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Jan Thiel Beach Z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
+599 9 747 0633
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Zest at Jan Thiel consist of two parts, a proper restaurant where you can enter with pumps and picnic tales on the beach. I went to the beach. The food menu is mostly grilled meat and other easy to prepare stuff. You eat at Picnic tables and may need to share a table with others when busy. Service is good... More 

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Laren, The Netherlands
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49 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Zest has a restaurant and a beach terrace where they serve food. Under the umbrellas and with a sunset, the Carribean picture is perfect. Nice warm soft sand and a nice but simple menu, cold beers or juicy cocktails make it perfect to be at Zest in the evening. Also during the daytime Zest is the perfect combination between a... More 

Thank DJ_Hildebrand_Laren
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 February 2017

Located on Jan Thiel Beach, Zest Beach Cafe is the perfect setting for dinner at the end of the day. The menu has a mix of caribbean, dutch and mediterranean cuisine. Food is delicious and the staff is friendly and patient with diners like us unfamiliar with some of the dutch choices. The views at sunset are wonderful. We raced... More 

Thank DougSpons
Naples, Florida
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159 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 56 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017 via mobile

We are here the first night after arriving at the papagayo. The beach vibe with the lights and wooden benches is just great...I like those kinda restaurants. The food was great but the service was slow unfortunately which I don't really mind during a vacation. The vibe and the beachy part made this restaurant almost my favorite one. Highly recommended

Thank EnnoFL89
St. Catharines, Canada
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2017

Spent the last evening of our 3 week rental in Boca Gentil at this restaurant. For a non-Dutch speaking person, the menu was a wonderful departure from the ordinary. A bit pricey but well worth it for a farewell dinner.

Thank William B
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 February 2017 via mobile

Here we enjoyed all the moments of the day! Great breakfast(lot to choose). One time we had lunch in the restaurant and the other time on the beach in Zest café. In the café I ordered 'chorizo' and thats all you get!Better the staff inform before that you only get 1 sausage. After she served it I ordered french fries... More 

Thank CEVisserKuwait
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2017

The dessert of snowball chocolate mousse was outstanding!! My husband had the red snapper and loved it. I had the chicken and probably wouldn't order again.

Thank Vicki86
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7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately an awful service for an excellent food. We have just paid more than 400$ dollars to spend 3 hours for not achieving but the appetizers and not the main course for me. I was not able to get my main course, We complain to the manager, he kindly offered us another bottle of wine but after waiting 3 hours... More 

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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 January 2017 via mobile

Good drinks when you finally get them. The girls in the bar just dont bother to even smile or say hello.Not very wellcoming.A smile dosnt hurt..prefer to talk to eachother rather then costumers.So we take our drinks next door for the rest of our stay.Why is that?Get a job you enjoy instead and let happy people serve and make drinks.This... More 

Thank Patricia R
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

We (me and my wife) were sitting there for one and a half hour mostly waiting, since it only took us 20 minutes to eat a very poor fish hamburger and a poorer tabbouleh; the rest of the time we waisted waiting for food, mayo and mustard (again, terrible fish burger) and the check. Not recommended at all.

Thank Ignacio C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
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  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, Romantic, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Jan Thiel Beach Z/n, Willemstad, Curacao
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Curacao  >  Willemstad
  • Phone Number: +599 9 747 0633
In February 2011 Zest Mediterranean opened its doors. Nowadays Zest can look back at a successful period and a promising future, together with the new Zest Beach Cafe !Zest Mediterranean serves all the good of the Mediterranean, like fresh pasta's, pure fish and meat and delicious desserts. Zest Mediterranean is opened daily from 09.00h till 24:00h

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?