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Madame Janette

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Madame Janette Review

Named after a local chili pepper (and not a local temptress), this restaurant seems haunted by the spirit of Auguste Escoffier. Large portions and cream sauces are well represented on the menu, and hollandaise and cheese sauces abound. Presentation is an essential part of the dining experience here, and entrées rise majestically off their plates. The best part is that everything tastes as good as it looks, so those looking for a more traditional but exquisite meal will be very pleased. Try the lamb or beef rotisseries with one of the special sauces; if you're in the mood for something lighter, there are tasty salads. For an overwhelming finish, top off your meal with a sundae that billows over the edges of a massive champagne glass. Savor each course in the outdoor pebble garden, where tabletop candles cast a soft glow. Note that you may feel a bit hot in the outdoor area given the relative lack of breezes.

    Restaurant Details

  • Reservations essential.
  • No lunch. Closed Sun.
Updated: 03-04-2014

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    Madame Janette's-Great Experiences!

    In December of 2006 we experienced Madame Janette's charm, great food, excellent service, and wonderful dining experience with our family. We dined under the stars while being entertained by very talented live musicians and singers. The twinkling lights in the trees overhead enhanced the romantic ambiance as well. When our son became engaged two days later and decided with his fiance to get married on the island, we decided that this was the perfect place to have our rehearsal dinner. From the minute we contacted Madame Janette's they were most accommodating, polite, and helpful. Rather than preordering, Madame Janette's permitted our guests (37) to choose their dinner from the standard menu when we arrived. Their extensive wine list was emailed in advance so that the bride and groom could choose their favorite wines to be served to their guests. Every last detail was taken care of including making arrangements to have beautiful floral centerpieces delivered! We received many compliments from our guests about their total dining experience. Once again our food was beautifully presented and flavorful. The evening surpassed expectations! (As a side note, two of our guests made it a point to return once more to Madame Janette's during their stay, and went back to Aruba this past week to enjoy Madame Janette's dining treasures twice during their 5-night stay!)

    by PamF, 5/31/08
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    Don't Miss This Place!!

    Eating here was truly a wonderful experience! The food was excellent, the service was also and the atmosphere was very festive. Such fun!

    by Carolsn, 3/13/08
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    Too Much!

    Madam Janette's lives up to its reputation for great service and food delivered in a very pleasing atmosphere. My one complaint, and it seems silly, is that the portions were way too big. I would have preferred a smaller serving for a proportionately smaller price. But, if there is to be a complaint, this is a good one to have!

    by joannecam, 2/15/07
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    Perfect, Just Perfect

    Before you go the first time to Aruba you hear the same comments -- Make reservations at Madame Janette's. Do it!
    It almost looks like someone's crowded backyard with diners dressed from shorts to sport coats. But when your server starts describing what is going to happen to you over the next few hours, you know it's way more professional than you or your neighbors can do -- Unless you live next to Wolfgang Puck. The gentle, perfect for the venue duo wafts their Margueritaville sound over your dining you start wondering if you can get reservations for one of the two nights you have left on Aruba.

    by TomMariner, 2/6/07

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