Wondering where to eat in Aruba? You have plenty of options. The island may be small, but its cuisine scene is huge. During your all inclusive Caribbean vacation at the all inclusive Barceló Aruba, take some time explore Aruba restaurants, from laid-back beach bistros to elegant fine dining. Here’s a quick guide to where to eat in Aruba — not to mention what to eat in Aruba.
Taste My Aruba
Address: Zoutmanstraat 1, Oranjestad, Aruba
The Vibe: Farm to table – and sea to table! Taste My Aruba is an authentic Aruba restaurant in the heart of Oranjestad. Here, you’ll enjoy some of the freshest seafood on the island, alongside traditional Aruban recipes. Taste My Aruba is cozy and welcoming – for a relaxing meal, enjoy the restaurant’s open-air patio.
What to Order: Taste My Aruba’s menu changes daily depending on what’s fresh. But you should definitely ask if they’ve got the salted grouper with salad and polenta. It’s divine.
More Info: www.tastemyaruba.com
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Alfie’s in Aruba
Address: Dominicanessenstraat 10, Oranjestad, Aruba
The Vibe: Canadian comfort food in Aruba? You better believe it. Alfie’s in Aruba came to be when two Canucks decided to ditch the cold for the Caribbean and bought a bar right in downtown Oranjestad. You’ll enjoy great beer, Canadian pub favorites and live music. Sounds good, eh?
What to Order: The poutine at Alfie’s in Aruba is as good as it gets. Don’t miss The Pig Out — fries, cheese curds, and house-made pulled pork with BBQ gravy.
More Info: www.alfiesinaruba.com
Address: Savaneta 270, Savaneta, Aruba
The Vibe: Eat where the locals eat in Aruba! Zeerovers is a favorite hangout spot for Arubans, located right on the water on a Savaneta pier. As is appropriate for its seaside location, the menu is filled with the catch of the day – shrimp, grouper, snapper, wahoo and more, all served in casual baskets. Shoot a round of pool, chat with the fishermen and enjoy the beautiful views.
What to Order: To accompany your fresh-off-the-boat seafood, order some of Zeerover’s pan-bati, a classic island side-dish. This pancake-like bread is an authentic Aruban finger food.
More Info: www.facebook.com/zeerovers
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Address: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 228, Oranjestad, Aruba
The Vibe: This isn’t just one of the most acclaimed restaurants in Aruba – it’s one of the most acclaimed restaurants in all of the Caribbean. Chef Erwin Hüsken brings his kitchen wizardry to every dish he prepares, and the wine list is unparalleled. Take things to the next level and indulge in the Screaming Eagle’s “dinner-in-bed” experience.
What to Order: Maybe you’ve enjoyed a lobster dish or two in your time. But you’ve never had anything quite as delectable as the Screaming Eagle’s “lobster thermidor” offering, with cooked lobster meat, egg yolks, and brandy, all stuffed into a lobster shell.
More Info: www.screaming-eagle.net
Address: Lloyd G. Smith Blvd 9, Oranjestad, Aruba
The Vibe: Travel back in time to Havana, circa 1959! Cuba’s Cookin’ serves up authentic Cuban cuisine in an old-world setting. The art, live music and overall ambiance are pure Havana – let yourself be carried away (and don’t miss the happy hour, every day from 5pm to 6pm.
What to Order: The Cuban pork steak at Cuba’s Cookin’ is a classic, with sautéed onions, garlic and pepper creating a truly delicious dish.
More Info: www.cubascookin.com
Quinta del Carmen
Address: Bubali 119, Oranjestad, Aruba
The Vibe: Located in one of Aruba’s grandest homes, Quinta del Carmen’s elegant old world setting is as awe-inspiring as its culinary offerings. This is Aruba fine dining at its finest, with flawless service and perfectly prepared Continental cuisine. It’s the ideal destination for a romantic date-night or a celebratory dinner.
What to Order: Try the Sucade Lappen (Draadjesvlees), a traditional Dutch dish that’s stewed for hours in red wine, herbs and spices.
More Info: www.quintadelcarmen.com
Address: L.G. Smith Boulevard 1, Oranjestad, Aruba
The Vibe: No shoes, no service? Not at Barefoot. If you want to know where to eat in Aruba, just head to the beach. As its name suggests, this Aruba restaurant encourages diners to put their toes in the sand while they enjoy great food, wonderful wine and excellent service. Located just steps from the Caribbean Sea, Barefoot is a place that you’ll remember for years to come. Kick off your shoes and enjoy.
What to Order: Aruba has a deep Dutch-Caribbean heritage – and that heritage comes together wonderfully in Barefoot’s Dutch Crab Cakes. They’ve got a hint of curry and a sweet chili sauce, adding a tasty twist to an island favorite.
More info: www.barefootaruba.com
Address: J.E.Irausquin Blvd. 83, Noord 27000 Palm Beach, Aruba
The Vibe: During your Barceló Aruba stay, you won’t have to travel far to experience some of Aruba’s best seafood. Arubian Seafood is the resort’s Caribbean-style outdoor Palm Beach restaurant, offering fusion-inspired recipes and incredibly fresh fish. The setting is a dream come true as well, with a terrace that delivers some of the best views in all of Aruba (and that’s saying something!)