Madame Janette

8 based on 546 reviews
Cuisine(s):
French, International
Main Course:
$35.00 - $59.00
is:
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Indoor Dining
Accepts:
  
Meals:
Dinner
Serves:
Ratings & more:
Good!
Free WiFi
Menu(s):

Restaurant Information

Madame Janette

Cunucu Abao37
Aruba
Tel: +(297) 587 0184
Opening Hours:
Daily (Closed Sunday): 6pm - 10pm
Madame Janette
Ramon Helgers and Karsten Gesing founded Madame Janette April 2nd
1999. Their collaboration resulted into a place, which offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere.

Ramon is responsible for the exotic fruits, herbs and vegetables you will find in not only our dishes, but also in most supermarkets on Aruba. Karsten, a European Master Chef, trained in 'old school' traditions creates, with help from his knowledgeable international
staff, tasteful and creative dishes. Their combined worldwide experience
gives their dishes an original flavour with a touch of Caribbean in it. We call it the Madame Janette Experience! We hope that you will have a wonderful dining romance.
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Apr 6, 2007 - posted by
I don't normally write reviews, but when I saw the last review I had to add mine! My husband and I just returned from a week in Aruba and Madame Janette's was, hands down, the best restaurant we visited. We actually wished we had found it sooner, as we would have eaten there more than once! It's not on the beach, but it doesn't matter because the atmosphere is positively amazing and incredibly romantic (Ladies - it is outside and, like all of Aruba, it's windy. Make sure you have a clip to tie your hair back while you eat). I had the Golden Snapper, which was incredible. My husband had the Beef Tenderloin. He is a tough critic when it comes to steak and thought it was the best he'd ever had. There appetizer and dinner portions are a perfect size, but beware, the salads, while very good (the house dressing is great) are huge! We didn't save room for desert, but I can't imagine it was anything but perfect. Also, the wine list was very nice and very reasonable. As for prices, we thought they were in line with restaurants in the U.S. Don't forget, it is fine dining, so it will be more than others. Our meal with everything except desert (appetizers, salad, beer and wine) was $150 USD with tip (20%) and there is no service charge.

Make sure to make reservations early if you want to eat between 6 -7:30. We waited and didn't eat until 9:00. If you can, get there a little early to have drinks in their waiting area. It is very relaxing and comfy. The restaurant is in the middle of nowhere, so don't worry if it looks like your cab river is taking you to the rough side of the island! It took us about 10 minutes from downtown (about $12USD), so I would imagine it is about the same from the low/high-rise district, give or take 5 minutes. Cabs are always waiting outside, so there is no problem getting back to your hotel.

I hope the last reviewer gives Madame Janette another try. We loved Aruba and Madame Janette's and can't wait to get back. Enjoy!
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Apr 5, 2007 - posted by
We had heard a lot about this restaurant and were not extremely pleased with our visit. The food was not bad but it had heavy sauces. The worst aspect of our visit was the service. The food took a very long time to come to our table.
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Apr 3, 2007 - posted by
The food, service, and ambiance at this restaurant is tops on the island. This is the second time we have eaten here in 3 months. Fresh Fish is caught that day and portions are huge. From start to finish, a very enjoyable evening. We can not wait to return.
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Apr 3, 2007 - posted by
We just got back from Sunny Aruba, and had 4 wonderful visits in 2 weeks to MJ's. It is truly our favorite restaurant. We went each time and each time had a different entree. The food was spectacular, love the shrimp/coconut dish, the pork tenderloin/ the grouper, and the martinis are the best , absolute best on the island. The ambiance is so romantic and we love the French singer. Our most special restaurant in the world!
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Mar 29, 2007 - posted by
We really enjoyed Madame Janette. We sat outside & it was very nice. My husband really liked the lamb & lobster ravioli. I am pretty picky about my food, no meat or seafood. I had a chicken & pasta dish that was very good. The desserts were ok. The mousse was very sweet. The bread was warm & tasty as was the herb butter. They also serve like pickled onions with the bread - that were a different treat. The wine selection was a good range of modest to expensive prices. We tried to make reservations on line before leaving, but there was some confusion when we had our hotel confirm. It worked out so no issue from our end. Overall, very good.
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Mar 22, 2007 - posted by
We come to Aruba 3-4 times a year and always enjoy Madame Janettes-this time time in our top 3 restaurants. I always have the almond grouper and my husband prefers the Gianni Versache (beef filet, lobster, with a sauce. The food is always consistanly good and we have never had a problem with the service. We have even had the house salad which is HUGE for 1 person-it is always fresh and delicious. You can split any of the meals and they only change you an extra $7.00 for the meal-so you can have the dessert!!! We always recommend this place to everyone and will return ourselves.
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Mar 21, 2007 - posted by
If Madame Janette is not as good as it once was (as some reviewers claim), it must have been spectacular in the past. It is an enchanting spot in an unlikely location. Specialty entrees of the house average $25-$35 and, in terms of quality, taste and presentation, give you excellent value for the price. My "Old Butcher's Steak" was sensational and the lobster ravioli appetizer was excellent. When I mentioned that the glass of premium wine that I had ordered had a cork taint, it was instantly replaced, and I was assured that the entire bottle had been discarded (as it should be, of course). The musical duo who entertained us were excellent and rounded out a delightful dining experience.
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Mar 20, 2007 - posted by
Pricy but worth the try.
outside not too impressive, but meal and menu are fantastic
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Mar 15, 2007 - posted by
As we expected, Madame Janette delivered the goods. First time there, and we came away impressed. The food was very good, but not quite at the excellent level. I had the Lobster Ravioli, Potato Leek soup (tasted), and the Chicken special. The pasta in the chicken actually tasted better than the chicken!

Great environment - nice garden setting.
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Mar 14, 2007 - posted by
Our appetizers were OK but not as exceptional as in the past. We had a crab meat "lollipop" that was just OK. In the past we've had the crab cakes and the lobster ravioli which were much better. The house salad was very good. Our entrees were outstanding - we had the almond grouper and the shrimp coco di rasta. The creamed spinach is also phenomenal. They were very accomodating for our 7 year old - they made her a pasta dish and served it with our appetizers. Had great entertainment with a guitarist and singer. Still our favorite place on the island.
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