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Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

) #2 of 15 Restaurants in San Nicolas €€ - €€€ Caribbean, ,
Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
+297 584 5086
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  • Excellent55%
  • Very good28%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible4%
Travellers talk about
“shrimp” (47 reviews)
“steak” (10 reviews)
“chowder” (4 reviews)
11:30 - 19:00All hours
Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International
€€ - €€€
Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba
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Reviewed 5 days ago

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 1 week ago

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 6 days ago

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 1 week ago 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 3 weeks ago

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 3 weeks ago

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 4 weeks ago

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
Reviewed 12 July 2017 via mobile

I've wanted to come here for so many years and we finally made it. This place is atmosphere plus and our service was fantastic. The perfect amount of sarcasm came with our drinks 😀 and the ribs were out of this world. It is a...More

Thank lkoconnor
Reviewed 25 June 2017

After wanting to visit this restaurant on our last several trips we finally made it here this year and it didn't disappoint! The place is a little hard to find but well worth it. The food was some of the best we had on the...More

Thank Trent617
Reviewed 8 June 2017 via mobile

Where do I start.....You pay for the atmosphere and the Staff! They were so much fun! We asked them to play Tennessee Whiskey and there was a guy in the bar playing the guitar along to our songs! We told our cab driver we would...More

Thank Brentni B
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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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