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“Definitely the best fish I ever had...”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Reef and Beef Aruba - CLOSED

Reef and Beef Aruba
Price range: US$7 - US$30
Cuisines: Caribbean, American, Seafood
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Dining options: Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Reservations, Seating
Description: Reef and Beef is one of Aruba's hidden gems offering a very casual and relaxed Caribbean atmosphere for breakfast, lunch or an early dinner. Our open air terrace affords a peaceful view of the fish pond, waterfall, tropical plants and birds and an occasional iguana. Say "hello" to Spike our talkative Macau while enjoying free WiFi. The property boast two swimming pools and a fully equipped dive shop operated by Aqua Windies for sales, services and rentals of scuba and snorkeling equipment, as well as, daily guided reef tours. So naturally Reef and Beef offers a 10% discount to Certified Divers! Located on the local bus route between the high rise hotel area and Aruba's capital, Oranjestad, R&B is easily accessible and just a "stone's throw" away from the tranquility of Eagle Beach. Our express lunches from 11am to 3pm are the best value on the island...only 15 florins ($8.50) including soft drink! Reef and Beef......just food and good times!
Oranjestad, Aruba
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18 reviews
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“Definitely the best fish I ever had...”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 April 2014

What to say? The crew works hard to make sure that you have a great time, and they succeed! Try the Lionfish, if available. It is considered a pest for the reef, but it is delicious fish to eat. Very white and firm. And Reef and Beef knows how to prepare it! That in itself is worth travelling to Aruba for.... (and then we didn't even tell you about the beaches, the diving, the weather...)

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Bart S
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Abigail V, Owner at Reef and Beef Aruba, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Thank you for coming in and helping us save the reef by having a delicious lion fish dish! We appreciate your kind words and are very happy that you enjoyed your experience! Hope to see you on our terrace again soon!
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English first
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8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Best Fish I Ever Had. Seriously.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2014

Great place for breakfast and lunch! Very close to the high rise hotels. Delicious food and at a reasonable price! You gotta check it out. Highly recommended.

I had the Snapper served whole for lunch. At first I was a little scared of it, you know, cause we usually just get a filet at a restaurant in the states. But after the first bite I was hooked! Best fish I ever had.

Sam from NJ

  • Visited March 2014
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Thank SDNJ2013
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Abigail V, Owner at Reef and Beef Aruba, responded to this review, 2 May 2014
Thanks for coming by and spending so much time with us Sam. We really enjoyed your family. We are so glad you enjoyed our fresh fish Aruban style. Be well and we hope to see you again soon
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Hoboken, New Jersey
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11 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“A local MUST”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 April 2014 via mobile

This place rocks! I had the local lion fish, which was delicious and my boyfriend had the red snapper. Both extremely fresh and amazing. The fish come with rice, fried plantains, salad and Aruba's version of polenta, for only $20! Total steal.

Atmosphere is cool and outdoors. Service is friendly and attentive. Conveniently located right by the hospital and our resort (Costa Linda). Will 100% return!!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Ashley518
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Abigail V, Owner at Reef and Beef Aruba, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
We are gateful for your kind words. Thanks for helping us save the reef by having a delicipus lion fish dish...you rock! You guys were great and we are so glad you enjoyed your experience on our terrace. Hope to see you soon.
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Jersey City, New Jersey
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“EXCELLENT FOOD OFF THE BEATEN PATH.”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 April 2014 via mobile

My husband and I found Reef and Beef through Trip advisor. We were not disappointed. ED and Abby were so delightful. I had the special of the day and my husband asked if they could make him a shrimp sandwich which they did not have on the menu. Abby whipped on up and boy was it delicious. Her first shrimp po boy! Thanks for the wonderful food and hospitality all the way from Jersey.

Visited April 2014
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Thank NJbeauty201
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Abigail V, Owner at Reef and Beef Aruba, responded to this review, 16 April 2014
You guys were great...so relaxed. Thanks for coming in and expanding our horizons! So glad you enjoyed the experience you had at our little bistro. Hope to see you back again soon
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Findlay, Ohio, United States
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“This Is Also A Great Place For Breakfast!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 April 2014

We had broken a part on one of our snorkels and stopped at the Aruba Windies dive shop to get a new one. Right next to the dive shop was Reef and Beef Aruba. That's how we discovered they are open for breakfast. The food was excellent, with great service and a very relaxed atmosphere. We started our day there three days in a row! They are located on the street that runs behind the hospital, so it is easy to find. There are a lot of local people there and lots of good humor. A fun, delicious, affordable and enjoyable way to start the day!

  • Visited April 2014
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Thank Mike S
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Abigail V, Owner at Reef and Beef Aruba, responded to this review, 12 April 2014
Breakfast is the most important meal of the day...although we like them all! Thanks for sharing your breakfast experience it means a great deal to us! We basically do two things extremely well as a breakfast and lunch place....breakfast and lunch! Our Express Lunch Specials monday through friday 11 to 3pm are well known delicious values to eat in, take away or for delivery! Our new Reef & Beef Breakfast Burger special is a hit but we serve full breakfasts daily; omeletes, fresh fruit shakes, Dutch pancakes, eggs, bacon, sausauge, Belgian waffles, fruit salads,
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