Happy Aruba Meals at the Friendliest Family Restaurants

Most restaurants in Aruba are capable to accommodate and serve couples with children, it’s more reassuring to know which venues are specialized in family dining. Eateries that include special options for children on their menu come in handy. The same goes for tables with coloring placemats and crayons to keep the youngest diners busy.    

Barney’s in Palm Beach for instance, offers a long list of kid-friendly dishes like Macaroni and Cheese, Little Hamburgers, Fishy Fingers with fries and mini desserts to keep those little tummies full and smiling.         

For a complete and cozy island feel, pick a breezy corner and snuggle up at The West Deck. Enjoy gorgeous sunsets, healthy refreshments and impressive homemade specialties like Whole Red Snapper, or Baby Snappers for the smaller appetites.

An underwater dinner adventure can be easily accomplished at the newly renovated Buccaneer Restaurant – even empty plates (with all those sea creatures cheering from behind the glass windows). At Benihana, every member of the party can put a chef hat on to get cooking and swinging. And De Suikertuin offers an invigorating High Tea Party for friends and families craving sweet and hearty picks and bites with their hot cuppa.

Breakfast, lunch and dinner favorites (not only kids picks) like Dutch pancakes are served at various Dutch Cafes in Aruba. Just like menus that can be kid-sized and family-friendly prices. Here is a list to get your party started. 



The traditional German 'Biergarten' started out with family-style outdoor seating, plenty of fresh beer from the barrel, but no food at all. Because brewers weren't allowed to sell anything to eat, guests would bring their own picnic baskets...  Read More



The name Red Fish is inspired by Aruba's world famous Pisca Cora (Red Snapper) - a favorite catch of the day on the island. Good thing is, snappers are not the only bites available at this fairly new eatery in the recently opened Orange Plaza....  Read More



Cafe The Plaza is the queen of cafes and captures the neighborhood vibe well, complete with free wi fi, comfy couch, hiding area in the back for anti-social writers, newspaper readers or guests looking for a cool spot to have an early coffee, a...  Read More

Buccaneer Restaurant
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This seafood stop has been a must for visitors and locals since 1980. The nautically decorated dining room complements the revamped bill of fare. Succulent lobster Thermidor, flaky barracuda and a delicious crabmeat cocktail are special...  Read More



A visit to downtown Oranjestad just isn't complete without a rendezvous with The Old Fisherman, which focuses on local seafood and Aruban dishes, but also includes international options like US Black Angus Tenderloin and Seafood Linguini with...  Read More



This lovely, authentic Aruban house is indeed The Sugar Garden (De Suikertuin) of downtown Oranjestad. Wherever you choose to take a seat, - inside, in the cozy, air-conditioned home-style cafe or outside, under a tropical tree or in the shady...  Read More

Benihana Aruba
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'Teppan' means steel grill, and 'yaki' is another word for broiled. Aruba loves Japanese cuisine, and having a Teppanyaki restaurant like Benihana on the island is not a luxury at all for families and friends who want to have a uniquely...  Read More



Having a family of their own, Dutch couple Ron and Eline know how important it is to make any guest feel at home. At Barney's, diners of all ages can rest assure that they'll find more than just a decent meal to satisfy their appetite. Apart...  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



Aruba has several excellent steakhouses, but El Gaucho stands out for many reasons. Not only are they celebrating 35 years of great food, great friends and memorable moments. This recently renovated townhouse in downtown Oranjestad is loved by...  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