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Aruba + Bonaire + Curaçao restaurants

The multicultural cuisine of Aruba, Bonaire, and Curaçao has been influenced over the centuries by immigrants from scores of nations. It typically marries Afro-Caribbean dishes like goat stew and fish soups with a Dutch touch, such as keshi yena, a casserole of shredded chicken and creole sauce smothered in Gouda cheese. Farther-flung influences from the old empire are apparent, with places like Bobbejan's BBQ on Bonaire serving the fare of Indonesia, a former Dutch colony. Seafood is often locally caught, but nearly all meat (with the exception of goat and the occasional iguana) and produce is imported. Aruba's dining scene is tourist-oriented, with a number of seafood restaurants and steakhouses catering to American tastes, though you will find Aruban dishes at Gasparito. Kitchens on Curaçao and Bonaire look to satisfy locals and expats ahead of tourists, making them the place to find inventive restaurants. On Curaçao, joints like Jaanchie's concentrate on local seafood and, yes, iguana.

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Bambu, Kralendijk, Bonaire

Local gastronomes seek out this breezy bistro beside Bonaire's South Pier. Though the port-red colonial-era home is decorated with a mash-up of African and...more

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Bistro le Clochard, Willemstad, Curaçao

There isn't another dining room on Curaçao that blends food, setting, and service as capably as this 30-year-old French/Swiss restaurant. Located in an...more

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Bobbejan's BBQ, Kralendijk, Bonaire

This popular, affordable joint resembles a neighborhood warung ("little restaurant" in Indonesian) for its hole-in the-wall ambience and East Indies cuisine....more

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Charlie's Bar, San Nicolas, Aruba

This Aruban landmark got its start in 1941 serving sailors, and it still welcomes blue-collar workers from the nearby Valero oil refinery who come to sip...more

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Gasparito Restaurant, Oranjestad, Aruba

This out-of-the-way spot in the cunucu, or countryside, offers a genuine taste of Aruba. Owner Reimundo Barros offers fresh seafood dishes like a peppery...more

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Jaanchie's Restaurant, Westpunt, Curaçao

If your Curaçao ramblings take you anywhere near the west end, stop in at this family-style lunch spot. Open since 1936, it is now run by the third...more

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Mundo Bizzaro, Willemstad, Curaçao

Set in an old Dutch town house one mile east of Punda, this restaurant is done up in baroque kitsch, while the kitchen changes its world-cuisine menu every four...more

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Screaming Eagle, Eagle Beach, Aruba

This ultrachic room takes the lush life to its ultimate recline: bed. There are 12 for noshing and/or napping, as well as traditional sit-down tables for those...more

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