Amazonia or El Gaucho?

Mar 28th, 2003, 06:22 PM
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Amazonia or El Gaucho?

We will be docking in Aruba for the day. Would like to eat at one of the restaurants there. Which one of these would be better. We want a nice atmosphere as well as great food. They both do grilled meats which is what we would like. Have never been to Arub so please advise.
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Mar 29th, 2003, 03:22 AM
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We prefered Amazonia over El Gaucho. At Amazonia, they come to your table with all of the cuts of meat straight off of the grill and you can eat as much as you want for one price. It was a great way to sample a bite of everything. Their salad bar was long and full of fresh and different items and the people were very friendly. We ate on the deck area and enjoyed the cool breeze and surroundings. To us, El Gaucho was way overrated. The food was mediocre, the restaurant cramped, crowded and noisy and service was ok at best. We had a reservation for 7:00 and were seated at 7:45. Unfortunately El Gaucho failed to hit any marks with us on the evening we were there. I know others rave about the place but we'll not go back. There are too many other good/great restaurants on Aruba to choose from. Have on your cruise and enjoy Aruba!
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Mar 30th, 2003, 12:29 PM
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El Gaucho is downtown and will be convenient, however we think Amazonia is a lot of fun and offers a very good selection of meats.
If you are in Aruba on Monday or Thursday you would also have fun at the very casual Tabasko's in front of the Bushiri Hotel near downtown. On Mondays and Thursdays they have their barbecue nite with steak, chicken, ribs, fish, salads, potatos etc.--eat as much as you would like. Sitting outside you will be listening to the live band singing soft rock and all this for only $20 each! Amazonia and El Gaucho might run you over $80 but are much more popular restaurants. Tabasko's gets busy around 7:30-8:00 p.m.--if you arrive earlier you may be dining by yourself.
We just returned from Aruba on 3/21 and haved dined at many of the restaurants in Aruba over the years.
There also is Carlo's and Charlie's and Iguana Joe's located downtown for drinks before or after dinner.
If you dine at Amazonia you will be able to walk to several of the large hotels--Radisson, Hyatt etc.--located across the street. You can make your reservations online for Amazonia or El Gaucho before you leave--both are extremely popular (Tabasko's is tabaskoaruba.com).
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Mar 31st, 2003, 07:32 AM
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I have never been to Amazonia, but in my opinion, El Gaucho should not be missed!
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Apr 2nd, 2003, 05:43 PM
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El Gaucho is wonderful! We had an early reservation (no wait) and the service was terrific. The steak (tenderloin) was the BEST steak we ever had. To qualify this, we have eaten at The Palm, Morton's, Ruth Chris' and other fine restaurants. You won't be disappointed but we didn't visit the Amazonia. I think you will enjoy El Gaucho!
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Apr 2nd, 2003, 05:52 PM
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El Gaucho is wonderful! We had an early reservation (no wait) and the service was terrific. The steak (tenderloin) was the BEST steak we ever had. To qualify this, we have eaten at The Palm, Morton's, Ruth Chris' and other fine restaurants. You won't be disappointed but we didn't visit the Amazonia. I think you will enjoy El Gaucho!
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