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“Great buffet dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of The Kitchen

The Kitchen
Ranked #41 of 221 Restaurants in Oranjestad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$17
Cuisines: Caribbean, Latin
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Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Cheap Eats
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: Aruba's only "Por Kilo" Latin Wood Fired Grill restaurant serving a buffet style lunch "by the pound". The number 1 lunch experience on Aruba. Lot's of slowly cooked and roasted latin comfort food. Mesquite fired grilling of prime beef, seafood, chicken, chorizo's. And well over 30 options of sides and salads. Pick anything you like and pay only for the weight of your food. Average spending $12.
Los Angeles, California
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31 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Great buffet dining”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 August 2014

Caution: Buffet did not mean you go back as meany times as you want. In this restaurant it means you have a very nice assortment of different foods to put on your plate. Then you give your plate to the staff to weigh and you pay $2 per pound. I couldn't begin to tell what all they had available to eat. I strongly advise you to try this place at least once during your visit.

Visited August 2014
1 Thank Patrick Z
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  • Spanish first
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English first
Boston, Massachusetts
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21 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Good, But You Can Get More For Your Dollar”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 July 2014

The Kitchen and 14Biz present themselves as buffet, but not the all you can eat kind. Borrowing a concept from Brasillian Churascarrias, both places make you pay based on weight...not your weight, but the weight of your plate...and in grams. Tell me, as an American, is 200 grams going to leave you satisfied and fulfilled? My lunch at The Kitchen was $12.00. Compared to the typical tourist location in Aruba, that's a great price. You'd pat the same for a one slice turkey sandwich at the Divi pools. The buffet had a large selection of food including salads and hot entrees. And while the food wasn't piping hot, it was hot enough. Cooks were checking the serving dishes, stirring, improving presentation, etc. Flavors were good and offerings were diverse. Beef, chicken, fish and pork all presented. Service at the checkout register was poor. The Dutch girl working that day was holding her child, talking on a phone and paying no attenton to customers. The person handling beverages was much better, filling our water glasses with ice chilled water several times during our meal. Only issue here is that a good lunch in Aruba can be had by locals for $10 or less. If I had aggressively filled my plate, I would have easily been at my $16 plate. Sorry, I don't know how many grams that is. BTW...price per gram was clearly listed out front. I believe it was 200 grams equivalent. No 15% service fee that I noticed, and no real need to leave a big tip. Dining area would be best described as a neat, clean, well appointed cafeteria (canteen for you Europeans).

  • Visited July 2014
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1 Thank PhantomGourmet2014
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Killington, Vermont
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great lunch buffet”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 July 2014

The Kitchen is a great place to stop for lunch. Buffet has a large selection of salad things as well many hot dishes. You pay by the weight of your plate. Price is very fair. They have both indoor and outdoor seating

Visited July 2014
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189 reviews
132 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014 via mobile

This restaurant has a simple but very good business concept...you are charges by the weight of your plate...I had seafood mix,ceviche and chicken pinchos (with peanut sauce)...food was great and so was the service...not expensive at all...reasonably priced

1 Thank Tariq W
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North Stonington, Connecticut
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136 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
“Bargain lunch”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

This is a great place to go to get good food to go. You can eat in or fill a container with your choice of entrees that are weighed. Basically, most of the meals are around 10 to 12 dollars. Many locals frequent this restaurant which is located in a strip mall.

  • Visited March 2014
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2 Thank Diana S
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