We believe truly great restaurants get three things absolutely right: food, service and ambience. With regards to the best restaurants on Aruba, you’ll find all three without difficulty. Aruba’s multicultural island socieaty and history have lent themselves to a rich, textured culinary environment. It sees a authentic blend of local, European and Caribbean tastes, made by first class chefs like Erwin Husken and Dennis van Daatselaar. The most ideal way to experience an island like Aruba is simple; try the best restaurants and discover the taste of Aruba. Here are the 11 best restaurants on Aruba; why stop at ten with so many culinary highlights!
1. Screaming Eagle
Chef Erwin Hüsken serves his ever new inspired interpretation of French-fusion boutique cuisine that recently brought him recognition by Caribbean Journal, voting Screaming Eagle the #1 Restaurant in the Caribbean on their Top 50 list for 2015. Discover their perfectly matched selection of over 300 wine labels and an equally impressive bar list of liquor and cocktails from around the globe. The aforementioned Chef Erwin Husken has created a hip, creative, chic restaurant experience centered around one main concept: amazingly good food.
2. Flying Fishbone
Imagine dining right on the beach, toes in the sand, under swaying palm fronds along a perfect little crescent bay in Savaneta, Aruba’s charming fisherman’s town. Add a fine selection of delicious fresh seafood and steak creations made unforgettable by artistic plate presentations, and we think you’ll agree – it truly doesn’t get any better than this! This restaurant, which first opened in 1997, has become something of an institution in Aruba.
3. Wacky Wahoo
Book a reservation as soon as you arrive on the island as this place fills quickly and they have limited hours to make a reservation. No walk-ins as they have limited seating. With that, Wacky Wahoo’s has the most amazing fish that you will ever try. If you are a seafood lover, this is a must try restaurant. Put this restaurant on your must do list!
Chef Dennis’ restaurant Wilhelmina opened its doors on October 2nd 2015, presenting a “World Cuisine” à la carte menu. High-quality ingredients from around the world will be served to you by a professional team. Wilhelmina Restaurant offers a place to dine, celebrate a party or just having a cocktail at the bar in a classic, elegant, casual and relaxed environment in down-town Oranjestad.
5. Carte Blanche
Carte Blanche is a restaurant for people who are open minded for an exquisite dining experience without limitations in a cozy and relaxed atmosphere. This exciting dining experience will provide only 14 guests with the opportunity to sample many different culinary combinations while chatting with other guests or their hosts Dennis & Glen. This isn’t just a restaurant — it’s an experience.
6. White modern cuisine
White Modern Cuisine introduces a new kind of exquisite dining experience in Aruba, where you are invited to savor and enjoy subtle harmony between food, cocktails and wines. The restaurant is in a bright, white, modern atmosphere that is part of another trend in Aruba: restaurants that emphasize social interaction, with both guests and staff.
White’s unique cuisine is a marriage of flavor and high-quality products brought to you in their purest form, achieving peace and balance in every dish. There’s no need to hurry here so sit back, relax and let your new culinary journey in Aruba begin. Try dishes like Chicken Pot Au Feu and salmon yakatori – all amazing food!
7. 2 fools and a bull
Similar to Carte Blance, this is a dining experience located in what the place calls a “gourmet studio.” The restaurant, which calls an old Cunucu House home, includes a five-course dinner, a champagne cocktail and a unique “shared gastronomy” experience.
Zeerover means Sea Pirate, but for locals it’s synonymous with ice cold beer and seafood at reasonable prices. With fresh off-the-boat fare, a laid-back atmosphere where you order from a window and eat outside, this cozy seafood shack in the heart of fishing village Savaneta is a haven for fresh catches of the day. The baskets of fried fish and jumbo shrimps are paired with local side dishes such as “pan bati” (Aruban pancakes), “funchi” (hearty cornmeal cake or fritters) and “banana hasa” (fried plantain). Grab a table on the wooden deck, play a game of domino with new friends while waiting for your order or just purchase fresh fish to go, if you want your catch grilled or steamed at home. These pirates only dig into the deep-fried.
Enjoy exquisite a la carte dining on the oceanfront deck or in air-conditioned comfort with full view of the beach and sparkling sea via floor to ceiling windows. Specialties include a Gluten-Free menu, a Vegan/Vegetarian menu, and World Cuisine with natural and organic options. Romantic dining in a private, beachfront palapa with special 6-course meal is a truly unique experience and available for Sunset or Moonlight seating.
10. Papiamento Restaurant
Dinner at Papiamento Restaurant is an experience no one will ever forget. Surrounded by a lush garden, around a turquoise, sparkling pool with twinkling lights in the tree branches, the setting is magical. The 126-year-old Aruban “cunucu” house next to the pool is filled with gorgeous antiques from Europe, the oldest dating back to the early 1800’s. It’s the personal touches that make this place so wonderful: real flowers in amazingly beautiful arrangements, the polished utensils of a former, more leisure, era and the intense pride of knowing that you serve wonderful dishes. Perhaps most importantly, this is paradise for wine lovers, with an 1800-bottle-strong “Wine Vault.”
Dinner at Papiamento Restaurant is an experience no one will ever forget. Surrounded by a lush garden, around a turquoise, sparkling pool with twinkling lights in the tree branches, the setting is magical. The 126-year-old Aruban “cunucu” house next to the pool is filled with gorgeous antiques from Europe, the oldest dating back to the early 1800’s. It’s the personal touches that make this place so wonderful: real flowers in amazingly beautiful arrangements, the polished utensils of a former, more leisure, era and the intense pride of knowing that you serve wonderful dishes.