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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
+297 584 5086
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible4%
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“shrimp” (50 reviews)
“ribs” (15 reviews)
“steak” (10 reviews)
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Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
$$ - $$$
Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We stopped and ate at Charlie’s on the way back from baby beach A little hard to find but worth it very unusual with a lot of cool old stuff hanging all over the walls and ceiling Very friendly atmosphere and waiters We split the...More

Thank scasper34
Reviewed 1 week ago

We walked in around noon on Saturday and were the only two in the place. Raul asked us if we wanted to sit at a table or at the bar, we chose bar, great choice. Soon Raul introduced is the Charlie (third generation owner). We...More

Thank Alan A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

At first glance, Charlie's simply looks like a dive bar with a lot of interesting and eclectic memorabilia. It would take hours to peruse the crazy decor. We walked in to great music playing, a welcoming bartender and a mixture of tourists and locals. There...More

Thank KarenvMn
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Two different people told us to get seafood lunch at Charlie’s. We loved the charm and straight forward way we were greeted and seated. They had a lot of fun. The food was really good. The large cold draft beers were the best in the...More

Thank Gary D
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great nostalgic bar/restaurant. Very informal with a long history. Not that large a place, but visitors leave various momentos signifying their visit from all over the world. Try the garlic shrimp.

Thank resident344
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Went there for lunch, was recommended by lots of people. We had the fish soup-excellent, the New Zealand lamb chops-superb and a shrimp platter-very good. House rum drink was excellent as well. The inside of Charlies looks like it hasn't changed much from when it...More

Thank Ron Z
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Its a 35 minute drive from the hotel zone, but worth it! Bar has been there for years, very eclectic decor, great prices, great staff ... you want to see real Aruba - Go to Charlies

Thank mexicofanfromchicago
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

If Hemingway himself would of walked in, I wouldn't of been surprised. This place was unbelievable. The atmosphere was great! I had the ribs and they were the best ribs I have ever had! The "honeymoon sauce" is flavorful but spicy. Definitely worth trying!!!! Raul...More

Thank brianandkimfridley
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

So much to look at the walls are covered! You must read Under a Blue Flag...written with Charlies bar front and center.

Thank tlane422017
Reviewed 8 January 2018

We never miss a trip to Charlie's Bar! Been coming here since 1998 for cold Balashis and awesome peel and eat shrimp. The ambiance here is truly unique and it's a special place in downtown San Nicolas. Took our friends here for the first time...More

Thank Jodee S
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Open Hours
11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
11:30 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Aruba  >  San Nicolas
  • Phone Number: +297 584 5086
  • E-mail
Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant was founded on September 18, 1941 by a Dutch couple, Charles and Marie Brouns. They chose their location in San Nicolas as it was close to the large Lago Refinery: this provided a steady stream of clientele in the form of seamen, contractors, and oil workers.Over the years, Charlie’s Bar became a destination returned to by countless friends from the past, accompanied by new patrons anxious to visit what has become an iconic island institution…”If you haven’t been to Charlie’s you don’t know Aruba!”Today, Charlie’s Bar is recognized as one of the Top Ten Bars in the Caribbean; and is a must see destination for first time visitors who will undoubtedly encounter and enjoy the company of many repeat clientele from literally all over the world. Everyone comes for the ambiance; the real connoisseurs are here to enjoy the intercontinental cuisine offered by Charlie’s Menu. Everything from jumbo shrimp to fine tenderloin steaks and fresh local seafood are at your beck and call. The menu is varied and prepared fresh each and every day try our “Honeymoon Sauce” with your entrée (if you like things real hot) or tone it down with our Creole style of preparation. Daily specials and home made snacks round out the menu for the inquisitive diner.Presently, your host, Charlito (the third generation Charlie) says, “Everything we do is focused on one thing, creating an unforgettable memory that will leave you wanting to return.”
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