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“Not Worth the Trip”

Blues Bar & Restaurant
Ranked #53 of 283 Restaurants in Willemstad
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$30
Cuisines: Spanish
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Reservations
Description: Relaxing on a great location, Overlooking the Caribbean Sea, with beautiful jazz & blues sound in the background. Enjoy our grilled specialties, beautiful sunset and the best live jazz and blues music of the island. Blues Bar & Restaurant on Curacao is thé place for local and international jazz fans. Blues... Where the food is hot and the music is cool.
New York
Level 1 Contributor
4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Not Worth the Trip”
Reviewed 20 August 2014

We ate at the Blues Jazz Bar because we were staying at the Avila Hotel. After a day of travel we were too tired to go off-site, and it was supposed to be the famed "Burger Night." My girlfriend go the burger, I ordered the fajitas and we got them both about 3 minutes after we ordered them. That's when the red flags went up. When you get a burger faster at a restaurant more quickly than McDonald's - it's either not cooked, or pre-cooked. Her burger - my fajita's obviously cooked hours before we got there and stuck in a microwave. Don't waste your time - there's a McDonald's in Willemstad.

  • Visited August 2014
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Aruba
Level 2 Contributor
5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Great atmosphere”
Reviewed 5 July 2014

I enjoyed everything about this place. Our server was very nice and attentive, The food was good and the atmosphere was great. We went on a Thursday night when they had live music. The band sat on a stage above the bar. We enjoyed a water view, great music, & good food.

Visited June 2014
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Thank livinginaruba
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Skewered by the Blues”
Reviewed 7 April 2014 via mobile

While the location, perched at the end of a pier at the Avila Hotel, has unique potential, our experience on a windy evening felt like the deck of a rocky boat with wind flapping the tarp next to our tables.

Unfortunately, our dining experience on Saturday night was less than optimal. While the place is billed as a Blues Bar, no music played despite several full tables. The menu entries are labeled with the names of musicians, but do not clearly explain that this is a modified Brazilian steakhouse concept with small skewers that hang from hooks on the table.

The grilled beef and chicken thighs were each truly delicious and seasoned well. Ribs were a bit fatty. Unfortunately, the salmon seemed poached without flavor; perhaps it may not work well on a skewer. The rice and beans are good and the salad was nice although too heavily dressed and piled with olives that made it oddly salty. Lively garlic butter came with small slices of nice warm baguette although the server appeared surprised at a child's request for a second serving of bread and brought only a few extra pieces. While the server promised cheddar cheese for a baked potato ordered by a child as an entree, cheese never materialized nor did butter.

We left hungry without patience to wait for dessert.

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1 Thank BSolom
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HUDSONVILLE
Level 3 Contributor
19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Liked using their wifi”
Reviewed 3 February 2014

Good music and good food. They also had wifi available so that was very convenient and close to everything.

Visited January 2014
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Thank vlane77
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Ithaca, Mi
Level 4 Contributor
29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
“Our waiter made this the best experience!”
Reviewed 25 January 2014

Loved this blues bar/restaurant. We walked from the bridge, but misjudged the distance - longer than we thought! Walked through Avila Hotel to this beautiful restaurant on the water. Our waiter Kenneth was a gem - he was so cordial, friendly, and helpful about our selections, I chose his recommendation and was very pleased! I hope this restaurant realizes what a great staffperson they have with Kenneth! Thank you for helping me celebrate my 50th birthday that week!!

Visited October 2013
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Thank Julie E
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