Curaçao Restaurants

Curaçao’s culinary scene has become seriously cosmopolitan in the past few years. Though you can still find places to get traditional, local dishes like iguana soup, keshi yena (seasoned meat wrapped in cheese and baked), and goat stew, the emerging generation of chefs has really raised the bar. Caribbean meets international with a side of nouvelle cuisine or farm-to-fork organic offerings. All combine for a cornucopia of tastes and flavors that meet world-class standards. And the range of locations where you can enjoy these creations is as eclectic as the fare. You’ll find romantic toes-in-the-sand surf-side spots, family-friendly air-conditioned emporiums, lush countryside gardens, and unique historic sites like forts and plantation houses all hosting diners. For authentic local-style lunches drop by the Old Market in Punda; or after the nightclubs, seek out one of the late-night snack trucks (truki pan) for cheap, yet satisfying, eats. Many beach bars also have fabulous fare for less than you’d expect to pay. But for the most part, fine dining will cost you what it’s typically worth, especially since almost every kind of food on this island needs to be imported from elsewhere.

What to Wear. Dress in restaurants is almost always casual (though beachwear isn't acceptable). Some of the resort dining rooms and more elegant restaurants require that men wear jackets, especially in high season; ask when you make reservations.

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  • 1. Blues Bar & Restaurant

    $$ | Punda | Contemporary

    Jutting out onto a pier over the ocean at the Avila Beach Hotel, this legendary perch is famous for their live jazz and blues nights on Thursdays...Read More

  • 2. Fort Nassau Restaurant

    $$$$ | Otrobanda | European

    On a hill above Willemstad, this elegant restaurant is built into an 18th-century fort with a 360-degree view. Among the highlights of the diverse...Read More

  • 3. Gouverneur de Rouville Restaurant & Café

    $$$ | Otrobanda | Eclectic

    Dine on the veranda of a restored 19th-century Dutch mansion overlooking the Santa Anna Bay and the resplendent Punda skyline. Though often...Read More

  • 4. Kome

    $$$$ | Contemporary

    Ask any local foodie where to get creative fusion fare with a Curaçao twist, and Kome will be the first spot they mention. It’s not super fancy...Read More

  • 5. Madero Ocean Club

    $$$ | International

    The new anchor of the entire Mambo Beach Boulevard complex Madero Ocean Club offers dining, entertainment, a great beach bar, a massive pool...Read More

  • 6. Primas

    $$ | Eclectic

    In a restored plantation mansion called Landhuis Vredenberg on a lush estate, Primas is a family-run restaurant that offers authentic homemade...Read More

  • 7. Shore

    $$$ | Contemporary

    The main dining room of Santa Barbara Beach & Golf Resort is set upon a hill beside the golf course with stunning sea views. A gourmet burger...Read More

  • 8. Bistro Le Clochard

    $$$$ | Otrobanda | European

    Built into a 19th-century fort, this romantic gem anchors the entrance to the 21st-century Rif Fort complex, and the waterside terrace offers...Read More

  • 9. Jaanchies Restaurant

    $$$ | Caribbean

    Over the years this has become something of a road marker on Curaçao's beaten tourist path, with prices to match. You'll be greeted by the owner...Read More

  • 10. Karakter

    $$ | International

    Karakter is a popular beachfront restaurant for the Coral Estate villas crowd, and it also caters for them. It's the nexus of surf-side revelry...Read More

  • 11. L'aldea Steakhouse/ Rainforest Mystery

    $$$$ | Steakhouse

    A unique installation on such an arid island, L'aldea is in a small rain-forest reserve, replete with lizards, animals, fish, and birds that...Read More

  • 12. La Bahia Seafood & Steakhouse

    $$$ | Otrobanda | Seafood

    The sheltered terrace at La Bahia features a remarkable view of the harborfront and is so close to the passing ships you'll feel you can almost...Read More

  • 13. Royal Dutch Cheesery

    $$ | Otrobanda | Dutch

    Tucked away in the corner of the historic Rif Fort Village courtyard, Royal Dutch Cheesery is much more than a cheese shop. Of course they do...Read More

  • 14. Scampi's Restaurant

    $$$ | Punda | Seafood

    Part of the Waterfort Terrace complex, this open-air dining spot serves an interesting selection of international fare, steak, seafood, and...Read More

  • 15. Angelica's Kitchen

    $ | Otrobanda | Caribbean

    For an immersive, hands-on experience with the cuisine of the island, you might want to try this unusual Otrobanda establishment. Self-taught...Read More

  • 16. CRU Steak House & Wine Bar

    $$$ | Otrobanda | Steakhouse

    It's all about steak and wine at this legendary dining spot in the Renaissance Mall. In fact they boast they are the island's only genuine U...Read More

  • 17. Dal Toro

    $$ | Punda | Italian

    Built into the Waterfort Arches, this restaurant and its outdoor terrace are part of an adjoining strip of eateries in a coveted spot perched...Read More

  • 18. Jacob's

    $$ | Otrobanda | European

    Located in the sculpture garden at the Kura Hulanda Hotel and named after the hotel's owner Jacob Gelt-Dekker, this is one of the most romantic...Read More

  • 19. Jaipur

    $$ | Otrobanda | Asian

    The subtle lighting and sound of the nearby waterfall seem to make the food even more sublime at this outdoor Pan-Asian restaurant—with distinct...Read More

  • 20. Moon Beach Club, Lounge & Restaurant

    $$ | European

    When it comes to chic, no other place on the island can beat this beachfront eatery. A nondescript facade leads past a lighted infinity pool...Read More

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