9 Best Aruba Restaurants To Tantalize Your Taste Buds
Best Aruba Restaurants On The Island
Aruba offers an array of dining options to suit any palate. Whether you crave a juicy steak perfectly cooked or seafood is more your speed, the island is home to top-notch restaurants featuring different cuisines, price points, and styles. Take a look at a few options to add to your itinerary.
YOLO Cocktail Lounge & Tapas Bar
With a delicious gourmet pancake breakfast starting at 8 AM to an upscale atmosphere for dinner later in the day, the YOLO Cocktail Lounge & Tapas Bar is a top choice. The location offers a variety of themes and concepts to bring your dining experience to the next level as well as delectable tapas and hand-crafted cocktails that capture the vibe of Aruba. At night, YOLO transforms once again into a stylish nightclub. There are also indoor and outdoor areas and a VIP section on the second floor for your most special guests.
Temptation is aptly named. Its delectable menu is sure to tempt both your taste buds and your love of style. This unique, modern location is described as a place “where a French style Boulangerie meets Steakstones & Raw Bar.” With a French bakery filled with fresh breads and other delights for breakfast and lunch in the style of French, American, Lebanese, and Aruban cuisines, look for soups, salads, seafood, and sandwiches to sate your hunger. Later in the day, order up steak, lamb, chicken, lobster, scallops, and more over steakstones, stones heated to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Temptation also offers a raw bar, an extensive wine list, and unmatched cocktails to enjoy with your meal.
Hostaria Da Vittorio
If you crave classic Italian cuisine, head to the restaurant that has garnered the reputation of being a top Italian eatery on the island—Hostaria Da Vittorio. Master Chef Vittorio Muscariello opened the restaurant in 2000, serving up favorite dishes such as Risotto alla Pescatore, Linguine dello Scoglio, Branzino al Sale, Sogliola alla Mugnaia, Ossobucco di Vitello, and Nodino di Vitello alla Parmigiana. Try some of the “Chef’s Recommended” menu, which features specials and seasonal options, or opt for firewood oven pizza either inside or outdoors in the glass enclosed porch or open-air seating area.
Quinta del Carmen
Quinta del Carmen not only serves up a delicious menu of entrees, but it also comes with a rich history that dates back more than a century. The cunucu-style building began as a home for weekends and vacations by architect Adriaan Lacle. It then transitioned to a hospital and recuperation facility, with the home acting as the first hospital in Aruba as the main facility was being built. Now you can dine on fresh seafood dishes or the Tapas Garden menu as you experience the location firsthand.
Windows on Aruba
With a team of culinary experts delivering high quality dishes every day, Windows on Aruba takes fine dining to a new level. Not only will your hunger be more than satisfied by the perfectly blended fusion of cuisines, but their staff ensures VIP treatment for every guest.
BLT Steak is Aruba’s answer to the American Steakhouse. The location offers scrumptious cuts of beef in a bistro setting, from NY strip to filet mignon. With a contemporary flare, they also have a menu of fresh seafood like grilled branzino or local snapper as well as other tasty entrees such as rack of lamb. Don’t forget to end your meal with a decadent dessert from their menu. Try the peanut butter chocolate mousse.
Ruth’s Chris Steak
As the first Ruth’s Chris Steak House in the Dutch Caribbean, the restaurant located in the Aruba Marriott Resort features a split-level dining room perfect for everything from a private party to a business gathering. Enjoy a delicious, juicy steak, or if seafood is more your speed, try the lobster tail. Get the best of both worlds with the petite filet and shrimp plate or a classic surf and turf.
Located in a 126-year-old Aruba cunucu house, Papiamento Restaurant offers a tasty meal alongside a unique atmosphere. Outside, guests are dazzled by a gorgeous tropical garden and sparkling pool, but inside the restaurant, patrons can view rare Dutch-style antiques dating back to the 1800s. With some of the best seafood on the island and an unmatched wine cellar, pair your favorite glass with oven-broiled filet of red snapper topped with shrimp and scallops, kebabs of skewered lobster, or mahi-mahi. The restaurant is also a member of the renowned Chaine des Rotisseurs, the oldest and largest food and wine society worldwide.
What happens when you combine top-notch dining with authentic Aruban art in a historic building? You get Gasparito Restaurant and Art Gallery. With Aruban favorites like goat stew, Pan Bati, Funchi, and Arro, expand your flavor palate while gazing upon art pieces created by local artists. Many are for sale, letting you bring home a piece of your experience.
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