Dine in the beautiful tropical garden, which is full of enormous trees and exotic plants decorated with beautiful lights, creating a unique and relaxing atmosphere. Or dine inside, in one of the several elegant furnished air-conditioned rooms. You’ll be surrounded by rare Dutch-style antiques.
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OK so we had really high expectations of this place since we have been to Aruba 6 times and somehow this was our first visit. Friends of ours said that the perfect restaurant would be to take the food from Madame Jeanette's at Papemiento's location hinting that the food was not the best, but not bad either. Now to the title...maybe it was where we were seated (next to the pottery hut in the corner) but our table was "hit" with bird poop from above no less than 10 times during out 1.5hrs stay. I get it your outside in a beautiful hacienda setting, but what could be worse than getting a bunch of birds dropping bombs on you and your food...wait actually the only thing worse was my wife's fish dish that was drowning in a creamy limon sauce and mine served on a hot plate that was drier than a palm tree...honestly the worst 2 dishes we have had from any restaurant on the island in 6 yrs! I must say that the kids all had the fried grouper from the kids menu and found it excellent and a good value. Service was also poor with nobody asking how our meal was going until we were done at which point we just wanted to leave after being pelted with poop from above...WILL NEVER GO BACK...so many better choices elsewhere.
If you want a truly beautiful food experience in a romantic setting this is the place. DO NOT MISS THIS ONE! Great espresso martinis with solo artist playing top hits on a stand up harp.While all delicious dishes are brought out .wonderful...........
Great little secret
Went to this restaurant on the recommendation of friends of ours who we're unable to be in Aruba this year. Very glad we took their advise and will be returning again on our visit next year. Loved the food, service and a terrific ambience like no other. A definite keeper for anyone travelling to Aruba
Best meal of the week!
We have been to Papiamento more than a dozen times and for a few years in the past it wasn't living up to its former standards. The past two years we have seen a major turn around, and had great meals.
There were six of us and everyone enjoyed what they had. As per the rest of the reviews, the setting remains absolutely beautiful and romantic for couples, but still great for groups. Service is professional and not slow.
This restaurant is one of the classics in Aruba that does seem a little traditional, but thankfully is one of the few fine dining places on the island where people can still dress to go out to eat. Most others have closed due to a proliferation of tourist traps near the high rise hotels. The menu is classic and lives up to the hype....if it isn't broke don't fix it.
Appetizers were all good, including French onion soup that was not too salty and had great flavor, and the baked shrimp. For entrees...grouper is the way to go. Served with your choice of several different sauces, the fish was perfectly prepared, not overcooked and deliciously moist.
Best meal of the week!
We have been to this restaurant many times. This time we were disappointed with the quality of the food. Cafeteria quality salad & average main course. The setting is lovely--we sat by the pool. Service was good to start, but fell off drastically as the restaurant became more crowded. The worst part of the evening came when a woman with a camera came by & wanted to take a picture for $7!!!This is a high-end restaurant that really should not cheapen itself with such silliness. There were plenty of cell phone flashes going off all night. No one needs to have a picture "taken" for a fee.
First time at this restaurant and it was a wonderful experience! Quality of the food and food presentation were very good. Service and ambiance were excellent! We would definitely eat here again!
:( I opted to try Papiamento on V-day and it was the first and last time I'll ever go there. Dinner got off to a bad start from the beginning. Arrived at 6:30 and the rest. was about a third full. Had reserved seating by the pool and they sat us at a table on the side of the bar. Someone was smoking pot and the odor was quite pungent, and I asked if they could switch our table to the other side. They were kinda nasty about it, insisted the other tables were reserved, and told us if we wanted to stay we could eat inside but they wouldn't seat us outdoors at a table on the other side. We were low keyed and polite, and certainly didn't expect that reaction. I even pointed out that they had other tables for 3 already set up in the other corner, but they wouldn't seat us there.
Wasn't worth arguing, so we moved indoors. We felt the food was ok, but nothing was really good; every other dinner we had the rest of the week was better. Food was basically bland.
Charming atmosphere and Fab Food Too
This restaurant , unlike any in NY, is A most interesting restaurant setting unlike no other with an unusual menu customized to one' s liking and taste . Delicious fish, beef, or chicken cooked and served sizzling on hot stones. Diners sit on antique furniture either in small room inside the 150 yr old mansion or around a swimming pool in an enclosed outdoor garden. An Aruba treat not to be missed.
We are fequent visitors to Aruba and have eaten at papiamento at least once each visit. I was very dissapointed on my last visit. We had reervations for 8 at 7:00 and we were rushed as if it were at fast food resturant. The service was not up to their usual attention to detail and the food mediocr3.
We decided to go back here for our 10th anniversary. Dinner was great. We definitely recommend this place for a special occasion. The staff came out with a sparkler and sang happy anniversary. It was a nice touch to a great evening and great dinner.
So nice we did it twice
This restaurant came highly recommended by a friend and we were not disappointed. We were the first of our group to arrive in Aruba last summer and came here on our first night with one of our daughters. The food was excellent and the service was most accommodating. Rain was threatening when we arrived, but after the shower passed, our server, seated us outside. On our last night we chose to come here again with another daughter and had another wonderful experience. The restaurant has a very romantic setting but the ambiance can be enjoyed by a small or large group.
a regular for us
We always try to sit by the pool. But there are no bad tables, in the garden or inside. We prefer this venue over Madam Jennettes but I can't really tell you why.
Fantastic meal, once again!
Once again, another great meal. We are from the NY metro area and fine dine in NYC often. We enjoy good food and do not mind paying for it. Papiamento is our favorite restaurant in Aruba, saving it for our last night every trip, and it did not disappoint! Our group of 10 was seated promptly at our reservation time, and the staff was pleasant and professional as usual. They were able to handle such a large group without problems, and everyone enjoyed their meals.
This fine dining setting is beautiful, outdoors around a large pool. There are large groups and also pleanty of couples for the romantic nature of this restaurant. There are a lot of tables but they are situated so you can still have private conversation.
A variety of appetizers were had, from the baked shrimp, similar to a scampi, which is always a hit, to the Keshi Yena, and french onion soup. There is meat on the menu but our group primarily stayed with the fish. The grouper is fresh caught and outstanding, with a variety of sauces to compliment it. The champagne sauce and the sauce with tomato and olives were a huge hit this year. Also, the wine list is extensive with resonable prices compared to some of the other restaurants on the island.
Definitely worth a try if you want a special dinner on your vacation!
Don't waste your money
This restaurant was referred to us an an excellent place to dine. When we walked in we thought wow! Very romantic! Table by the pool ( the could have at least cleaned the leaves before the event dinner hour). Little tight quarters but OK. Ordered a bottle of wine. Decent list and priced as you would expect for a restaurant like this. A basket of bread was served or should I say two keister rolls ( not even that fresh). A friend has a saying .... You will be able to tell how the food is going to be based on the bread. This should have been our first clue. We both ordered the grouper ( mine with a champagne sauce) and my lady grouper with shrimp and scallops. Meals were served reasonable time. We actually had grouper two nights previous and was excellent I guess we were anticipating the same. The meal was served with ok vegetables but plain white rice? Are you kidding. These were not cheap meals. Very disappointing. Neither of us finished our meal. Probably the first time I can remember that I did not ask to take the meal home. If you are looking for a romantic place to dine I would give it a ten. If you are looking for good food I would try some other place
I'll keep it short and simple. Excellent restaurant. The service was great. The ambiance is very romantic. Food exquisite. I really do not have anything bad to say. If you are looking for a romantic dinner, you must go to Papiamento.
Always our first nights' dinner in Aruba
Once we discovered this dinning spot on the beach, we have returned for the last three years. Our favorite for our first night. After a grueling flight on Sunday, a supper at 7pm with them is perfect.
Never a bad thing to say.
This was our 3rd visit to Papiamento and the setting is simply unequalled on all the island. Our adult kids joined us this trip - their first to Aruba, and were equally impressed. The food was great as usual -- echoed by our son, which is saying something since he's in the chef-business himself. My only knock this time, different from our previous 2 visits, was "service by committee." It seems we had 2 (maybe 3) main servers, and maybe 2 (or 3) other wait-staff -- I lost count of the number of different faces! We then essentially got forgotten for dessert orders; and without a consistent, single server, it was if we had to flag someone down. This definitely detracted from our experience this time around and I would implore Papiamento to straighten this situation out. They were no busier than previous years, when we had a single VERY attentive server. This time, the professional server attention one has come to expect from such a fine restaraunt was decidedly absent for some reason. Hopefully an aberration.
New to our restaurant list in 2013 and we were very happy we visited Papiamento. The atmosphere is wonderful sitting out under enormous trees and sitting by an open pool.
The food was almost as great as the atmosphere. Certainly their menu leans toward local Aruban dishes and it was fun to try something a bit different.
We have this restaurant on our 2014 list.
A very special night.......thanks
Wow. Thanks, Mike & Pamela for arranging and paying for a special 40th wedding anniversary dinner under beautiful Aruba sky. We enjoyed our dinner at a pool side table as we listen to live soft live music in the back ground. We had other couples come and join us on the dance floor. An amazing night, this is a place that won't disappoint you. Thanks to the staff and a big thanks goes out to Jennifer
Papiamento was our best dining experience during a week in January 2013. The ambiance is a knock-out with candle-lit tables around a pool, trees surrounding and overhanging the dining space (if it rains there's the elegant and charming 1886 house --we've got to do the Honeymoon Room). The Kashi Yena is an island-style shrimp in blue cheese sauce. The roti grouper also had an island-flair. Service impeccably professional. Good wine-by-the-glass list.
Romantic dinner .. Wonderful!
First time to this romantic magical place! We have been to Aruba many times. This place was highly recommended to us . It did not disapoint. The music, decore and service was outstanding! Our waiter was so concerned about my husbands garlic allergy. He ran to our table many times. He was doing a great job with our food and satisfaction.
This place should be featured on the Bachelore TV show. I had tears in my eyes. The food was great! Expensive but worth the price. I have travelled to Hawaii, etc. Excellent place! It is one of a kind.
Children should really not be at such a special place. None were ther during our dinning experience, thank God!
If anyone is unhappy here, it is them not this place. Perfect Service!
Would have receive an amazing review if they
We visited Papiamento last evening for the first time with my in-laws who have been several times. Ordered our drinks and when the drink waiter returned and proceeded to put my MIL's red wine down on the table, he proceeded to spill my husbands glass of red wine all over my MIL and myself..mom was wearing white pants and a light colored top!. The waiter sort of apologized and another staff member was nice enough to find a skirt for my MIL to change into but no manager ever came over! So now, my MIL's entire outfit is ruined and so were my pants, sweater and shoes. We proceeded with dinner which I will admit was absolutely amazing...every one of us loved our food and they staff was great with our 3 year old...three of us also had dessert. Here's the kicker. The bill comes and they offered us NOTHING to compensate for ruining two outfits...SERIOUSLY...how about at least taking off the amount for our clothes...my pants and sweater were brand new and expensive. My husband asked to be compensated for our troubles and received some attitude from our waiter who then spoke with the manager and all they did was removed our 3 desserts. The manager didn't even have the decency to come and speak with us or proactively offer us some sort of compensation. There was a gentleman named Arie and the woman who gave my MIL a skirt to wear we're wonderful and very nice but that still didn't help the fact that it was the worst customer service I've ever experienced. Such a shame because we are here several weeks each year and will never go back!! Guess they don't need repeat business!!
Finally got to this very beautiful restaurant. We were seated by the pool. We were very impressed with the way the restaurant was set up, especailly the lights all over. Very romantic.
However, I found the food to be good, but not extraordinary. Since it was for our anniversary, the ambiance was fantastic, but the food coud be better.
We visitied Papiamento Restaurant on March 27th. This is our third time vacationing in Aruba and our 1st visit to Papiamento. Two of our friends recommended the restaurant and I have to say that outside of the beautiful dining around the lush gardens and pool, I was not that impressed with the food. I did like the presentation of the stone plate, but my wahoo and shrimp were overcooked and the vegetables were undercooked. My husband can't remember what he ate, which tells me that he was not that impressed. The wine list is impressive, but our waiter brought out the wrong wine and was annoyed when my husband explained that was not the correct wine. The gardens and atmosphere are amazing, so I was disappointed that the food wasn't better. We might try the restaurant again when we return to the island. But, there are other restaurants that I liked more. I will say that you do get a good amount of food and the Ceasar Salad and homemade croutons are the best by far. My other complaint is that they have too many waiters and waitresses waiting on you. We never knew who to ask when we had a question. Hopefully, this was just an off night and if we return, it will be better.
This was our third time dining at Papiamento in the past few years. We love the unique outdoor setting around the pool with large trees and the Aruban house with interesting antiques inside. Our last time there I was disappointed when we were served a bottle of white wine at room temperature. When I said something to the waiter, he brought me an ice bucket and I told him it would take half an hour to chill. He should have brought a new chilled bottle. We decided to give it another chance and we are so glad we did. Our overall experience was second to none since vacationing in Aruba for 9 yrs. I mentioned the wine issue to our waiter, Andre, and he made sure it was chilled properly. The Kesha Yena appetizer was wonderful. My wife and I always split one entree, we had Roti, which was grouper with shrimp and scallops. It came with mashed sweet potatoes, rice, okra and passion fruit. Absolutely delicious. The size of the half portion was what I expected the full portion to be. It also came with Ceasar salad. Music by Frank on guitar was beautiful, it added so much to our perfect evening. Andre was very knowledgeable about wine and took us into the wine cellar after dinner, a real treat. He told us then that he felt bad for our previous experience with warm white wine and wanted us to have a better one this time. I told him we had a perfect evening; beautiful location, delicious food and wine, gracious service, romantic music, and an added bonus at the wine cellar. Papiamento is now at the top of our list.