Smokey Joe's Island Grill

6,8 based on 75 reviews
Cuisine(s):
Caribbean
Main Course:
$17.00 - $28.00
is:
  • Casual Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
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Dinner
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Restaurant Information

Smokey Joe's Island Grill

Juan E. Irausquin Blvd.87
Aruba
Tel: +(297) - 586 2896
Opening Hours:
Early Bird Special: 5pm to 6pm
Dinner: 5pm to 11pm
Bar:
5pm to Midnight Sunday to Thursday
5pm to 1am on Friday and Saturday
Happy Hour  
Smokey Joe's Island Grill
Smokey Joe’s offers alfresco dining in a colorful festive atmosphere. "We only serve fresh caught local fish…", says executive chef Jose Lago, "...so don’t expect to find salmon and trout on our menu!". We also feature open-fire rotisserie-grilled chicken, and for the meat lover, our thick-cut tender Argentine grass-fed filet mignon is sure to hit the spot. But our ultimate treat has to be the fingerlicking enjoyment of eating our grilled baby back ribs, truly the "Best Ribs in the CARIBBEAN!".
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First stop in Aruba

Jun 9, 2019 - posted by
Always our first dinner after a long day of traveling to Aruba. Never disappoints and always a delicious, fun time to get us in the Aruba spirit of “One Happy Island”.
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Probably Will never go again

May 19, 2019 - posted by
Was in a party of 8 on a Saturday night . Waiter was overbooked and slow. Noticed that smaller parties were served faster. Waited over 1 hr for burgers not cooked to our request and cold fries. Also Seemed as if parties that drank more were serviced faster. (Only 2 of us drank) Maybe only my imagination. Never was asked for a 2nd drink while waiting. Thank goodness for the person who continually filled our water. Saw larger tables with other wait staff served faster
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Long Time Patron

Apr 13, 2019 - posted by
Been coming to Smokeys for years. I feel the food quality has remained pretty good. As others have mentioned, I was surprised when at a basically empty restaurant, I was told I could not have a larger (4 person) table for my party of 2. I've eaten at the smaller tables here and it is just too uncomfortable with no room. I was turned away, but after a couple of moments, the seater/manger had a change of heart and seated me on a 4-top as requested. Believe me, I respect their right to want to maximize every seat but when your place is less then 1/2 full, all possible diners should be welcomed! I was also sad to see the 'dinner combo for 2' was gone. Over all, though, the experience was nice, and I will return. I love their slaw and home fries.
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Great good, nice atmosphere, service, not so

Apr 6, 2019 - posted by
There was a couple who sat down before us who got their food way before us and we have been sitting here with empty drink glasses for about 20 minutes now. I know its a busy and a popular place but maybe the service could use a little improvement. We will definitely come back but hopefully with better service!
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Mediocre meal

Feb 9, 2019 - posted by
We make better ribs at home. Soggy coleslaw. Dry mahi mahi. Slow service. We don’t recommend this place.
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Lousy seating policy

Jun 7, 2018 - posted by
We tried to eat here 2 nights ago but did not like their seating requirements. We were told that it would be a couple of minutes....no problem. 5 seconds later a party of 4 walked up and were seated immediately? The manager came up to us a few moments later and asked if he could help us. I responded I didn't know, that we couldn't get a table but the party of 4 behind us got one 5 seconds later. He explained that he couldn't seat a party of 2 at a table that seats 4. Which prompted me to ask what would happen if 7 more parties of 4 came up? He responded that they would also get seated before us. THAT'S RIDICOULOUS! We took our business elsewhere since they are not the only restaurant on the island and the other ones don't discriminate against a party of 2. Apparently they show preference to a larger party where they feel they will make more money. And here is the best part. As we walked off there were empty tables AVAILABLE! They have now lost our 2 weekly annual visits for good because of their greed.
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It's Like Smokey Joe's Has New Owner and No

Sep 28, 2017 - posted by
This review comes from a former big fan of Smokey Joe's and I write it with great sorrow. As we do on ever visit to Aruba, we visited Smokey Joe's during the 3rd Week of September 2017 and were immediately caught off guard that the menu had been changed from what had been on their website with fan favorites like the "Ultimate Combo for Two" for $39.95 gone and prices seemingly increased about 20% across the board. When the All You Can Eat Ribs is a buck difference then the normal rack of ribs, you know you are in trouble. Soft drinks are now $3 for about 12 oz with no refills. You get the idea of bleeding the loyal customer.

After having to order from the new overpriced and limited menu, we did not like the taste or portion size of the food. Both the so-called "Barbecue" Ribs and Chicken had been overboiled in the food prep process with it then just having barbecue sauce smeared on it then warmed up. The side of "Corn on the Cob" is a 1/3 piece of the cob and worth about 3 bites.

The only "Take Home" that we took from Smokey Joe's was gas from the food.

It was almost like a new owner took over a favorite restaurant and then was going to bleed all the loyal customers until they run the place into the ground.
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Something other than BBQ Ribs

Sep 3, 2016 - posted by
Wanted a good burger for dinner tonite so decided to try Smokey Joes. Rumor has it that our first choice, Five Burgers, was closed? We\'ll check and confirm later....
Surprisingly, it was not busy during peak dinnertime on a Saturday nite (no waiting for a table!). SJs only serves 2 types of angus beef burgers...regular with choice of cheese, bacon, fries and coleslaw for $12.95 and a Jumbo topped with pulled pork and coleslaw for a few dollars more. I had the Paradise (regular) and Amy had the Pulled Pork sandwich for $14.95 which also came with fries and coleslaw. Both were very good and the fries were just crispy enough. We both cleaned our plates! BTW, menu prices have not changed since last year.

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Consistently good Barbecue at decent prices

Feb 20, 2016 - posted by
Consistently good Barbecue at decent prices. good service and good food. went there twice this trip and was not disappointed at all. both times, everyone in our party was pleased with the food, drinks and service. if you like ribs, try them at Smokey Joe's.
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food poisoning at smokey joes

Feb 20, 2016 - posted by
I would just like to pass this to Smokey Joe's restaurant. My wife & I were there on tuesday night Feb 16. The meal was not bad except they put my salad on the main course dish. I did not like this and never saw it before. I have gone to this restauarant many times before & like it....This last time was not a good experience my wife and I got food poisoning. During tuesday night we both became terribly sick. It lasted all night tuesday the next day wednesday we stayed in bed missed a full day on the beach. I just would like to let the ownership know from Smokey Joe's what happened. If they want to contact me my email is attached. If anything the restaurant should know they have a problem to avoid other people from having the same experience.
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