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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
+297 584 5086
11:30 - 19:00
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Mon - Sat 11:30 - 19:00
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Wildwood Crest, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We had a great lunch at Charlie's Bar today. We got to meet the owner/cook Charlie and his two bartender side-kicks Cornelius & Raul. We had the special...fresh snapper topped with shrimp, fried potatoes and salad. It was delicious! We spent our time sitting at the bar having drinks, lounging and having a great time hearing all about the history... More 

Thank beachbummers4life
Batavia, Illinois
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17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Charlie's has been ab Aruba destination since 1941! Takes a bit to get there since the oil refinery closed, this end of the island has seen fetter times but then there's Charlie's still going strong! From soups, chowders, tenderloin or steak sandwich it taste fare! The ambience, an enormous collect of souvenirs left be happy patrons will bring you to... More 

Thank Sue W
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

A really neat place where guests from all over the world have left momentos. The waiter had a real sense of humor and provided great service. They offer daily specials; we had some of the appetizers and they were very good. if you like "HOT" sauce, then you will want to try their special one out! Definitely worth the visit!

Thank S5048FUjudyb
Stockholm, Sweden
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129 reviews
70 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

That place is worth a visit. Easy to find. Friendly staff. You can go there before or after you have visit Baby Beach.

Thank Lugnen
Newark, Delaware
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58 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

This is a small little hole in the wall located down by Baby Beach area. The bar goes back to the 40's and is now 3rd generation owned. The bar is full of memorabilia hanging from the ceiling and shelves and you could spend an hour just looking at all the stuff. We stopped in for drinks and the beer... More 

Thank Dave D
Surprise, Arizona
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped at Charlie's after going to the beach and what a great time we all had!! Drinks and food were excellent and definitely would go back. Next time we will bring something for the wall, ceiling or where ever they can find room!!

Thank Paul B
Kansas City, Missouri
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157 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were traveling with friends who have frequented this bar for the past fifteen years. The food was great. I've never seen such large shrimp! We even enjoyed live music by a wonderful gentleman who's name I don't recall. He even sat with us for a short time and joined us in discussion. The fun part about the bar is... More 

Thank TLG056
Lake Ariel, Pennsylvania
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Charlie's Bar is such a landmark in Aruba! Fun place to stop & have a few drinks! Fun bartenders with great stories!

Thank ElenaS
Boston, Massachusetts
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79 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great bar, had a bite to eat here and a few beers. Nice food and great conversation with the bartender. Fun place

Thank CasHoefman
Kings Langley, United Kingdom
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169 reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Came here on spec and 6 of us were accommodated immediately. A very friendly welcome and attentive service with a smile. Food was very good; ribs and scampi particularly so. The whole place is a visual feast of memorabilia from number plates to shoes and old household fittings. A great distraction! Loved it all!

Thank TonyPKL

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Cheap Eats, Bar Scene, Local cuisine
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
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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