16 Of The Tastiest Restaurants In Aruba

Aruba is not only home to warm waters and soft sand beaches, but here’s a list of tasty restaurants that you need to try in order to complete your trip to this One Happy Island.

Aruba may be small, but the variety of dining options is wide. Serving anything from funchi, seafood to sopa, these restaurants are sure to give you a taste of the island’s local culture. Try Zeerovers for its fresh catch of the day, or Iguana Joe’s Caribbean Bar & Grill for delicious Jamaican Jerk Chicken. The deliciousness is endless.

Papiamento Restaurant

Washington 61, Noord, Aruba

Papiamento Restaurant
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Papiamento Restaurant is a family business that’s been operating since 1983. Located inside an old “cunucu” house, the scenery of this restaurant is unforgettable. Guests can sit around the famous pool or be surrounded with beautiful greenery and floral decor in the dining rooms. This family restaurant is known for its tasty seafood, while other delicious dishes include Cazuela and Veal Ossobuco.

Papiamento Restaurant adds to your dining experience by having “stone specials” that allow your food to be brought to your table, not fully cooked yet so you can finish cooking to your personal desire.

Zeerover

Savaneta 270, Savaneta, Aruba

Zeerovers
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The word, “zeerover,” means pirate, which is fitting for this local eatery as it’s located on a pier in Savaneta. Also famous for its seafood, Zeerovers is the perfect spot if you are looking for less fancy, but super tasty. The fish is truly fresh, and often the catch of the day! Since the food is cleaned and cooked on sight, the lines tend to get long, so be sure to arrive as close to opening as you can.

Dutch Pancake House

Renaissance Marketplace, Lloyd G. Smith Blvd 9, Oranjestad, Aruba

The Dutch Pancake House
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The Dutch Pancake House is conveniently located near Renaissance Marketplace, and provides approximately 75 choices of pancakes, either sweet or savory. Some options include: Apple & Cinnamon, Strawberry Jam, and Banana & Powdered Sugar, Bacon & Onion, Ham & Cheese, and Salami, Onion & Tomato. Dutch pancakes are plate-sized and thinner than American ones. If these are too large, you can also order poffertjes, which are Dutch-style silver dollar pancakes.

2 Fools And A Bull

Route 3 Palm Beach 17, Noord, Aruba

2 Fools And A Bull
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2 Fools and a Bull provides a very unique dining experience, in which guests are seated at one table and indulge a 5-course meal with Fool #1, a wine & dine master named Roger, and Fool #2, the man prepping your meals,  Erwin. There are only 17 seats at the U-shaped table, so make a reservation so you can share this remarkable dining experience with fellow travelers. 2 Fools and a Bull delivers a gourmet journey with exquisite wines that is well worth the cost.

Iguana Joe’s Caribbean Bar & Grill

Royal Plaza Mall, Oranjestad, Aruba

Iguana Joe's Caribbean Bar & Grill
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Iguana Joe’s is a fun place and conveniently located in the Royal Plaza Mall and the Palm Beach Plaza Mall. Some truly local dishes include the Jamaican Jerk Chicken, Fresh Mahi-Mahi, Igua-na-chos, and Keshi Yena.

Gasparito Restaurant

Gasparito 3, Noord, Aruba

Gasparito Restaurant
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Gasparito Restaurant is the ideal place for authentic Aruban cuisine and culture. Here, you can expect: Stoba di Bestia, Funchi, Keshi Yena, and many more. The restaurant is adorned with Aruban art completed by local artists. Numerous pieces are for sale, so if you are interested, be sure to ask the friendly staff to bring one home.

Madame Janette Restaurant

Cunucu Abao 37, Noord, Aruba

Madame Janette
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Madame Janette Restaurant serves yummy dishes in an open-air setting that allows island vibes to fill the atmosphere. Dress code is casual, but at Madame Janette, you will have an incredible dining experience offering: El Escalope del Commendatore Mario Andretti, Madame’s Famous Burgerloin, and Tournedos a la “Ramon.”

Elements Restaurant

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 55B, Oranjestad, Aruba

Elements Restaurant
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This restaurant is the perfect opportunity for organic, vegan, vegetarian, and/or gluten-free. At Elements, you can find dishes such as Mahi Mahi Ginger Infusion, Red Snapper “Concomber Chicito,” Pasta Alfredo with Grilled Salmon, and many more. This restaurant sits beachfront allowing for amazing views with a green and healthy meal.

Pinchos Grill & Bar

L.G. Smith Blvd (Sasakiweg) 7, Oranjestad, Aruba

Pinchos Grill & Bar
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Pinchos Grill & Bar is another spot sporting wonderful views of the beach, as tables are set right by the water. The intimate atmosphere adds to the romantic dining experience.

At Pinchos, you can indulge in a variety of seafood: Grouper with Seafood Stew, Fish of the Day, and Twin Caribbean Lobster Tails. You can also find dishes such as Boursin and Apple-stuffed Pork, Maple Bourbon BBQ Cowboy Pincho, Black Angus Prime Filet Mignon, and more.

The Flying Fishbone

Savaneta 344, Savaneta, Aruba

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The Flying Fishbone is situated inside an Aruba cunucu house, but what is more spectacular is that guests are practically dining in the ocean, as waves roll into the shore. This is the original restaurant to provide on-beach dining in Aruba. Located in Savaneta, Aruba’s fisherman’s town, the restaurant offers European and Caribbean cuisine. You can order dishes such as Scallops Florentine, Beef Teriyaki Skewer, Shrimp Shi-take & Blue Cheese Casserole, Savaneta Seafood History, and much more.

Yemanja Woodfired Grill

Wilhelminastraat 2, Oranjestad, Aruba

Yemanja Woodfired Grill
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Yemanja is a can’t-miss restaurant if you are in Oranjestad. Try a Chef’s Special dish such as Herb Crusted Chilean Sea Bass, or the Unicorn Leatherjack Fish Filet & Garlic Shrimp, or local catch of Caribbean Fried Wahoo Filet & Seafood Curry. For those with dietary restrictions, Yemanja provides gluten-free, dairy-free, pork-free, nut-free, and vegan & vegetarian options.

Passions On The Beach

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 252, Noord, Aruba

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At Passions On The Beach, you will find yourself immersed in the island atmosphere with on-the-beach dining and intimate tiki torch lighting. Located on Eagle Beach – one of the most popular beaches in Aruba, at Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort. Don’t miss Catch of the Day, Coconut Grouper, and Salmon and Shrimp Pasta to name a few. There are also many vegan options to choose from, such as Vegan Surf & Turf, and Jibarito.

Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill

J.E. Irausquin Blvd 79, Noord, Aruba

Bugaloe Bar & Grill
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This lively bar & grill only enhances the island aesthetic, since it’s on the water, boasting wonderful views, live entertainment, and delicious food. You can try a variety of baguettes, such as the Grilled Chicken Sandwich or the Mediterranean Sandwich, or one of the many wrap selections they offer. Bugaloe also has platters, such as a Fried Fish Basket and Mahi Mahi Fillet.

The West Deck

Lloyd G. Smith Blvd, Oranjestad, Aruba

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The West Deck is a fun place with beachfront views and an extensive menu. This casual spot features Fried Funchi with Dutch Cheese and Keshi Yena, and The West Deck Fish Sandwich. If you are looking for Caribbean cuisine, The West Deck is a great option for you and your tastebuds.

Barefoot Restaurant

L.G. Smith Boulevard 1, Oranjestad, Aruba

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Barefoot Restaurant is a fantastic destination for those looking for a romantic dinner on the beach where you can experience fine dining in island attire. The food is prepared to perfection by experienced chefs preparing: Grouper Romana, Chicken & Pineapple, Forest Mushroom Risotto, and more. Barefoot Restaurant also offers an extensive wine menu, as well as a tasty cocktail list featuring Aruba’s famous Aruba Ariba.

Wacky Wahoo’s

Rte 3 33B, Noord, Aruba

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Wacky Wahoo’s is conveniently located in Palm Beach where many tourists stay during their trip. With fresh seafood caught that morning, the owners/chefs are proud of their genuine catches of the day, so be sure to order exactly that. Try Wacky Wahoo’s Smoked Kingcrab and Corn Chowder, Crispy Coconut Tiger Shrimp, Aruba Fish Soup, Panseared Conch and Calamres, and many more.

Kennedy Kollar

Content Associate

Kennedy is an entertainment junkie hailing from Pennsylvania. When she is traveling, you can find her searching for the best gluten-free foods as well as matcha and chai teas. She loves immersing herself in new cultures and wishes to visit the less-traveled hidden gems.

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