There are a lot of high-end restaurants in Palm Beach these days, but The Blue Lobster is one of those places at which you can have a delectable meal without dressing up for the occasion. This small, intimate and very welcoming family-owned restaurant, operated by German Castano and executive chef Sandro Herold, features international cuisine, over 18 Lobster Dishes to choose from and is winner of The Certificate Of Excellence Award by Tripadvisor for 2012 and 2013. An extensive wine list and a well stocked bar including exotic Caribbean cocktails and house drinks complement attractive dishes like the Lobster Ravioli or the Spicy Lobster Casserole. Non-lobster guests can opt for Chef Sandro's Tuna & Shrimp or Scallop Combinations, or savor a juicy Filet Mignon – if it's meat-only. And if there's still a spot for a signature dessert, try The Blue Lobster's Tiramisu, it's ample for two, but only if one is willing to share. Enjoy!
Recommended for Seafood because: The Blue Lobster is not only an awarded seafood restaurant, it's the friendliest lobster house in Aruba.
Liliana's expert tip: For lunch The Blue Lobster offers many international platters, and also local specialties for take out.
The Peruvian kitchen is known for its large variety and taste, blending distinct traditions and cultures like Spanish, Incan, African and Asian cuisines. For beginners, the curious, the hungry, or the more seasoned foodies: the only authentic Peruvian restaurant in Aruba serving traditional dishes like spicy Ceviche and Aji specials (seafood delicacy prepared with yellow chile pepper), is located in one of the most monumental streets in Oranjestad, the Wilhelminastraat. Although the draw is not its fancy looks, Delimar is a favorite place for many locals and tourists who appreciate big flavor, fresh seafood, and friendliness at a reasonable price.
Recommended for Seafood because: Delimar has a wonderful selection of flavorful fish and seafood dishes to get acquainted with.
Liliana's expert tip: Don't be in a hurry and don't expect fluent English explanations, just visit Delimar for its passionately created Peruvian dishes and savor each bite with ease.
If you want to eat where locals have dined for decades, try Marina Pirata. This fishing pier restaurant has been serving fresh fish, seafood and a variety of Caribbean and international dishes to tourists and residents alike. Its comfortable ambience augments a menu that is familiar yet different. There is escargots in garlic, breaded squid and conch in oyster sauce that isn't the standard version. At Marina Pirata, the friendly staff has been around since the opening day and some of the recipes, like the homemade Tiramisu and the Creole sauce, are from the owner's mother, including the traditional sides of funchi hasa (fried cornmeal), pan bati (hearty Aruban pancakes) and fried plantain. And don't forget to take a peek at the fishes, they're also part of this romantic setting.
Recommended for Seafood because: Marina Pirata has been serving delightful local seafood dishes in a typical Aruban ambiance for more than 28 years.
Liliana's expert tip: Make a reservation in advance and be sure to ask for one of the dock tables next to the water.
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 Marinara or Alfredo sauce. Locals love this spot, especially for lunch and breakfast. So, prepare to feel a bit crammed and jammed. The tiny dining room is decorated with nautical items, fishing gear and many memorable photos of Aruban fishermen. The seafood courses are named after some of these local sea heroes and list interesting plates of sauteed conch called Jan Semeleer or a Claudio Wolf - a whole red snapper grilled, fried or any way you like. The beverage list features local beers, classic cocktails and the regular soft drinks. For a special non-alcoholic beverage, ask for a refreshing glass of 'awa di lamoenchi' (home-made lemonade).
Recommended for Seafood because: The Old Fisherman is known for its typical Aruban fish and seafood offerings and local friendliness.
Liliana's expert tip: try The Old Fishermen's local favorite "funchi hasa cu keshi" (fried cornmeal cakes topped with cheese) for starters.
As much as some of us need our daily bread, there are quite a few who can't get through the week (or even the day) without a good portion of freshly caught fish, or seafood. Daily Fish, located in the Super Food Plaza, is happy to oblige with a wide selection of local catches and imported quality seafood and fish from around the world. Famished customers are welcome to sample sizzling hot Fish and Chips with flavorful homemade sauces. Perfectly smoked specialties like eel and salmon, fresh seafood soups of the day or a salted herring, will keep the taste buds begging for more than just one day of fish.
Recommended for Seafood because: Daily Fish is the place to be for the freshest fish and seafood bites to eat in or take out.
Liliana's expert tip: Try Dutch specialty "Zoute Haring" (salted herring) by holding it at the tail, dipping it in raw onions, tilting your head back and lowering it into your mouth for a first - and probably not last - bite.
Zeerover means Sea Pirate, but for locals it's synonymous with ice cold beer and seafood at reasonable prices. With fresh off-the-boat fare, a laid-back atmosphere where you order from a window and eat outside, this cozy seafood shack in the heart of fishing village Savaneta is a haven for fresh catches of the day. The baskets of fried fish and jumbo shrimps are paired with local side dishes such as "pan bati" (Aruban pancakes), "funchi" (hearty cornmeal cake or fritters) and "banana hasa" (fried plantain). Grab a table on the wooden deck, play a game of domino with new friends while waiting for your order or just purchase fresh fish to go, if you want your catch grilled or steamed at home. These pirates only dig into the deep-fried.
Recommended for Seafood because: Zeerover is the place to be for fresh from the sea and right into your basket.
Liliana's expert tip: Shrimp is cooked head on to peel and eat, but there's a sink, soap and towels right on the deck to wash your hands afterwards. Don't miss out on the fun!
Since 1986 Driftwood is a reliable seafood-driven restaurant, hidden behind the main street of downtown Oranjestad. Traditionally prepared, super-fresh seafood is the draw here - the owners catch their own every day. Broiled Caribbean lobster is always a solid choice, but the fresh catch of the day, prepared to your liking, is really the standout. Whether you opt for Aruban style (pan-fried with a Creole sauce), a la Meuniere (dipped in egg batter and sauteed with white wine and lemon), or deep-fried, your selection will arrive with sides of rice or potato, fresh steamed veggies, pan bati, the local hearty pancakes and fried plantain. Landlubbers will appreciate the steak and chicken options, too.
Recommended for Seafood because: Driftwood restaurant has the freshest catches of the day and delicious local side dishes.
Liliana's expert tip: You can also go offshore fishing with the Driftwood crew during the day to eat your catch later that evening. Charters are available from 8 am to noon and from 1 pm to 5 pm. Check out Driftwood's website for more information.
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 embraces the calming views of the ocean where cruise ships and yachts sail by, airplanes descend for landing and fishing boats anchor in clear blue water.Whether the sun is reaching its highest point at noon or disappearing gloriously below the horizon, it shouldn't be celebrated without a refreshing Beer-Rita, Mojito or an ice cold Chill (locally brewed light beer) out of the bucket. Try favorite small plates like Conch Fritters and Island Coconut Shrimps. Whatever the plan is; sharing plates or choosing your own entrees, having drinks or only dessert, lunch or dinner; The West Deck is the perfect place to find what island life is about.
Perched right on the beach, this seafood restaurant, named after Ernest Hemingway's most acclaimed novel The Old Man and the Sea, is one of Aruba's most atmospheric oceanside spots. With new chef Christian and his culinary team, not only the setting, but also the food is a draw. Start with a Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail for two or a tasty pumpkin soup before enjoying sophisticated seafood dishes such as the beautifully presented Caribbean Lobster Thermidor. Or try the Fresh Catch of the Day served with a rich papaya sauce. Landlubbers can enjoy a Filet Mignon with mustard sauce and skillfully prepared sweet potatoes. So long as you've gone this far, you may as well finish off your meal with the popular Banana Foster or an Apple Tart.
Recommended for Seafood because: The Old Man & The Sea still has the warmth, unhastiness and authenticity a welcoming Aruban restaurant has always been known for.
Liliana's expert tip: Ask for The Old Man and the Sea's daily specials to taste fresh and tasteful local concoctions.
There are a lot of high-end restaurants in Palm Beach these days, but Wacky Wahoo's is one of those places at which you can have a satisfying meal without dressing up for the occasion. This small, intimate and very welcoming restaurant, owned by chef Harald Rudel and his wife Rossanna, offers only wild caught fresh Caribbean fish together with imported hand selected Argentine steaks and a fusion of Aruban and International cuisine. You'll find sea scallops on a bed of Japanese seaweed and sesame pasta, smoked King crab, pan-seared conch, and Aruban ceviche with fresh lime and cilantro. The staff is friendly, the prices are moderate, and the Wahoos are not only wacky... they're tasty, too!
Recommended for Seafood because: Wacky Wahoo's delicious seafood dishes are an interesting fusion of local and Latin American cuisine.
Liliana's expert tip: Wacky Wahoo's tends to get busy. Make your reservations only by phone and after 3:00 pm.