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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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.
Being our favority restaurant in Aruba year after year, we always save Papiamento for the last dinner of our vacation, and once again, it did not disappoint. The setting and service are great, as well as the food.
Went with a party of 8 and all raved about their meals. Baked shrimp appetizer, Keshi Yena, and onion soup were great appetizers. For entrees the grouper, prepared with various sauces, were all cooked to perfection and steaks were cooked perfect as well. I cant say enough about the meals we've had at Papiamento and the great staff. A "must go" when in Aruba.
Went to Papiamento with no reservation and sat at the bar and had dinner. A beautiful setting, friendly and attentive staff and the almondine grouper and snapper creole were some of the best fish we had all week. Can't wait to come back next year.
Although the atmosphere was very nice the meal was very disappointing! The steak was cold and the grouper was bland. The presentation of the meals was very unappealing. We will not be going back!
This was one of our favorite places on the island and I can't wait to go back. The atmosphere is very romantic and the food is exceptionally good. I started off with a fish soup that had plenty of fish and a tasty broth. For our entrees, we had the wahoo served on a stone and the grouper. The wahoo came with 5 large shrimp and that were all perfectly cooked. Prior to that, we were served individual ceasar salads which were a surprise to us (everyone gets one prior to their entree). I would say the only disappointment was the chocolate cake as it seemed like it was made days prior and it didn't have the same freshness as the rest of the course. Overall, a great experience and can't wait to go back.
Very nice restaurant and atmosphere...service started out good but the restaurant got busy and we never saw wait staff again...waited at least 20 minutes for a check....otherwise would recommend
The setting was beautiful. Under the lights by the pool. My husband the grouper and said it was excellent. I had the Mahi and shrimp on the stone and it was okay. Would not get it again. Salads came with the meal and they were very good. My husband got soup (can't remember what kind) and he said it was okay. I had the choc. cake for desert and it was yummy. Would definitely go back but I would try something different. Service was above the 10 rating.
We ate there last night (as well as a fe years ago). We had; lamb chops (really a rack of lamb), shrimp on the stone, chicken picassa, and a seafood mix which had three small shrimp, a filet of some sort and one scallop). The meal with four drinks and tip was $200. We have dined at many places here and the bills are usually that amount at the finer places but usually the food is worth it. MJ's for instance is fantastic. You could miss this place and spend you money elsewhere for some of the best food you will ever get.
Hands down our FAVORITE restaurant in Aruba. The hostess told us that we would be seated inside, as if she was apologizing for it. I preferred it! The historical 1879 manor house had so much character and was elegantly appointed with antiques and quirky furnishings. We were seated in the main hall at a table with comfy arm chairs. We walked around later, and were amazed at the beautiful tiled kitchen, the side room and a small bedroom that had been preserved like a room in a museum. Most of the other tables were outside, romantically flanking a swimming pool.
The food was good my husband loved his chargrilled hot stone walla wish w/shrimp (the Mermaid entrée). We split a mushroom casserole appetizer, which was dripping with Dutch cheese. I had a tasty seafood casserole, which was very creamy, and came with sweet potato puree, okra and rice on the side. In retrospect, I think Id order a hot-stone fish if we were to go back it was so flavorful and healthy. Definitely get a reservation.
As always, the best meal we had all week. If it was open on sundays we would have gone back again for our last night.
With an 8:00pm reservation, we arrived to people waiting outside, but were seated promptly upon our arrival. There were 8 of us and we had a huge table that provided enough space for all to be comfortable. Service was very good with attention to detail, even though there was a big crowd.
The onion soup is the best I've had, and others enjoyed the baked shrimp appetizer. Grouper or snapper, prepared several ways, were all cooked to perfection, moist and flavorful with a veriety of sauce choices. The Limon sauce, lime and caper cream was delicious. Steak dishes were also wonderful. The Creme Brulee was a very good ending to a perfect meal.
We have been to Papiamento many times. We made our reservation 3 weeks in advance, and asked for a pool side table for two. We were looking forward to a very romantic dinner. We arrived on time. There were more than twice as many tables in the same area as there were a year ago. All the tables for 2 were occupied, but there were 3 tables set for 4 that were empty. We were seated not by the pool in a table way too large for 2 that was under 2 bright, glaring lights. When I mentioned we had requested a pool side table, I was told this was a pool side table. Not. So instead of looking at the wine list together and enjoying a beautiful, candlelit dinner, we sat and enjoyed a good, but not great meal. Service was friendly, food was fine, if not a bit overpriced. But the evening had none of the magic it was supposed to, and we left disappointed.