Few restaurants in Curacao can boast the level of passion and innovation present at Kome Restaurant, a late 2012 addition to the expanding cuisine scene in Willemstad. The cuisine at Kome, which means "eat" in the local Papiamentu language, is not locked down to one style, instead mixing and matching some of the best aspects of American, Caribbean, Asian, and French influences. The end result is simply stunning, a showcase of some of the best traditions of local cooking elevated through fresh ingredients and a refreshingly modern (for Curacao at least) approach in regards to plating and flavor pairing. The menus are small and constantly changing, although in the brief itemization of dishes there is something for everyone. Watch for Kome's preparation of funchi, a regional cornmeal dish that has a backup role in most dishes. The interior parallels the cuisine in many regards, a classic Curacao residence updated for modern tastes through subtle wood accents and subdued color palettes. For diners with a sweet tooth, Chef Susan Martin creates decadent creations in the kitchen's bakery which guests are free to take on the go. An absolute must-stop and already a gem of the Willemstad scene, Kome is a great example of the big developments on this small island.
Fishalicious is set in a quintessential Curacao home with unpretentious decor and warm vibes. The fish logos on its outer facade are hard to miss. With a close proximity to Avila Beach, it is a popular destination among locals and tourists looking for a delicious coastal meal. Fishalicious prides itself on serving the finest seafood caught fresh off the Caribbean seas or imported from European waters. Mussels, oysters, Dover sole, herring, and Dutch codfish are featured on it's evolving daily specials. Pair them with exquisite French champagnes and Argentinian white wines to complete your tropical dining experience.
You know you're getting the good stuff, traditional island cuisine, when you find a spot that the locals frequent, which is exactly what you'll see at Plaza Bieu. The market hosts around six different restaurants cooking Antillean food, each incorporating its own unique style. Fresh seafood, grilled meat, and plenty of vegetarian dishes are all on offer at a reasonable price, alongside several scrumptious desserts. The pumpkin pancake is highly recommended. Note that beloved Plaza Bieu can get busy during lunch hours, so you may want to prepare for the crowds or stop by on an off hour.
Located on the shores of the Caracas bay, Pop's Place is a small restaurant that serves some great Antillean food with a Caribbean flair. The restaurant has the feel of a beachside-shack, but don't judge by appearances, this place is a regular hangout for locals as well as tourists because the food dished out here is delicious. The lionfish that is locally caught is cooked perfectly and is highly recommended, as is the rice and beans. The food is fresh and reasonably priced while the servings are hearty. Eat at the few tables inside the restaurant or on the deck outside and enjoy a beautiful view of the public beach as you dine. Even more, the staff is hospitable and will always make you feel welcomed.
Iguana Cafe forms part of the vibrant Handelskade building-scape, which beautifully lines the quay. It features delicious international snacks as well as local Dutch specialties. Opt for a chilled pint or choose from an array of cocktails like the one made from the island's signature liqueur: Blue Curacao. Live bands at Iguana Cafe create a background score as you gaze out at the panoramic views of the historic Emma Pontoon bridge and surrounding city. One of the prettiest spots around, you'll love dining out on the patio under umbrellas as the sun goes down on Curacao.
Traditional French and Italian cuisine is the hallmark of this romantic and stylish restaurant in Pietermaai. This restaurant is established in a 19th-century house and is decorated with some beautiful chandeliers and wall lanterns. Small tables within the rooms of the house and terrace offer seating and give the establishment a very homely and welcoming feel. In spite of the restaurant's vast size, attention to each customer is quite good, and the food is excellent. The restaurant also caters to the gluten-free, vegan and vegetarian preferences of diners. This place is also ideal for business dinners and parties. The owners have created an extensive wine list that includes Italian and French vintages.
"Awa Di Playa" translates to "water of the beach." The waterfront restaurant of the same name does not come with a written menu; just a verbal mention of its reasonably-priced daily specials. On offer are the day's freshest catch, fished straight out of the Caribbean. Honest flavors of red snapper, panga, jack and dorade come through with simple and traditional recipes that attract island visitors looking for a taste of authenticity. The interiors are rustic, with plastic chairs and unpolished, wooden beams to call as decor. Enjoy the sunny and breezy atmosphere that's enhanced with picturesque views of fishing boats lazing around Piscadera Bay for a true tropical dining experience.
Amidst the bustle of the Caracasbaai docks, locals and travelers alike duck into Serka Norman for fresh seafood and crystal clear views of the bay. Serka Norman primarily features fish dishes which it sources locally, although due to the restaurant's popularity they can run out fast. The cooks will be happy to rustle up whatever they can in their kitchen, however, and will ensure that you leave with a full stomach and good memories of your evening.
Sambal has a casual vibe and friendly service. The menu draws from two Asian cultures - Thai and Indonesian - with a few local twists. The menu is extensive and has something for everyone. Dine on dishes like beef skewers with spicy soy sauce; fried rice with chicken, beef, egg, vegetables, and fried plantain; and fish red curry with onions and mushroom. Children are welcome and the restaurant has a separate menu for the tiny tots. Saturday evenings are the best time to stop by as there is live music and a laid-back atmosphere, ideal for a casual meal with family or friends.
Chikoti Restaurant is a casual local eatery that has a varied menu of international cuisine, but it is the local dishes that really stand out. The relaxed ambiance and friendly vibe make this a great place to enjoy a meal with family or friends. Specialties include the various kinds of stoba or stew - these include everything from goat to papaya and banana variations - as well as chicken cutlet, curry chicken, and giambo (gumbo). Largely frequented by locals, this hidden gem is a great place to experience true hospitality and flavorful local cuisine.