My husband & I just returned from 7 days in Aruba. I have some dining suggestions for first time travelers.
We found the buffets in the high rise hotels to be huge, abundant spreads better than the buffets in Las Vegas. The cost is between $16-$25 per person, but will more than fill you up till evening.
For a romantic meal; THE OLD MAN AND THE SEA. Hands down the most romantic spot on the island. We went last Friday night at 6:00 pm. We were the first couple seated. We had 4 waiters. We were seated at the waters edge with the option to have the waterside gazebo if we wanted. The table choices are first come, first choice. A grand piano played our favorite requests, and we watches the sun set with a dessert and a 2nd bottle of wine. The resturant is in the far eastern part of the island and is hard to find, so a rental car is just as cheap as taxi fare there and back and you don't wait for the taxi for an hour to pick up. This all comes at a price. Two dinners, two desserts, and 2 bottles of Zinfindel wine set the hubby back $227.00. It was worth EVERY penny. We had our picture taken at the table together and it is my most cherished memory of the island!
For eating on the cheap, there are several American burger doodles (Wendys, McDonalds etc.), but prices are about double of here in the states.
My husband found an unexpected experience at the Hooters. He saw 3 hulahops leaning against the front of the bar and casually asked what they were for. Three very lean and volupuous waitresses showed him that it si possible to sasa dance with a hulahop. He won't admitt it, but I think it was HIS favorite memory of the island.
We found that if you book a watersport, The boatdriver is a wealth of imformation for local cusine; good food and good prices.
We reluctantly left yesterday, but already are making plans to return next year for sure!