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Papiamento

Grouper Romanesca

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Papiamento Review

The Ellis family converted its 126-year-old manor into a bistro with an atmosphere that is elegant, intimate, and always romantic. You can feast in the dining room, which is filled with antiques, or outdoors on the terrace by the pool (sitting on plastic patio chairs covered in fabric). The chefs mix continental and Caribbean cuisines to produce sumptuous seafood and meat dishes. Those seeking a bit of novelty can order one of the hot stone dishes, which come to the table sizzling. Service is unhurried, so don't come here if you're in a rush.

    Restaurant Details

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

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    Elegant Private Setting

    Had a wonderful dinner at this neighborhood restaurant in an elegant setting - stables set around a lovely pool. Great food and service. Perfect for our last night in Aruba.

    by joannecam, 2/15/07
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    Lives up to all the hype and more

    Sometimes you here so many great things about a restaurant your expectations get so high you are often disappointment this is not the case here. An incredible outdoor setting, with table’s set around a pool and inside a beautiful garden area of a lovely old house converted to a restaurant. In ordered the Mahi-Mahi “On a Stone’. It was one of the best fish dished I ever had. Went back two nights later to ordered it again it was just as good .My wife had the lobster on a stone it was perfect. As good as the Flying Fishbone (and it is excellent) my wife and I gave Papiamento a slight nod as our favorite. A must if you go to Aruba

    by atvalle1, 12/12/07
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    Papiamento Review

    Papiamento – Hands down our FAVORITE restaurant in Aruba. The hostess told us that we would be seated inside, as if she was apologizing for it. I preferred it! The historical 1879 manor house had so much character and was elegantly appointed with antiques and quirky furnishings. We were seated in the main hall at a table with comfy arm chairs. We walked around later, and were amazed at the beautiful tiled kitchen, the side room and a small bedroom that had been preserved like a room in a museum. Most of the other tables were outside, romantically flanking a swimming pool. The food was good – my husband loved his chargrilled hot stone walla wish w/shrimp (the Mermaid entrée). We split a mushroom casserole appetizer, which was dripping with Dutch cheese. I had a tasty seafood casserole, which was very creamy, and came with sweet potato puree, okra and rice on the side. In retrospect, I think I’d order a hot-stone fish if we were to go back – it was so flavorful and healthy. Definitely get a reservation.

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