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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

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Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
+297 584 5086
Mon - Sat 11:30 - 19:00
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We stopped here after our visit to Baby Beach. It was recommended by a few locals. Once we arrived, It wasn't busy yet. It is filled with trinkets left from all of it's visitors over the years. Our server, I wish I could think of his name, was wonderful. The let you know when the fish was caught and everything.... More 

Thank ko318
Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Had a wonderful lazy while chatting with my pal behind the counter retelling stories he's likely told more than once - but a charm that is undeniable

Thank MIKA K
Kelowna, Canada
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Lunch at Charlie's today. An old tavern, an eclectic wonder, the bar has lived a lot. Lunch was not quick, over two hours. And it is not bar food priced, Four BBQ ribs, that were delicious, a little plate of home fries, and a bowl of lettuce - $28. and a draft beer was $10.50, The place is lots of... More 

Thank hattyokanagan
Raul T, Bartender Waiter and part-time wanna-be shaman at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Why yes, the dreaded Monday "storm the Bastille" syndrome. That being said; the usual casual service and interaction we are known for does not happen when what is the equivalent of a city wide block party is going on INSIDE. And as you stated, indeed the long wait time for food( remember, your dishes are made to order, no fast... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We went for lunch and was expecting the usual bar food. You will not get that here and the menu will tell you where to get a hamburger. We had the steamed shrimp and ribs. Both were good. The waitstaff was amusing and informative and the bar a sight to see...everywhere!

Thank Kathy B
Raul T, Bartender, waiter and smartmouth extraordinaire.... at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Response by the waitstaff: " We love you too!" More 

Waldorf, Maryland, United States
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Another splendor to out trip was the chance to enjoy places off the beaten path, come to Charlie's and enjoy a nice cold Balashi

Thank Visitor-Waldorf
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Nice place to eat typical Caribbean dishes and listen to local music played by local drummers and singers.

Thank Roberto R
Bowling Green, Ohio
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at Charlie's for lunch while on a self guided island tour! Fun atmosphere, live entertainment, and good food! Worth the visit! Ribs were nicely flavored and pasta Alfredo with shrimp was delicious. Shared entrees at lunch time were just right for two.

Thank Nicki K
Raul T, Bartender waiter and smartmouth extraordinaire at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Our type of traveler! On a five day mission to boldly go where no tourist has gone before...(where did we hear that one?) Thanks for taking the chance, and we are happy we didn't disappoint. We will be looking forward to your next visit.... Cheers!! More 

Mayaguez, Puerto Rico
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Was told we had to visit. Very dirty place, restrooms, tables, area, all dirty and sticky. Fish was overcooked, was up all night on the toilet and missed a day of diving. Only time I'd go back is if I was constipated.

Thank bluto359
Raul T, Bartender, waiter and smartmouth extraordinaire.. at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Well hi , there... Sorry to hear that we failed at all things we are known for. But alas we are not meant to everybody's cup of tea, and we don't pretend to be either. We are a bit surprised to hear that your fish was overcooked and did not react to it promptly (we continously visit the tables and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Charlie's Bar is fun and crazy. Hadn't been there in probably more than a decade. Decided to drive over to San Nicolas and have a lunch there. Was pleased to find that Charlie's has not lost any of it's craziness. Three of us had one of the daily specials, baby back ribs and the other the shrimp with linguini, the... More 

Thank Paul C
Raul T, Bartender waiter and smartmouth extraordinaire at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

It take a special kind of crazy to call us crazy....that means you are just as much! You are family! Yay! That being said, we will be expecting you on your next trip to the island. Cheers!! More 

Destin, Florida
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I loved everything about this place......food, drinks, staff, ambiance, etc. Group of 6 men on an ATV tour around the Island and stopped hear after reading about it......Didn't see exactly what we wanted on the Menu, and they accommodated our request with some of the largest and best tasting lobster tails I have experienced.....Don't overlook this place due to the... More 

Thank JJHDestin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene, Cheap Eats
Open Hours
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  San Nicolas
  • Phone Number: +297 584 5086
Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant was founded on September 18, 1941 by a Dutch couple, Charles and Marie Brouns. They chose their location in San Nicolas as it was close to the large Lago Refinery: this provided a steady stream of clientele in the form of seamen, contractors, and oil workers.Over the years, Charlie’s Bar became a destination returned to by countless friends from the past, accompanied by new patrons anxious to visit what has become an iconic island institution…”If you haven’t been to Charlie’s you don’t know Aruba!”Today, Charlie’s Bar is recognized as one of the Top Ten Bars in the Caribbean; and is a must see destination for first time visitors who will undoubtedly encounter and enjoy the company of many repeat clientele from literally all over the world. Everyone comes for the ambiance; the real connoisseurs are here to enjoy the intercontinental cuisine offered by Charlie’s Menu. Everything from jumbo shrimp to fine tenderloin steaks and fresh local seafood are at your beck and call. The menu is varied and prepared fresh each and every day try our “Honeymoon Sauce” with your entrée (if you like things real hot) or tone it down with our Creole style of preparation. Daily specials and home made snacks round out the menu for the inquisitive diner.Presently, your host, Charlito (the third generation Charlie) says, “Everything we do is focused on one thing, creating an unforgettable memory that will leave you wanting to return.”

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