Discover Dining and Drinks in Aruba

Dine on the freshest seafood with breathtaking ocean views for lunch. Relax after an exciting day in the sun at local upscale restaurants, and soak in the Papiamento culture as you receive the best service. It’s easy to have a thrilling time in Aruba, and these are the upscale, casual and unique places you’ll want to experience the most during your time on this “one happy island.”

Pelican Pier

The Pelican Nest at Pelican Pier is a great spot to enjoy the feeling of being right on the water. I would recommend this laid back, picture perfect venue for lunch or a drink.

I usually order a “Vojito” here, and the menu boasts many other options. Honestly this is the best casual lunch spot on the island. You can just walk right in with your swimsuit on, relax in the shade and watch the boats go by.

Each day the bar and grill catches fresh seafood and prepares it for you. I would highly recommend the Conch Fritters! You can even make reservations easily online for lunch or dinner. The venue is located between the Holiday Inn and the Playa Linda Resort, and also offers “Pelican Adventures” which includes tours and water sports.

Gianni’s Ristorante Italiano

Located across from the Hilton Aruba Resort, Gianni’s is known for its delightful cheese wheel. The chef cooks the spaghetti “al Formaggio Parmiagiano” in front of the table, lighting it on fire within the giant cheese bowl and serving it straight from there!

This is an exciting restaurant with open aired seating. I recommend making reservations to not miss out on this experience.

Bugaloe Beach Bar and Grill

Another oceanfront venue to grab breakfast, lunch or dinner at is the Bugaloe Beach Bar and Grill, right on Palm Beach. This cozy place is located at De Palm Pier between the Hilton Resort and RIU Hotel.

Indulge in one of their various Caribbean cocktails and get great prices on Balashi, a local beer. The grill is open from 7:30 am to 11 pm.

Hyatt Regency Bars and Restaurants

The Hyatt Regency Resort and Casino has a little bit of everything, including Piet’s Pier Bar, the Palms Restaurant and Ruinas del Mar.

I’ve stayed there multiple times and had a great experience at the resort.

Our favorite bartender, Aison!

You don’t have to be a guest to enjoy these great places and walk the grounds, which are absolutely stunning. The Alfresco Bar in the lobby is a great spot to stop by before dinner for a drink, and the Palms Beach Bar is right off the beach walkway. They play sports and serve all the best mixed drinks and beer. Lose track of time while you sip on an Arubiscus (my personal favorite) or a refreshing Cucumber Flash.

Casa Tua Pizzeria

Casa Tua has two locations in Aruba, the Arawak Gardens and the Renaissance Marketplace. We have enjoyed eating multiple times at the one located off Palm Beach, which is the Arawak Garden location. Both locations offer the same great thin crust pizzas, lasagna, rigatoni, ossobuco di vitello, and much more. Feel the warm Aruba breeze and relax under the lights as you dine at this comfortable and romantic setting.

Big Mama’s Grill


Big Mama Grill is a fun beach shack bar and grill located at Baby Beach. This is a perfect stop to grab a burger and beer at, and has great, laid back vibes.

The grill offers a mix of American and Caribbean dishes such as seafood, sandwiches, platters, snacks and more. Take a look at their menu on Trip Advisor here.

Faro Blanco Restaurant

The Faro Blanco Restaurant is known for its Italian cuisine and great views. The place is located right by Aruba’s famous landmark, the California Lighthouse (pictured above), which is also open for touring. Book a dinner here and watch the sunset over the sea and surrounding nature area.

Quinta del Carmen

Quinta del Carmen is an upscale restaurant with a welcoming ambiance and intriguing history behind its building. The menu is a mixture of French cuisine and delicious seafood. There’s a little bit of everything for everyone here such as; savory tenderloin, lamb, pork roast, duck breast, salmon, lobster tail, grouper and more. The building has been around since 1916 and has served as a hospital and private home at various times throughout the years before it became a restaurant.

More Upscale Restaurants

There are so many great places in Aruba, it’s hard to cover them all! Here are more restaurants my family and I have been to that are satisfying fine dining choices:

Noteworthy Nightlife

Have you been to Aruba? Be sure to read about the Hyatt Regency Resort and Casino and my stay there:*All photos are by Sarah and Scott Guiler

13 thoughts on “Discover Dining and Drinks in Aruba”

  1. I asked my mom if she could go anywhere in the world, where would she go? She told me she’d love to go to Aruba and South Africa. I am trying to plan a surprise trip to Aruba, and have been gathering information. It looks like you have provided some great options. I will definitely be pinning for later reference.

    1. Thank you! I have been to Aruba a few times and actually haven’t been there though it does cost money apparently. I didn’t realize that there was one until recently, but now I’m hoping to go when I go back with my family next! Have you been?

  2. Amazing! I am also a traveller and I am curious about Aruba. Do they have very fine, powdery white sand there too?

  3. Interesting article. Looks like you had lots of fun in Aruba. I recently also rounded up a few of the best places to eat on my blog about Aruba also. The food here is simply delicious!

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