Whether your looking to eat local dishes or culinary specialties, all restaurants on Aruba will please your taste.

With hundreds of fine dining establishments to choose from, making dinner plans in Aruba can be hard – but I’ll make it easier for  you, because I found a hidden gem!

To make your menu choices as simple as possible, I’m highlighting some of the most stellar dishes you should try, if you decide to visit.

Let me take you through a culinary journey at this spot: Ricardo’s.

Escargot & Ceviche For Starters

If you love seafood like me, you’ll be delighted with one of the chef’s favorite appetizers – escargot!

Half a dozen escargots swimming in delicious garlic butter sauce and white wine sauce.

Each one of these cooked edible land snails were tasted amazing.

The dish is accompanied with corn starch based polenta bread, known locally as funchi.

Fresh fish and seafood are plenty on the island!

Knowing this, another seafood dish was in front of me after indulging my first appetizer. This time a favorite on tropical island, especially in Aruba – Ceviche!

Chunks of grouper, marinated in lemon, sea salt and onions. Topped with herbs and bell peppers.

Every bite was tasty and refreshing, just as this Peruvian inspired dish is supposed to be prepared.

If you’re not a ceviche lover, this dish will convert you into one, once you take a bite.

Chef’s Pepper Steak

Beyond the endless meat options on Ricardo’s menu, I settled for the Chef’s Pepper Steak!

Juicy beef tenderloin accompanied with a peppery cognac sauce.

The top quality meat is grilled to perfection, served with delicious mashed potato and mixed vegetables.

This dish has an exquisite taste and surely will leave any meat lover wanting more!

Aruban Grouper Filet

If you’re looking for an authentic specialty during your vacation in Aruba, try the Aruban Grouper Filet!

Fish is a part of traditional Aruban dishes, and the chefs at Ricardo’s put a new spin on a classic cuisine with nice presentation.

Tantalize your taste buds with this crispy pan fried grouper with mango creole sauce.

It’s served with rice topped with herbs and mixed vegetables.

Chefs Recommendations

After my last dish, the hostess suggested I try lobster pasta with vodka creamy sauce on my next visit – which I will definitely do!

Drink & Wine Recommendations

Besides cocktails and mixed drinks, there’s plenty of wines available at Ricardo’s that compliment each dish perfectly.

According to the hostess, which is also a knowledgeable sommelier, suggests drinking red wine when eating steak, especially pinot noir.

When indulging in fish, salad or chicken, try a glass of white wine.

Location & Reservations At Ricardo’s

Ricardo’s is a restaurant & bar located at the Aruba Beach Club.

It’s a open restaurant with two dining options: on deck or on the beach!

Their menu features the best Aruban cuisine and international dishes.

If you want to taste what Ricardo’s has to offer, place your reservation here in their online booking system.

Reservations at Ricardo’s are only accepted at least one day prior to your visit (not valid for same day reservations)

A Few More Recommendations 

Aruba is the ideal place to expand your culinary horizon, because the amount of dining choices one will find is practically endless. 

On my latest culinary quest to find the best creative cuisines, I stumbled on a local restaurant in Palm beach known as “Sweet Peppers”. They serve local Caribbean and international dishes that will leave any foodies taste buds craving for more.

You’ve probably researched new restaurant menus online before your trip to Aruba, but if you’re still looking for recommendations, follow the trails by foodies like me. 

Foodie Tip “Free Glass of Wine” – Make online Reservations at Sweet Peppers and get a full free glass of the finest wines available on the island. 

Hors d’oeuvre

To whet my appetite I started with bread and tapenade sauce as Hors d’oeuvre (pronounced “or-derv”), which according to Wikipedia is a small dish before a main course. 

Tasty tapenade and garlic butter sauce on bread.

Spread the home made garlic butter and black olive tapenade sauce on the bread and voila – delicious to the last bite! Tapenade is a green sauce puréed or finely-chopped with black olives, capers and olive oil.

3 of a Kind Ceviche’s

To further prepare my taste palette before the main course, the savvy chefs at Sweet Peppers suggested to try their new appetizer – Trio Ceviche. 

Gone are the days of serving only fish ceviche’s, because Sweet Peppers is one of the only restaurants on the island that offers beef, shrimp, mediterranean and vegetable ceviche.

Trio Ceviche: Fish, Beef & Shrimps

The first ceviche; marinated pieces of grouper filet in lime juice and sea salt with onions and sliced boiled potatoes.

Then the beef ceviche, prepared with sautéed chopped tenderloin in light soy sauce, sesame oil, mustard and lime juice with red onions and mixed bell peppers. The third ceviche in the trio dish is marinated jumbo shrimps in lime and orange juice with red onions, bell peppers and cilantro. 

Trio Ceviche is accompanied with corn or plantain chips.

Aren’t your taste buds beginning to tingle?!

Aruban Seafood Soup

If you’re taste buds aren’t tingling yet, Sweet Peppers serves a traditional Aruban seafood soup that will do the trick.

Rich and creamy Aruba seafood soup.

The Aruban seafood soup is a rich cream based soup, with Aruban peppers that gives the dish a local flare.

Every scoop of the Aruban seafood soup was full of big chunks of grouper, shrimp, calamari, mussels and scallops – yummy!

14 OZ Argentinean Churrasco

Churrasco is a term for grilled meat, and the chefs at Sweet Peppers know how to prepare a well done steak on a charcoal grill. 

The steak is served with mashed potatoes, broccoli and carrots. And although it’s hard to improve on a well grilled steak, the chimichuri and garlic sauce add more zest to the dish!

Charcoal grilled steak simply delicious!

Chimichuri sauce doubles as a marinade and an accompaniment for all grilled meats.

If you enjoy a great Argentinean steak, order the 14 OZ!

Lasagna Bolognese

Sweet Peppers has their own traditional home made version of the classic Italian Lasagna Bolognese.

It’s arguably the world’s most favorite Italian dish filled with ground beef, garlic, fresh herbs, creamy tomato and béchamel sauce.

Lasagna Bolognese for pasta lovers.

The lasagna bolognese is the ultimate comfort food for any pasta lover.

Location & Opening Hours

Sweet Peppers is located in Palm beach, on the second floor of Paseo Herencia Mall. It’s in the in the middle of the tourist action, a great place to dine on the outside patio and watch people move around the high rise hotel strip.

You can visit Sweet Pepper anytime, because their open 7 days a week, from 5:00 PM to 11:00 PM.

Remember to claim your Sweet Peppers Special “Free Glass of Wine” – If you book online, you get a free glass of wine – click here to make your reservations.

I’ll be heading to sweet peppers tonight again, meet me there?

A Few More Recommendations 

Are you looking for a new restaurant in Palm Beach Aruba to try on your upcoming trip? So are thousands of other travelers on the island. They are so many restaurants in Aruba, but not enough time to try them all (even for me that lives here).

In case you decide to hit Palm Beach in search of great food and good times, you’ll probably find Sweet Peppers restaurant if you’re around Paseo Herencia Mall.

Local Aruban Restaurant In Palm Beach Sweet Peppers

Sweet Peppers is a family owned and operated local Aruban restaurant.

It’s not a tourist trap, or a fancy high-end place, but a cozy and casual restaurants to eat.

If you’ve never heard of this place before, take a look as I show you what they offer and some recommendations for Aruban inspired dishes.

Sweet Peppers Restaurant Menu

You can expect international cuisine fused with Caribbean and Aruba flavors at Sweet Peppers.

Here’s some of the best dishes that everyone who’s ever been there raves about, and which I am going to try next!

If you have a appetite for fish, ask for the catch of the day (specialty grouper & garlic shrimp).

Aruban Grouper Fillet

Served with rice, fried plantains, sautéed mixed veggies and a mango-creole sauce, lemon or garlic butter sauce.

local restaurant in palm beach sweet peppers Aruban Grouper Filet

Grouper, Aruban Sweet Peppers Style!

Aruban Garlic Shrimp

Pan-fried shrimp with onions and red bell peppers in a garlic butter sauce.

local restaurant in palm beach sweet peppers Aruban Garlic Shrimp

Just the way you like it!

Argentinian Churrasco

If you love meat try the charcoal grilled Argentinian churrasco steak with chimichurri sauce. Or dip your steak in mushroom sauce, delicious!

local restaurant in palm beach sweet peppers Argentinian Churrasco

This is for you, bon apetit!

Ceviche Bar

If you’re a ceviche lover just like I am, this will be one of the first thing you order of the menu 🙂

local restaurant in palm beach sweet peppers ceviche

I can eat this ceviche like, right now!

Not only do they serve fish ceviche, but also vegetarian, meat, shrimp, mediterranean ceviches! All ceviches are served with corn chips on the side.

Are you suddenly getting an appetite for restaurants in Aruba?

3 Course Menu For $25.00

If you’re traveling on a budget try their 3 course menu for $25.00!

You get to choose between a soup or salad, one entree and a dessert.

This deal is available everyday from 5.00 PM – 7.00 PM.

Related Article – Tips To Do Aruba Really Cheap

Special Theme Nights & Good Times

Depending on when you’re on the island, you can take advantage of their special theme nights.

Friday is all you can eat grouper night. Served with rice, or mashed potatoes and mixed vegetables. Only $23.95 per person!

local restaurant in palm beach sweet peppers all you can eat grouper

All you can eat grouper, yummy!

Sundays you can try to eat all the BBQ ribs you can for $23.95

local restaurant in palm beach sweet peppers bbq

Doesn’t this look finger licking good?

Good times at sweet peppers keep rolling on Wednesday during Karaoke Night (9.00 PM – 11.00 PM).

How’s your karaoke skills? Grab the mic! Let loose. You’re in Aruba!

Where Is Sweet Peppers Locations?

On palm beach, right across the street from the Holiday Inn. The restaurant is located on the second floor at Paseo Herencia Mall.

They have indoor and outdoor seating with an outdoor view.

The open-air balcony is great place to enjoy a meal while you overlook the beautiful Palm Beach strip.

Kids Are Allowed

Kids are welcome at Sweet Peppers!

local restaurant in palm beach sweet peppers kid friendly

Sweet Peppers is a kid friendly restaurant.

More Details About Sweet Peppers Restaurants

Here’s a few things you might want to know about sweet peppers.

  • They  accommodate big groups.
  • Vegetarian food options
  • Wheelchair accessible (elevator, seating, restroom)
  • Live music
  • Accept cash, debit cards, credit cards

Luckily there’s no reservations needed to enjoy a local Aruban meal at Sweet Peppers, but you can secure your spot if you want on their website!

Sweet Pepper Restaurant & Bar

Head Out For Good Food Or Good Times

If you’re looking for a new favorite place to eat in Aruba, visit Sweet Peppers.

Try any dish recommended by the staff or the Aruban inspired cuisines I mentioned.

There’s always good times and great food at Palm Beach!

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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!

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A mix of lobster, shrimp and scallops – Image by barefoot.com

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!

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Can you imagine this being your table? Image by ricardosaruba.restaurant.com

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.

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Pork,pork, pork! Yummy! Image by passions-restaurant-aruba.com

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!

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Taste this! Image by screaming-eagle.net

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!

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looks and taste delicious! Image by whitecuisine.com

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.

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The best of both worlds, land and sea kebab! Image by driftwoodaruba.com

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.

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I’m getting hungry just seeing this! Image by faroblancorestaurant.com

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.

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Steak lover only! Image by amusearuba.com

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.

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Presentation is on point! Image by windowsonaruba.com

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.

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Love for pasta! Image by sweetpeppersaruba.restaurant.com

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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.

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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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