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The area code for Curacao is 599-9

Banda'riba (East of Willemstaad)


De Octopus
Tel: 888-1244
Address: St. Michielsbaai
Price range: Moderate

Relax on the cool terrace while enjoying a nice array of international and Krioyo dishes. These are local dishes such as wonderful pork and okra soup, conch, iguana and all are served with funchi (maize) and fried rice and beans. The view is of St. Michielsbaai and the beach is beautiful and welcoming. Happy hour daily after sundown. Dance the night away Saturdays until 3am.

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Jaanchies Restaurant
Tel: 864-0126
Address: Westpunt 15
Price range: Inexpensive to moderate

Jaanchie himself will tell you what's on the menu for the day. Iguana is sometimes one of the offerings but delicious seafood is also available and large portions as well. Live music on Sundays. This charming little place will make you know you're in paradise and is not to be missed.

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La Plage Hook's Hut
Tel: 462-6575
Address: Piscaderabaai
Price range: Moderate to expensive

Only the freshest and best local and international ingredients are used here to prepare delicious dishes. A nice wine list is also offered. Live music from jazz to reggae. Available for private parties.

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Playa Forti
Tel: 864-0273
Address: Westpunt
Price range: Moderate

Located in a historic English fortress, this establishment overlooks the Caribbean Sea at Curacao's most western point. Their specialties include red snapper, a delicious goat stew and piña coladas that will have you coming back for more.

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Playa PortoMari
Tel: 864-7558
Address: Portomari

Known for it's Indonesian inspired grilled sateh and nasi and bami, this restaurant is located on an oceanside terrace and is part of the Portomari Plantation. Take a long walk on one of the footpaths or snorkel in the crystal clear water and then stop by for a cool drink and something delicious to eat. Also available for private parties.

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Portofino
Tel: 736-8800
Address: John F. Kennedy Blvd, Piscaderabaai
Price range: Moderate to expensive

Located at the Marriott Hotel,two dining rooms to choose from: One elegant indoors and the other in a cool garden patio. The menu offers Italian and international dishes island-style. Sunday they have a champagne brunch.

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Sea Breeze
Tel: 736-8800
Address: John F. Kennedy Blvd., Piscaderabaai
Price range: Moderate
Website: http://marriott.com/property/propertypage/curmc

Located at the Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino. CCuracao-style food at it's best. Grilled skewered meats, wraps and fresh salads are just a few of the selections. The view of the ocean is outstanding as well.

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Banda'bou (West of Willemstaad)
Belle Terrace
Tel: 461-4377
Address: Penstraat 130-134 (Avila Beach Hotel), Willemstaad
Price range: Moderate to expensive
Website: http://www.avilahotel.com/04.html

Romance is in the air at this open air dining establishment on the beach at the Avila Beach Hotel. The menu features an eclectic mix of international, Danish and local fare. A good choice is the "Keshi Yena" a local specialty of cheese stuffed with a chicken stew. Wednesday nights are "Antillean Nights" with the focus on local specialties accompanied by live entertainment. Saturday evenings offers "Grill Night" with a large salad bar and live steel-band or Mariachi music. Lunch hours are from noon to 2:30 and dinner from 7:00 to 10:00.

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Bistro Le Clochard
Tel: 462-5666
Address: Riffort Village, Otrabanda
Price range: Expensive

Located in the old walls of the 19th century Dutch Fort Rif. A nice selection of French and Swiss fare is offered. Try their signature dish called " La Potence". It comes to you as a swinging ultra-heated metal ball encased in delectable beef tenderloin and sausage. Their chocolate mousse is worth saving room for.

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Blue Oceans
Tel: 465-6699
Address: Royal Resort, Seaquarium
Price range: Moderate to expensive

Latin-American cuisine oceanside. This restaurant is open-air and the view can't be beat. Friendly attentive service.

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Blues Bar & Grill
Tel: 461-4377
Address: Penstraat 130-134 (Avila Beach Hotel), Willemstaad
Price range: Moderate to expensive
Website: http://www.avilahotel.com/04.html

Cool jazz and great food. The menu is international specializing in seafood. Stop in for their sunset happy hour and stay for dinner. Live Latin jazz and blues every Thursday and Saturday. Friday they offer tapas.

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El Marinero
Tel: 737-9833
Address: Schottegatweg Noord 87, Willemstaad
Price range: Moderate

Fresh seafood at it's best. Try the outstanding creamy shellfish soup or the paella with fresh lobster. Both lunch and dinner served with a happy hour on Sundays between 7 and 8:30pm

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Fort Nassau
Tel: 461-3450
Address: Schottengatweg 82, Willemstaad
Price range: Moderate to expensive
Website: http://www.fortnassau.com/welcome.html

Overlooking Willemstaad, dine with a panormanic 360-degree view of the city in this 200 year old fort. Fresh fish is offered as well as succulent steaks, rack of lamb and more. Save room for dessert as they offer a lovely selection.

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Golden Star
Tel: 465-4795
Address: Socratesstraat 2, Willemstad
Price range: Inexpensive to moderate

This is the place to find great local food. The atmosphere is laid back with American sports shows on the TV. Highly recommended is the goat stew. Take-out available for a picnic at the beach.

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Grill King Restaurant
Tel: 461-6870
Address: Waterfortbogen 2-3, Punda
Price range: Moderate to expensive

Relax at this family friendly steak house also featuring seafood and international fare on an ocean-view terrace. Watch as they feed the moray eels and the crabs play on the rocks.

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Iguana Café
Tel: 461-9866
Address: Handelskad 13, Otrabanda & Punda
Price range: Moderate

Enjoy a variety of international and island specialties while dining waterside, with a view of what is thought to be the oldest bridge in the world. They specialize in grilled food and offer live music on Saturday evenings.

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Indonesia
Tel: 461-2606
Address: Mercuriusstraat 13, Saliña
Price range: Moderate

Known for it's rijstaffel, a delicious coming together of rice and a number of spicy side dishes. Great for a large party. It's served buffet-style and is a fun way to have a change from the usual steak and potatoes. The hours are noon to 2pm for lunch and 6 to 9:30pm for dinner.

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La Pergola Ristorante
Tel: 461-3482
Address: Waterfort Arches, Punda
Price range: Expensive

Traditional Italian cuisine and menu selections that change daily. The decor is enhanced by a replica of a pergola evocative of the Italian Renaissance. Try the excellent veal marsala and be sure to save room for some tiramisu.

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Mambo Beach
Tel: 461-8999
Address: Seaquarium, Beach Bapor
Price range: Moderate

A popular spot offering international fare. Specials every Tuesday. Wednesday is Indonesian buffet/tapas night, a delicious way to gab with new friends about what's going on during your holiday. The view is of the ocean naturally and on Sunday there's live music. Try the fresh catch of the day.

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Nemo Beach Bar & Restaurant
Tel: 461-7555
Address: Lion's Dive & Beach Resort, Bapor Kibra, Seaquarium Beach
Price range: Moderate

An open-air restaurant with a lovely view of the Caribbean. The atmosphere is casual and the menu offers international as well as home-cooked local fare. Happy hours offered on Wednesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 5:30-6:30. Salsa and merengue dancing on Sundays from 6:30 on.

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Olé Olé Jazz Café & Terrace
Tel: 461-7707
Address: Saliña
Price range: Moderate

Enjoy live music every night coupled with delicious international cuisine. Open from 6pm until 2am all evenings except Tuesday.

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Restaurant Larousse
Tel: 465-5418
Address: Penstaat 5, Punda
Price range: Expensive

French & international cuisine set in a monumental historic mansion from 1742. Paintings on the walls are of Holland's countryside. Exquisitely fresh fish is flown in daily from Holland for your dining pleasure. Please, no shorts.

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Rodeo House of Ribs
Tel: 465-9465
Address: Kokkerweg 3, Willemstaad
Price range: Moderate

This is the place to go for steaks, ribs and beef and its famous salad bar. Seafood also offered with great shrimp. High repeat of local and foreign customers demonstrates how good the food is. Family owned and managed. Live music Tuesday, Friday and Saturday.

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Sarifundy's Marina
Tel: 767-7643
Address: Brakkeput Ariba 5
Price range: Moderate

Considered the "Sailor's Home", this is the place for yachts to stop by and have lunch. A floating restaurant, it overlooks the Curçao yacht harbor. Great local food with an international flare.

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Surf Side Café
Tel: 465-5575
Address: Waterfortboog 18-19, Punda
Price range: Moderate to expensive

Delicious international fare in an intimate setting overlooking the Caribbean. Live music on weekends. Dinner only. There's also a sports bar with a pool table nearby.

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Tu Tu Tango
Tel: 465-4633
Address: Plasa Munda Mered, Punda
Price range: Moderate

A relaxing outdoor restaurant where anything can happen! Located behind the cinema. Happy hour is popular on Fridays from 6pm to 7pm. Wednesday nights they offer an Indonesian buffet, and homemade pasta night is Saturday. Thursdays are for live Cuban house band music as they open the Cuba Libre bar and break out a nice selection of cigars.

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The Wine Cellar
Tel: 461-2178
Address: Ooststraat and Concordiastraat, Willemstaad
Price range: Expensive

As the name implies, this establishment offers an extensive wine list. As there are only eight tables, reservations are essential. Stop in for lunch and try the excellent lobster salad. Hearty fare offered as well such as venison roasted with mushrooms or roast goose. The seafood is delicious as well such as their red snapper in garlic sauce. Lunch is from noon until 2:30 and dinner 6 to 11pm.

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Zambezi
Tel: 747-2777
Address: Groot Sint Joris West
Price range: Moderate to expensive

Tour the Ostrich and Game Farm, visit the museum and African gift shop. Afterwards cool off with a refreshing drink and delicious South African meal including several ostrich meat dishes.

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Zanzibar
Tel: 747-0633
Address: Jan Thiel Beach
Price range: Moderate to expensive

Known for it's seafood and Mediterranean fare, they also offer pizza that is said to be the best on the island. Happy hour on the beach happens every Friday from 5:00 until 6:00. Tuesday is "skewer night" with succulent meats skewered and grilled to perfection.

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Curacao For 91 Days
Curacao For 91 Days
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