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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

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Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
+297 584 5086
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11:30 - 19:00
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Hammond, Indiana
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch there today and it was NOT good and terribly overpriced. The steak sandwich was tough and the portion was not generous. The beer on tap was fine but not worth the price. The bar itself is interesting because of the memorabilia hanging from every spare inch but it's really not all that unique compared to places we... More 

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

Well hi there, thank you for visiting us. We are amazed at the comments of the food not being good and overpriced.....menus are clear and to the point and the staff is at the ready for any questions or complaints you may have. Don't agree with the prices? No need to buy... Your dish is not what you expected? Send... More 

Penn Yan, NY
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56 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Good food, great stories, eclectic place for sure. Though not what you would expect, they specialize in fresh seafood and have some hidden treasures at the bar if you know how to inquire

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Thank KeukaBill
Akron, Ohio
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Very eclectic and friendly small neighborhood bar. Menu is limited but everything was well cooked and delicious. Servings were generous and it would be your own fault if you left hungry. Only downside is they didn't take American Express.

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Grayslake, Illinois
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219 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 85 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't come here looking for cheap eats or fast in and out service - those are not on the menu - just like burgers are not offered. What you can look forward to is an interesting place with good local fare (think seafood with a twist) and more junk hanging on the walls that you can take in in one... More 

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Raul T, Bartender waiter and one liner afficionado at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Hi there! Finally someone i agree totally with! Especially the first two sentences. Indeed that is what Charlie's is about. Why would someone think otherwise? And indeed, why would you come NOT hungry? That what the establishment is about: "Charlie's Bar AND Restaurant". Ohhh yes, the shrimps are simply delicious(there IS difference between shrimps and prawns, and our little beasties... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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 

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Taipei, Taiwan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 February 2017

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

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Kelowna, Canada
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2017

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 

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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 18 February 2017

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!

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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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47 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

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

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Thank Visitor-Waldorf
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

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

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Thank Roberto R

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$30
Cuisine
Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Monday
11:30 - 19:00
Tuesday
11:30 - 19:00
Wednesday
11:30 - 19:00
Thursday
11:30 - 19:00
Friday
11:30 - 19:00
Saturday
11:30 - 19:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  San Nicolas
  • Phone Number: +297 584 5086
Description
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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