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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
+297 584 5086
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good28%
  • Average9%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“shrimp” (48 reviews)
“steak” (10 reviews)
“chowder” (4 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 - 19:00All hours
Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
$$ - $$$
Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
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1 - 10 of 272 reviews

Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This restaurant and bar is an institution in San Nicolas, and it is simple to understand why. The atmosphere is very friendly and the experience to have a meal is exiting. The food is good and prepared with fresh products. For a soup, a grilled...More

Thank Andrea M
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We visited looking for lunch ( sandwich...) the only thing we found was a rude pompous staff, including the owner. Don't waste your time.More

Thank mdyer10
Raul T, Bartender waiter and smartmouth extraordinaire at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 5 days ago

Why hello there.... Your header is quite interesting: "Not as advertised"...and your review reads you were looking for "sandwiches" and the staff "rude and pompous".. Well, i am very pleased to say: THAT is exactly what we advertise! Questionable service, cold drinks and good food!...More

Reviewed 1 week ago

Great bar, great food, great margaritas. Something new and interesting to see every time you go. We went as many times as we could.

Thank finw2017
Reviewed 15 August 2017

I visited Charlies originally about a dozen years ago and made sure it was in my itinerary for this trip. Charlie's is a blast from the past..it is full of vintage items all over the walls and ceilings and the bar itself is a vintage...More

Thank fishblow
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We embarked on the drive down to San Nicolas to visit this Aruba standby and we were not disappointed. The place is a real hoot, covered in memorabilia and items people have left behind. Very cool vibe in the place. We came for lunch ad...More

Thank Elizabeth H
Raul T, Bartender waiter and smartmouth extraordinaire at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 14 August 2017

Why thank you for a great review, and we are most pleased you were not put off by the impromptu visit by the "13th chapter Watanachugabeerinafucha summer camp kids".... they love us....and indeed Charlie did cook up that wonderful one-off dish for the gentleman, never...More

Reviewed 12 August 2017 via mobile

I love seafood and the serve the shrimp with the heard on which really adds flavor. Make sure you bring something to leave for them to hang up. I didn't feel unsafe there but we went for lunch, not sure about nighttime with kids. Charlie...More

1  Thank Jeff P
Reviewed 31 July 2017

Omg everybody has to visit this bar the place is amazing great staff full of stories live music food delicious Raul is a treasure full of stories and information you will not get anywhere else next door is a great souvenir shop worth a visit

Thank inabert
Reviewed 28 July 2017

However, I would expand the title and say let's not turn Charlie's into a tour bus stop. I like it when few are there and Charlie's at the bar and you can engage in conversation. The food is fine but who goes to a bar...More

Thank liket0dine0ut
Reviewed 19 July 2017

Stopped in on our way home after some snorkeling in the area and we were so glad we did! Brinks were cold and refreshing and the shrimp was amazing! Best I've ever had to be honest! Atmosphere was eclectic - so fun and inviting! We...More

Thank coronacorona2000
Reviewed 14 July 2017 via mobile

The bartenders here are amazing. The one we had made us good(!!) drinks for a fair price. Unfortunately, the week we went to Aruba, the weekly Caribbean festival was cancelled. Bummer. So instead of letting it ruin our trip, we stayed at Charlie's and ordered...More

Thank Hanna W
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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 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
11:30 - 19:00
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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