Taste the Caribbean: An Abundance of Choices in Aruba

At 10Best, we're always on the lookout for Aruba's best restaurants, and while we appreciate places that have a broad culinary range, we can't help but adore restaurants that specialize in a given cuisine. 


When we're in the mood for Caribbean food in Aruba, we head to Papiamento Restaurant - a reader favorite - or we count on Charlie's Bar & Restaurant's solid track record and consistently great dishes. You'll find these places - and any of the restaurants on our list - to be fantastic options for Caribbean cuisine. 


If you're looking to concentrate your efforts, start with the vibrant Greater Oranjestad area. The West Deck is a perfect spot for sampling and sharing appetizer-sized dishes.


The Caribbean influence is everywhere in Aruba. Vibrant colors, festive flavors, riveting rhythms and lots of spice are common expressions when describing life in the tropics. 


Not until visitors arrive on the island, reality starts to kick in. The sky really is that blue! The beaches are indeed picture-perfect! And dinner on the beach, steel pan music in the background, flaming torches, waving palms, sunset… is actually very easy to arrange. Aruba offers plenty of magnificent choices. Kick off those shoes at romantic beach restaurant Barefoot and immerse yourself in vacation mode.  


Exquisite Dutch Caribbean specialties in a unique local setting, laid-back and affordable island picks downtown… Check out this 10Best Caribbean restaurants list before making reservations.

Charlie's Bar & Restaurant
Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp

This bar, founded by Dutch couple Charles and Marie Brouns, has been an island legend for more than 70 years. Many people visit just out of curiosity or to study the outrageous decor: banners, pennants, posters, stickers and bric-a-brac cover...  Read More

The colorful building on the corner, right on your way to or from the beaches in Sero Colorado, has been sold. But the soul of Costa Riba Restaurant is still alive and cooking. Legendary couple Kamini and her husband Pete have temporarily moved...  Read More

In a small, yet smart space in the busy Oranjestad neighborhood, chef and owner Jose Do Nascimento returns to his Portuguese roots and serves up a fresh and flavorful menu. Gostoso, which translates to "palatable" in Portuguese, gives meaning to...  Read More

Airport - Aua

With or without a perfect sunset or an upscale menu, Arubaville (formerly known as Marandi) manages to stake its claim as one of the most romantic (and chilling!) restaurants in Aruba. The unique waterfront setting - an open-air palapa hut...  Read More

L.G.Smith Boulevard

This family-owned beach bar and grill is situated on one of the gorgeous beaches along the L.G. Smith Boulevard, called Governor's Bay – the Governor's house is right across the street. Being part of Aruba's buzzing Linear Park, The West Deck...  Read More


Papiamento is the native language of Aruba, and an authentic, Aruban villa built in 1886. Transformed into one of the island's most cherished restaurants and run by the dedicated, local family Ellis. This historical cunucu house, filled with...  Read More

L.G.Smith Boulevard

While watching the sun set, a sailboat silhouette slides silently along the horizon, a couple of children play on the beach with no care in the world and a Barefoot Delight is the perfect cocktail to toast to an amazing evening (you immediately...  Read More

Northwest Coast

Part of the experience of Madame Jeanette is finding the place! Located out in the cunucu (or countryside) this award winning little eatery is under the stars of the beautiful Caribbean. Run by Chef Boris Druschkowitsch, the restaurant is named...  Read More

Eagle Beach
Ike's Bistro
Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp

Located at the Manchebo Beach Resort, there's the fairly new and already popular Ike's Bistro. This young culinary team guided by Chef Ever de la Peña, draws inspiration from both, the Mediterranean and the Caribbean region. Cozy up at the...  Read More

The Kitchen Table By White
Photo courtesy of Albert Braamskamp

Aruba visitors who are familiar with White Modern Cuisine and Chef Urvin's exquisite creations, will be thrilled by the news of his latest endeavour: The Kitchen Table By White at the recently opened Blue Residences. The menu changes every...  Read More


Meet Liliana Erasmus

Born and raised in Aruba, Liliana moved to the Netherlands to continue her college education in Marketing. Since 1998 she’s been back on her beloved island, where she is working as a...  More About Liliana

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