Aruba Dining

Award-winning Chefs, diverse menus, superb service, and a variety of atmospheres – from beachside cafes to luxurious 5-star restaurants.. that’s dining in Aruba. Reservations are strongly recommended.

Iguana Joe’s Caribbean Bar & Grill first floor in Royal Plaza Mall
Open-air terrace overlooking the harbor. Perfect for a quick bite to eat, a leisurely lunch, casual dinner or a light snack. Famous for “Joe’s Caribbean Jerked Chicken Sandwich”, stuffed cheese, and delightfully innovative cocktails including the “Frozen Pink Iguana”. Open daily from 11 am to 1 am.

Le Petit Cafe Emmastraat #1 at Playa Linda Beach Resort 586-4046
Cooked at your table on semiramis stones, meat, fish and seafood dishes need no fats or oils and are cooked to your choice of doneness. This rediscovered ancient culinary method from the village of Roncengo in the province of Trento, Italy, adds an exciting touch to your dining pleasure. Open daily 11 am to 11 pm, Sunday hours 6 to 11 pm.

Argentine

El Gaucho Wilhelminastraat #80 582-3677
23 years in business serving the finest Argentine meats and the freshest seafood. Try the juicy 16 oz Gaucho steak, the 18 oz sirloin, the delicious pincho torro caliente (shish kebab), or the fabulous jumbo garlic shrimp for the perfect meal. Adjoining cocktail lounge and piano entertainment nightly. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner

Chinese

China Buffet Crijnsenstraat #6 (next to McDonalds Palm Beach) 586-3433
Quality food, fast service and the best prices in Aruba. Daily all you can eat soups, salads, Chinese specialties, and homemade desserts. Sunday Special with over 70 items including shrimp and other seafood dishes. Open daily from 11:30 am to 11 pm.

New Wei Taai Palm Beach #4 Noord 586-8864 or 586-8892
Good service and food that is imaginative, authentic, seasoned with style and served in a cozy oriental atmosphere. Extensive menu including delicacies such as Peking Duck for Two. Generous portions, Chinese beer. Hotel delivery available.

French

3 Little Birds Mainstreet #9, 2nd floor of the Aquarius Mall opposite the Sake House 583-4222
Named after the reggae hit, this rooftop eatery recreates a Saint Tropez terrace. Open balcony dining with canvas awnings and a fabulous harbor view. Wonderful French cuisine with a Caribbean accent. No menus, just blackboards covered with Provencale dishes that change seasonally. Favorites include fresh “foie gras” and duck. Exceptional international wine list.

Café Santé at the Seaport Marketplace opposite Renaissance Suites entrance 588-9290
Casual French-style wine bar and restaurant. French-style decor will remind you of Paris. Cozy open air terrace surrounded by flowering shrubs and shaded by grand parasols. The menu includes tenderloin, shrimp, fresh salads, soups and sandwiches. Reasonably priced dinner menu with average main course only $12. Over 60 different wines served by the glass. Open 7 days per week for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

Chez Mathilde Havenstraat #23 583-4968
Dining in a impeccably preserved 19th century home. Small, romantic dining rooms, tastefully decorated, with a relaxing, luxurious atmosphere. Each dish prepared to meet the highest culinary standards, and the finest wine list on the island. Open for lunch and dinner. AAA Four Diamond Award. Proper attire requested.

The French Steakhouse
JE Irausquin Blvd #55 at the Best Western Manchebo Resort
Excellent value with fresh food, excellent service and the finest beef anywhere. Delicious Fresh Catch of the Day, Red Snapper Veronique, and Garlic Shrimp are just a few of the dishes available. Open daily from 5:30 to 11 pm.

L’Escale Restaurant at the Renaissance Hotel 583-6000 ext 1791
The perfect choice for a special occasion. Heralded as one of Aruba’s best restaurants, L’Escale features Caribbean cuisine in a romantic setting overlooking the marina at Seaport Village. The award-winning chefs use the freshest ingredients and a Caribbean flair. Enjoy the music of the Hungarian string trio as you dine – the perfect romantic dining experience. Serving Champagne Brunch Sundays. Open daily 6 to 11 pm.

Flying Fishbone
Savaneta 344 located 1/2 mile past Brisas del Mar 584-2506
Intimate seaside restaurant with exotic warmth, from the wicker chairs to the tropical plants to the flickering candles. Located in Saveneta, Aruba’s oldest fishing village – Flying Fishbone’s fresh seafood is the main attraction. Aso serving a wide variety of innovative, healthy specialties including delicious veal and lamb. Open 6 to 10 pm daily.

Délifrance Aruba Boulangerie et Café LG Smith Blvd next to Certified Mall 588-6106
Authentic flavors of a classic French bakery with sandwiches, baguettes, Ciabatta-bread, Italian rolls, and sweets, desserts and Croissants. Enjoy the lovely French Café and “boulangerie” inside or sit on a French Terrace with a beautiful sea view. Outstanding quality and excellent service. Also available for “take out”.

International Cuisine

Chalet Suisse on Eagle Beach, next to La Cabana 587-5054
Steak and Chop House, built in 1988 with authentic Swiss-style architecture — long established as a culinary “hot spot”. Generous portions, reasonably priced including US prime meats selected from the owner’s own butcher shop in New York, plus the freshest seafood. Early bird menu available April 1 – November 30. Open 6 to 10:30 pm except Sunday

The Mill Restaurant across from the Wyndham Hotel 586-6300 or 586-2060
Dine inside an original Dutch Windmill – disassembled and brought to Aruba in 1974! The Mill prides itself on delicious food and warm hospitality with the accent on quality and service. Locally caught seafood, the finest beef, veal and chicken dishes and the famous Dutch Pea Soup. Moderate prices. Open daily from 5:30 pm.

Twinklebones Restaurant Noord 124 586-9806
A place to have a wonderful meal and attend a party by the most talented waiters and Chef in Aruba. Famous for their succulent prime rib and fresh seafood dishes, its singing Chef Chico and all the singing and dancing waiters, Twinklebones will turn your evening into a night to remember. Open Monday through Saturday 6 to 11 pm.

Le Dôme Restaurant JE Irausquin #224 587-1517
One of Aruba’s most popular restaurants for both locals and tourists alike. Designed with three different dining areas: “l’Orangerie”, with a Mediterranean atmosphere, “La Galerie”, with the flowery outdoor sea view terrace, or “The Old World”, decorated with exquisite antiques. Belgian and French cuisine. Sunday Brunch every Sunday from 11 am to 3 pm. Open daily noon to midnight, except Mondays.

Que Pasa? Restaurant, Art Gallery & Bar Wilhelminastraat 2 near the Renaissance Hotel 583-4888
Special local spot with dishes from all over the world such as Sashimi, Jamaican Stew, Caribbean Lobster Tail and succulent 12 oz Tenderloin Steaks. Fresh seafood daily specials. Cozy atmosphere

Italian

Caffe Baci at the Wyndham Beach Resort 586-4466
Family style Italian specialties in a cozy, casual atmosphere. Popular menu items include Veal Parmigiana, Angel Hair Scampi and Linguini Pescatore and the popular homemade soups and breadsticks. Dinner prices starting at $10.50. Open every day from 5:30 pm to 1 am.

Paparazzi Ristorante Italiano
Seaport Marketplace (583-5966) and Palm Beach (586-3659)
European-style terrace and indoor restaurant is a must-see in Aruba. Enjoy your favorite Italian dishes, prepared with the freshest products in a colorful Italian setting. Peek in the kitchen and watch the Chef prepare your meal! Seafood, veal, pastas, pizzas, lasagnas, soups, salads and homemade desserts.

La Trattoria El Faro Blanco at the California Lighthouse 586-0786 or 586-0787
A warm and gracious atmosphere, La Trattoria El Faro Blanco is renowned for their unsurpassed culinary masterpieces and authentic Italian Cuisine. Seen from the outdoor terrace, the sunsets over Aruba create are pure gold, while the interior is tastefully decorated with an enchanting touch. Open for lunch and dinner Monday through Saturday. A variety of pizzas served between 3-6 pm.

Japanese

Sake House Mainstreet #9, 2nd Floor opposite 3 Little Birds 583-0405
Incorporates new ingredients (such as exotic fruits) into classic Japanese cuisine. Delicious food in an exciting atmosphere. A favorite for sushi lovers. Several different atmospheres: Tatami Rooms (typical Japanese tables), the elegant Sushi Bar, the main dining room and the Teppanyaki grill. Open Monday through Saturday for lunch and dinner. Open Sunday for dinner.

Benihana Japanese Steakhouse Sasakiweg, next to Hooters
582-6788
Watch your chef cook your meal right before your eyes! Popular menu with American favorites – beef, poultry and seafood – complemented with Sushi. Open daily for lunch and dinner.

Mexican

Carlos ‘n Charlie’s Restaurant & Bar & Clothesline Weststraat 3-A close to the Seaport Mall and the Harbor 582-0355
The one and only! Mexican specialties including barbecued ribs, chicken and shrimp, fajitas and their best-selling world-famous beverages served by the “Yard”. Friendly, festive setting. Open daily from 11 am to 11 pm for lunch and dinner.

Seafood

Buccaneer Gasparito #11-C 586-6172 (no reservations accepted)
A Pirate’s Ship atmosphere with a 5000 gallon saltwater aquarium and 12 smaller aquariums to make it a complete underwater setting. Two bars cut out of old ships and sea treasure decor. International dishes prepared by the Chef/Owner with a European touch. Main courses from $12. Open from 5:30 pm daily except Sundays.

Pago Pago At the Wyndham Beach Resort 586-4466
An exciting new restaurant featuring Tropical Fusion Cuisine. Soothing pastel color scheme with impressionistic art and a magnificent view of the Caribbean. Menu specialties include Tahitian Baked Shrimp, Roast Duckling and Yellow Curry Lobster and the popular “Chef Tanoa’s Feast”. Innovative and exotic cocktails including the “Scorpion” house specialty. Open for dinner 6 pm to 10:30 pm every day except Sunday.

Captain’s Table at La Cabana Beach Resort 587-9000 ext 201 or 144
Comfortable, spacious seating surrounded with a photo gallery of Aruban views and wall aquariums with tropical fish. Try the mouth-watering Cioppino – a classic Italian seafood stew with lobster, mussels, mahi-mahi and shrimp, served with garlic bread and pasta. Serves a wide variety of the freshest fish and USDA choice sirloin, rib-eye, filet mignon and porterhouse steaks. Children’s menu available. Open daily 5:30 to 10:30 p.m.

Driftwood Restaurant Klipstraat #12 583-2515
Absolutely fresh seafood with a daily “Catch of the Day”. Fresh shrimp, juicy Caribbean lobster, octopus, squid, scallops and more, prepared by local Chef Alcides Mejia. A touch of Caribbean cuisine accompanied by pan bati, the famous Aruban corn bread. Entrees from $15 to $25. Open daily for dinner from 5:30 to 11 pm, except Tuesdays.