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bikigirl Mar 1, 2007 06:52 AM

My husband and I are going to Aruba to celebrate our anniversary. We will be staying for 7 nights. We are really big on water view or great settings and of course food. Can you please give me recommendations for restaurants that are on the water or have a great view of the water. Thanks

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    flipkeat RE: bikigirl Mar 1, 2007 07:07 AM

    My Husband and I were in Aruba in November and ate at two wonderful restaurants..
    The Flying Fishbone..on the water...wonderful absolutely wonderful
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    Madame Janette's wonderful also although not on the water....
    Both dinner's were awesome...........

    1. chigirl71 RE: bikigirl Mar 1, 2007 07:44 AM

      My husband and I spent our honeymoon in Aruba last November and the place we liked the best was the Pelican's Nest Seafood & Grill Bar. You can't get much more on the water than this place, it's on a pier. It is not fancy by any means, you can (and we did) go there in our bathing suits for dinner. The coconut shrimp is amazing. The service is super friendly. It's not touristy or gimmicky. The view (esp. at sunset) is spectacular. It was our favorite place to go in Aruba. Enjoy!

      1. phelana RE: bikigirl Mar 1, 2007 12:02 PM

        Madame Janette's is great. I love Buccaneer, Driftwood, Jamaican Me Crazy, Que Pasa, Cuba's Cooking for Mojitos, Gasparitos..Flying Fishbones is hit or miss, IMHO.

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          dvive RE: bikigirl Mar 12, 2007 01:18 PM

          I went 5 years ago, and agree that the Flying Fishbone was outstanding, and you definitely want to request a table on the beach! Its quite a ride from the lowrise section...probably 20-30 minute drive. I rented a 4x4 vehicle for 24 hours to explore the island and then drove back and forth to the restaurant that 1 night.

          1. phelana RE: bikigirl Mar 12, 2007 03:53 PM

            Flying Fishbones has been hit or miss for some of my clients and friends. I had two experiences there, quite good. Ventana de la Mer at the Tierra del Sol golf course is a nice place for lunch. I love Mirandi's Madame Janettes, King Rib, Jamaican Me Crazy, Driftwood, Buccaneer, Que Pasa, Cuba's Cooking (for Mojitos and music) to name a few. Sometimes we go to Aruba for the weekend to get a bit of city fix and to dine. Fun island but mind the traffic jams in town.

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              Gabatta RE: phelana Mar 28, 2007 11:18 AM

              We had a terrible experience at Flying Fishbone. They sent a bottle of wine to the hotel to make amends, but we will not be back.

              We enjoyed Mirandi for an on water dining experience.

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                Linda VH RE: Gabatta Mar 29, 2007 07:55 AM

                Azurro in Playa Linda is right above the beach and offers great food, good sunset view and, of course, the beach view. Mirandi is a great view as well and the food was fine. We spend 3 weeks in Aruba each year (just returned 3/16). A very pretty restaurant is Papiamento (expect leisurely dining - not speedy) inland but you sit outside around a pool. You can tour the old house as well. Linda

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              02903 RE: bikigirl Apr 13, 2007 04:08 PM

              Agree witha lot of the above: madame jeanette's and papiemento are always dependable though without water view. We also had a very bad experience at flying fishbone, when we called the next day to complain (manager had gone home by the time we finished), they did refund our bill. Another favorite on the pier which is anything but fancy is marina pirata (fresh seafood).

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                mandypie RE: bikigirl Apr 21, 2007 11:20 AM

                Le Dome doesn't have a water view, but the food, atmosphere, and service are amazing! We went in '05. They knew we were on our honeymoon and gave us complimentary champagne at dessert and they gave us a "gift" as we left. It was a simple, yet nicely presented votive candle. The wine list is mind-boggling and the food was divine. It was the most romantic dinner we had in Aruba.

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                  Linda VH RE: mandypie Apr 22, 2007 07:25 AM

                  I would caution you about Le Dome, however. Unless you sit outside the men must wear long pants. All other fine dining establishments on Aruba require the men to wear nice shorts. We have been going to Aruba for 11 years for 3 weeks each year - my DH does NOT take long pants.

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