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Restaurants in Aruba

European culinary traditions fuse with feisty Caribbean flavours using the island's bountiful tropical produce and fruits of the sea. Expect piquant fish dish mahi mahi ceviche, fried funchi (corn polenta) and coconut-encrusted red snapper as well as Tex-Mex, burger and pizza options. Check your bill for a service charge before tipping, usually 15-20%.

Hooters, Aruba. © Jared Pellegrini

Top-end

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  1. 1. Gasparito Restaurant & Art Gallery - Top-end: (More than US$80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Gasparito Restaurant & Art Gallery, Aruba. Courtesy of Gasparito Restaurant & Art Gallery

    Dining on food with a quirky twist amid artwork, sculpture and fountains is offered at Gasparito Restaurant & Art in Noord. Tables are set in lush gardens of a 120-year-old Cunucu homestead. Highlights include a delicious lobster with papaya and coconut shrimp and Keshi Yena, an Aruban dish of shredded meat or fish with Gouda cheese.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 5.30pm-10.30pm

    Address

    3, Gasparito, Nood near Oranjestad, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 586 7044

  2. 2. Pago Pago - Top-end: (More than US$80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    High standards abound at this top-notch steak house on Palm Beach where juicy cuts include Pago Pago's famous 680g rib-eye and 283g American KOBE flank steak from the Wagyu breed. Choose from various accompanying sauces, salads and side orders, from Bernaise and jasmine rice to garlic mash. A decent seafood grill includes jumbo shrimp, lobster and mussels.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Thu-Tue 6pm-10.30pm

    Address

    The Westin Aruba Resort, 77 J E Irausquin Boulevard, Palm Beach, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 5864 466

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Pago Pago Website

  3. 3. Ventanas del Mar - Top-end: (More than US$80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Elaborate and rich fish and seafood dishes reign over the meat and vegetarian options at Ventanas del Mar restaurant in Malmok. Diners opt for the exclusive outdoor terrace, bordered by lush bougainvillea, palm trees and a curved colonnade. Book ahead.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-11pm

    Address

    Tierra del Sol Resort, Spa & Country Club, Caya di Solo 10, Ventanas del Mar Malmok

    Telephone

    +297 586 0879

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Ventanas del Mar Website

Mid-range

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  1. 4. Madame Janette - Mid-range: (US$40-US$80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Fusing Caribbean and Northern European cuisine, Madame Janette is just inland from Eagle Beach and serves up generous portions of fish, beef and pork dishes, supplemented with local fruit, herbs and vegetables. With a romantic atmosphere, the beautifully lit outdoor dining area is often buzzing with couples. Do try the Caribbean lobster and Oreo fritters.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 5.30pm-10pm

    Address

    37, Cunucu Abou, Palm Beach, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 5870 184

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Madame Janette Website

  2. 5. The Flying Fishbone - Mid-range: (US$40-US$80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    The Flying Fishbone, Aruba. Courtesy of Flying Fishbone Restaurant

    The wicker chairs and wooden tables at The Flying Fishbone sit atop the white sands of Savaneta's palm tree-fringed beach. Watch a burnished sunset and listen to gently lapping waves while feasting on fresh Caribbean seafood, like lobster with lemon-garlic butter, shrimp skewers or the catch of the day. Meat dishes are also available.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 5pm-10.30pm

    Address

    344, Savaneta,

    Telephone

    +297 584 2506

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    The Flying Fishbone Website

  3. 6. Amazonia - Mid-range: (US$40-US$80 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    This lively Brazilian Churrascaria (steakhouse) serves up man-sized plates of meat at tables adorned with funky local art and colourful blooms. A succession of courses at Amazonia in Palm Beach is cooked Rodizio-style over an open fire using age-old Gaucho recipes from the pampas lowlands. Expect lots of theatre using metre-long skewers with slabs of meat that melt-in-the-mouth.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 6pm to 11pm (from 4pm Sun)

    Address

    374, Irausquin Boulevard, Palm Beach, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 586 4444

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Amazonia Website

Budget

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  1. 7. Hooters - Budget: (Less than US$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Hooters, Aruba. © Jared Pellegrini

    America's fried chicken, clam, shrimp and burger franchise may be delightfully tacky yet unrefined but it does it in style on Palm Beach. There are the usual Hooters cute hot-pant-clad college girl servers with big smiles.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 11am-12am (until 1am Fri & Sat)

    Address

    370, J E Irausquin Boulevard, Palm Beach, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 586 8060

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Hooters Website

  2. 8. The Pastechi House - Budget: (Less than US$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Located on Oranjestad's main street just inland from Suftside Beach, The Pastechi House is a great introduction to Aruba's famous deep-fried half-moon pastry. Diners can take their pick from many different fillings, from the classic cheese and ham to chicken and chop soy. Filling snacks to keep you going while you're shopping.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 7am-7pm (until 2pm Sun)

    Address

    42, Caya G F Betico Croes, Oranjestad

    Telephone

    +297 582 4262

    Transport

    Taxi

  3. 9. Smokey Joe's Island Grill - Budget: (Less than US$40 for a three-course meal without drinks)

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    Named after a visiting iguana, colourful Smokey Joe's Island Grill on Palm Beach claims to serve Aruba's best ribs. Whipping up finger-licking baby-backs to much aplomb it also serves local fish, rotisserie-grilled chicken and Argentine grass-fed steak. Choose from broiled, blackened, pan-fried or grilled and a range of sauces and salads.Show this on map

    Opening hours

    Daily 5pm-10.30pm

    Address

    87, J E Irausquin Boulevard, Palm Beach, Aruba

    Telephone

    +297 586 2896

    Transport

    Taxi

    Website

    Smokey Joe's Island Grill Website

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