At times we felt neglected as it took a long time for refills, or simple check-ups on us.
I'm not sure if we simply caught Le Petit on an off night which can happen at any restaurant. I'm undecided if I will return to this restaurant in 2014. When that time comes, I will check further views and make my decision then.
My wife and I ate here two nights in a row. The service was fantastic! Bread came right away, and after we asked, they brought us "plain" bread both nights. The food was served promptly. I loved the hot stone! I had no problem with the stream rising from the stone. You just have to be careful not to touch it.....it is quite hot!
My wife had the shrimp linguine and was able to get it with marinara sauce instead of "pink sauce". You just have to ask. Hers was fantastic also.
My family and I visited Le Petite Cafe on 12/23/12 during our holiday visit to Aruba. It came highly recommended by a couple from Rhode island we met on our flight down. We were not disappointed. The restaurant's hook is the "lava stone" presentation for grilled meats and seafood. As indicated your food will continue cooking after served to you so be sure to keep an eye on it. My wife and one son had pasta dished - seafood linguini for my wife and lasagna for my son. Both enjoyed their meals very much. My other son had lobster and shrimp while I had the shrimp. Both cam e served on the lava stones. We both enjoyed our meals but my son did comment on the smoke from my meal wafting into his eyes as he ate. I'm sorry for Michelle and her family's experience but can only say that ours was very good and we would go again when we return.
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My family and I went to Aruba over Thanksgiving break. We ate at Le Petit 2 nights in a row. The first night the food was great, but after eating the food I cooked myself on a stone, my stomach felt a little funny. It went away and we ended up eating at the restaurant the next night. The service was AWFUL. My dad asked the waiter to get more garlic bread atleast 4 times before they did. But that's besides the point. I woke up at 4 in the morning with HORRIBLE stomach pains. I got food poisoning and was vomiting till about 2 pm. It gets worse. Our flight was at 4 pm and my mom started to feel sick. Right before boarding she went to the bathroom because she had felt worse. After 10 minutes my dad told me to check on her. I found my mom unconscious in the bathroom stall. She was very sweaty and her pants were dropped. There was diarrhea in the toilet. The paramedics came and gave my mom oxygen and an iv. It was so scary. She was rushed to the hospital in Aruba which we stayed at for a couple hours. I got medicine too through an IV and there weren't enough beds so I had to lay in my dads arms because I felt very week and dizzy after receiving the medicine. We had to pay over 3,500 dollars for my mom's trip to the hospital and the ambulance ride alone, not including myself because I was not checked in, another night in a hotel, and all the unexpected extra taxi rides to the airport again, from the hospital to a hotel, to the pharmacy and back (in Aruba), etc. And yes all the vomiting and fainting on my mother's and my part was confirmed to be from food poisoning. PLEASE, do not eat at Le Petit Cafe.
This was the best bang for your buck for breakfast! I got two eggs,bacon, sausage, home fries, toast and coffee for $7.95. You can get the same meal at the Marriott for $19.95 and Salt and pepper for 12.95! Best deal in town nice and quaint place!
This restaurant was a new experience for my wife and I. They actually bring you your entree partially cooked and served on a HOT stone. This allows you to cook it the rest of the way just the way you like it. My wife had seafood food and I had beef. We shared some of each other food. My wife likes beef cooked more that I do so this allowed me to do that. The service was good, the setting was very pleasant and the price was good for Aruba (where most all restaurants are expensive). It is right in the middle of all the nightlife and is located in front of Playa Linda Hotel.
We discovered this cute place in May 20011...of which we will go back to again this May...Had breakfast & it was very tasty & large portions....then went for dinner 1 evening & it was very good..more then enough food & our server was very very on the spot taking care of what ever we needed.....See you in a week....
We enjoyed this spot in downtown area and then two years ago ate at the new location on the beach. We have never been disappointed and the owner was so hospitable and we had our photo taken with him. We are going back in ten days and will be visiting again. The food is outstanding and so special and different than the typical restaurant. If you want a real treat, go to this spot.
We ate here years ago for breakfast and it was OK. Went back two years ago and the food was horrible! We vowed to never go back again.
Reasonably priced breakfast,and we usually grab a couple of breakfasts there when we're in Aruba.We'll be back this July.
Very good!!! We have a lovely evening with my family, we really enjoyed the food and the STONE!
Worst meal we've had in a loooonnng time. Tasteless, tacky, what a shame...
I wish that I had read Larrys review below before I went to Le Petit Cafe. Not much has changed since His review in 08. Besides the person that sits you down...nobody smiles, looks you in the eye or manages to come back to ask you if you need anything. The portions are very small for the price. The cat is still there. For $31 you would think they could at least give you a salad since you get to cook your own food (on the stone) That is the only cool part about this resturant. In addition since they are one of the resturants on the High Rise Hotel Beach they charge the 15% service charge which according to them is not a tip. Stay away from this resturant unless you want to over pay for small portions and be treated rudely in the process. However, if that is how you want to spend a day of your vacation go for it.
The hostess who sat us was the only person who smiled the whole time we were there. She sat us at a nice table for 2 presented the menu and left. That was too bad as the rest of the evening went downhill very quickly. The server then came to the table and throws the bread basket down and left. No offer for drinks, a good evening, what the specials are, or even a friendly welcome. When the server finally came back I ordered a diet coke and a bottle of wine from the extensive list of (5). The server had no clue what a Pinot Grigio was and had to look at my menu to figure out which of the 5 wines I had ordered. When the wine was delivered it came is a bucket with a handful of ice cubes and lots of water to keep it cool, I had to ask what the fish of the day was or if they had any specials. It was as though the server had no desire to work or even care if we were there or not. It was a true burden for her to be working. It seems like the island has forgotten who really pays for there salary and the jobs that they have. We ordered an appetizer of Calamari which came out very chewy and burnt. The picture on the menu of the calamari was why we ordered them as they looked so good. When the Calamari was delivered I had already finished my diet coke some 20 minutes ago, but of course our waitress was just so busy to see if we needed anything else as the waitress who did not want to me there did not even bother to ask if I would like another because she would have had to walk to the bar to get another and I am sure that would mean she had to work. After we finished the appetizer we had to wait 45 minutes for the main course to arrive. My wife had the Jumbo Shrimp which I might add was very good and cooked to perfection. But before the food came the waitress pulled a bib over each of our heads with out even an excuse me or asking , she just pulled this large bib over each of our heads with no explantions. I of course pulled mine off and wished I had not as the way the food is served on a Hot Rock leaves little room for error while eating, or cutting your food. I ordered Salmon which was tasty but already cooked and was only burning on the Hot Rock as it sat there. Smoke is billowing into your face, and the heat from the rock was very uncomfortable. The food was brought to the table and placed before us and of course the waitress left without a single word. No sauces were brought out and when my wife asked for some the waitress was very upset that she would have to go to the kitchen to bring out some sauce. Well dinner was almost over and I was still eating my French Fries with no ketchup, just a small bowl of frozen fries and served cold when our server reached in front of me and started to clear my plates. I am not talking about just sitting there kind of eating I was actually putting the fries into my mouth as she reached in front of my face and started to clear my table. I thought the restaurant needed us to leave the way our waitress cleared the table so quickly. Of course that was not true as it took us another 30 minutes to even get the waitress to come back over to the table to give us our check and that was only because she was helping another table serve the food near us and my wife had to yell for her to get our check. No offer for coffee or desert, and truthfully we would not have ordered anyway based on how long it took to get shrimp and salmon. I come to Aruba at least once a month over the past year and I can tell you that I will do everything and use everything available to me to keep people away from this restaurant. The service was non existent; the food was ok nothing special as the menu is very limited. I have not felt so unwanted or un-respected in a restaurant since I quit going to St. Maarten. Oh did I mention the cat that walks around your feet while you are trying to eat. Healthy I am sure. If you have over 2 Â½ hours to eat a simple dinner and want to be treated like a second class citizen then try Le Petit CafÃ© - Play Linda Resort. If you want service and good food I strongly suggest you go elsewhere on the island.
We ate at the advertised ALL YOU CAN EAT BREAKFAST BUFFET. This in itself is a little misleading as there is no buffet. You order from a menu and you can get more of the food if you want. The service was very slow. We had difficulty getting anyone to help us to begin with and then difficult to get anyone to come back and see if we wanted anything else from the "buffet". When we arrived in the morning, the restaurant was not all that clean and it really was not an appealing place to eat. The eggs were not that tasty either, overall the food was not very good. The inexpensive price was the only appealing part but I would have rather paid a little more and had service and a good breakfast! Will never go back there again!!!!!
This was the dinner my wife and I had in Aruba, and we though it was fine, but after all of the other meals we had there, the only way I can describe Le Petit Cafe - pedestrian.
I once lived in Aruba, I have had wonderful dinners here! You go to relax when on vacation and enjoy! Waitress & waiters are very nice & serving was always fine by me! Dinner served on a stone was GREAT! I want to buy a stone for cooking! I can't ever remember a smoked up dining room! You CAN eat outside where its very nice too! Can't complain about a thing here! Never went to breakfast!
Ok this restaurant is cheap and not that good. Went here for a cheap breakfast which was very gross and overly buttery. I think its 8.00 for eggs any style, bacon, sausage, toast, pancakes, french toast, coffee, tea and juice. All you can eat too. Well the toast is self serv ice, you toast it yourself and the eggs which you can have an omelette were loaded with butter and the famous Danish cheese. I would never ever come back for breakfast. The pancakes were gross too. Ok now for the dinner part, this restaurant is known for cooking your own steak, chicken on a petite grill. It was ok but not what I want to do on vacation. Cook my own meat and vegetables. It is cheap so if you on a budget then maybe you can make the best of it.
My husband and I stopped in one day for breakfast (by the high-rise hotels on Palm Beach). I would never go back! They had toasters on a table and you had to make your own toast and butter it with frozen butter. I got scrambled eggs that were not thoroughly cooked; my husband ordered an omelette and it was barely edible.
Only went for breakfast, twice. $8 all you can eat. Not buffet, table service cooked to order, but the first plate was all I could eat. they'll bring more if you want. Very nice staff. On the street at the Playa Linda.
We went to the one next to LaCabana and had an excellent meal, one of the best we had on the island for our honeymoon.We ate outside and we loved the stone rock cooking and our waiter was very attentive but not bothersome. I would always go back.
This place isn't child-friendly, it isn't friendly at all. They were just RUDE.
We were there (the one at the high rises) on 4/30/2006, due to a 25th anniversary. The service was mediocre. I wasn't aware when we first entered that the food was cooked on a stone. It looked intriguing at first but then when my meal (mahi-mahi catch of the day) came out I felt as if I was standing next to a frying pan because grease was spattering all over me, burned my arms. And I was going to finish the cooking? Like previous comments mentioned, you end up having overcooked meat since they don't give you a plate to put the sufficiently cooked me on it. I would not recommend that you take any children here since they could accidently get burned. Nothing like having a 400 degree rock sitting in front of to keep your atmospheric temperature up. It made me start sweating since the AC inside was minimal. It's a romantic but dangerous place to go to, from my perspective.
We have been going here for about 15 years, and it has been going downhill for some time. Good for kids since they like the unique way of cooking on stone. Service is very poor, and one of the few placs that charges for refills on soft drinks. Only good thing is you never need to make a reservation downtown.