Marina Pirata

8,9 based on 50 reviews
Cuisine(s):
Aruban, Caribbean, International, Seafood
Main Course:
$15.00 - $30.00
is:
  • Casual Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
Accepts:
  
Meals:
Dinner
Serves:
Ratings & more:
Excellent!
Menu(s):

Restaurant Information

Marina Pirata

Spaans Lagoenweg 4
Aruba
Tel: +(297) - 585 7150
Opening Hours:
Dinner from 6.00 to 10.30 p.m., closed Tuesdays.

Bar from 6.00 to 12.00 midnight, closed Tuesdays.
Marina Pirata
Marina Pirata - Where you can dine with the fish
We want you to experience an unforgetable evening in our majestic setting. We're located right on the pristine turquoise waters, just a short drive south of Oranjestad. The setting is unmatched. The view and sunsets are spectacular. Imagine delicious steaks and seafood, then you'll realize that Marina Pirata is worth the drive. So get away from the crowds and join us for a fabulous dinner. Come and dine with the fish

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Jun 15, 2009 - posted by
I have been on Aruba several months. One of the restaurants I have visited is Marina Pirata - 4 times. The food has always met expectations and the atmosphere is great. I enjoy the experience of on water dining. I have always had a fish dish and never been disappointed. The fried bread is superb
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Mar 8, 2009 - posted by
We eat here every year. The atmosphere is fantastic. You dine right on the pier where you can watch the fish jumping. It is very romantic, quiet, and a perfect place to watch the sunset. The shrimp Balashi and shrimp Marina Pirata continue to be our favorites. The fried calamari and escargots are delicious. The waitstaff are attentive and there to please. Prices are very reasonable. There are many locals who go here. It is worth the drive.
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Apr 18, 2008 - posted by
We were amazed at the evening sunset and the peaceful atmosphere.We did not have a reservation, but we were promptly seated. The service was great and although i have never had deep fried flounder with the head attached, it was very good and presented extremely well.This place may not be in the center of the hotel area but is a drive worth taking.Thanks to the staff,cook and servers for their excellent service to MY HUSBAND WAYNE AND I.
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Apr 7, 2008 - posted by
Really disappointing! The fish I ordered was so heavily breaded and fried as hard as a rock that I couldn't eat it. I kept scraping the breading off to get to the fish and there was almost nothing left. All of our meals were below average to average at best. Yes, you're on the water and can watch the sunset, but that doesn't make up for the so-so food. Our server was nice, and his service was fine, but the food is what we went there for, and it wasn't worth eating, considering the many other excellent places in Aruba. Save your money and go somewhere else. By the way...the fish wouldn't even eat the pieces of my dinner that I threw to them!
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Mar 4, 2008 - posted by
What can I say? The food was as delicious this time as every other time. The shrimp Balashi and shrimp Marina Pirata were excellent, as were the escargots and breaded calamari. The manager aims to please and the setting could not be more spectacular. What a value! It is well worth the drive.
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Jan 7, 2008 - posted by
We came here on 12/29, after eating here twice last February. As usual, everything was wonderful. The breaded squid and escargots were some of the best we have ever had. The shrimp Balashi and beer battered shrimp were excellent. The prices were very reasonable and the service was very good, even though there were several large parties there that evening. The bartender and hostess aim to please. We had a table on the edge of the pier and watched the fish jump. The atmosphere is very romantic. We will go back in February when we are on island again.
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Jan 3, 2008 - posted by
In 15 years of visiting the island we have not previously visited this restaurant. However, this trip we decided to try something different and based on some positive reviews gave this restaurant a try this evening.

It's very pretty. The location, while out of the way and a long drive from the hotel area, is fairly easy to find given the number of signs to direct customers in. For a seafood lover, the menu is good although not very descriptive.

what astonished us was the slowness of the service. We saw our server very infrequently. Our drink orders arrived quickly. Appetizers arrived son after. Then the wait began - one hour later we did not have entrees, no drink refills, I was never offered a second glass of wine (or asked if I'd care for any other drink long after my glass was empty).

The food, when it arrived, was good (not spectacular, but good enough) but could not have justified the wait.

As soon as we had eaten, we asked for the check, paid, and left. I wouldn't go back to this one again. I did at one point see a comparison with Flying Fishbone but to us - there is no basis for comparison. It has a charm and I suspect if service had been better we might have given it another chance on our next trip, but to sit with no food and no beverages for more than an hour ... with no appearance by our waiter nor apologies for lack of food ..... that just doesn't cut it.
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Nov 28, 2007 - posted by
We ate here late one night. The restaurant wasn't even half full and there wasn't much of a view, as everything was dark on the water. We could hear the fish nearby surfacing on the water.

It was a disappointing dinner, as the food was just okay. We won't be returning, as there are so many wonderful restaurants in Aruba.
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Aug 31, 2007 - posted by
One of the nicest places of the island to see the sun set in the sea, while you're drinking a nice cocktail (the lady) or an ice cold Balashi.
I had the Lobster thermidor, and will certainly go back for that one. On an other occasion I had fish fillet wich was a little dry and overcooked, so stay with the lobster.
Strawberry Cheesecake for dessert, too bad it came out of the freezer. The lady had Kessio, a local treat, and just loved it.
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Jun 12, 2007 - posted by
This place is surprisingly fantastic. We showed up without reservations on June 8, 2007 (a Friday night) and were promptly seated at a very nice table (there are even nicer tables, but they were reserved).

This was our last night in Aruba and we had gotten used to slow service - not here. The staff treated us like gold! Very attentive, thank you Juan Carlos!

The food was the very best we had on the island. I got something that roughly translates into Spanish Lagoon Treasure...and it was! Hubby got a catch of the day and shrimp meal that was to die for. Oh, and we split a shrimp cocktail...don't do this, get your own it is so good. This is the first place that did not overcook the shrimp. Again, this was great.

This place is a little hard to find, but worth it. It is right on the water and when the sun sets, they turn on a light on the dock and fish come and churn up the water looking for a handout!

My only regret is that we went here the last night instead of the first!
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