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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.

Bistro Le Clochard, Curaçao. Courtesy of Bistro Le Clochard
Bistro Le Clochard, Curaçao. Courtesy of Bistro Le Clochard
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Bistro Le Clochard

Elegant harbourside dining

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.



Opening Hours

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

Address

Riffort Otrabanda, Willemstad Curaçao

Telephone

+599 9 462 5666

Transport

Taxi

Website

Bistro Le Clochard Website

Belle Terrace, Curaçao. Courtesy of Avila Hotel
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Belle Terrace

Superb island cooking

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.



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

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The Boathouse Restaurant

Great food and views

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.



Opening Hours

5pm-10.30pm, closed Tue

Address

Brakkeput Ariba, Willemstad Curaçao

Telephone

+599 9 767 2221

Transport

Taxi

Website

Boathouse Restaurant Website

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The Wine Cellar

Wine, dine, sublime

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.



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

Wine Cellar Website

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

Seafood simplicity

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.



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

Website

Marriott Website

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Fort Nassau

Hilltop tropical flavours

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.



Opening Hours

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

Address

Sablica Hill, Willemstad Curaçao

Telephone

+599 9 461 3450/5999

Transport

Taxi

Website

Fort Nassau Website

7

De Fontein

Family pancake favourite

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.



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 Fontein Curaçao Website

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Beach Bar and Grill

Beachside barbecue

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.



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

Website

Hilton Caribbean Website

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Brakkeput Mei Mei

Modern food, ancient setting

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.



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

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

Plantation-style dining

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.



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 Village Website

11

Christoffel National Park Food Stalls

Authentic local barbecue

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.



Opening Hours

Sunday only, from mid-morning

Address

Christoffel National Park, Westpunt Curaçao

Transport

Taxi

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Chopstix Sushi and Raw Bar

Seasonal seafood

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.



Opening Hours

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

Address

33c Santa Rosa Weg, Willemstad Curaçao

Telephone

+599 9 738 4846

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Il Forno Pizzeria

Home-style Italian

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.



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

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Marsche Bieuw (the Old Market)

Hearty Creole staples

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.



Opening Hours

Early until mid-afternoon

Address

De Ruyterkade, Willemstad Curaçao

Telephone

+599 9 461 1170

Transport

Taxi

Jaanchies, Curaçao. © RC (Randy) Pietersz
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Jaanchies

Curried iguana anyone?

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 12pm-10pm

Address

15, Westpunt Curaçao

Telephone

+599 9 523 3119

Transport

Bus from Pundra to Westpunt

Website

Jaanchies Website

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