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Aruba Holiday Restaurant Guide

Celebrating Christmas in Aruba is a favorite family holiday tradition of many. As such, in the month of December, Aruba restaurants prepare delicious holiday menus to accommodate and satisfy the sometimes large groups of people.

Check out the below article on where you should take your family to enjoy a festive Christmas dinner or a celebratory New Year’s brunch. (Indulging yourself in all the deliciousness is ok; your New Year’s resolutions start the 2nd of January). So relish and savor each bite of your food whilst enjoying good company!*All the menus are downloadable. 

Caribbean Food

Cuba’s Cookin’

Bringing Havana to Oranjestad is Cuba’s Cookin’ situated in the bustling Renaissance Marketplace. Authentic Cuban cuisine is served in this beautifully ornamented restaurant which not only has great art on the wall, but also features live Cuban salsa music.  Word has it that they serve the best mojitos on the island. Check it out whilst enjoying their Christmas menu! Download Menu

Ike’s Bistro

Ike’s Bistro, situated in the boutique style Manchebo Beach Resort & Spa, is a tropical chiq restaurant where executive chef Ever de Pena prepares beautifully arranged Caribbean dishes. During the Holiday season they have a Christmas menu and an elaborate New Year’s Buffet. Download the Christmas Menu and the NY Buffet Menu

Tulip Caribbean Brasserie

Tulip Caribbean Brasserie at the MVC Eagle Beach Resort, is where the Dutch and the Caribbean come together. You have three dining options: intimate inside seating, semi open-air overlooking the courtyard and open-air courtyard seating.Download menu

Salt and Pepper

Located just across from the Occidental Grand and Hyatt, Salt and Pepper offers a variety of Spanish style tapas fused with Caribbean cuisine. Select either the comfortable air-conditioned dining room or cozy open-air for you to enjoy their Christmas menu! Download Christmas Menu

Beachfront Dining

Matthews Beachside Restaurant

Matthews Beachside Restaurant is certainly a repeat visitor’s favorite! This casual beach-front restaurant at the Casa del Mar Beach Resort is surrounded by the Caribbean sea and is the perfect venue to have a romantic sunset Christmas dinner! Download Menu

Hadicurari

Enjoy fresh seafood caught by Aruba’s local fisherman by Hadicurari Pier daily. Both indoor and outdoor casual dining is possible in this beautifully shaded seaside Aruba restaurant. Check out their freshly caught Christmas menu.Download menu $32.50 Download menu $39.50

Seafood Restaurants

Buccaneer Restaurant

Buccaneer is one of Aruba’s oldest family restaurants, featuring delicious seafood cuisine served in a one of a kind ambiance, as the restaurant itself is definitely an attraction. Aquatic wildlife, a huge boat that serves as a bar and a friendly local staff make this restaurant a beloved venue for families to enjoy their Christmas dinner. Download menu

Aqua Grill 

Aqua Grill Seafood  is one of Aruba’s most famous Seafood restaurants, serving a menu of fresh seafood flown in daily from around the world, as well as fresh catches harvested from local fisherman right off the island's shores. Enjoy this famous fish house during a delicious Christmas dinner. Download menu

Gari Wasabi

Gari Wasabi is where East meets West, or better yet Japan infuses Aruba! This modernly designed restaurant features a unique menu of Caribbean Japanese fusion cuisine. Enjoy the service and quality of a fine dining restaurant with the casual vibe and lively energy of a neighborhood hotspot during your Christmas dinner. Download Christmas menu

Fishes and More

Fishes and More specializes in fresh fish and seafood, but please the non-fish lovers with choices such as filet mignon, rib-eye and pork schnitzel. All our dishes are prepared á la minute by an internationally experienced kitchen team.Download Menu 1 Download Menu 2 

Steakhouses 

El Gaucho

El Gaucho is a meat lovers must as it’s been serving mouthwatering juicy steaks since 1977, and consistently ranks as one of the top-rated steakhouses in Aruba.  This Argentine restaurant is located in an old townhouse in downtown Oranjestad. The interior is classic Argentinian and a guitarist entertains with romantic tangos and boleros.Download their Christmas menu!  

LG Smith’s Chop & Steak House

Situated in the upscale Renaissance Mall, the LG Smith’s Chop & Steak House offers a panoramic view of Oranjestad’s marina and the bustling boulevard. Enjoy delicious juicy cuts of aged, USDA-inspected Certified Angus Beef, sizzling hot from the grill. Be sure to check out their Holiday menus!Download Lunch Menu Holiday Menu NY Menu NYMenu2

The French Steakhouse

With celebrity chef Ever de Pena at the helm of the culinary brigade, The French Steakhouse is a trendy restaurant that offers South American cuts of beef, local delicacies and international favorites. Enjoy either indoor dining featuring live piano music as well as outdoor dining on the wooden deck right under the stars. Download NY Menu Christmas menu

Authentic Aruban Cuisine

The Old Cunucu House

Situated in Palm Beach, this little old Cunucu House is a local’s favorite. Whether you are seated on the porch outside enjoying our refreshing trade winds, or inside with air-conditioning; this iconic Aruban restaurant will be serving you some of the most authentic Aruban cuisineDownload Christmas menu

The Queen’s Restaurant

For authentic Aruban and Caribbean cuisine, visit the Queen’s Restaurant, located on the second floor of the Palm Beach Plaza Mall. Luisa Varella, the owner, knows all the special ingredients that make a traditional Aruban home-style cooked dish. Download Christmas Menu

International Restaurants

Windows on Aruba

Windows on Aruba  is a fine diners must! Head Chef Matt Boland ensures the highest culinary standards when serving you the finest steak or softest sea bass available on the island. Accompanied by a 360 view of the Divi Golf Course and the beautiful Caribbean Sea beyond, make this restaurant the perfect place to celebrate a special occasion. Download: Menu $45Menu $55Menu $65Menu $75

Le Petit Café Aruba

The ancient culinary method of cooking on a hot stone allows for meats, fish and seafood to be prepared to your perfect degree of doneness without fat or oils. So a Christmas dinner at Le Petit Café is certainly a healthy and delicious option! Download their Christmas menu

La Vista 

La Vista restaurant at the Aruba Marriott Resort provides a spacious and open environment, a cozy bar and lounge, and an enticing new menu made possible by an exhibition kitchen, including a pizza oven and a grill offering Italian specialties. An open-air terrace provides additional outdoor seating for a magnificent ocean view. Download Christmas day menu, Christmas day brunch menu, and the Christmas Eve Dinner Menu. 

Tierra del Sol

The Restaurant at Tierra del Sol Resort & Golf offers fine international cuisine and the most spectacular views of the Caribbean Sea. Enjoy your dinner on the outdoor terrace whilst indulging your senses with their Holiday Menu offerings! Download Christmas Dinner Menu Download Christmas Brunch Menu

Mangos

Mangos Restaurant, situated in the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort, serves delicious international cuisine in a semi open terrace whilst overlooking the beautiful Eagle Beach. Enjoy the tropical breezes and Download Christmas Menu!

Señor Frogs

Party animals know their way to this popular bar by night, but Senor Frogs also serves delicious Mexican international dishes. Tex- Mex lovers can enjoy their spicy peppers and freshly prepared guacamole in their Christmas menu. Download Menu

Tony Roma’s

Did someone say baby back ribs?  Tony Roma’s, an American casual diner, is a ribs lovers mecca. Be sure to try any meats with one of their signature sauces such as Carolina Honeys™ and Blue Ridge Smokies™. Download their special Christmas menu.

Sopranos

Dinner and a show? Especially for the holiday season Sopranos Piano Bar Aruba offers a special dinner menu accompanied by internationally famous live piano entertainers.Download Menu

European

Taste of Belgium

Enjoy delicious French/Belgian cuisine in an elegant setting whilst a team of talented chefs and attentive waiters assure you a memorable experience at Taste of Belgium in Aruba. Located at Palm Beach Plaza, Aruba’s largest shopping mall, Taste of Belgium now has its own ice skating rink to further enhance your “winter” wonderland experience. Download their Christmas Menu 

With so many delectable options at hand, Aruba’s restaurants are sure to please even the most discerning of palates. Pick either one of these top restaurants in Aruba and enjoy! 

About the blogger: Jane Vermaas
Born and raised on the One happy island Aruba, her passions include everything Aruba has to offer. From the best snorkel spots to authentic cultural experiences, she will give you the inside scoop on where to beach bum and where to get the best local dish, where to go salsa dancing and the island’s best practices to happiness!