Aruba is not only a perfect beach destination, but also an island full of culinary delights waiting for you to taste! The food in Aruba and the restaurant scene is experiencing a steady rise – there’s already over 300 restaurants already!
Believe it or not, these restaurants aren’t the touristy type. Aruba is considered to have the best restaurants in the Caribbean.
If you are wondering what to eat in Aruba and where to eat, keep on reading…
However, before you continue, make sure you’ve had a bite to eat, because you’ll be hungry at the end of this article – bon apetit!
Must Try Best Food in Aruba
The dishes featured in this post are just a small selection of the wide variety of cuisines available on the island. There’s plenty of other delicacies that will set your taste buds ablaze, but I’ll leave those for another bigger list of must eat foods in Aruba.
Here are some of the top choices when going fine dining in Aruba.
Let’s start of with…
Shellfish Trio at Barefoot
If you like seafood, you’re in for a real treat, because there’s plenty of seafood dining in Aruba.
A seafood dish that’s worth trying is the shellfish trio at Barefoot. It’s a marriage of lobster, shrimp and scallops dressed in a lobster sauce that’s simply delicious!
Coconut Pineapple Shrimp At Ricardo’s
Next on the list is another shrimp inspired dish, but with a tropical twist.
The twist in this dish is the coconut pineapple lime marinade that’s coated on the shrimps. It’s served with rice, broccoli, coconut flakes and roasted pineapples.
You’ll taste the creamy coconut sauce in every bite that you take!
Pork Calypso at Passions
For every succulent seafood dish on the island, there’s a delicious meat dish that’s equally that’s worth trying. And that’s the pork calypso dish by passions on the beach.
It’s a sauteed pork tenderloin stuffed with prunes that have been marinated in Captain Morgan. Served with rice, melon gravy and toasted cashew nuts sprinkled on top – yummy!
As you can see in the picture, the dish is presented with pork surrounding the rice dress in sauce.
Passions restaurant is one of the many restaurants that offers romantic beachside dining in Aruba.
Grilled European Swordfish At Screaming Eagle
The next dish tastes as good as it looks. It’s the grilled European swordfish. Served with green asparagus, oven baked tomatoes and a delicious dressing.
This dish is flavorful, a must taste!
Crusted Mahi Mahi at White Modern Cuisine
Everyone is crazy for mah imahi on the island and white modern cuisine has a mahi dish everyone should taste.
The fish is pan fried and served with potatoes, pickled red onions, sweet glazed carrots, glazed zucchini and dressed with a avocado creme & creole sauce.
Are you getting hungry yet?
I sure am!
Land & Sea Kebab at Driftwood
Driftwood restaurant is known for their seafood, not only that but the fact that the fishes are caught by the owner himself and prepared by the chef in the evening during dinner makes this restaurant unique.
One of their special dishes is a mix of both worlds – the land & sea kebab!
It features two skewers, one with slices of tenderloin. And another skewer with lobsters and shrimp. Served with red onions, lime and potatoes on the side.
Filetto alla Trattoria at El Faro Blanco
El faro blanco is known for their Italian cuisines and breathtaking views of Arashi beach.
Besides their delicious pasta dishes, the filetto alla trattoria stands out in presentation and looks scrumptious!
It’s a grilled Fillet Mignon wrapped in bacon and dressed with a red wine sauce.
Topped with sprinkles of brown sugar, cloves and cinnamon, vegetables, sliced oranges and a fresh strawberry.
Grilled Skirt Steak at Amuse Bistro
If you like steak as much as I do, you will love the grilled skirt steak at Amuse Bistro.
This is a meats lovers dish!
A plate with a generous amount of well seasoned grilled steak. It’s served with sweet plantains, potato and mango chutney.
Tuna Taki Taki at Windows on Aruba
The chef at windows on Aruba restaurant knows how to bring the lure of the ocean on on a dish with this tuna taki taki dish.
This dish has cuts of seared ahi tuna with sesame crusted peppers, cucumber, cremini mushrooms, wakame salad, dressed in a coconut lime marinade.
Seafood Pasta at Sweet Pepper
Last but not least, one of the dishes you should try is the seafood pasta at sweet pepper.
The linguini pasta is served with a mix of seafood specialties: lobster, clams, shrimps and a sweet sauce. It’s a mouthwatering pasta dish!
The owners of sweet pepper are known to hand select their seafood, so you’re dish is as fresh as it gets.
If you’ve had your share of dishes on the island, we’d love to hear about it. Add a comment and let us know what we should try next…
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