If you guys know me, you’ll know food is one of my favourite things in life. I am fascinated by food, flavours and the delicacies. Aruba was no different, it delighted me with the variety of cuisines available all across the island from Italian to French, and from Caribbean to Indonesian. The atmospheres also made a big difference in many of the restaurants we were lucky enough to eat at including a sunset dinner, food served whilst sitting in bed and an early morning breakfast in traditional Aruba. Here are my favourite places to eat in Aruba.
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- Passions on the Beach, Eagle Beach
Imagine sitting on the beach, sand in your toes with a cocktail in hand watching the sun go down… this is exactly what you experience when you eat at Passions. The restaurant claims to offer the most romantic dinner experience on the island and even though we didn’t experience every restaurant we were completely delighted by the experience at this unique restaurant. The food is also delicious, with the menu offering a mix of meat dishes and fresh fish, alongside more traditional Caribbean food. Whilst we were sat eating our dinner we could see a couple getting married at the end of the beach – super romantic!
- Screaming Eagle Restaurant, Eagle Beach
Another great place to eat is Screaming Eagle Restaurant located near Eagle Beach offering an array of dining experiences including indoor and outdoor dining and a unique ‘Dinner-in-bed’ experience for those romantic types. Some of the best food on the island is found here across their French-fusion inspired menu and perfectly matched selection of over 300 wine labels and alcohol from around the world. Even though we ate at one of the tables inside, we did jump in to one of the ‘beds’ for a quick photo before we ate dinner!
- Zeerovers, Savaneta
This local restaurant serves seafood right out of the ocean with the catch of the day including wahoo, snapper, barracuda or kingfish, and when available, big shrimps. All of these can be accompanied with fries, plantains, onions in vinegar (pika), and pan bati (Aruban cornbread) which all makes for a local lunch or dinner by the ocean. Sit with locals and enjoy great seafood and a spectacular sunset at this restaurant.
- Moomba Beach Bar, Palm Beach
We headed to Moomba Beach Bar after a rainy paddle boarding session on Palm Beach and enjoyed a light lunch beside two giant palapas where you can sip your cocktail, beer or glass of wine whilst overlooking the ocean. The laid back beach bar offers a wide array of tropical drinks and dishes. I had a tasty chicken wings dish with dip which is just what I needed after a morning in the sea.
- Papillon Restaurant, Palm Beach
Papillon on Palm Beaches near the main hotels, offers French Caribbean Fine Dining surrounded by a lively atmosphere. Papillon in The Village combines history with a trendy elegant menu, mixing up its French-Belgian cuisine with Caribbean flair. They are also famous for convict Papillon’s incredible flight to freedom is the restaurant’s theme. At Papillon’s I had an incredible steak, French Onion soup and chocolate tart!
- Seasalt Grill, Renaissance Marina Mall, Oranjestad
This great little lunch destination is great for all kinds of food from pasta to fresh fish, Caribbean delicacies and much more. Located close to the Renaissance Family hotel near the marina, it is a great spot for a lunch break or dinner in the evening. We enjoyed Grilled Snapper in a creole sauce with rice & fried plantain & a garden salad with a refreshing cold beer, obviously.
- Pinchos Grill & Bar, Surfside Beach
Pinchos Grill offers a distinctive outdoor concept has a very inviting, intimate and romantic atmosphere. We dined here on our last night and also my birthday – it was a great place to finish our visit to this beautiful country. The restaurant has a relaxed outdoor chic living room type setting located on the pier at the Surfside Marina. Some of their most popular dishes include fresh fish and meat from the grill, alongside my choice for the evening; Dark Rum Infused Blue Cheese Tenderloin and my friends; a Pan Seared Caribbean Grouper served with an Apricot & Ginger Sauce.
- Huchada Bakery, Santa Cruz
This is a different place; it was more a café than a restaurant but still offered something unique. The bakery is a popular spot with locals and offers an array of Caribbean and Dutch breakfast treats located in the resident’s area of Santa Cruz. Everything is baked fresh in store and they also serve an array of tasty desserts. Some of the best delicacies include Raisin bread and Cashew Cake.
- The West Deck, Governor’s Beach
Set on a wooden deck overlooking the sea and airport, The West Deck for our final place of eating before we jumped on a plane back to the UK. The restaurant is very popular with locals and tourists and has a great menu with lots of variety. We had a tapas-style lunch with lots of different food including fresh fish, steak, chips, shrimp, lobster and shredded chicken with a strong Caribbean influence.
- G Smiths Steak & Chop House, Oranjestad
Our first night was at the top steak restaurant, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House. It offers mouth-watering American steak house fare and an extensive international wine list and luckily for us it was in the hotel so we could slither off to bed afterwards. The menu offers delicious American Steak; juicy cuts of aged, sizzling grills hot from the cooker, delectable appetizers from both land and sea and tempting desserts, including the Signature Mascarpone Tart. This place was a great start to the trip!
Read more about my time in Aruba here.
My visit to Aruba was complimentary as part of a blogger press trip in July 2016. All views are my own.