One of the most highly regarded restaurants in Willemstad is The Wine Cellar on Concordiastraat, T4612178. Owned by chef Nico Cornelisie, a master rotisseur, in small old house, only 8 tables, chilly a/c, very good food but unexciting wine list, local fish and meat (ostrich) particularly good, reservations recommended, closed Sun.
Alouette, in a restored house, Orionweg 12, T4618222. Very popular, reservations recommended, French-style food, low-calorie or vegetarian meals available, comparatively small menu but changed frequently, except for the goat cheese crêpe which is such a favourite it is a permanent fixture, excellent food and service, attractive decor, open 1200-1430, 1900-2200, later at weekends. Mi Kalbas , de Ruyterkade, opposite post office, T4621010. Very good food, local specialities and international menu, full bar, run by former food and beverage manager at Princess Beach.
Larousse, also in an old house on Penstraat 5, almost opposite the Avila Beach, T4655418. French menu with local and imported North Sea fish, quiet, open 1800-2400, closed Mon. Fort Nassau, reservations T4613450. Spectacular location with a panoramic view from the 200-year old fort, American-style menu using local ingredients, open Mon-Fri 1200-1400, Mon-Sun 1830-2300. De Taveerne, in an octagonal mansion, Landhuis Groot Davelaar, T7370669. Beef and seafood, à la carte menu, antique furnishings, closed Sun. Bistro Le Clochard, in the Rif Fort walls overlooking the harbour, T4625666/4625667, www.bistroleclochard.com. French and Swiss cuisine, choose fresh local fish rather than imported, open Mon-Fri 1200-1400, 1830 onwards, Sat evenings only, open Sun in Dec-Mar. La Pergola, in the Waterfort Arches, T4613482. Serves Italian food, fish, pizza, terrace or a/c dining, open 1200-1400 Mon-Sat, 1830-2230 daily.
Grill King, in the Waterfort Arches, T4616870. Friendly and has good international food, open Mon-Sat 1100-2300, Sun 1700-2300. There are several restaurants in the Arches, nice variety, pleasant location, good for a meal or just drinks. Some other moderately priced yet good restaurants include Fort Waakzaamheid, T4621044. Lovely sunset views from the terrace on top of the fort, which is on a hill above Otrabanda, medieval atmosphere, restaurant and tavern, good food and menu, open daily 1200-1400, 1800-1030, reservations suggested, dinner US$15-20.
Tasca Restaurant Don Quijote, Gosieweg 148, T7369835. Spanish, seafood and daily specials, good paella, takeaway, happy hour 1700-2000, open weekdays 1700-0100, closed Tue. Green Mill, Salinja Galleries, T4658821. Lunches or dinners, happy hour Mon-Thu 1800-1900, Fri 1700-1830, menu with good variety. Café con Leche, behind cinema. Cuban-Curaçaoan, daily specials, moderately priced, fish, chicken, good desserts. Cactus Club I, Van Staverenweg 6, T7371600, in the Mahaai area. Tex Mex food, fun atmosphere, blended and frozen cocktails, local dishes also available, service with a smile. Cactus Club II on the beach at the Seaquarium, T4651265. Hook’s Hut, between Marriott and Sheraton hotels Thatched tiki hut bar and restaurant next to the sea, good drinks and ambience, food OK.