The Old Man & The Sea Restaurant at the Aruba Ocean Villas

4.4
68 Reviews
$50 and over
Caribbean
Established in the historic old capital of Aruba, Savaneta, The Old Man & The Sea Restaurant is the ideal place for a romantic dinner. The cuisine is a mixture of local dishes with an international flare. We pride ourselves on having fresh catches of the day and good quality meats imported from the best distributors in the world.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Contact tracing information collected
What 68 people are saying
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4.4
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4.9
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KimQ
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a definite go to! The food was amazing...

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Agata
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Beautiful place. Food ok, not worth the price, $75 for soup, fish and not so good cake. Basically you are paying for the place and place is very beautiful.
Overall great experience.

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OpenTable Diner
Baltimore
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most amazing experience!!! Will definitely come back!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience5

This place is so deceiving. The view is nice. Others are better. Not worth it at all. Bugs crawling up your leg. Service is so slow. Only 3 things to choose from on the menu. Just strange and awkward. And price is astronomical. Not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Key West
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall wonderful experience

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garyp
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Service was horrible
Bugs everywhere on table
Food not worth the money

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The entire dinner was an amazing experience! The atmosphere, people, and service was truly spectacular. Andres O. was our waiter and helped me pull off a perfect proposal. He made our dinner so special and memorable!

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viphconnor
New England
15 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Out of this world! Literally transported to another time and place as soon as you walk through the garden entrance. Beyond beautiful and romantic, amazing service!!! Thank you Andres & all for a wonderful night!

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OpenTable Diner
Orlando
2 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful dinner and views! Highly recommended for a romantic dinner!

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vipLaurieD
Atlanta
15 reviews
Dined on June 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely FABULOUS!!🥰🙏🏼❤️😘💞☀️🏝😎🎊🎉

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SabrinaM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Beautiful oceanfront villa with live music. The ambiance was everything you could imagine not to mention with the sunset views. Felt like I was on secluded island. The menu option was limited due to the restaurant is mainly cater to their guests.

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and ambience. Food was so good and the best place for a romantic date night

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful place I have ever dined. Staff was attentive and helpful. The food was delicious. The dining process was on the slower side but I could have sat there all day, the ambiance was beautiful.

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vipEMNJ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

This restaurant is so unique. It has a limited 3 course menu but the food was very fresh & delicious. The setting is exquisite. Make reservations early.

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StacyC
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely incredible! The atmosphere is so gorgeous and romantic, the food was beyond delicious. We will definitely be back!

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JeanneF
Naples
5 reviews
Dined on April 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely beautiful grounds. Had no idea what to expect but words can’t describe how pretty the grounds are. Our food was fantastic as well as our service. Will definitely be back on our next trip to Aruba.

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OpenTable Diner
Houston
8 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was recommended to me by another traveler on the island. He described it as a “hidden gem, great food and ambiance”! This couldn’t have been more accurate! The location and decor of this place alone is breathtaking. We did lots of oceanside dinners on our trip but this aaa definitely the icing on the cake. The food was great and they were the only restaurant we visited that actually had something local on the menu (Keshi Yena) besides fish. There’s also live entertainment ...steel pan and singing.

Thank you for a wonderful experience Wendell and team :)

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SueM
New England
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I would highly recommend this restaurant. The atmosphere & location were amazing. Can’t wait to go back!

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Dutchie
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Aruba Ocean Villas is just a beautiful place, we sat near the water in a very romantic setting, the service was good, a little slow but I did not mind because it goes with the ambience of romantic, you don't want to have a quick dinner here, you want to enjoy every minute. The food, was ok, nothing outstanding. For me it did not have the wow factor and for me it was overpriced for what it was. Nevertheless I had a wonderful evening.

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LoreneK
Jackson Hole
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A special location, for an amazing dinner on the island. The food is incredible! The shrimp Bam Bam is the best thing we had on the island!!

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EricaC
Orlando
1 review
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

The food was horrible for $100, steak was like a frozen piece of sh&@

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KhoaP
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on March 26, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

One of the best restaurant settings I've ever been to. You sit on the beach or in a cabana. The food was great but not excellent.

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Tasha
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is so dreamy! It feels like your in a whole different world here. The staff was very friendly and attentive. It was a bit of a wait to get our food, but I enjoyed the scenery so much that the wait didn't even matter. This restaurant is tucked and very quaint and peaceful. Thank you Joy for making our special occasion so memorable and doing the best to make our experience an amazing one. We will definitely be returning to stay and eat!!

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
2 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great ambience, food and service

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SheneahH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What an amazing experience...this place is a hidden gems. I would definitely recommend this place.

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RaviK
Caribbean
1 review
Dined on March 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A must visit place in Aruba! Amazing experience with nature beauty!

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OpenTable Diner
New England
1 review
Dined on March 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely the most beautiful restaurant that we have ever experienced. The food and location was incredible! Thank you to Joy who coordinated our dinner reservations. Maria who greeted us, Patrick and staff who took care of making our evening so special. We will now be booking our next trip back to Aruba to stay at this resort. Thank you all again, Laurie and Mark

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DeborahL
Nashville
3 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2021
Overall1food1service2ambience4

Website very misleading. We thought we were dining in the overwater bungalow but the only seating was on the beach/sand. Other diners thought same thing. In regards to menu they basically had nothing advertised. They advertise various lobster entrees and had none. The fish entree was dry and overcooked. No prices are listed which all was way overpriced. Dessert was a basic ice cream with Hershey syrup and crumbled Oreos that a child could make at home. Service was slow. Nothing spectacular here. Hands down skip here and go to Flying Fishbone

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ACoupleFromPA
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on February 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

In terms of food, everything was fantastic! The two-man "live musician" was so atrocious it provided a little comic relief for the night and the two kid soccer team running about ruined the romanticism of the evening. I would totally return again for the food and would request an "undisturbed" ambiance next time.

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KoryF
St. Louis
1 review
Dined on February 23, 2021
Overall3food3service1ambience5

I’m pretty sure they forgot about us when we sat down because we waited a LONG time to get the drinks we ordered plus the people at the bar were so drunk and loud... kinda ruined the first impression. Calamari & lobster were very average but the steak and sides weren’t bad.
Positive...this is a VERY unique place for the island. We have been to almost every restaurant and the ambiance here is so neat. Definitely paying for that and not the service or food.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful setting limited menu but well done

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vipJohn
New England
2 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The oceanfront location and ambiance was perfect for our special dinner in Aruba. The three course menu seemed light at first, but it was perfect and the food was delicious, The staff was so polite and accommodating. I highly recommend have dinner at The Old Man and the Sea.

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Mister
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This location is very beautiful and quiet. It allowed for an intimate dinner. The food was very delicious. We were impressed by the menu and the drinks.

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vipkeysdna
Key West
16 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A "must do" in Aruba! Even if you're not staying in the villa's, the ocean front-in the beach sand restaurant is the most romantic place I've ever been! The service is outstanding! The menu is a set 3 course and changes regularly... the food is divine! But most of all, the views and the ambiance!!! Absolutely incredible!!!

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vipNicoleB
Western NC
9 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Food took forever to get .. 3.5 hours . Bathroom (1) was very nasty . Food was not great .. The place is very jungle like. And has wonderful views of the water .. Way over priced and take your bug spray .

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JesseniaN
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrated my Birthday here! Everything was excellent, from the service to the food! Recommended. Thank you to the staff for accommodating us!

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Alyssa
Caribbean
2 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Unfortunately, you are paying strictly for the atmosphere here, which is beautiful.

The food was not anything superior to local fare at Marina Pirata or Zeerovers.

Now, visitors on the island are down...so the menu was simplified and did not reflect the online menu offerings. So an experience with a full menu might be different.

The staff was friendly and attentive, no issues there...it was just a limited amount of options for what I considered an unreasonable price.

I’m not one to ever Pinch or count coins when I dine...so for me to be dissatisfied in this area is big surprise to me. It doesn’t happen often. I work in the food/service industry / supply chain and understand how food works.

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TimothyC
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved the location. Our table was on the beach, no more than 6-feet from the water. The restaurant is away from the hustle & bustle of Oranjestad offering a very quiet & relaxing experience. The menu is 3-course with several options to choose from & our meals were excellent including the desserts. Highly recommend adding this to your next visit.

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OpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Anniversary

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vipCoryN
Orlando
7 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The most beautiful and romantic spaces I’ve ever eaten literally as if from a magazine. Breathtaking and the food was excellent.

FAQs

The Old Man & The Sea Restaurant at the Aruba Ocean Villas is rated 4.4 stars by 68 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.