Madame Janette

8,1 based on 550 reviews
Cuisine(s):
French, International
Main Course:
$35.00 - $59.00
is:
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Indoor Dining
Accepts:
  
Meals:
Dinner
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Ratings & more:
Good!
Free WiFi
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Restaurant Information

Madame Janette

Cunucu Abao37
Aruba
Tel: +(297) 587 0184
Opening Hours:
Daily (Closed Sunday): 6pm - 10pm
Madame Janette
Ramon Helgers and Karsten Gesing founded Madame Janette April 2nd
1999. Their collaboration resulted into a place, which offers fine dining in a casual atmosphere.

Ramon is responsible for the exotic fruits, herbs and vegetables you will find in not only our dishes, but also in most supermarkets on Aruba. Karsten, a European Master Chef, trained in 'old school' traditions creates, with help from his knowledgeable international
staff, tasteful and creative dishes. Their combined worldwide experience
gives their dishes an original flavour with a touch of Caribbean in it. We call it the Madame Janette Experience! We hope that you will have a wonderful dining romance.
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WILL NOT GO BACK AFTER 20 YEARS

Feb 24, 2020 - posted by
We have been going to Madame Janettes since they opened - over 20 years. We go to Aruba every year for 8 weeks. We visit the restaurant at least twice while we are there and considered it our favorite restaurant on the island and always recommended it to people.
Last year when we went, the meal was just OK but we chalked it up to an off night for the restaurant.
However, this year, we were very disappointed. we had 8:30 reservations for 4 people and didn\'t get seated till 9:00. The salads were much smaller than usual and lettuce very limp; the dressing was not tasty at all. The meals were less than average. Paying $54 for a rack of lamb, we don\'t mind but when we asked for more bread, we were informed there was an extra charge for 4 more rolls. The staff looked exhausted and the place has just got to big!!!
Again, Very disappointed after spending over $250 for dinner.
I don\'t know what has happened, but they better figure it out because word is spreading that Madame Janettes has changed and gone down hill!!!
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WORST MEAL IVE EVER HAD

Jan 17, 2020 - posted by
My girlfriend and I started our vacation by joining Madame Janette’s for dinner on Monday 1/13/2020 and our dinner was amazing. Our server Patrick was excellent, everything so good in fact that we decided to go back on our last night 1/17/2020. This review is based on our experience this evening. Made 8:00 reservations, we were sat in a section in the corner with a new server. From our experience as both being a waiter and waitress we knew something was off. Waited about 10 minutes for a drink order, no biggie. Asked our server to put in appetizers she said hold on. Came back 10 minutes later to take our appetizer order. Caesar salad and caprese salad came out. I took one bite and send the salad back. Dressing wasn’t even on the salad. Server didn’t check on our appetizers and the manager came back and slapped the salad down on the table without a word. Took 3 more bites and ate the croutons then pushed it away. Absolutely disgusting, dressing was horrible. Caprese salad was decent. Tomatoes and mozzarella was alright not fresh. The toast they served was hard and the inside was soggy. Disgusting once again. After waiting another 15 minutes we still didn’t put in our entree order. At this point we were extremely disappointed and just asked for the check. We couldn’t even order entrees when we were willing to spend the money because no one took the order. We left without finishing anything on our plate, server didn’t care at all. Once we got back to the room( 5-10 minute car ride) my girlfriend Vomited everywhere from the caprese salad. Called the restaurant right away and asked for a manager. The “manager” said there was nothing wrong with the salads and that was that. We come to Aruba almost every year and this was the last time we will be dinning here. We understand things happen out of control but every single thing that could possibly go wrong, did. Think twice about joining this “high class restaurant” for dinner because there are many other better restaurants than this. Extremely disappointed for a “5 star restaurant” UPDATE: both of us have thrown up from our meal. May have food poisoning and this is the first time that has ever happened from a restaurant. Wow I’m at a lost for words holy s****
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Service was having a bad day?!

Oct 10, 2018 - posted by
Things were going well until the food came. My wife's inaccurate entre was detected by the waitress and returned to the kitchen. After waiting a few minutes, I began eating and was almost finished before her dinner was served. No apology or explanation was given. We later learned that her entre was a different type of fish than she ordered, Snapper vs Grouper. If we had been told how long it would take to prepare the correct order, she would have readily accepted the initial meal, but we were not given a choice. And after asking the waitress for a desert menu, she never returned to take our order. After waiting for about 20 minutes, another person who appeared to be a supervisor or manager asked if she could help us with anything, so we gave our orders to her. And again my wife did not get what she ordered which was a simple piece of Chocolate cake. Instead, she was served a Chocolate Souffle; it was very good. Just fyi, I paid a full bill plus a 20% tip. I thought maybe they were just having a "bad day," but I will not be going back to find out!!
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Honeymoon

Aug 18, 2018 - posted by
We had a honeymoon dinner there this week. They treated us so wonderfully it was by far my favorite place we went. Our servers Samuel and Enrique were a big part of making it so special. They were the best servers we had on the island and we ate out every night. Everything was delicious, the entertainment was great. I will be back no doubt when I come back to Aruba
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Not worth the price

Feb 11, 2018 - posted by
A truly dated restaurant. Food and presentation average at best. Tried the special which sound good on the menu, but everything we received was over cooked. Very expensive for what you get. Much better options on the island. They are busy with mostly an older crowd, so must be why they're not even trying.
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Not like it used to be

Feb 4, 2018 - posted by
We ate there on 2/3/18 for a 6:30 seating near the entertainment section. While the sun was still out everything was ok. However, when the sunset we could not see our food and asked the staff for 2 candles, but they didn\'t help. We had to use the flash lights on our phones to see the meal. The main courses were fine, however the creamy spinach was watery and the rest of the side dishes where cold when served. It took for ever to get our bill once we completed our meal. We got the feeling they were trying to keep us there because they weren\'t that busy on a Saturday night. Too bad, because this used to be our favorite restaurant in Aruba.
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The best of the best

Jan 31, 2018 - posted by
We visit Aruba twice a year (its our home away from home). By far this is one of the places we go to every time. Everything about this restaurant is amazing! You can not visit Aruba without dining here.
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Best Meal in Aruba

Jan 26, 2018 - posted by
Wold class food with classical service. Setting is alfresco. Best meal I had on the Island
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First reservation after booking a trip.

Feb 21, 2017 - posted by
My wife and I chose this restaurant on our 24th wedding anniversary on suggestion of our concierge. This will be our 6th trip to Aruba and our 7th or 8th meal at Madame Janette's. The food is always great, the service is always great, the atmosphere is always great and the live music is always great.
For individuals that have rated this restaurant poorly I am dismayed. My wife and I have traveled the world together and eaten at some of the best restaurants known. That said, we have never been even remotely dissapointed at MJ's. I try something different each time I go, and I am always amazed at how I couldn't pick a favorite if I wanted too. My wife is a fish person and I am a steak person. We both have multiple items available and the desserts are always the best.
I know when you go there, the location may seem weird, but the food and ambiance in the garden is spectacular. We have eaten at many of the top restaurants on the island and this has been and more than likely will always be our favorite. When you book reservation for 2, ask for table G4 or G5 and you will be right by the stage. There are larger tables for larger groups across from these, but I am not sure what their designations are. Bonapetit & Cheers--
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Better than last time

Aug 4, 2016 - posted by
Our first experience at Madame Janette's several years ago was not a good one, this year made up for that.
Our waiter patiently answered our questions and was diligent in notifying the kitchen of our food allergies. Three of us had the filet mignon, all cooked to perfection. I went with the lamb chops and was blown away by how good they were and the sauce that much better. After my daughter finished her steak, she couldn't stop dipping her french fries into the lamb sauce.
Very happy we gave it a second chance.
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