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Review of Driftwood

Ranked #20 of 228 Restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$9 - US$36
Cuisines: Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Groups, Child-friendly, Local cuisine
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Description: We are located in the heart of characteristic downtown Oranjestad and offer you a unique dining experience. Enjoy the freshest fish, biggest shrimp, or the most succulent Caribbean lobster amid the rustic ambience of the natural driftwood dining room. Our menu includes a large variety of typically Aruban delicacies including our three star fish soup and our mouth-watering filet of fish served with a mild Aruban Creole sauce... A seafood lovers dream come true. Furthermore all dishes are prepared with an Aruban touch and accompanied by Pan Bati, our famous Aruban corn bread. We welcome you to our intimate and comfortable Aruban seafood restaurant where we will do our utmost to make your dining experience a most pleasant and enjoyable one. Welcome to Driftwood!
Level 5 Contributor
68 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 December 2013

We went there twice. Once, just my husband and myself. The special menu they offer, although some reviews did not like it, we found the food to be very good. It is $25.95 for 3 courses. You sometimes have to ask for that menu.
They offer catch of the day and my husband was thrilled when they had the barracuda. The fish is always cooked so it stays moist and not dried out. I had the garlic shrimp and it was very good.
Service can be a little slow but we just think of it as island time!! The 2nd time we went with our daughter and family and food was still what we expected.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank frands
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“Slow Service”
Reviewed 2 December 2013

When we first sat down, it took a long time for someone to greet us at our table. Additionally, it took even longer for someone to take our order and bring our drinks. I recommend you request the "special menu" which includes 3 courses at a fixed price, since they will not say anything about it. The food was decent but there are many better places on the island to eat. The garlic bread was outstanding though.

If you are driving, beware the parking is tricky. They advertise they have a lot but wasn't able to find it.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank Michael M
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Not as advertised”
Reviewed 1 December 2013

Went to try out for the second time after more than 15 years one of the most talked about Seafood restaurant. We did I not have any reservation but managed to get a table. We ordered their special and thought it was a good value, however the food was very disappointing. We specifically asked the waiter if their shrimps were fresh and were told that these are freshly brought from Venezuela. Beware, these are FARM RAISED and don't taste like the real thing. The shrimp appetizer and dinner were stale and it would have been better to buy from any supermarket. It looks old, no taste and feels gummy like. The best thing of the whole evening was the Aruban cornbread.Even the ice cream was of inferior quality. Just like 15 years agoI will not eat there again, maybe I'll try it again in another 15 years.

  • Visited November 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
“Left before we ordered”
Reviewed 28 November 2013

My husband and I stayed at the Renaissance and decided to eat at the Driftwood restaurant on Tuesday evening. I was excited to eat here due to reading the fish are caught the day of. We sat down and was IGNORED for a full 15 minutes. No one stopped by our table to welcome us and get our drink order. Several waitresses walked by but none stopped. After 15 minutes, we decided to get up and walk out. We refused to beg restaurants to take our money when there are more choices available to us. On our way out the door, a waitress tried to stop us. I politely told her that we had been ignored and was going elsewhere.
Very disappointed with this.

  • Visited November 2013
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Thank gagirl123
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“Stiff and Cold Personalities”
Reviewed 27 November 2013 via mobile

My husband and I stayed at Renaissance Aruba where Driftwood was nearby. Food there was OK - no better or no worse than other seafood restaurants on the island; it was the wait staff's attitude that made us not want to go back ever again. The restaurant personnel were cold and stiff, and seemed very unhappy. We heard a waiter talking to a couple behind us in a very commanding tone of voice as if to 'order' them to read the menu to see how the dishes were prepared instead of 'bothering' him with that sort of questions. The only friendly friendly faces you would see would come from the young table-busing girls. Go somewhere else to experience the happy island. Renaissance Aruba has good restaurants such as Aquarius and L. G. Smith.

Visited November 2013
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