MJ’S STORY

Our
Story

Almost 20 years ago, Ramon Helgers and Karsten Gesing founded Madame Janette offering guests al fresco dining in beautiful tropical gardens or in a romantic open-air area. Their combined experience results in tasteful and innovative dishes with exotic fruits, fruits, herbs, and vegetables on the menu. Mouthwatering gourmet dishes prepared with the freshest international ingredients, with some guests’ favorites including lobster ravioli, Black Angus beef carpaccio, duck breast, Chilean sea bass and “The Old Butcher Steak,” the best tenderloin cut around. But as you dine at Madame Janette, be prepared to take a trip around the world with long time traditional dishes like the Vienna-Style pork schnitzel, Argentine prime steaks, and local almond-crusted grouper.

In 2008 Madame Janette was the proud recipient of the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence and was named Best Restaurant of the Caribbean in 2005.

From the press

An ‘international restaurant with a Caribbean touch,’ Madame Janette offers an enticing menu of seafood, steaks and schnitzels, such as sweet and spicy ‘Big-Bang Shrimp,’ a popular grouper amandine, and the decadent ‘Gianni Versace’ – filet mignon topped with spinach, portobello mushrooms and lobster medallions. Twinkling with lights, the lush garden makes for a delightful dining room.

Lonely Planet

The food at this restaurant, named after the Scotch bonnet pepper called Madame Janette in Aruba, is surprisingly not Caribbean spicy but French-inspired from the classic haute cuisine–trained chef. Though they do fuse Caribbean flavors when they see fit, especially in the fish and seafood dishes, you’ll find a lot of classic heavy butter-and-cream-sauce offerings for the meats like peppercorn cognac, béarnaise, and hollandaise. They have Aruba’s largest selection of specialty beers due to one co-owner’s avid interest in craft brewing. They also have a surprising number of specialty schnitzels. The commitment of the owners to serve only top quality in all of their offerings has won Madame Janette many prestigious culinary awards. You can be sure that a night at this spot will never disappoint when it comes to an over-the-top taste experience.

Fodor’s

In the blogs

The Busy Foodie

Ask anyone where to eat in Aruba, and Madame Janette’s will likely be on the list. It’s not a place you need to try once if you take a trip to Aruba…. You’ll want to go back a second time. (Yes, we did go twice, during our 8-day trip to Aruba. They were perfect as our first and last dinners on the island).

Read More

Apaixonadas por Viagens

Whoever accompanied our trip in October to Aruba and Curacao saw that the first restaurant we met in Aruba, as early as the first day of travel, on October 1st, was the exceptional Madame Janette!

Read More

Delicious Dishings

On our first visit to Aruba, Jeff and I drove around for hours looking for Madame Janette, a restaurant my mom raved about and told me I would love. We never found it. This time, since we went on vacation with my family, my mom made sure we got there. And we loved it so much that we went back again later on in the week!

Read More

Priceless

Located on the periphery of Oranjestad, Aruba‘s capital, the Madame Janette restaurant has been serving up European-influenced Caribbean favorites since 1999. With a culinary team lead by a European master chef, the restaurant has accumulated many honors, including being named “Best Restaurant in the Caribbean” by Caribbean Travel + Leisure.

Read More

The Avid Appetite

While in Aruba a few weeks ago, Shaun and I celebrated our second wedding anniversary. Though most nights of the trip consisted of indulgent dinners and desserts (and heck, even breakfast wasn’t exactly the pinnacle of health), we saved our favorite island restaurant to celebrate our big day. The place? Madame Janette’s, an outdoor restaurant that is nothing short of romantic, gorgeous and decadent to boot.

Read More