Top 5 Places for Lunch during the Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week!

Aruba is celebrating our culinary heritage during the first ever Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week (ELARW), starting September 28th and lasting until October 9th. During this culinary event, participating restaurants present their top Aruban recipes to you in a prix fixe lunch menu for only $15! Here are 5 restaurants that are definitely worth the visit if you are in the mood for some savory local food:

The West Deck

This tropical restaurant and beach bar situated at the Governor’s Bay on the white sandy beach in Oranjestad, is set on a large wooden deck overlooking the Caribbean Sea.  Here you can enjoy a spectacular view of diving pelicans, passing cruise ships and local fisherman docking while tasting some superb Caribbean food. Try their Mahi-Mahi den Planchi cu Sauce Crioyo: Pan-fried local Mahi-Mahi with Creole sauce and Pan Bati.

The Old Fisherman

Enjoy authentic home-style cooked Aruban cuisine at the The Old Fisherman in downtown Oranjestad, located right next to the Royal Plaza shopping mall and the cruise terminal.  There probably is not one Aruban that hasn’t eaten here, and many tourists visit this local restaurant year after year. Take a bite out of some Aruban classics such as Kerrie Kerrie: Minced fish served with cornbread, plantain and coleslaw.

Life is Beautiful 

This new hip Caribbean restaurant situated next door to watersports center Aqua Windies in Eagle, presents Caribbean dishes at a local price. Or as they say: “Home Style Fresh Savory Food Served With A Caring Heart At An Affordable Price In Paradise”. Try their Fresh Caught Red Snapper with Criollo sauce, fried funchi, chopped salad and sweet plantain.

The Kitchen Table by White

One of Aruba’s most exclusive restaurants (it only seats 16 people) and a fine diner’s must is the Kitchen Table by White situated at Blue Residences in Eagle. Head of the culinary team is the famous local chef Urvin Croes, who has taken our local food to a whole new level by reinventing the composition of the main ingredients found in authentic Aruban cuisine.  It literally is Art on your Plate! Check out this impression of the restaurant and a short interview with this culinary artist: 

Gelatissimo Bistro

Located in the main shopping street in the heart of downtown Oranjestad, this upscale gelateria brings you all natural, artisanal and homemade high quality products at a very accessible price range. They are also very well-known for their homemade Italian gelato and their all-natural and fresh sorbets which are made only with organic local Aruban grown fruits. During the ELARW you should try their Carni Stoba: homemade beef stew with a side order of white rice or roasted rosemary potatoes or vegetables. 

There are over 60 restaurants that have created special Eat Local Aruba Restaurant Week menus and we just can’t highlight them all. So for more info on where you are going for your next lunch or dinner visit


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!