Head to these great restaurants in Aruba for fresh seafood delights on the beach while watching the sunset over the Caribbean. You can also enjoy a stone-grilled steak on a terrace with city and ocean views. Vegetarians will find menu options made from locally sourced produce at most diners.

    Best of all, just about all Aruba restaurants serve creative cocktails, fine wines, and craft beers. Whether you’re looking for a romantic meal in the countryside or a true Caribbean dining experience by the sea, Aruba has a restaurant that will appeal to you.

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    Papiamento Restaurant

    Caribbean specialties in a period home

    Papiamento Restaurant serves stone-grilled delights and Caribbean seafood specialties. Set in a 19th-century Aruban villa, you can see displays of European furniture and antiques. Tables by an outdoor pool offer views of tropical gardens. Popular dishes include clay pot seafood medley, 'on the stone' steak and local delicacies like Keeshi Yena.

    Even during busy periods, you won’t usually need to wait for a table at Papiamento Restaurant. We still recommend booking in advance if you want to sit outside, though. You can ask its professional staff for wine pairings – there are over 2,000 bottles from around 120 labels in the wine cellar.

    Location: Washington 61, Noord, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5 pm to 11 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +297 586 4544

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    Elements Restaurant

    Sustainable seafood, meat, and vegan dishes on the beach

    On-the-beach dining makes Elements Restaurant a favorite with couples looking for a romantic setting. You can find it right on Manchebo Beach in Oranjestad. You can enjoy naturally and ethically produced meat and seafood dishes, as well as organic vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free alternatives.

    Check out Elements Restaurant’s Aruban lunch buffet, which takes place between 12.30 pm and 3 pm. For a health boost, you can follow your meal with discounted mocktails and smoothies during Healthy Hour (3 pm to 4 pm).

    Location: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 55B, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Daily from noon to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +297 583 1100

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    Quinta del Carmen

    Upscale courtyard dining at a historic property

    Quinta del Carmen occupies a century-old Spanish-style villa that has served as a hospital, clubhouse, and private residence. Today, it’s an elegant eatery with indoor and outdoor dining sections. Food-wise, the restaurant specializes in creative seafood delights, though there are plenty of meat dishes and vegetarian options available.

    For a starlit dinner, you might want to reserve a corner table in the courtyard. If you want an upscale dining experience, we recommend booking a suite inside Quinta del Carmen. Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be the quietest days, though it rarely takes over 15 minutes to get a table on busier days.

    Location: Bubali 119, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +297 587 7200

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    Madame Janette

    Homemade delights with creative desserts

    Madame Janette is an award-winning outdoor restaurant in the countryside near Eagle Beach. Standout mains include homemade lobster ravioli, lamb rack and crab cakes, followed by a creative dessert such as a Dying Dutchmen Fried Ice Cream Sandwich or Madame's Diet Crushers Stroop Waffles.

    Don’t forget to check out its craft beer menu, which is one of Aruba’s most extensive. Booking a table in advance is a good idea, especially if you intend to eat here on Friday or Saturday evening.

    Location: Cunucu Abao 37, Noord, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +297 587 0184

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    Yemanja Woodfired Broil

    Fresh seafood favorites broiled

    Yemanja Woodfired Broil serves meat and seafood fans with flavorful broiled delights, but you’ll also find plenty of vegan, nut-free and gluten-free options on its menu. Popular dishes range from Caribbean broiled swordfish kebab to Fattoush salad with quinoa-stuffed zucchini. You can follow your main dish with coconut mousse for dessert.

    There’s a vast range of wines and cocktails on the menu, but the organic options make for a tasty, guilt-free treat. While you’re in the area, you might want to check out nearby landmarks, which include the Parliament of Aruba and one of the island’s oldest churches.

    Location: Wilhelminastraat 2, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 5.30 pm to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +297 564 8467

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    Screaming Eagle Restaurant

    Signature meals with fine wine pairings

    The Screaming Eagle Restaurant is an excellent place to fill up on seafood specialties and unwind with fine wines or cocktails. Popular meals with a signature twist include appetizers like lobster bisque and mains such as Beef Wellington with black bean sauce. To round off your meal, try one of its homemade French lemon pies.

    The Screaming Eagle Restaurant is usually busy any day of the week, so you might want to book a table in advance. If you prefer outdoor dining to a lounge environment, ask for a table on the terrace, which offers views over Eagle Beach.

    Location: J.E. Irausquin Blvd 228, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 11 pm

    Phone: +297 566 3050

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    Local Store Aruba

    Delicious comfort food and an extensive beer menu

    Local Store Aruba is popular for its neighbourhood feel, vast craft beer selection, and around 15 types of seasoned chicken wings. Sides include homemade chips and fried polenta with melted gouda cheese. For dessert, your choices range from doughnut holes to waffle towers covered in marshmallows and chocolate sauce.

    The imported craft beer menu changes frequently, so don’t be afraid to ask for the latest additions. As a local hotspot, Local Store Aruba tends to be busiest in the evenings, when the bar attracts Arubans looking to enjoy a drink after work.

    Location: Palm Beach 13A, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Thursday from 9.30 am to 10.30 pm, Friday–Sunday from 8 am to 10.30 pm

    Phone: +297 586 1414

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    Bistro de Suikertuin

    Dutch-inspired lunches in a historic mansion

    Bistro de Suikertuin is one of the top restaurants for Aruban breakfasts and Dutch-influenced lunches. In the morning, you can try traditional pancakes with coffee. For lunch, your options range from salads and Dutch sandwiches to Indonesian-style nasi goreng. There’s also an afternoon tea, which usually needs advanced booking.

    Visit Bistro de Suikertuin if you want a quiet night with a bottle of fine wine and a cocktail or 2. It's usually at its busiest during the day, but the bar remains open until 10 pm. You can save a few dollars by grabbing a table during happy hour. The bistro is on Wilhelminastraat, one of the oldest streets in Oranjestad.

    Location: Wilhelminastraat 64, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Saturday from 11 am to 10 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +297 582 6322

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    Barefoot Restaurant

    Elegant beach dining with a laid-back atmosphere

    Barefoot Restaurant is an elegant yet laidback eatery on Surfside Beach, serving fresh seafood, meat, and vegetarian dishes. The menu includes lobster cappuccino topped with vanilla, tenderloin with truffle, and a fresh catch combo. If you want to avoid meat, you can choose a veggie treat such as its homemade goat cheese tempura.

    Tables are in high demand at Barefoot Restaurant, so you might want to make a reservation, especially if you want to visit on a Sunday. While classy, this restaurant maintains a relaxed Caribbean atmosphere, so feel free to wear flip flops.

    Location: L.G. Smith Boulevard 1, Oranjestad, Aruba

    Open: Daily from 5 pm to 10 pm

    Phone: +297 588 9824

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    Daily Fish

    A local eatery and market that serves the daily catch

    Daily Fish is both a fast-food seafood restaurant and a market in Noord. It’s a great place to enjoy baked, smoked, broiled and fried preparations of the daily catch. The fish and chips is a popular favorite, thanks to its light and crispy batter. To sample a variety of fish delights, order the trio combo. The smoked tuna, served with a side of homemade chips, is also a must-try.

    Daily Fish’s indoor seating area can get rather cramped, so feel free to grab a takeout and head to the nearby beach for a picnic. You can also purchase fresh, marinated fillets to cook at home.

    Location: Bubali 141-A, Noord, Aruba

    Open: Monday–Wednesday from 9 am to 6 pm, Thursday–Saturday from 9 am to 7 pm (closed on Sundays)

    Phone: +297 587 2224

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    Joshua Saunders | Contributing Writer

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