My Review of Aquarius in Aruba
The Aquarius restaurant is located in the Renaissance Marina Hotel in Oranjestad, which is the capital of the small island of Aruba. This is not uncommon as most of the restaurants in Aruba seem to be located inside or connected to the hotels and resorts.
So while the atmosphere is nothing to write home about (even though that’s what I just did), the food is quite memorable. The restaurant offers an a la carte menu, but everyone in our group ordered the buffet. But, it wasn’t just any buffet, it was one of the most amazing seafood buffets I’ve ever seen.
So yes, it was all you can eat lobster…and mahi-mahi…and wahoo…and grouper…and shrimp…and crab legs…and scallops. Heavenly.
As I stood waiting for my grilled cornucopia, I offered up a prayer of, “God, please have one of these in heaven.”
I honestly lost track of how many visits I made to the grilling station. There was another line of hot foods that had already been prepared, but I treated that as the snack area where you could sample foods while waiting for the seafood on the grill.
The price for the buffet is $40 per person. As I always say with buffets, the value of the meal is about what you make of it. If the quality is good and you’re able to eat a lot, then it’s worth the price. Considering Nicole and I combined to eat about six lobster tails, four pounds of shrimp, and four pounds of crab legs, I’d say it was a good deal. Add the fact that it appears to be difficult to get any meal in Aruba for under $25 and it becomes an even better deal.
In all, I think Nicole and I spent about 2 ½ hours throwing down at this restaurant. We were there so long the rest of our group left us to go find other stuff to do. We are veteran seafood buffet visitors, and we knew this was an experience to be enjoyed. And enjoy it we did.
Aquarius Restaurant - Renaissance Aruba Marina Hotel
L.G. Smith Boulevard 82