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    Best restaurants to dine solo??

    I (female, 50+, African-American) will be traveling alone to Aruba from 27 January to 10 February. (I have a timeshare at La Cabana, and I usually travel alone, so accommodations are no big deal.)
    I usually try a couple of new places per trip, but I'd like some additional suggestions on where to dine solo. Most of the places are good about reservations/tables for one, and I'm not looking for places where I'm *forced* to dine with other folks as a third wheel; I just don't want to feel out of place, KWIM?
    Thanks!!

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    If I'm dining alone, I opt to sit at the bar. My favorite spots are Salt and Pepper for tapas or pizza; Taste of Belgium for shrimp in their spicy cream sauce and Beer or Amadeus for drinks and dessert.

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    IMO any of the restaurants should accommodate you comfortably without forcing you to dine with folks you do not to be with........so, maybe stay away from places like carte blanche, 2 fools, anna maria and a few others.

    At Lacabana you are an easy commute to Matthews, French Steakhouse, Tortuga at Aruba Beach Club/Casa Del Mar. Also too, there are a few new restaurants at the Alhambra Marketplace.
    Tons of places up in the Palm Beach area. (peg mentioned Salt n Pepper yum )

    Cilo downtown at the Renaissance Marketplace is a great place to eat outdoors and enjoy the people watching. Also too Hopi Bon and Hung Paradise and Casa Tua at Renaissance Marketplace.......all good places.

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    You will feel very comfortable at LaCabana. Las Rambles is located at LaCabana and is Aruba's best kept secret! Very good food...and if you come early, you can watch the sun set...beautiful location. There is also a guitar player who plays soft music throughout the evening. I have seen people dining alone there on more than one occasion. Amsterdam Manor is right next door and it's a pleasant short walk over to Mangos restaurant where we've had nice meals, too. While Salt & Pepper isn't a favorite of ours, the section that it's in (Arawak Gardens across from the Occidental Resort) would be a nice place (I would think) for a single diner as there is a whole row of different eateries to choose from and they all have outdoor seating and share the same entertainment every evening. I have often seen single diners in several of those restaurants. My favorite eatery in the Arawak Gardens is Fishes & More...great fresh fish. Nice thing about that location is the after dinner you can stroll around and look in the little shops that are open till late and then cross the street to the highrises and hit the casinos....though by the time you arrive, La Cabana will have it's own casino up and running. Have a great vacation!!

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    I am single and spend 3wks in dec and 3 wks in march on the island. I've eaten everywhere and anywhere and never had a problem.

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    I have learned over the years from traveling for work that dining alone is really just what you make of it versus whether or not it is a place that caters to a person alone. I usually sit at the bar because bartenders are generally more aware you are alone so they tend to spend more time chatting with you. I always take my phone or tablet with me for entertainment if there is not conversation happening. I would pick places with food you like and go for it. Enjoy your time in paradise!

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    Thank you all so much for your suggestions! I will be in Aruba in less than 3 weeks, and I can't wait! Here's my list of the restaurants where I will be dining -- some tried and true, some new ventures, some I'll-give-'em-one-last-chance-before-I-take-my-hard-earned-bucks-someplace-else:

    Smokey Joe's
    Linda's Pancakes & Pizzas
    Gostoso
    El Gaucho (for lunch)
    Islander Grill (breakfast/all-you-can-eat ribs on Wednesday nights)
    Buccaneer
    Tango Argentine Grill
    The Blue Lobster
    Amazonia
    Driftwood
    Madame Janette
    Le Bistro/Taste of Belgium (haven't decided which one yet; probably for lunch too)
    Le Petit Cafe
    Gasparito
    CILO Lounge (for drinks and people-watching)

    Any thoughts?

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    Linda's Pancakes & Pizzas
    Madame Janette
    Le Bistro/Taste of Belgium (haven't decided which one yet; probably for lunch too)
    Gasparito
    CILO Lounge (for drinks and people-watching)

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    I've been to the ones above as a solo diner. Had lunch at LeBistro which I loved.

    Only one I had problems with was MJ's. When I'm alone I like to eat at the bar instead of taking up a table (plus there's more action at the bar, people to talk to, etc.) When I asked, they said no (of course the owner apologized to me the next day when he heard what happened.) Anyway, after being told "no", I finished my glass of wine and went to Chefs Tables for dinner instead.

    Here's the funny story about Chefs Tables - I asked for a seat at the bar so we went to their outside patio in the back that had a bar. When I saw that there were alot of tables open and very few people, I said that I could do a table if that was easier for them. No problem they said, whatever I wanted. So I sit at a table for two and they take away the place settings for the extra person (which is a usual procedure) but then.....they also take away the CHAIR and set it in the corner. It's not like the chair was needed anywhere but all of a sudden I felt very "naked" without that second chair at my table and have never seen that done before. I mean, hey, I DO have SOME friends and maybe they might show up here. LOL!! It was the strangest thing.....but it is funny now.
    ~Amy~ - 35th trip to Aruba: New Years Eve 2017/2018 -- Zihuatanejo, MX: March 2018 -- Ireland: June/July 2018 -- 36th trip to Aruba: Sept. 2018




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    Quote Originally Posted by skbrandon View Post
    I (female, 50+, African-American) will be traveling alone to Aruba from 27 January to 10 February. (I have a timeshare at La Cabana, and I usually travel alone, so accommodations are no big deal.)
    I usually try a couple of new places per trip, but I'd like some additional suggestions on where to dine solo. Most of the places are good about reservations/tables for one, and I'm not looking for places where I'm *forced* to dine with other folks as a third wheel; I just don't want to feel out of place, KWIM?
    Thanks!!
    Add Barney's to your list. Many singles sit at the bar for dinner and drinks. Nice friendly place with good food. You can also join us at Buster's for good food and drinks and we always have singles join our table. You can also sit at the bar and join in on the conversation. . . .

    Tom and Stanley (the Aruba Guys)

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    leaving for aruba in 2 days alone..

    Would love to know how you made out in aruba solo. Going this wednesday 2/6/13 for 4 nights alone. Was wondering if you had any good restaurant recommendations.. Looking for great food, bar seating, price is not important as long as the food warrants it. I'm 35 female from NYC, dining alone is common for me, just dont know where to go.. Help!!!
    Thanks in advance

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