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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%.

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

Food and art fusion

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 5.30pm-10.30pm

Address

3, Gasparito, Nood near Oranjestad, Aruba

Telephone

+297 586 7044

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Ventanas del Mar

Elaborate fish dishes

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.



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

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Pago Pago

Quality steaks

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.



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

The Flying Fishbone, Aruba. Courtesy of Flying Fishbone Restaurant
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The Flying Fishbone

Seaside dining

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 5pm-10.30pm

Address

344, Savaneta,

Telephone

+297 584 2506

Transport

Taxi

Website

The Flying Fishbone Website

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Madame Janette

Caribbean fusion

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 5.30pm-10pm

Address

37, Cunucu Abou, Palm Beach, Aruba

Telephone

+297 5870 184

Transport

Taxi

Website

Madame Janette Website

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Amazonia

Galloping gaucho cuisine

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.



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

Hooters, Aruba. © Jared Pellegrini
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Hooters

Spicy hot wings

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.



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

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The Pastechi House

Local snacks

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.



Opening Hours

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

Address

42, Caya G F Betico Croes, Oranjestad

Telephone

+297 582 4262

Transport

Taxi

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Smokey Joe's Island Grill

Succulent ribs and more

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.



Opening Hours

Daily 5pm-10.30pm

Address

87, J E Irausquin Boulevard, Palm Beach, Aruba

Telephone

+297 586 2896

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