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“One of the best dining experiences we've had”

Carte Blanche Restaurant
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$0 - US$95
Cuisines: European, International
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Good for: Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Carte Blanche is a restaurant for foodies, people who are open minded for an exquisite fine dinning experience, without limitations. Carte Blanche features a 14-seat elegant bar in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. The highlight of the restaurant is Chef Dennis van Daatselaar cooking right in front of you a 5-course Carte Blanche dinner known as a “chef surprise”. Alongside him is Maitre d’ Glen Bonset pairing wines and mixing premium drinks
Reviewed 19 April 2014

Phenomenal experience...Dennis, the chef/owner, and Glen, the self-professed "drink guy", are fantastic. The food is excellent and creative, but accessible. Dennis is a very talented and passionate chef. The chef's table experience is sophisticated but lively, warm, and unpretentious. Glen did an outstanding job pairing each dish with an excellent wine. His choices were spot on and complemented Dennis' cooking perfectly. Fortunately we stayed in the Bucuti Tara resort where the restaurant is located so after a 4 1/2 hour dinner with wine pairing all we needed to do was make our way to the elevator and upstairs! We met some great people and had a fantastic time. I would highly recommend Carte Blanche to any true food and wine lover visiting Aruba. Be aware though...make your reservations at least 4 months in advance or you won't get in.

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Thank JOrlak
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Reviewed 12 April 2014

I can't say enough about this place! Just returned last night from Aruba and we're still talking about this place. We've never experienced this type of "chef's table" in the past and I can't say enough great things about EVERY aspect of the restaurant. "Glenn from MN" says it best below so check out his review but I can confirm everything he wrote. Pricing is about US$190./couple (excluding drinks and tip) which, for a 5 course meal, is not unreasonable at all. You need to make reservations well in advance so make sure you include this restaurant in your dining plans.

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Reviewed 9 April 2014

We recently vacationed in Aruba, as we do each year with a group of friends and had dinner at Carte Blance. It is a restaurant that only seats 15 people per night and the menu is a surprise. Dennis & Glen are the owners/hosts and the experience was great!! There were 7 of us total, and met some really great people. Dennis (the chef) prepares the meals and explains what we are eating...while Dennis provides the wine to go with each dish and explains what you are drinking & how it compliments the dish. They are both very personable & very funny. It is approx. a 4 hour experience, but well worth the visit. We all had a great time and will be part of our "must do's" when we return to Aruba next year!!!

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Thank mattyzgrl68
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Reviewed 8 April 2014

A very enjoyable evening was spent in the company of Chef Dennis and sommelier Glenn at Carte Blanche located within the Bucuti and Tara Resort. The food and wine were excellent and the informal comfortable seating added to the relaxed atmosphere. Make sure to make reservations well in advance for seating is limited and only one seating takes place each evening. Also be prepared to invest the whole evening since each course is prepared before you. Just sit back and enjoy the delicious six course meal and the show!

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Thank William M
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Reviewed 30 March 2014

My husband and i went there and informed them it was our anniversary they did a beautiful gesture.
And from the minute you walk in to the minute you leave everything is a wow factor. Plus it gives you the feeling of a very comfortable and warm feeling.
And the courses that are prepared ..well lets say each one was better than hhe one before.
And i would definitely suggest the pairing with the wine offer it was delicious.nice complement to the courses. It is a must expierence and looking forward to the experience again

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Thank Reneefrankie
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