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Restaurants in Curaçao

Thursday night is lobster night at popular seafood eatery Brakkeput Mei Mei, or head to Jaanchies for cheap and tasty snacks. Prices at the Il Forno Pizzeria are equally pleasing while the menus at upmarket Bistro Le Clochard and Belle Terrace provide the perfect excuse for a gastronomic splurge.

Jaanchies, Curaçao. © RC (Randy) Pietersz

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  1. 1. Belle Terrace - Top-end: (More than US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Belle Terrace, Curaçao. Courtesy of Avila Hotel

    Willemstad's Belle Terrace serves a fine menu under a thatched roof dotted with fairy lights. Regular themed gastronomic nights offer a superb range of authentic Curaçao dishes each Wednesday. A Saturday grill is also highly popular with frequent entertainment courtesy of a live steel band.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    12pm-2.30pm & 7pm-10pm

    Address

    Avila Hotel, 130, Penstraat, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 461 4377

    Transport

    Taxi to the Avila Hotel

    Website

    Avila Hotel Website

  2. 2. Emerald Lounge Seafood Beat - Top-end: (More than US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The Emerald Lounge, Curaçao. Courtesy of Curaçao Marriott Beach Resort & Emerald Casino

    Emerald Lounge Seafood Beat is a popular Willemstad meeting place with an enticing light seafood menu of ceviche, spicy crab cakes, fresh tuna, calamari and bouillabaisse - plus more. Try a frozen mojito (a house specialty) during happy hour, 6pm-7pm or arrive for Champagne and oysters Rockefeller at lunchtime.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sun-Thu 11am-1am; Fri & Sat 11am-2am

    Address

    Marriott Beach Resort, Piscadera Bay, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 736 8800

    Transport

    Taxi to Piscadera Bay

  3. 3. The Wine Cellar - Top-end: (More than US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Established for more than 30 years, Punda's Wine Cellar is synonymous with fine French dining. Patrons Nico and Angela Cornelisse present well-conceived fish dishes using the freshest lobster, red snapper and shrimp as well as superb cuts of imported beef, lamb and venison - all perfectly paired with an impressive wine list.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri noon-2pm & 6.30pm-11pm; Sat 6.30pm-11pm

    Address

    Concordiastraat , Punda, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 560 6589

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    The Wine Cellar Website

  4. 4. Bistro Le Clochard - Top-end: (More than US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Bistro Le Clochard, Curaçao. Courtesy of Bistro Le Clochard

    Willemstad's Bistro Le Clochard boasts a backdrop of stunning ocean views from the historic setting of Baron Krayenhoff's rugged fortress. Umpteen delicacies created by the Swiss chef and patron fuse exquisite European flavours with local island produce. Opt for the seafood for the ultimate decadence, or try the delicious pan-fried duck or veal.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-2pm and 6pm-10.45pm

    Address

    Riffort Otrabanda, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 462 5666

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Bistrole Clochard Website

  5. 5. The Boathouse Restaurant - Top-end: (More than US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    There are beautiful views from The Boathouse Restaurant, a highly-regarded Willemstad eatery. Enjoy international dishes and accompanying wines. Choose from dishes like succulent steaks, broiled grouper or a rich lamb shank. Booking is recommended, especially at weekends.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    5pm-10.30pm, closed Tue

    Address

    Brakkeput Ariba, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 767 2221

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    The Boathouse Restaurant Webiste

Mid-range

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  1. 6. De Fontein - Mid-range: (US$40-US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Occupying a pleasant terrace within one of Willemstad's most popular shopping malls, De Fontein opens at breakfast for Dutch pancakes with light lunches and early dinners served all day. A child-friendly family diner, it has a playground for toddlers and plenty of menu options for hungry kids.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Sat 8am-8pm

    Address

    Patio Promenade Shopping Centre, Schottegatweg Oost 82, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 360 500

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    De Fountein Website

  2. 7. Fort Nassau - Mid-range: (US$40-US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Perched atop Sablica Hill, overlooking Willemstad town and the whole of the island, Fort Nassau is set in the 18th-century defensive structure from which it takes its name. International dishes are given a tropical twist, like spicy peppered jumbo shrimp or coconut crème brulée. Sip cocktails on the outdoor terrace while the sun goes down.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Mon-Fri 12pm-2pm; daily 6.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    Sablica Hill, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 461 3450/5999

    Transport

    Taxi

  3. 8. Azzuro Beachbar and Restaurant - Mid-range: (US$40-US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Azzuro Beachbar and Restaurant, Curaçao. Courtesy of Blue Bay Golf & Beach Resort

    Set amidst the palms of the Blue Bay Village on the former plantation Blaauw, the Azzuro Beachbar and Restaurant transforms from a casual lunch venue into a tropical restaurant after dark. Choose from the menu or ask for the chef's choice selection, with beach tables available on request for romantic dining. Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11.30am-11pm

    Address

    Blue Bay Village, Landhuis Blaauw, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 888 6489

    Transport

    Taxi to the Blue Bay Village

    Website

    Blue Bay Curacao Website

  4. 9. Beach Bar and Grill - Mid-range: (US$40-US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    This beachfront Piscadera Bay diner serves ever-popular light lunches and is a great place to grab a drink overlooking the Caribbean. Sunday night gets crowded, thanks to a highly popular barbecue complete with live entertainment on the sand. No need to dress up - beachwear and flip-flops are de rigueur at the Beach Bar and Grill.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 10am-6pm

    Address

    Hilton Hotel, Piscadera Bay, John F Kennedy Boulevard, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 462 5000

    Transport

    Bus to Piscadera Bay

  5. 10. Brakkeput Mei Mei - Mid-range: (US$40-US$70 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Located in a magnificent historical plantation house, Brakkeput Mei Mei serves reasonably priced wholesome food cooked on an aromatic grill. Expect local dishes with an international twist with fish and meat specialties, salad bar, lobster nights and live music at weekends.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6pm-11pm; Sun lunch at 12pm

    Address

    Spaanse Water, Westpunt Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 767 1500

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Brakkeput Mei Mei Website

Budget

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  1. 11. Jaanchies - Budget: (Less than US$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Jaanchies, Curaçao. © RC (Randy) Pietersz

    This rustic Westpunt eatery is Curaçao's most famous, and popular with locals and curious tourists alike. Since opening in 1936, oddball owner Jaanchie has retained a hands-on role, announcing daily specials of fresh fish, chicken and iguana dishes in the absence of a conventional menu.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-10pm

    Address

    15, Westpunt Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 523 3119

    Transport

    Bus from Pundra to Westpunt

  2. 12. Marsche Bieuw (the Old Market) - Budget: (Less than US$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Marsche Bieuw (the Old Market) is a low-key Willemstad venue serving simple Creole (Krioyo) food made by local housewives armed with pots and pans and piles of fresh herbs, vegetables and meat. Claim seating on a first-come-first-served basis for generous helpings of stew, rice and beans at bargain prices.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Early until mid-afternoon

    Address

    De Ruyterkade, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 461 1170

    Transport

    Taxi

  3. 13. Christoffel National Park Food Stalls - Budget: (Less than US$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    At the entrance of Christoffel National Park on Sunday, these food stalls offer the chance to sample local specialities dished out by islanders in a setting as authentic as the food. Try chicken or iguana cooked on makeshift barbecues fashioned from tyre rims.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Sunday only, from mid-morning

    Address

    Christoffel National Park, Westpunt Curaçao

    Transport

    Taxi

  4. 14. Chopstix Sushi and Raw Bar - Budget: (Less than US$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Crab, oysters, mussels and clams are piled high at the cafe-style Chopstix Sushi and Raw Bar in Willemstad. The seafood changes with the season and is served with sweet vinegary rice wrapped in seaweed. Ask about setting up a group sushi workshop to learn the tricks of the trade.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Tue-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm; Tue-Sun 5pm-10pm

    Address

    33c Santa Rosa Weg, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 738 4846

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Chopstix Sushi and Raw Bar Website

  5. 15. Il Forno Pizzeria - Budget: (Less than US$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Il Forno Pizzeria offers the taste of Italy at this home-style Willemstad diner. Everything on the menu is prepared using fine island produce - try the wood-fired pizzas, crispy fresh salads, pasta dishes and speciality desserts.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 12pm-12am

    Address

    SBN Doornmanweg 35C, Mahaai, Willemstad Curaçao

    Telephone

    +599 9 736 2323

    Transport

    Free shuttle bus from major hotels and resorts

    Website

    Il Forno Pizzeria Website

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