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RESTAURANT OF THE WEEK
A PERSONAL REVIEW OF RESTAURANTS AROUND THE WORLD

MARINA PIRATA RESTAURANT
ARUBA

This is a good choice for fresh seafood and steak and the decor is unique.  You pull up to the restaurant and at first wonder if there is, indeed, a restaurant past the sign.  You walk down a few stairs and you step into the bar area then onto a platform directly over the water.


Doesn't Look Like A Restaurant Entrance!

Suggestion.  On your first trip there, you might want to take a taxi.  Getting there during the daytime takes several turns.  At night heading back to the hotel it's very dark and extremely confusing.  Even to this day we usually take a wrong turn trying to get back to the main highway but we always make it!

You'll find a number of excellent appetizers including good soups.   And the main courses are wonderful.  They feature a good selection of fresh seafood.  From time to time they even feature my favorite dish - cracked conch.  And shortly after your server turns in your order, you can hear the pounding begin in the kitchen.  Conch is wonderful but needs to be pounded to be tender. Actually I have a trick for getting cracked conch, which is breaded and fried.  If I see conch on the menu in any form, I ask if it would be possible to have it served breaded style.  More often than not, they'll go along with the request.  My son says some of his favorite steaks have been devoured here and he's persnickety. Did I spell that right?!

Desserts are good but we've had better.  About the only negative I can say about Marina Pirata is that sometimes the servers can be a bit on the pushy side. 

You're right on the edge of the water here and you get a nice partial sunset view.  Kids will get a kick out of watching the little fish swimming around and the spray crabs clinging onto things.

Marina Pirata is located at Spaanslagoenwez and you can dial them up for a reservation at (297) 9948766.  You should get specific directions if you're heading down there in your rental car.  But basically you head from Palm Beach through the downtown area and south past the airport.  Then it's a right turn-off.  From there, you're on your own!  Marina Pirata has a web site here (when it is actually working!).

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