Old Man & The Sea Restaurant, The

8,8 based on 138 reviews
Cuisine(s):
Caribbean, International, Seafood
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Dinner
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Excellent!
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Restaurant Information

Old Man & The Sea Restaurant, The
Savaneta 356-A
Aruba
Tel: +(297) - 735 0840 /
Opening Hours:
Daily open:
6pm - 11:00 pm
Closed on Sunday
Old Man & The Sea Restaurant, The
Established in the historic old capital of Aruba, Savaneta, The Old Man & The Sea Restaurant is the ideal place for a romantic dinner.

The cuisine is a mixture of local dishes with an international flare. We pride ourselves on having fresh catches of the day and good quality meats imported from the best distributors in the world.
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Rough diamond

Mar 9, 2014 - posted by
Of the five restaurants we visited this was the best all around. Food is excellent, setting is classic Aruba beach dining. Wine list was a bit limited, probably due to stocking issues. Service was slow, particularly as it was not that busy, but it was friendly and warm and it was clear they wanted you to enjoy the experience. Definitely worth the drive to Savaneta. Relax and enjoy.
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Last time here, too bad.

Sep 16, 2013 - posted by
This was my wife and I's favorite restaurant on the Island. No more. We went there first when they just opened about 4 or 5 years ago and it was magnificent. Beach seating, similar to Flying Fishbone ( I've been told, never been there) quiet, romantic, great food and worth the price.
Last time on the Island before last week was 2 years ago and we didn't go on that trip, so our last visit to OMATS was in 2010. The service in 2010 was a little poor, but our previous 3 times at the restaurant made me think we had a server issue. It's apparently a restaurant issue.
We arrived last Wednesday at 6pm for a sunset dinner. We were seated promptly, though they were still getting the tables set up (opens at 5).
Our waitress had such a terrible accent and was so quiet, I actually had to ask her to speak up. Our water was delivered at 6:15 and our drinks didn't arrive until 6:30 (got there at 6). A table of 12 arrived for their private island (which is very nice, we did that once before). I almost left then after seeing the large table show, seeing only 2 waitresses and one busboy and 5 other tables besides us, but my wife was again loving the atmosphere and she doesn't drink so wasn't bothered by the slowness. So we stayed.
Our appetizer was great, but came at 6:50. Meanwhile the other tables all seemed to be getting the same slow service.
Our order for dinner was taken at 7:20 which was the next time the waitress bothered to come by the table. My wife ordered the Trio which was a filet mignon, saut�ed shrimp (shreens) and lobster tail, I ordered the filet mignon. Our dinner didn't arrive until 8:30.
It was delicious, but with a total bill of almost $200 it's the last time I'll ever got there.
Now some will say "You can't rush through the dinner at a place like that" and I totally agree, however not being attended to for 30 minutes at a time is unacceptable. No drink refills, no water refills, no "hey sorry we understaffed tonight". All told our drink bill was 2 sparkling waters for her, 2 Beers for me and one glass of wine with dinner.
The food was great, no issues with that at all. But if I had employees like that waiting on my customers out front like they did there, I'd go out of business soon. I'm surprised this place is still open with the poor staff they have out front.
Next night we went to El Gaucho's and were there for 4 hours, we were attended well, great service and the food was again fantastic there. I didn't rush through that dinner, yet didn't feel ignored at all. OMATS needs an overhaul.
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got engaged

Feb 23, 2013 - posted by
We went to the gazebo and got engaged, she said yes!! The food was great, the gazebo was magical, the service was perfect. Can't wait to go back.
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Comparing old man and the sea and flying fish

Feb 3, 2013 - posted by
We have been to both of these restaurants in Savaneta and have never been disappointed. Last year we had the gazebo as it was too windy to sit on the beach. I cannot decide which one of these restaurants is better. We are going back the first week in March and would love to hear reviews to help us make up our minds on which to choose this year.
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wonderful night

Jan 5, 2013 - posted by
We went yesterday (8 peoples)to try this beach dining, the decor was wonderful, the menu is small but everybody find his way so tastefull we took the snaper papaya(really excellent but a little bit salty) with lobster tail, filet mignon and the shrimp curried pinneaple were great too!! A small place to discover!
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30th Anniversary Dinner

Oct 19, 2012 - posted by
We celebrated our 30th wedding anniversary at Old Man and the Sea with 14 guests. We did a vow renewal there as well. All we can say is FABULOUS!!!!! Worked directly with Christian who designed a perfect menu to our liking. We had gone here when they first opened and enjoyed it very much but since there had been some not too great reviews and had not returned. We are so glad we did. We could not have asked for better food, service and ambiance. We had Rocky for our waiter and he could not have been better. He was actually running through the sand delivering our orders. We rented out the gazebo and it was decorated beautifully. All our guests (including one couple who live in Aruba) had not been here before but they all stated that it will be a MUST next time in Aruba. They even sent out cabs to pick all of us up at our resort - hassel free. Again, Thanks to Christian and our Rocky for a very special night with great friends, service and food.

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Oct 13, 2011 - posted by
Have eaten there on several occasions...Rocky is an excellent waiter...atmosphere and views are enjoyable.Food is okay.
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May 23, 2011 - posted by
We chose The Old Man and the Sea for our first dinner upon returning to Aruba, and were really happy! All the staff, especially our waiter Donald were most friendly and welcoming and we had a fabulous time, dining literally on the water on the private table on its own pier. We started dinner at sunset (spectacular colors) and enjoyed superb appetizers and entrees, all prepared with great creativity, flavors and style. The escargot stuffed mushrooms and scallops with risotto appetizers were especially good and all the seafood was fresh and delightful. The lobster tails served thermidor style got rave reviews!!. We did not have dessert as we were too full, unfortunately. All in all, we had a wonderful dinner and are looking forward to another visit.
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Apr 19, 2011 - posted by
I dare someone to find a better atmosphere on the entire island. Unbelievable view from this beachside restaurant at sunset. The Chilean Sea Bass was cooked to perfection! Great service... the drinks stayed full and you barely knew they were there - just what I'm looking for when I'm having a romantic and memorable dinner 10 ft off the water at sunset. It is a bit of a trip from most hotels/resorts but well worth the trip. There will never be a time we don't revist Old Man and the Sea when vacationing in Aruba. Perfect 10!
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Jan 5, 2011 - posted by
The view was spectacular, even though when we arrived, the place was empty and we had to insist on an outside table.The service was horrible from the start, like we were imposing on this poor blighted waiter.The menus state that grautity is not included, but appreciated, however our waiter wrote himself a 15% tip when he presented the bill.The only time he was the least bit frendly was when we were leaving. The prices were way out of line for the quality of the food. The Mai Mai was very dry and the rib eye was WELL DONE when we asked for MED. This is probably the highest priced, worst service restaurant on the island, and we have been coming to Aruba for a while. We will never be back and I do not recommend.
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