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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” (51 reviews)
“ribs” (17 reviews)
“steak” (11 reviews)
Open Now
11:30 am - 7:00 pm Hours
Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
$$ - $$$
Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
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Reviewed 1 week ago

A bit of a dodgy neighborhood, but we were told not to miss Charlie's Bar. All true -- we were promised very friendly service, and the staff did not disappoint. We had a drink only, no food, so can't comment on that, but the place...More

1  Thank dianephillips17
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Dropped in for a drink which turned into many more drinks! Had a blast! Raul the bartender is the best! Will stop back on our next trip to Aruba!

Thank Lorraine M
Reviewed 1 week ago

Business was slow when we arrived in the late morning, so we had the pleasure of sitting at the bar and having an extended conversation with the bartender. Their collection of personal items from customers is amazing to view! The food was good, and the...More

Thank ndoak1
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came back to Charlie’s for our typical vacation visit. We stop by every time we come to Aruba. They always have friendly staff. The beers are always cold. Make sure you visit this classic bar when you visit Aruba.

Thank BAHuston3
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Charlie’s must be seen to be understood! The bar is decorated with trinkets that patrons have left behind for over 50 years (so bring something to leave behind). We saw 50 year old license plates from around the world. There is a money tree and...More

Thank Tomas M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Its a great experience and come and have drink....the food is just Ok..you have to pay someone to safe guard your vehicle....not a lot of parking..however go once to check it outMore

Thank Bob F
Raul T, Bartender waiter and sensitive urban planner. at Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, responded to this reviewResponded 2 weeks ago

Hi Bob... Thanks for the review and pointing out some critical details: You do not have to pay anyone to safeguard your vehicle; we have a gentleman stationed in the HUGE parking street(100 plus cars) as a courtesy to our visitors. You are allowed to...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We took two buses to get to Charlie's and boy were we glad we did! Raul was our bartender and he was a charming, witty sarcastic, filthy mouthed barrel of fun! We intended to belly up to the bar for an hour or so, but...More

Thank suezqz
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had the pleasure of dining at Charlie's during our recent stay in Aruba. What a great surprise inside. We had lunch there and the food was delicious but even if you don't eat there the ambiance alone is worth the trip to Charlie's. You...More

Thank Darlene E
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Rochester, New York
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped in for lunch and had Raul as our waiter and had a fun time. The food was great. They had ribs that fell off the bone. We could've spent all day looking at all the collectables all over the place. Will be back...More

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My wife, I and another couple visited today and it was AMAZING. Ignore backword hat people reviews and let them find couscous somewhere else. This is straight up one of the best old time bars anywhere. Three of us (combination seafood, ribs) thought the meal...More

Thank Mike R
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Response from naradui | Reviewed this property |
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
USD 30
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Bar Scene, Local cuisine
Open Hours
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
11:30 am - 7:00 pm
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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