Want to know what’s what on the island’s dining scene? These are the best restaurants on Curaçao to have dinner. Whatever your budget is, there’s something out there for you. From fine dining with a view to eating freshly caught tuna in a surf shack. Take notes.

Best restaurant on Curaçao: different areas

The dining scene on Curaçao is spread out over different areas. Most beach club-like restaurants are located near Jan Thiel Beach and Mambo beach. These areas are crowded by tourists who lavish on sushi and hamburgers. Want to do as locals do? Visit the up-and-coming Pietermaai district in Punda, the colorful neighbourhood of Otrobanda or Piscadera, located on the other side of the Queen Juliana bridge. Below you find an insider’s list of the best restaurants on Curaçao, in no particular order.

Top 9 best restaurants on Curaç0a

1. MosaCaña Bar & Kitchen

Looking to have dinner while sipping on some amazing cocktails? MosaCaña Bar & Kitchen is a Cuban-style restaurant that ticks off all the above. This restaurant creates some of the island’s best shareable dishes. Make sure you make a reservation to secure a table.

2. Soi95

Easy-going Asian food in a great environment. Soi95 is located in the up-and-coming Pietermaai district. The menu consists of shareable finger food that pairs perfectly with the amazing cocktails. Extra bonus point: this restaurant has a rooftop area where you can sit outside.

3. Sal the Kitchen

This new restaurant is run by two brothers. One works wonders in the kitchen, the other one tells you all about wine. The shared dining concept with Caribbean influences is unlike anything you’ll find on the island. Expect high-end food in a laid-back environment.

4. De Visserij

When visiting the island of Curaçao, paying a visit to De Visserij (the fishery) is a must. The owner is a fisherman which equals fresh fish. Expect a fair bit of queuing – so don’t come in a hurry. When entering the restaurant you walk up to the counter and you order the type and amount of fish you like. Try out their fresh tuna and funchi hasá (polenta fries).

5. Bario Urban Street Food

On the other side of the Queen Juliana Bridge, you’ll find Otrobanda (‘the other side’). This neighbourhood is an open-air museum with impressive murals and worth a visit on its own.  While you’re at it: pay a visit to Bario. This urban food market has a great cocktail bar, several (local) food stands and live music.

6. Hofi Cas Cora

Hofi Cas Cora is a farm-to-table restaurant that uses products from its own land. Enjoy the view while enjoying a fresh salad, sandwich or warm meal. Next to a weekend brunch spot, there is a farm and marketplace where you can buy fresh products from local farmers from Monday to Friday.

6. Restaurant Nultwintig

This list wasn’t complete without at least one restaurant by the water. Restaurant Nultwintig is a beautifully decorated place. Enjoy a  a fine dining 3 or 4-course menu while watching the waves hitting the shore.

7. Kome

Kome is located in the up-and-coming Pietermaai District. This restaurant is open for brunch, lunch and dinner. On Wednesdays, this restaurant offers ‘tapas and copas’ – with a selection of their greatest hits on the menu. Make a reservation to ensure a seat.

8. Chef’s table

Want to try something completely different? Book a culinary experience where Caribbean Chef Helmi transforms her professional kitchen into a fine-dining restaurant. In an intimate setting, you get to enjoy an exquisite menu of Caribbean-inspired dishes. While the food is being prepped in front of you, matching wines flow abundantly. Book your seat for the next Chef’s table experience.

8. Dinner in the field

Every month you can visit a ‘Dinner in the field’. A dinner, every time hosted on different plantations, to create more awareness for local farmers and their beautiful fresh produce. Tables are set up between the crops where you enjoy a 4-course meal under de stars with freshly picked produce from the field. Book your seat for the next dinner in the field.

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