beachside dining in Aruba

Beachside Dining in Aruba

So your flight is booked and your bags are just about packed. Now you’re looking for a restaurant for a romantic beachside dinner in Aruba.

All you have in mind is a private table as close to the water as possible and your feet dancing in the sand.

One of the highlights of having a romantic beachside dinner in Aruba, is watching the sun dip as you enjoy your meal and welcome a night full of entertainment.

If you don’t want to miss the sunset, make reservations at least half an hour before sunset.

The sun starts to make its way down at 6:30 PM and peaks around 6:45 PM (give or take a couple of minutes), so the best time to make reservation is around 6:00 PM to enjoy every minute of your romantic beachside dining in Aruba.

Local Tip – Inform the restaurant during about your special occasion for a special touch during your beach side dinner in Aruba.

Romantic Beachside Dining in Aruba

Here are 5 of my suggestions for restaurants you should look into for romantic beachside dining in Aruba.

Some of these restaurants take the thought of  “beachside dining in Aruba” seriously, because they have their tables directly in the water, if they were any closer you’d be swimming with the fishes…

1. Atardi Restaurant

Formerly known as “Simply Fish”- Atardi is a pop up restaurant on the beach at Marriott.

It’s located between towering palm trees and has breathtaking views of the Caribbean sea.

The word Atardi means late afternoon in Papiamento (native language on the island) and this time of the day is a perfect time to have a romantic dinner on the beach.

Their specialty is seafood, but they also have dishes for meat lovers on the menu.


Romantic setting at Atardi.

2. Passions on The Beach

Passions is hands down the most romantic restaurant for beachside dining in Aruba.

It’s a pop up restaurant with beautiful decorations, candles and tiki torches that provide a romantic setting.

They are located right on Eagle Beach, one of the most popular beaches in the world!


Can you imagine yourself here?

3. Barefoot

As the name suggests, you’re going to be dining Barefoot!

The restaurant is located on surfside beach in Aruba, which is at the start of the runway of Aruba’s airport.

You can eat indoors under a large palapa or ask for a table right on the beach and dine with your toes in the sand.

Barefoot has an eclectic menu featuring international and vegetarian dishes.

The setting here is perfect for two reasons, to watch the sunset and see planes coming in and taking off.

Barefoot is the go to restaurant for many of Aruba’s repeat visitors, because of the great food, service and ambience.

surfside beach Aruba

Dine barefoot on the beach.

4. Elements

Elements is located on the beach at Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort.

It’s an adult only (18+) restaurant with the option to dine in the open air deck, under a private cabana or right on the beach, depending on your preference.

The place brings a nice romantic vibe to a beachfront paradise and has one of the most spectacular views of the sunset due to the location on the beach.


It looks so magical…

5. Flying Fishbone

Flying Fishbone is considered a “hidden gem”, because they are located on the other side of the island, far from the low and high rise hotels.

The restaurant has tables directly on the beach shore, you will be practically sitting in the water, getting your feet wet. They offer shoe stands to keep your shoes dry and offer warm water and towel to dry off after your unique “toes in the water” romantic beachside dinner in Aruba.

Reservations for feet in the water tables are required.

Flying Fishbone also has a very romantic setting with blue lights in the water so you can see the fishes swim up to the shore and next to your table.


Dine with the fishes at your feet…

It’s bit far from the hotel area, in the district of Savaneta, but well worth the ride, because it allows you to see a part of the island you wouldn’t normally see.  

The price for a taxi to Savaneta can be pricey, so look into renting a car in Aruba for the day you’re planning to dine at Flying Fishbone.

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