An epicurean melting pot, Aruba boasts a booming culinary scene influenced by 90 nationalities on-island. With more than 20 of the destination's 150+ dining establishments ideally situated on white-sand beaches or on floating docks above the turquoise seas — Aruba truly is the Ultimate Sand Bar Island. Indulge in signature cocktails, authentic cuisine and unparalleled sunsets at any of the restaurants below.
This casual, come-as-you-are eatery features fresh seafood and nibble options in a funky, open-air setup. The Flinstones-themed snack shack is the perfect spot on Baby Beach to seek shade from the warm sun and recharge with a cool drink.
Bugaloe Beach Bar & Grill
Situated on Palm Beach Pier, this breezy and colorful eatery is the perfect spot to watch the sun set, sip on a frosty beer or cool cocktail, have a bite to eat or all of the above. In addition to beach snacks like juicy burgers, fresh salads and satisfying sandwiches, tantalizing dinner platters are served after 5 p.m., when the fun continues well after the sun sets. Bungaloe often plays host to live music, salsa and meringue workshops and beach volleyball tournaments.
Carpe Diem Restaurant and Lounge Bar
Located in the heart of downtown Oranjestad overlooking the sparkling harbor, the casually elegant Carpe Diem is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Specializing in global flavors, the restaurant serves a combination of South American and Mediterranean dishes with a celebrity sushi bar and teppanyaki table.
Cunucu Terrace (Tamarijn)
This seaside restaurant is located at the Tamarijn Aruba All-Inclusive Resort. Featuring a wide variety of breakfast, lunch and dinner options, Cunucu Terrace also hosts themed dinner buffets. Bold flavors run the gamut at this open-air eatery, and Caribbean, Oriental, Barbecue, French, Italian, Mexican and international dishes add spice and excitement to time spent on the beach.
The recently opened Elements Restaurant at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resorts offers diners a memorable culinary experience featuring fresh ingredients and healthy choices surrounded by breathtaking views. The whole affair is an extension of the property’s commitment to total wellness, and wholesome dinner options are available via three distinct menus: Organic/ Natural, Vegetarian/ Vegan and World Cuisine. The ingredients for each menu features certified organic selections, natural products, fresh fish and pasture-fed cattle.
A culinary retreat nestled in a cozy crescent bay in Savaneta, Flying Fishbone provides gourmands with a fine selection of delicious Caribbean and continental seafood and steak creations created by Chef Patrick, complemented by artistic plate presentations and exceptional service. The gracious servers, barefoot like the diners, help patrons decide on dishes such as coconut shrimp salad with pineapple and mustard herb-crusted veal chops. Fortunately, the magical, torch-lit ambiance complements each and every choice available at this venue.
Footprints Beach Grill (Hyatt)
With only five tables for patrons, Footprints Beach Grill offers a lush and exclusive beachfront dining experience. The four-course prix-fixe sunset menu goes perfectly with an intimate, toes-in-the-sand meal at the luxurious Hyatt Regency Aruba Resort & Casino.
For a fresh approach to seafood, diners flock to this restaurant to enjoy today’s catch brought in by local fishermen at Hadicurari Pier. With both indoor and outdoor dining available at this charming, shaded eatery, customers are treated to comfort as they peruse an extensive menu of seafood, steak and other tantalizing dishes prepared with an international flair by Hadicurari’s experienced chef and team.
La Playa Torchlight Dinner (Radisson)
A table under the stars, flickering torches, cooling breezes and waves softly lapping the shore provide the perfect setting for a special occasion, celebration or simply an intimate evening with loved ones. Under the watchful eye of a personal server, a four-course, fixed-price menu is orchestrated by an attentive staff. The flavorful gourmet options available ensure that every palate is pleased during this Radisson Aruba Resort, Casino & Spa experience.
Over the water on a pier in Savaneta sits Marina Pirata, a popular sunset spot for those craving fresh and authentic Aruban fare. Perfect for a romantic meal or family-friendly outing, this alluring restaurant caters to all who crave delectable cuisine paired with an unmatched setting.
Matthew's Beachside Restaurant
This Eagle beach hotspot, named after the owners’ son, is located in Casa del Mar Beach Resort. In addition to breakfast, lunch and dinner, the eatery features all-you-can-eat spareribs on Tuesdays, champagne brunch on Sundays, karaoke night and daily happy hours with live music at the bar. Sports fans frequent this hotspot, as they can check out global games and matches with the multiple televisions at the bar.
MooMba Beach Bar & Grill
Named as one of the World’s 50 Best Beach Bars by CNN Travel, MooMba Beach Bar & Grill is nestled under a giant palapa on the white-sugar sand of Palm Beach. As lively during the day as it is at night, MooMba Beach boasts billowing, fresh island breezes that pair perfectly with a cold Balashi beer in hand, especially after a round of beach tennis at the back of the grill.
Old Man and the Sea
The Old Man and the Sea is an idyllic, romantic beachfront restaurant with a traditional and innovative international menu. Located along the Savaneta coastline, mother and son owners Osyth Henriquez and Jonathan Vieira have displayed their artistic flair and creativity by transforming a private residence into this unique Caribbean hideaway. Thanks to hand-painted menu covers, cozy lounge areas peppered with pillows and intimate candle-lit tables among swaying palms, Old Man and the Sea provides an ideal spot to enjoy a meal under starry skies.
Palm Grill (Divi Aruba)
Outfitted with special grill tables, this Divi Aruba All-Inclusive restaurant allows guests the opportunity to stir-fry their own shrimp, swordfish, chicken or beef mixed with fresh vegetables and rice. A fun and interactive meal paired with the stunning scenery in the background creates the perfect evening to spend with loved ones.
Passions (Amserdam Manor)
This Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort toes-in-the-sand dining experience on Eagle Beach is a fan favorite. Passions is perfect location to enjoy dining while barefoot, listening to the calming sounds of the ocean, basking in the soft light from neighboring tiki torches and sipping a glass of wine as the sun sets.
Pelican Terrace Bar (Divi Aruba)
Another hot spot boasting dual views—a luxurious pool on one side with the shimmering ocean on the other—this Divi Aruba All-Inclusive bar is an excellent location to grab a cold Aruba Arriba or Balashi beer. Open from 11 am – 1 am, this casual watering hole is a favorite amongst those who enjoy a refreshing beverage and good company “en plein air.”
Pinchos Grill & Bar
Enticing visitors with a chic outdoor living room setting, Pinchos Grill & Bar sits perched upon the pier at Surfside Marina in Oranjestad. Offering some of the best sunset views in Aruba, dinner guests relax with a tropical cocktail as they enjoy a mix of contemporary tunes over an intimate candlelight meal. The dishes at this pier-side eatery are tempting, and guests rave over the dark rum-infused blue cheese tenderloin and pan-seared Caribbean grouper with apricot & ginger sauce.
Red Parrott (Divi Aruba)
One of Divi Aruba All-Inclusive’s signature restaurants, this eatery features both fine cuisine and attentive service. This island hideaway features an air-conditioned indoor seating area and an outdoor terrace overlooking the sparkling Caribbean Sea, as well as a diverse international menu to mollify the tastes and preferences of every guest.
Sandpiper Bar (Divi Aruba)
The oceanfront Sandpiper at Divi Aruba All-Inclusive is a breezily delightful watering hole to cool off with a snack or beverage during the day. Open from 11 am – 7 pm, Sandpiper boasts one of the prettiest sunsets on the island. This casual eatery is the ideal location for grabbing a burger and Balashi with loved ones.
Simply Fish (Marriott)
Enjoy relaxed, barefoot dining on the sparkling sands of world-renowned Palm Beach. Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino’s commitment to service and warm hospitality make Simply Fish a delightful dining destination for a romantic night out or a fun family celebration. Fresh, mouthwatering dishes are prepared to taste, and an extensive wine list features vintages from all over the world. Reservations are recommended, especially for the daily sunset seating, which features a panorama of Aruba’s captivating daily display.
The Pelican Nest Bar & Seafood Grill
This open-air restaurant sits on a stilted pier above the glittering waves of the Caribbean Sea on Palm Beach, between Holiday Inn and Playa Linda resorts. Owned by the tour company Pelican Adventures, a casual, easy and fun vibe surrounds the restaurant, while fresh food and attentive service are known hallmarks.
The West Deck
Newly opened in fall 2013 on the Governor’s Bay stretch of the Linear Park, this “small plates” eatery is influenced by zesty Caribbean spices and brings to life the local flavors of Aruba. Owned, operated and managed by the people from Pincho’s, patrons can expect the same dedication to the culinary craft. The West Deck pledges to cultivate an environment on the ocean that awakens senses, satisfies discriminatory palates and serves up excellence in the form of creative dishes and libations.
Located in the coastal village of Savaneta, Zeerover is a fisherman’s wharf that promises boat-to-table fare. Hungry patrons line up at the window to order the catch of the day – barracuda, mahi mahi, shrimp and more – tossed in a big bowl with homemade fries and plantains. Those who choose to linger on the water enjoy cooling breezes, the salty sea air and a cold Balashi beer as they crank up the jukebox to hear vibrant Caribbean calypso beats and watch a net full of fresh fish get hauled in.