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  • Various: Bang for the Buck - Dining

    by thoughtforce Written Apr 14, 2008

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    Just returned from Curacao and nothing to eat is cheap. Best thing is to get a good meal for your money. We ate at several restaraunts and most of the time left still hungry. Hooks is the exception - by far the best food deal on the island. Also try the restaraunts in the Rif Fort the Indian was outstanding and the Steak and Seafood restaraunt looked great though we did not eat there.

    Stay away from La Pergola on the Punda waterfront, the nearby Kingfish is less expensive and casual for waterfront dining.

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    Don't know: Great for lunch

    by Frisbeeace Written Jun 26, 2007

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    This place is great for sandwiches and salads when you visit Willemstad. It is located in the Punda side, 3 blocks from the floating bridge in a somehow hidden yard. Just look for the famous bells and turn left and you-ll find it.

    Favorite Dish: tuna salad

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    Governeur de rouville: An Absolute Must!!

    by sashanyc28 Written May 21, 2006

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    Dine on the verandah of a restored 19th century Dutch mansion overlooking the Santa Ana Bay and colourful Punda skyline or in the romantic, courtyard amongst lush tropical plants under the stars!

    This restaurant was so amazing, I dined there two nights in a row!! Highly recommended!!

    Favorite Dish: Keshi Yenya a hearty local dish of chicken, prunes and Dutch Gouda Cheese worth a try. The (freshly caught) trio of (local) fish (grouper, snapper and wahoo ) filets are absolutly to die for!! Don't miss the yummy Cuban Banana soup and try a Blue Curacao..

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    Plasa Bieu!: Excellent Local Food

    by bekssa Written Jan 28, 2011

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    This restaurant was suggested by some of the local businessmen who were sitting outside at one of the bars in the newer area of Williamstad (where most of the tourists go--where the jewelry stores, etc. are). I showed them my "local food treasure hunt list" and they both immediately pointed down the street. They said that Plasa Bieu was THE place to go. It is where celebrities like to stop when they visit and even the queen! With that recomendation, we were on our way.

    The restaurant itself reminded me of a giant revival meeting or camp tent. It was filled with lots of picnic type tables. You just grab a seat whereever you find room. You may end up with a few birds picking up any escaped crumbs from the ground as your company.

    The woman who waited on us was wonderfully helpful as she answered our questions and helped us figure out what to get.

    Favorite Dish: We ended up with goat stew, rice & beans, plantains, funchi and she also talked me into ordering tutu. It was my favorite. I really like chopping it up in pieces, and mixing it into the rice & beans and some of the sauce from the stew. Yum! Oh yeah, don't forget to add some of the onion and pepper sauce found on most of the tables. If your table doesn't have any, borrow some from a neighbor. I sure wish we had a neighborhood restaurant with these fantastic flavors back in the states!!

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    There are restaurants housed...

    by tuti_plaate Updated Oct 6, 2009

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    There are restaurants housed in some old fortresses. My favorites:
    Bistro Le Clochard: at the entrance of the St. Annabay on the Otrobanda side. Great view, greater food, the most priced in town (i mean dollars)! tel. 4625666
    Fort Nassau: at the top of the hill at the end of the St. Annabay. Fantastic view, very good cuisine. tel. 4613450
    Indonesian Restaurant Tempo Doeloe: The open air restaurant is built on top of the Parasasa Hill overlooking the Hotel area and the WTC. From here you will have a great view of "the sun sinking in the sea." A unique eastern cuisine. Good price. Try the 'Rijsttafel'. tel. 4612881, www.tempodoeloe.an. A Small World Int'l Cuisine: Waterfort Boogjes on the Punda side. Top standard cuisine, terrific ambience by the waterside along other restaurants. Great for people watching. tel. 4655575
    Across the Border: Waterfort Boogjes on the Punda side. Traditional Mexican recipes, great selection of margarita's and tequila's. Regular prices. tel. 4651466
    Scampi's: Waterfort Boogjes on the Punda side. Big variety of seafood. Cocktails. Regular prices. tel. 4650769
    Italian Restaurant La Pergola: Waterfort Boogjes on the Punda side. Very good, extended italian ciusine. tel. 4613482
    Sea View: Waterfort Boogjes on the Punda side. Local cuisine with good taste. Standard prices. tel. 4616688
    The Grill King: Waterfort Boogjes on the Punda side. Good and tasty steaks, grilled seafood, standard prices. tel. 4616870
    Fort Waakzaamheid: A view over the western part of Otrobanda. Good cuisine. Popular with locals, sometimes crowded. Dance parties in the weekends. tel. 4621044
    Playa Forti: Westpunt. Ideal for after a day at the Westpunt beach, or after a day of touring the island. tel. 8640273
    The fortresses are of the Dutch colonial period.
    The Waterfort Boogjes house several types of cuisine.

    Favorite Dish: Ask for the catch of the day, it may be one you like!
    And sometimes, why not try something different then red snapper, like our local Keshi Yena : originally a whole, round dutch Gouda cheese stuffed with ground meat, olives, unions, prunes, herbs and spices!!!

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    We have several restaurants...

    by tuti_plaate Updated Sep 5, 2011

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    The Wine Cellar across the Cathedral

    We have several restaurants lodged in town houses or land houses. At most of them you will enjoy a unique ambience. Most of them are simply good, not too extraordinary.
    Landhuis Groot Davelaar, De Taveerne. tel. 7370669
    Landhuis Brakkeput Mei Mei. tel. 7671500
    Landhuis Daniel. tel. 8648400
    Villa Elizabeth. tel. 4657565
    Belle Terrace. tel. 4614377
    De Gouverneur. tel. 4623038
    Fort Nassau. tel. 4613450 or 4613086; info@fortnassau.com; mon-fri 12-2 lunch;18:30-22:30 dinner
    I recommend my favorite: The Wine Cellar. tel. 4612178; nicocornelisse@yahoo.com

    All are housed in dutch fortresses, colonial landhouses or townhouses.

    Favorite Dish: 'Keshi Yená' is a very good choice. It consists of minced meat (sometimes chicken) mixed with vegetables, olives, raisins, cashews with wich a round Gouda cheese is filled (in the most original version; otherwise it will be an oven dish covered with gouda cheese). Good, healthy and filling!

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    You will have a unique...

    by tuti_plaate Updated Oct 6, 2009

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    You will have a unique experience, dining at an indonesian restaurant. Try one of these:
    Indonesian Restaurant Tempo Doeloe: tel. 4612881, www.tempodoeloe.an.
    Restaurant Rijsttafel Indonesia. Mercuriusstraat 19. tel. 4612606
    A different eastern taste in the Caribbean!

    Favorite Dish: You really should try the extended 'Rijsttafel'. You will have the chance to taste a little bit of all types of food: goat, beef, porc, chicken, fish, fruits and vegetables, egg, you name it!

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    Seasons - Papagayo Beach Resort pool restaurant: Best restaurant in the Caribbean

    by ToontjeVT Written May 2, 2007

    On a porch near the swimming pool, you can enjoy world-class meals with the finest ingredients, served with great wine.

    Favorite Dish: Everything you order will be prepared with an extreme sense of taste, with the best ingedients and well-dared combinations.

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    La Plage Hook's Hut: Loved this place

    by Frisbeeace Written Jun 18, 2007
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    Hook's Hut in Piscadera Bay was the restaurant we most liked. Incredible setting on the beach, romantic but casual, with great food and live music on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and weekends. We went 3 times in a week as we loved the atmosphere, the food and eating on the beach a few feet from the water. Prices are average

    Favorite Dish: Grilled tuna with sesame seeds and vegetables. Hook's Hut sampler dessert.

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    Scampi's: Italian food on the ocean

    by Frisbeeace Written Jun 18, 2007
    Scampi's at Waterfront Terrace

    Scampi's is one of the 3 restaurants located at the Waterfront Terrace in Punda. The Terrace is literally over the rocky shore so you see and hear the waves below your feet. Service is good, view is great. Atmosphere is so so... rather empty the day we went.

    Favorite Dish: Sirloin steak... yes, I know, it's an Italian restaurant but...

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    Bistro Le Clochard: Sophistication for a special dinner

    by Frisbeeace Written Jun 18, 2007
    Bistro Le Clochard

    The Bistro is an upscale and expensive restaurant located on a fortress at the entrance to the Willemstad bay. Fine food, sophisticated atmosphere and a great view. Service could be better, the waiter wasn't attentive enough. Recommended for that special night.

    Favorite Dish: Asperges Veal Escalope

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    LaRousse: Wonderful French food!

    by scuba44 Written Feb 14, 2007

    Larousse is in an historical Dutch house in Punda just down from the Avila Beach Hotel. It has fabulous French food, and personable hosts-the husband and wife team of Marjolein and pim.

    Favorite Dish: Everyting I had there has always been good, but the terrine du canard is marvelous-served with a miniature glass of port.

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    Cafe Copa Cabana: Lazing away the hours

    by steedappeal Written Feb 3, 2013
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    This place is terrific! I came here almost every day for lunch. This used to be the Hardrock Cafe that closed some time ago. The owner Vincent does a wonderful job catering to locals and tourists alike. You'll even spot some of the local power brokers here (they're usually in a tie). Trust the daily blackboard special, sit and relax away the hours at this tranquil courtyard restaurant. Indoor as well as outdoor seating.

    Favorite Dish: The daily special.

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    ZOYA: On the Banda side of living

    by steedappeal Updated Feb 3, 2013

    Located next to the Otrobanda Hotel and hiding underneath a much fancier looking restaurant, this place is terrific. The Chef/Owner Andre even came out to welcome me and, on a subsequent visit, he even cooked me a local specialty (Keshi) not even on his menu that day.

    His winning strategy for his new place is to offer really authentic, local food in an accessible, pleasant setting that will appeal to any international visitor.

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  • Hooks Hut at the Hilton: Look Here for an American Size Meal

    by thoughtforce Written Apr 14, 2008
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    If you want a good meal at a fair price, Hook's Hut it the place to go. Hooks serves both lunch and dinner under roof on the beach. They offer everything from salads, hamburgers and wraps at lunch to 16 oz grilled tenderloin and seafood for dinner. Hooks is one fo the few placed where you can get a balanced meal (meat, salad, and vegetables) without mortgaging the farm. If you plan to be seated before 9 PM make a reservation.

    Favorite Dish: Grilled tenderloin!

    Excellent cut of meat cut thick and grilled to perfection. If you like your meat well done you might not like the tenderloin - it is so thick it is virtually impossible to cook through to the middle. Order the tenderloin medium for a very redish hot center.

    The chicken caesar is a great light lunch item that will leave you hungry enough at dinner. The chicken wraps are enough to feed two people (or one teenager). Hamburgers are hamburgers, appropriately sized and served with fries.

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