11 Best Restaurants in Curaçao

Bario Urban Street Food

$$ | Otrobanda Fodor's choice

This urban street food complex and bar is a perfect fit for the new creative vibe overtaking this historic neighborhood (bario) with all its new outdoor art and cultural attractions. Part of the Bario Boutique Hotel, it's a destination in its own right for trendy fusions of local and international eats served from kiosks made out of old shipping containers. Each kiosk has its own specialty and the barkeeps craft killer cocktails using as many local ingredients as they can---try an Otrobanda Colada! There is always live or DJ-driven music to snack by, and it's become the Friday Happy Hour hotspot for locals. 

Blues Caribbean Kitchen

$$$$ | Pietermaai Fodor's choice

Jutting out over the ocean at the Avila Beach Hotel, this legendary perch is famous for its sea views, its hearty Caribbean-focused dinner fare, and its Thursday night live jazz and blues shows. If you dine out on the deck Thursdays, you might see the Punda Vibe's fireworks over the water in the distance.

Penstraat 130, Willemstad, Curaçao
5999-788--1949
Known For
  • Authentic local and Caribbean inspired fare
  • Whole fresh fish and seafood platter for two
  • Chef's special weekly three-course surprise menu
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch. Closed Tues. and Wed., Reservations recommended

Ceviche 91

$$$ Fodor's choice

This exciting and trendy gastropub is located on the 4th floor of the famous historic Rif Fort complex, offering a menu dedicated almost exclusively to creative takes and combos of every kind of ceviche imaginable (including vegan). Choose a terrace perch outside for incredible views of the comings and goings of the ships in Santa Anna Bay and a postcard-perfect frame of the famous Handelskade. Reserve ahead for the best seat as it can be a very lively spot that’s as popular with locals as it is with visitors. 

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Fort Nassau Restaurant

$$$$ | Otrobanda Fodor's choice

Located in an 18th-century bastion of defense that affords sparkling harbor views, this is one of the island’s classic, don’t-miss restaurants. The diverse menu spans land and sea with local and international specialties for dinner and creative cuisine for lunch; if you book an early dinner on the deck you'll be treated to spectacular sunset views over the water.

Schottegatweg 82, Willemstad, Curaçao
5999-461–3450
Known For
  • Seasonally inspired prix-fixe tasting menus that change monthly
  • Caribbean bouillabaisse
  • An excellent wine list
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch weekends, Reservations essential

Gouverneur de Rouville Restaurant & Café

$$$ Fodor's choice

Have lunch on the verandah of a restored 19th-century Dutch mansion overlooking Santa Anna Bay for spectacular views of the harbor, or in their charming colonial courtyard in the back. The menu offers consistently good local and international dishes. Be sure to stick around after dinner for live music at the bar, which stays open late, especially if it’s a Thursday night when fireworks explode over the water at the end of Punda Vibes night.  

Kome

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Recently redecorated with an awe-inspiring mural by famed local artist Francis Sling, Kome serves up creative fusion fare. The menu is divided into small (chiki) and big (grandi) plates, with dishes ranging from grilled octopus and chicken and waffles to Cuban ropa vieja. A constant effort to source locally has led to surprising results on the regularly changing specials menu. Their small terrace outside is the place to be for a more romantic setting.

Madero Ocean Club

$$$ Fodor's choice

On a fabulous beach protected by man-made breakwaters, the stylish anchor of the Mambo Beach Boulevard complex offers first-rate fare at lunch and dinner. It also has a great beach bar, a massive pool and surf-side lounge, and daybed rentals. Lively pool parties, special events, and performances by hot DJs and live bands make this the place to see and be seen.

Shore

$$$$ Fodor's choice

Incredible aromas waft from the open-air kitchen of the Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort's signature restaurant, where Chef Hortencia surprises with fabulous fusions of local and international flavors. Set on a hill beside the golf course and affording stunning sea views, Shore is a trendy lunch spot that morphs into a lively yet romantic dinner enclave. The restaurant also has a children’s menu.

L'aldea Steakhouse/ Rainforest Mystery

$$$$

A unique installation on such an arid island, L'aldea is in a small rain-forest reserve, replete with lizards, animals, fish, and birds that you would find typically in lusher climes. But what is most impressive here is the handcrafted design of absolutely everything including faux Mayan and other ancient culture recreations, caves and tropical atmospheres by local craftsmen (some of whom are the owners) using wood and cement to recreate a "lost world" in the middle of nowhere. They have also recently added a few small rooms as ecoaccommodation stays there. The easiest way to visit is to take a tour that includes a facility visit and then stay for their Latin American-themed dinner. The fare is incredible—the largest salad bar on the island—plus a carnivore's heaven with grilled meats served Brazilian grill-style until you burst. Live music also adds to the full-on experience. For day-trippers though, it would be great if they served some kind of lunch.

La Bahia Seafood & Steakhouse

$$$ | Otrobanda

The sheltered terrace at La Bahia is so close to the harbor that it feels as if you can almost touch the passing ships. The menu runs the gamut from burgers and pastas to keshi yena (seasoned meat wrapped in cheese and baked) and other local specialties; this is also a great spot to relax with a cup of coffee or a cocktail.

Scampi's Restaurant

$$$

Part of the Waterfort Terrace, this open-air dining spot serves an interesting selection of steak and seafood dishes, including some with Asian twists or Latin American heat (there's also a children's menu). The setting can be very romantic in the evening thanks to stellar views of the sun setting over the port and a roster of signature cocktails like Coastal Kiss and Fancy Scampis.

Waterfortstraat 41-42, Willemstad, Curaçao
5999-465–0769
Known For
  • Scampi's mix: BBQ ribs, chicken, and shrimp
  • Great harbor views and rotating lunch specials
  • Fresh catch of the day and sometimes fresh lobster
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.