Yemanja Woodfired Grill

8,8 based on 285 reviews
Cuisine(s):
Caribbean, Steakhouse
Main Course:
$28.00 - $40.00
is:
  • Fine Dining
  • Outdoor Dining
  • Indoor Dining
Accepts:
   
Meals:
Dinner
Serves:
Vegetarian
Ratings & more:
Excellent!
Free WiFi
Menu(s): Dinner

Restaurant Information

Yemanja Woodfired Grill

Wilhelminastraat2
Aruba
Tel: (+297) 588 4711
Opening Hours:
Daily open Kitchen hours 5:30pm - 10:30pm
Closed on Sundays
Yemanja Woodfired Grill
Aruba-s only wood-fired grill restaurant! Beautifully situated in downtown Oranjestad, behind the Renaissance Hotel. Yemanja is relaxing and welcoming, with a passion for tradition and excellence. Seating is either inside (air-conditioned) or outside on a cozy terrace. Serving innovative Caribbean cuisine. Locally-caught fish, shrimp, prime cuts of beef, lamb, pork, duck and poultry are all prepared over a wood fire using mesquite and hickory. Also our appetizers & salads are a real treat! The result is succulent, tender and flavorful dishes that only wood-fire grilling can produce.
We hope we may welcome you soon here in Yemanja.
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Good food, horrible service!!!!

Mar 5, 2013 - posted by
Had heard good things about this place from relatives so we decided to give it a try. Went with a group of 8. The first major issue was that we had an 8:00pm reservation. 2 members of our group were there early, and let the staff know they were there. The rest of us were there at 8:00pm. Apparently a group walked in at 7:50pm and they gave our table away to this group. So, reservations do not matter, and they just dont care. If we did not have such a large group, we would have walked out. We waited approx. a half hour for another table and finally got seated.
It then took over 45 minutes for a server to even apporach us to take our order. After a long wait for appetizers, we finally got our entree around 10:30, which is ridiculous since we had an 8:00pm reservation.
Most of the food was good. There is no presentation. Just meat or fish on a plate, and the sides: rice, veggies, garlic mashed potatoes and black beans, are all served family style.
The major food issue was the fact that 2 people ordered the ribeye steak. Both were brought out. One was a large ribeye and one was a very small strip steak. When questioning the server about the strip steak, she brought it back into the kitchen, came out and said "they said that's the ribeye." It was obvious it was not the ribeye, especially when there was another one on the table, and anyone with common sense would know the difference.
After fighting with this girl for several minutes, the manager was called over. Not knowing what was going on, we asked her about the steak, and she responded "that's a strip steak". They finally changed it but at that point it was after 10:30 and the dinner was ruined due to the horrible service.
Sorry to say....the food wasnt that good for a return trip, we wont be back!
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Great Food

Feb 18, 2013 - posted by
We were at Yamanja twice in December.
Restaurant is one of our favorites on the Island.
The grouper is the best on the Island.
We also had the Duck Breast and the Mahi Mahi excellent.
Great food, excellent service.

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Great time!!

Feb 2, 2013 - posted by
This is our 3rd time in Aruba and our FIRST time at this restaurant and it WON"T be our last.....The waiter name Juan Carlos was PHENOMENAL....we were NOT rushed at all, he was extremely attentive to us, and the food was made to perfection as ordered.....the price is very reasonable and we highly recommend including this restaurant as one of your dinner!!!
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Mesquite downtown

Jan 21, 2013 - posted by
Good but not great! Mesquite aromas and flavors abound. Scallops done very nicely, but short ribs not quite a home run. Competent wait staff. Nice ambiance, easy to find downtown with adequate parking.
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Disapointed

Jan 12, 2013 - posted by
We go to this restaurant every year, and, unfortunately, this is the first time we were disappointed. Waiters were a few and rather slow and occasionally confused. Our favorite tuna tartar was a shadow of itself and consisted mostly of seaweed. Appetizers and main course portions became much much smaller. Fish was overcooked. For five of us the sides we got were three tiny cups - rice (too salty to eat), beans and something veggie-like. We walked away hungry, took a cab to Windows on Aruba for mood-lifting deserts and port.
I doubt we are coming back to the Grill.
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Must try

Dec 14, 2012 - posted by
Great tasting food, beautiful presentation, and friendly staff. Recommendations include, the beef carpaccio or parma salad. Followed by the tenderloin (simply melts in your mouth) or surf & turf. Lastly, the crème brulee or hot meets cold. This restaurant is a must on your vacation. Parking space can be a problem, go early.
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Grouper Fillet

Sep 30, 2012 - posted by
The grouper fillet is by far the best meal I have ever had! It has a creamy richness that melts in your mouth. It was the perfect suggestion made by our waiter, thanks for a great evening.
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Yum!

Aug 20, 2012 - posted by
From the moment we arrived until the last spoonful of dessert, our experience here was thoroughly enjoyable. We especially appreciated the vegetarian options and friendly service. Our meals were tasty and beautifully presented. We would recommend this restaurant and suggest the potato soup and the hot and cold walnut ice cream and espresso dessert.
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Nice evening

Jul 28, 2012 - posted by
We had a very nice evening and dinner at this restaurant. It was a treat night for our son who got very good grades at school and it was worth it. Thank you guys, for making our night special!
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Great food and gluten free friendly!

Jul 27, 2012 - posted by
My wife and I ate here twice during our two week vacation and enjoyed it very much each time. I especially liked that they had a separate gluten free menu for me and served me gluten free bread.

Entrees we had included scallops, steak, tuna steak, and mahi mahi. They were served with black beans, white rice, garlic mashed potatoes, and tasty mixed vegetables. The sides are served family style.

We also had mixed drinks. We did not order starters or desert. Total bill for the two of us was $80-$90 plus tip which is not included on bill.

Servers were very friendly. The atmosphere was nice. I think this is a nice restaurant for adults and older children.

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