Marandi is Aruba's Sunset restaurant, one of the islands hidden treasures...
Dine in a fabulous ambiance right above the turquoise waters on the "Laguna Pier", either under a giant palapa hut or with the sky as your rooftop. Enjoy a majestic view of the Laguna Bay no matter where you are seated at Marandi, take in Aruba’s breathtaking sunset, totally surrounded by fishes, and later on the sparkling stars right above you…
The sinfully delicious international flavored food, with a touch of the Caribbean combined with our attentive and friendly staff makes your dining experience second to none. You may also take a look into our 'open' kitchen, to see for yourself how our Chef and his kitchen crew are preparing the most outstanding dishes.
The Marandi crew invites you to come, see and taste for yourself Aruba's Sunset Restaurant, treat yourself to a not to miss dining experience!
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Reports of the potential demise or change of this restaurant come as no surprise. It was inevitable given the decision to move several years ago to their current location in a difficult to find area that required descending a rather steep set of stairs to get to and was totally not handicap friendly. The area was also frequented by mosquitoes which made dining an unpleasant experience there. As time wore on service and food quality varied with the wind. Though it was possible to still get a good meal here and have an enjoyable experience, there was no guarantee, on any given day, that such would be the case and the odds of it happening were continuously declining. Where BAREFOOT has made a very successful go of being in the former location of MARANDI, Marandi somehow did not see or realize the full potential of the former area and suffered accordingly. Whether the move was motivated by some economics or greed is really irrelevant - the move was a bad decision and the place is paying the price for that. So let us ask - if Marandi is essentially closing because of the poor location, what makes anyone think that a concept like "Arubaville" will succeed there especially since the place will continue to be buggy and access may continue to be treacherous and other water park venues in Aruba (other than beaches) have not done well! Our assessment of the situation is to quote the famous modified line of the Wizard of Oz - which is to say "ding dong Marandi is about to be dead!" to which we sadly add: May it Rest in Peace! Understand that Marandi brought with it a plethora of culinary talent to Aruba, much of which has moved on to other establishments, and its demise or transformation is more of a shock wave to the entire industry than one can outwardly realize. It may be unfortunate but the culinary scene of Aruba is changing and for there to be no place for a place like Marandi is telling. Though Marandi may be going, its legacy will linger on for many years to come. We, unfortunately, will not be amongst those who will miss it - they were too slow to react to their blunder and we gave up on them about three years ago (though we gave it one last shot this year - and were disappointed that we did).
Visited February 2014
We went to Marandi with mixed expectations as we were aware that ownership/management had changed since our last visit. We were not disappointed in any way- excellent menu, very attentive staff and a great setting. Should be a must for everyone.
beautiful view very pricey
This was our first visit to Marandi and we decided to visit because of the fantastic reviews. The view is gorgeous. Fish jumping, watching the sunset, boats drifting by, just spectacular. The staff are very friendly. it was a little slow to get our food however with the view, we didn't mind. What we were surprised was that our main dish did not come with a side dish of potatoes,rice, etc. For the price over $40 for lamb it should have been accompanied by something. My wife had the tenderloin, which she said was excellent, but again, no starch came with the meal which it could have used. As much as we enjoyed the ambiance, 2 entrees, 5 drinks and 2 desserts was $150 which didn't include the tip. there are so many other great restaurants that I don't think we will be back unfortunatley
We have been visiting Aruba for 15 years and each year try a new restaurant . . . this year it was Marandi and we loved it! Our wonderful server, Nasek, did everything she could to clarify the menu, types of fish being offered that night and the drink of the night. The scenic location and decor were very romantic. We thoroughly enjoyed our fish dishes and would highly recommend this restaurant to anyone who likes seafood and romance! We'll be back!!!
Learned the chef left and opened Barefoot (also great). New chef is marvelous...best fish I ever had (triple tail) done in different ways for each of us. Even the fresh baked bread is wonderful...goat cheese so fresh you'll swear the goat is behind the kitchen with the fisherman catching your dinner. Not to be missed...don't forget the stunning view of the sunset and the excellent service we received!!
Most highly recommended!
Went to Marandi on January 17, 2014 and from beginning to end, the experience was superb. The staff was enormously warm and friendly, the food excellent with wonderful bread and appetizers and fantastic desserts. Mine, a lemoncello ice cream with meringue garnishes, was memorable. The setting is perfect for sunset watching, and the restaurant itself is charming. Would definitely return!
food doesn't live up to beautiful venue
I have been coming to Marandi's on and off for probably ten years. We started coming to Mirandi's when it was located in its old location (current location of Barefoot Restaurant). We have always loved Mirandi's but sadly, it has become an "off the list" restaurant.
A little history... once the chef and host of Mirandi's left and opened up Barefoot (which we LOVE, LOVE, LOVE)it has struggled, imo. We went to Mirandi's after Barefoot opened but then didn't come back for a few years as the new menu was a little to exotic for our tastes. Then another update to the menu and not so many "exotic" dishes but found the food average. Too many good places to only get average food. Gave the restaurant my feedback and didn't go back again for a few years.
This year we decided to give it another try as we really love the atmosphere and were really hoping for the "new" menu to be great.
Well, sadly, food is again only average. I had for my main meal shrimp and with pineapple and coconut curie sauce. The meal was mediocre and the bowl only had shrimp and pineapple! NO rice, potato...NOTHING!! All for $30 too! There were 4 of us who had this and all said the same thing.
Part of the restaurant is open and the other part has a nice large palapas. I can say that the sections that was open to the sky was nice (although I understand if it rains this is an issue) but the area now has white ugly tent style covers. Atmosphere not as nice to add to the average food.
First visit to Marandi and we'll be back. The food was amazing. Very tasty and well priced. Staff greeted us right away when we arrived. Very friendly staff. The atmosphere is great. Marandi is Right on the water. You can watch the fish swim and jump as you eat. The sunset was gorgeous and it was great to watch the cruise ships head out to sea all light up. Kids menu is a little light (only 3 items) but the kids are treated well.
Only dislike is it is a $25 cab fare each way from high rise hotels. But well worth it once you get there.
First visit, now a must visit
We have been going to Aruba for years now. We have our favorites and are always looking to add to that list. Our first visit to Marandi and we knew that we would always be back. From the fresh squeezed Orange juice in our cocktails to the Chocalate Lovers dessert, it was wonderful. The food is superb and the Pumpkin soup is not to be missed. Service was excellent, Laura was efficient and friendly. Rack of Lamb was tender and flavorful. The waterfront setting was very romantic overlooking the fish swimming in the clear waters below. Spray "Off!" or some type of bug spray for your legs under the table, but this is common for outdoor restaurants in Aruba.
My husband and I had a wonderful surprise menu dinner last night. The amuses were delightful, wine and food pairing excellent and we loved the duck breast as well as the amazingly light and flavourful desert. Definitely a recommendation for a super romantic dinner. Make sure you have driving directions to get there (and back!).
Best on the Island!
We ate out each night. We went to a new place each night. Marandi was the best of the all..better than Madam Janette's and El Gaucho's etc.
Best meal on the island ever!
We are very frequent visitors to the island, two times a year, and after an unpleasant experience at this restaurant several years ago (they said our reservation was cancelled), we decided to give it another try. We are very glad we did! I don't know where to begin. We were warmly greeted and were shown to a lovely table for two; we chose the Marandi app of foie gras and German bacon salad to share that was the beginning of our most delicious meal ever! Next we shared the pumpkin soup, my favorite part of the meal. I wish I had ordered my own. The main course was tuna and shrimp cooked to perfection with a wonderful sauce served with a mixture of fresh asparagus, zucchini, and tomatoes! No room left for dessert after devouring the generous portion.
Marandi was recommended by a cab driver we have been using for the past 10 years. Always stuck to our favorites until he suggested "you must try Marandi." Tried for the first time Sunday, November 3. Could not have had a better experience anywhere on Aruba. From the
reception, to immediate service with drinks, specials and
contined attentive staff made this evening one of the best
we have enjoyed during our annual return to Aruba. The food from appetizer thru entree was superbly prepared and delicious. Ambience and restaurant setting is a plus!!!
ï¿½Don't leave Aruba without going thereï¿½
Amazing experience, great view and a attendance that you will never forget.. One of the best places I've went in my whole life..
Just as good two years later
Two years ago we were thoroughly impressed with the setting and food at Marandi. We actually thought we should not return as it just couldn't meet that memory, well it did! By the way, there are signs making it easy to find that I don't think existed in the past. At any rate, the place is a beautiful setting over the water. The table setting is lovely, the waitress, Laura, was terrific, the drinks well made and the food just as terrific. We all had either fish or shellfish for the entree. Our choice was made easy after Laura gave an accurate description of the fish of the day, an import from Panama, tri tail. When the huge shrimp came out with their heads on, she was quick to offer having the heads removed in the kitchen. A foi gras appetizer was also well received. In short this place is a perfect combination of Aruban friendliness and a real effort at perfection in preparation and setting.
This is out favorite place to eat. Foodies welcome, recommend the tasting "surprise menu". Great food in a beautiful setting. Service is great! Can't wait to return!
A Superb Dining Experience
Marandi is truly a dining treasure in Aruba! There are so many great restaurants to choose from, but this one is outstanding in all respects!! The food was so very fresh and beautifully prepared. The ambiance is just lovely situated on the water with lovely appointments. Our server, Laura was wonderful, so friendly and attentive. She made us feel so special and welcome!! Overall, an experience that will repeat on all future trips to Aruba!!! Love it!
Tranquil Setting and Good Food
This is a great setting right on the sea. The food is delicious and is presented beautifully! The service is very good and friendly. We dine on every visit to Aruba, it is in our families' top 5 restaurants in Aruba!
THE place is beautiful ! THE food was amazing ! And THE people off the restaurant are the most friendly people ever!
A place to be. The food was marvelous and the crew was also. Very nice people who understand their job. This is the way how to do it. Thans for the very nice evening.
no se lo pueden perder
siempre es maravilloso volver a MARANDI .... la gente es muy cordial con todos los que vamos a disfrutrar de una excelente cena, super amables y preocupados porque todo este bien. los tiempos para traer los platos es super correcto, ya que uno va a disfrutar del lugar y no hay apuro ... estas en aruba... excelente, el servicio, la comida, los tragos y quisieramos destacar la atencion, simpatia y excelente trato de SEBASTIAN quien nos atendio muy bien las dos veces que tuvimos la suerte de disfrutar de ese gran lugar.
queremos agradecer por haber tomado en cuenta poner los carteles para volver a los hoteles, muchas gracias!
We will be back next year
This was our second visit to this restaurant and it just does not disappoint. The service is very good and the menu is very nice. Try and go at sunset as you will get a great view of the sunset. This restaurant is a must for each of our trips. We did make reservations as it is not very big.
een goed en verborgen restaurant
Een restaurant op een prachtige locatie. De bediening (Amanda) was perfect en het eten was voortreffelijk. als je een prachtige zonsondergang wilt zien moet je hier zijn. Als we een keer terug komen op Aruba dan komen wij zeker nog een keer terug bij Marandi.
The restaurant and the scenery are spectacular! The personal is friendly. The food is surprisingly tasteless. That was the case for both our appetizers and our main courses! So no coincidence! If the food had some taste it would be THE best restaurant on Aruba! Too bad...
Absolutely delicious! Highly recommended
My boyfriend and I came here to celebrate his birthday, and we absolutely loved it! The setting was gorgeous, being close the water, and watching the sunset. Its a really romantic spot, and dining around 6:30-7:00pm is the perfect time. It was quite far from our hotel in the low rise area. We paid about $50 in total for the cab fare. At the end of the night we both thought it was well worth it though. The food was amazing! I would say its comparable to the fine dining restaurants in New York. From the bread to begin the meal to dessert, everything was delicious. My boyfriend could not stop comparing it to the restaurant in our hotel (which fell way below expectations). Our server was also very friendly and helpful in describing the menu. Marandi was definitely the best meal we had in Aruba during our five nights there. We would definitely visit again if we return to the island. This was a meal that kept us wanting to return. I highly recommend this restaurant.