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Buccaneer Restaurant

Gasparito 11 C | Noord, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
+297 586 6172
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good24%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible11%
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“seafood” (52 reviews)
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Seafood, Mediterranean, Caribbean, International, Grill, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Gasparito 11 C | Noord, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba
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Reviewed yesterday

We were the only ones at this restaurant on a Monday early evening, which freaked me out. I honestly didn't feel safe in the neighborhood or even in the restaurant. The food quality was quite poor and not as advertised in the menu. The produce...More

Thank Rachel12Reviews
Josef M, Owner at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you Rachel for your response. I freaked out too reading your response as I laughed in how to remark on your comments. The neighborhood is peaceful, safe, friendly and has quite a few wonderful restaurants who have been around over 3 decades and are...More

Reviewed 2 days ago

On a recent trip to Aruba we decided to eat at the Buccaneer Restaurant with our son, his wife and 3 grandchildren. Although you might hesitate outside this is definitely one of the best restaurants on Aruba. The main dining room inside is designed to...More

Thank Mike D
Josef M, Owner at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you Mike D for your amazing review on our restaurant and dining at the Buccaneer. We aim to please, especially for the kids with the extra added touch of feeding the fish and delicious entrees with great service. The 18,000 gallon wall to wall...More

Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

When you pull up to this place you are going to think you just arrived at the tackiest restaurant on the island but venture inside for great food. Our waiter "Joy" was wonderful with our kids and very patient. I ordered the shrimp which was...More

Thank enk2014wv
Josef M, Manager at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you enk2014 for your review! The restaurant theme was dedicated to the island 36 years ago and growing. It might be the tackiest, nautical, 18,000 gallon wall to wall aquarium, under the sea cavern which locals love and keep the patrons returning year after...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

We were not sure about the restaurant when we arrived. It does look like under the sea decor and the aquarium could use some cleaning. The food however was amazing. Fish was very fresh, very large portions and servers were eager to please and refill...More

Thank Amy V
BuccaneerAruba, Owner at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Amy for your review. We are in the process of remodeling a part of our dining room with new nautical additions as well as a new floor, thank you for your comment on this. The aquariums are cleaned daily, the process is maintained...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Once again we had an amazing meal and experience. We decided to celebrate a 40 year anniversary of my mom's return to the island after being evacuated during WW2 and my first trip to Aruba for dinner at the Buccaneer. We will continue to be...More

Thank Nelwyn1
BuccaneerAruba, Owner at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Nelwyn for your review of our restaurant. It is always great to see you and your mother and we thank you for your loyalty. The staff enjoy making each customer feel at home and Chef James always goes above and beyond in making...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I have to say that when we pulled up to the restaurant, we thought we were in the wrong spot. The outside needs a bit of freshening up but don't let that intimidate you! Call for a table next to one of the big fish...More

Thank Belswick
Josef M, Owner at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago

Thank you Belswick for your review. I am happy that the family enjoyed dinner at Buccaneer. In reference to the outside, there is not much I would do as the restaurant was built rock by rock 37 years ago by my father and I. Since...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The food was unbelievable!! Some of the best food I've had in my life! The owner Angela is such a terrific and welcome person and the chef James is brilliant! James's creations for the restaurant are out of this world! I promise if you go...More

Thank Edan M
Josef M, Owner at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you Edan for your review. It is always great to hear from our patrons on their dining experience and we thank you for choosing the Buccaneer. I (Angela), personally would like to thank you and your family for choosing to dine at our restaurant...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Our favorite restaurant is the Buccaneer! The family found this diamond in the rough many years ago on a drive by adventure. We stopped because it was a ship anchored on the street Inside is a lovely setting of aquariums at most tables for your...More

Thank Lisa S
Josef M, Owner at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded today

Thank you Lisa for your fabulous review of our restaurant an for stopping with the family to dine and enjoy a delightful evening of delicious food and great memories. Thank you for your loyalty and taking the time to write this review. Enjoy your summer...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We returned here after 2 years. Service was great with Bucci and food excellent as usual. We walked from Hi-rise hotel and got back by taxi. Food is really good and prices are average for Aruba. Only thing I will change will put beverage prices...More

Thank Juan_Alejandro
BuccaneerAruba, Manager at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you Juan_Alejandro for taking the time to write your review... I have brought the issue about the beverage prices to the owner and they will look into this as it has never been brought up before. We are a seafood, steak and poultry with...More

Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant looks funny from the outside and made me curious, inside you will find a dark and outdated restaurant. The service was very kind and plates were large, not for sharing but large enough to have a good meal, the food, we ordered Norwegian...More

Thank BlueBsAs
BuccaneerAruba, Manager at Buccaneer Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Thank you BluebsAs for your review. Thank you for joining us for dinner.The outside of our establishment is what stands out as well as the nautical decor and wall to wall fish tanks of 18,000 gallons. We are in the process of remodeling one of...More

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Questions & AnswersAsk a question
Do you still serve barracuda?
19 May 2017|
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Response from Josef M | Property representative |
Thank you Dbeyrodt for your question. I wish we had Barracuda, So many guests are asking and with this storm coming in it is impossible with rough seas. I have asked several of our daily local fishermen in the past weeks... More
How do you access your restaurant if it is underwater?
25 September 2016|
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Response from Josef M | Property representative |
Thank you 77cynthiag for your question. Our restaurant is not underwater,It is however themed around the 16th century, when the Caribbean was a nest of pirates. The Buccaneer as you park has a huge pirate ship atop. once you... More
I was just wondering why your post is so negative about this restaurant. I truly found the food to be delicious, reasonably priced and the service was great. I had the lobster bisque and I don't know where you got clumps of flour , its to bad your experience at this restaurant wasn't great. The reason I am questioning you is that we brought our family with kids and the waiters gave us a Children's menu and may I add it had lots of great items healthy and delicious. Your complaint about the aquarium was so untrue. My husband has fish tanks in our home and he even commented about the aquariums looking so crystal clear and the colorful variety of fish and coral was absolutely something to rave about. By the way the photo on the website was the Manilla Clams not the Mussels and we tried both and I have to say they were mouthwatering. We will return and have told others about our great experience.
7 June 2016|
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Response from Mary C | Reviewed this property |
Sometimes I guess it is the time of day and the staff that is working. We were with a group of 8 and as I said some of the food came cold and we were given the desserts at no charge to compensate so maybe it was just a one... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$6 - US$35
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Full Bar, Wine and Beer
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids, Romantic
Open Hours
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
17:30 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Gasparito 11 C | Noord, Palm - Eagle Beach, Aruba (Formerly Buccaneer)
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  Palm - Eagle Beach
  • Phone Number: +297 586 6172
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Buccaneer Aruba, over 36-years of tradition, a landmark where the locals love to dine. Buccaneer Restaurant provides Seafood and International dishes The Buccaneer has an undeniable ship-like nautical feel with a menu to match. The 36-year swashbuckling establishment is known for its entrees and reasonable prices as well as specializing in fresh-caught fish and seafood,USDA prime steaks,lamb,duck,pasta's,poultry,vegetarian and gluten & dairy-free upon request,with also a kids menu. The dining area is an underwater cavern man-made restaurant by late father and son (owner) with their version of under the sea pirate style with 18,000-gallon wall aquariums with also a cozy booth section with individual aquariums. Buccaneer's commitment & passion for freshness as a way of life - a pledge that everything is 100% fresh. All of the above combined with a warm welcome & great service. Ask for Chef James,for any dish you desire.Buccaneer makes your dining experience memorable.ONLY 5 MINUTES AWAY FROM THE HIGH RISE AREA
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