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Cuisine: Caribbean, Ethnic
Price Range: $$$
Papiamento is the native language of Aruba, and an authentic, Aruban villa built in 1886. Transformed into one of the island's most cherished restaurants and run by the dedicated, local family Ellis,... Read More
Papiamento is the native language of Aruba, and an authentic, Aruban villa built in 1886. Transformed into one of the island's most cherished restaurants and run by the dedicated, local family Ellis, this historical cunucu house, filled with Dutch antiques and hand-carved furniture, is ideal for romantic dinners. For extra sparkle, ask to sit outside by the pool, surrounded by a vibrant tropical garden, fairy lights, candles and the stars above. Caribbean seafood dishes are without compare, especially the fabulous clay pot seafood medley. Try something "on the stone"; steak, lobster or fish served on a super-heated stone for guests to finish cooking at the table. For a typical local delicacy, taste the Keeshi Yena, a "family recipe" consisting of minced tenderloin and chunks of chicken stewed with fresh herbs and spices in a baked Gouda cheese crust. There are plenty of additional and traditional options to say: Bon Apetit!
- Mon-Sat 5:30pm-10:30pm
- Recommended as Best Restaurants Because: Papiamento has earned its icon status by being one of the oldest family-run restaurants in Aruba with a consistent quality of fabulous food and friendly service.
- Best for Caribbean Because: Papiamento is more than just a local fine dining restaurant; it's about family and sharing the love of great food.