Aruba restaurants are amazing! One of the many reasons we look forward to our vacations on Aruba is for the unbelievable meals that we have enjoyed from an incredible selection of Aruba restaurants. On this island you will find an impressive assortment of fabulous international cuisine.
There are restaurants in Aruba right on the beach, poolside or on a tropically landscaped terrace. This creates a very romantic atmosphere where you can watch the sunset or gaze at the starry night sky. If indoor dining is what you want, you can chose from a variety of restaurants with either a casual or elegant ambiance.
We will let you know about some of our favorite places to dine, which will be followed by recommendations from other visitors to Aruba that we have spoken to.
RUINAS DEL MAR (Hyatt Regency): On our very first trip to Aruba we stayed at the Hyatt Regency and dined at this fabulous Aruba restaurant on our anniversary. We had an amazing steak dinner! The service was excellent and the ambiance was and still is incredible. You have a choice of being seated indoors or outside surrounded by lush landscaping and black swans swimming in a lagoon. Save it for a special occasion. It is a bit pricey but is worth every penny.
The following year we returned and brought my husband's brother and our sister-in-law with us. They’re on the left and we’re on the right.
CAFÉ PICCOLO (Hyatt Regency): This is a popular Italian bistro that serves stone oven fired pizza that you create on your own. They serve fresh pasta dishes and delicious mussels and clams. It’s a casual atmosphere, with excellent service, and is kid friendly.
(The Westin Aruba Resort):(CLOSED AS OF FEBRUARY 2014) This is an upscale Aruba restaurant that
serves “melt in your mouth” filet mignon! Ask for peppercorn sauce with
your steak....Mmm….delicious! The garlic mashed potatoes and sautéed
mushrooms top off the meal. My husband loves the onion soup. The service
is very good and the atmosphere is lovely.
Ask to meet executive chef Matt Boland. He's not only a fantastic chef but a very interesting and friendly gentleman.
BLOSSOMS (The Westin Aruba Resort):(THIS RESTAURANT REMAINS OPEN IN IT'S SAME LOCATION, EVEN THOUGH THE WESTERN RESORT IS CLOSED) This restaurant has a Zen-like atmosphere and is not to be missed if you enjoy Japanese or Chinese cuisine.
CAFÉ BACI (The Westin Aruba Resort):(CLOSED AS OF FEBRUARY 2014)
Chef Sebastian Pinzone of the Cafe Baci Restaurant at The Westin Aruba Resort! What a great chef and a great gentleman! He's all smiles and willing to make all his guests happy with wonderful creative dishes!
This casual northern Italian bistro is one of our favorite Aruba restaurants for a leisurely dinner. My favorite dish is Shrimp Scampi a la Baci with a glass of Pinot Grigio. This year I was told it had been taken off the menu.
The wonderful staff at the restaurant was so accommodating that when we returned another night they made my wish come true and made Shrimp Scampi a la Baci! I hope they put it back on the menu for others to enjoy….it is scrumptious with its outstanding and unique subtle flavor.
The staff at Café Baci is one of the finest we have had the privilege of knowing all these years. They are friendly, lots of fun, and give you impeccable service. This restaurant is also known for their Spaghetti al a Formaggio prepared tableside inside a wheel of parmesan cheese.
Make sure you finish off your meal with one of their delectable desserts. This is also a family friendly Aruba restaurant. Don’t forget to add an extra gratuity for the staff….they deserve it!
Look for these friendly faces at Café Baci…………..Roel, Yolanda and Nayo.
SUNSET GRILLE (The Radisson Aruba Resort): This Aruba restaurant has an outdoor terrace which has an intimate atmosphere. The food is excellent but it is pricey.
LAGUNA (The Radisson Aruba Resort): This is a more casual dining option which offers themed buffets every Tuesday through Saturday evening. Decent food at a good price.
PURE BEACH LOUNGE BAR & RESTAURANT (Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort): This is a new open air restaurant located on the beach, with a trendy new ambiance. We ate here one afternoon and enjoyed our lunch. My husband had a tasty burger which came with a very generous amount of French fries, while I enjoyed chicken and cheese quesadillas. This is a family friendly dining option, but in the late evening it turns into a hot spot for the over 18 y/o crowd with dancing on the beach.
SUNSET BEACH BISTRO (Aruba Phoenix Beach Resort): This is a very casual outdoor Aruba restaurant on the beach with an incredible view of the ocean and the sunset. We have enjoyed breakfast there a few times but we have never eaten dinner at this restaurant. It is family friendly. The service is slow but after all, you are on vacation.
BON BINI CAFÉ (The Westin Aruba Resort):(CLOSED AS OF FEBRUARY 2014)
We enjoy the breakfast buffet at this indoor café. The waffles and the omelets are made fresh any way you like them. The staff is friendly, warm and attentive. We hope you’re lucky enough to have Agnes wait on you. She is a dedicated worker and she is a sweetheart. She always has a smile on her face….see the photo below.
(Agnes from the Bon Bini Café at The Westin Aruba Resort)
SIMPLY FISH (Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino): This is an open air restaurant located on the beach with beautiful views of the sunset. Though the menu is limited, the food is well worth the price.
IGUANA JOE’S CARIBBEAN BAR & GRILL (Royal Plaza Mall-Oranjestad): A casual outdoor (top level of the mall) fun family Aruba restaurant. Watch the people and traffic go by as you enjoy the food & drink. Open Monday through Saturday 11:00am until 11:00pm and Sunday 5:00pm until 11:00pm. It’s a great spot to relax and have lunch after shopping in town. Enjoy a Pink Iguana drink along with some fabulous fajitas or quesadillas.
DRIFTWOOD (Oranjestad) Caribbean fresh seafood caught daily by the owner
EL GAUCHO (Oranjestad)-Argentinean steaks, family friendly
L.G. SMITH’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE (Oranjestad)
AMAZONIA CHURRASCARIA (Palm Beach area)-authentic Brazilian steak house
AQUA GRILL (Palm Beach area, across from Radisson & Occidental)-seafood
AQUARIUS RESTAURANT (Renaissance Marina)
BAREFOOT (on beach near airport)
CASA TUA BARCELONA (Aventura Mall)-fusion of Spain, Italy, France
CASA TUA MEDITERRANEE (Palm Beach Mall)- fusion of Mediterranean flavors
CILO CITY LOUNGE (Renaissance Marketplace-Oranjestad)- International
CUBA’S COOKIN’ (Oranjestad)-traditional Cuban food, charm of old Havana
EETCAFE THE PADDOCK (Oranjestad)- Dutch cuisine
FLYING FISHBONE (Savaneta-on the beach)-romantic ambiance
HADICURARI (next to Marriott Surf Club)-International cuisine & seafood
HARD ROCK CAFÉ ARUBA (South Beach Mall across from Radisson)
IKE'S BISTRO (Manchebo Beach Resort)
LA TRATTORIA EL FARO BLANCO (near California Lighthouse)-Italian
LA VISTA (Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino)- Italian themed dinner buffets
MADAME JANETTE RESTAURANT (Cunucu, Abou)- Romantic ambiance
MANCHEBO FRENCH STEAKHOUSE (Manchebo Beach Resort)
MATTHEW’S BEACHSIDE (on beach at Casa del Mar Beach Resort)-food, karaoke at the bar
PAPIAMENTO (Noord) authentic Aruban cuisine
PAPILLON (across from Radisson in Palm Beach area Village Mall)-French Caribbean
PASSIONS ON THE BEACH (romantic-on Eagle Beach)
RUTH’S CHRIS STEAK HOUSE (Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino)
SALT & PEPPER (Arawak Garden, near high rise hotels)-International cuisine & tapas
SCREAMIMG EAGLE (Eagle Beach) French fusion cuisine
SMOKEY JOE’S ISLAND GRILL (Palm Beach across Playa Linda resort)
TAJ MAHAL (Oranjestad)-Indian cuisine
TASTE OF BELGIUM BISTRO (Paseo Herencia Mall)-French/Belgium cuisine
TEXAS DE BRAZIL (Palm Beach across from Playa Linda)-Brazilian steakhouse
TGIF FRIDAYS ( Paseo Herencia Mall)
TONY ROMA’S PALM BEACH (near Holiday Inn)
VENTANAS del MAR (Tierra del Sol Resort)-International
WINDOWS ON ARUBA (Links at Divi Aruba-Druif Beach)
AMICI RESTAURANT (Palm Beach area)
BINGO! CAFÉ & RESTAURANT (Palm Beach area)
CAFÉ BACI (The Westin Resort-Palm Beach)(CLOSED AS OF FEBRUARY 2014)
CAFÉ PICCOLO (Hyatt Resort-Palm Beach)
CAFÉ REMBRANDT (across from Radisson)
CASA TUA (Palm Beach area)
COOKS RESTAURANT (Oranjestad)
CUBA’S COOKIN (Oranjestad)
DANIEL’S STEAK & CHOP RESTAURANT (across from Radisson Resort)
DOMINOS PIZZA (Palm Beach area)
EL GAUCHO (Oranjestad)
FISHES & MORE (Palm Beach area)
GARDEN CAFÉ & RESTAURANT (The Mill, Palm Beach area)
HARD ROCK CAFÉ (Palm Beach area)
IGUANA JOE’S (Oranjestad)
LAGUNA (Radisson, Palm Beach)
L.G.SMITH’S STEAK & CHOP HOUSE (Oranjestad)
MARINA PIRATA (Savaneta)
MATTHEW’S BEACHSIDE RESTAURANT (Casa del Mar)
PURE BEACH (Divi Phoenix, Palm Beach)
QUE PASA (Oranjestad)
SALT & PEPPER (Palm Beach area)
SAVANNA LODGE (South African)
SAWASDEE THAI RESTAURANT (Palm Beach area)
SUNSET BISTRO (near Divi Phoenix, Palm Beach)
TGIF (Paseo Herencia, Palm Beach)
TOMATO CHARLIE’S (Palm Beach area)
Occasionally we don’t feel like going out to dinner so we order Pizza from Dominos. They deliver right to your hotel within 30 minutes. There are other restaurants that have takeout and delivery.
After a wonderful dinner check out the Aruba nightlife!
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Passions on the Beach Not rated yet
This is a romantic on the beach delicious restaurant! Good food and lovely people.
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Aruba is the best island to relax and to enjoy great food! At the Westin Aruba Resort you will find Cafe Baci....it has the best Italian food!