Restaurants in Aruba

Lounging, off-roading and gambling works up an appetite. Just as the local language papiamento reflects a mix of influences, so do the the best restaurants in Aruba, which include some representatives from familiar global chains as well as a good variety of local independents and European, Asian and South American cuisine. For authentic Aruban cuisine, try Gasparito, an Aruba restaurant known for family-style dishes. Try the inside the keshi yena, a meat-filled cheese wonder, and shrimp marinated in brandy and coconut milk. One vegetarian platter is the menu’s sleeper: plantains in a Creole sauce. Bingo is a popular Dutch-run café in Palm Beach that does great hamburgers, steak and seafood, as well as fried Camembert and poffertjes, a pancake-like dessert.

The Old Fisherman is a local favorite in Oranjestad is always packed thanks to the light, fluffy omelets for breakfast and the fresh seafood and excellent salads. Madade Janette is a low-slung, historic Aruban house in the Eagle Beach area has outdoor seating, a tamarind tree and European-influenced dishes such as the delicious potato-crusted red snapper and shrimp casserole.

Hungry diners come to Smokey Joe’s for the open air dining and what are frequently called the best ribs in the Caribbean. Sticky baby-back ribs come four ways: original, Jamaican jerk, Joe’s dry rub and smokey’s signature.

A low-slung, historic Aruban house with outdoor seating and a tamarind tree with delciious potato-crusted red snapper and shrimp casserole.

A seafood restaurant where you can sit on a dock while mullet swim in circles below.