Classical delicacies such as frogs' legs, duck, venison, foie gras and chateaubriand join fresh Caribbean catch such as mahi-mahi and wahoo, Argentinean churrasco, Middle Eastern shoarma, Japanese sushi and teppanyaki selections, Spanish tapas, Indian curries, Caribbean jerk ribs, homemade pastas, USDA choice steaks, Maine lobster and local goat stew and keshi yena. Indeed, the tiny island nation of Aruba provides an impressive world culinary tour rivaling the most cosmopolitan of cities.
Popular Restaurants in Aruba:
Charlie's Bar and Restaurant: Now on its "third generation Charlie," Charlie's Bar opened its doors for the first time back in 1941 by the original Charlie, Dutchman, along with his faithful wife. Charlie's has survived all these years to become the Aruban icon that it is today. The interior walls and ceiling of Charlie's are covered with memorabilia - every inch of it - which gives it true character. The fish, shrimp and squid are as fresh as you'd think they'd be at a seaside establishment - but when your steak of choice comes out grilled to perfection, you'll realize Charlie's is anything BUT your typical surf-n-turf joint. Main courses come smothered in garlic sauce, stewed peppers, and celery. Beef tenderloin, Pasapalo, and Churrasco are spiced with a tangy brown sauce and come with hearty steak fries. If your taste buds dig the hot stuff, then don't dare pass on the Honeymoon Sauce - a dynamite (pun intended) blend of scotch bonnet peppers, onions, carrots, sweet peppers, coriander, and vinegar. With its fantastic food, super friendly staff and relaxed environment, Charlie's is an absolute "must go" destination when you visit Aruba - just ask all the repeat guests you'll run into when you get there! As their website says, they've been waiting since 1941 for you to come see them...what are you waiting for?
L.G. Smith's Chop and Steak House. What do you get when you add a trendy decor of teakwood paneling, creamy quartzite stone columns, and black and white furniture, to a breathtaking panoramic view of the Oranjestad marina, together with a reasonably-priced, mouthwatering Certified Angus Beef (R) brand steak cooked exactly the way you like (or 'caught just hours ago' fresh fish), plus a to-die-for wine list and amazingly sumptuous dessert menu? It all adds up to a fabulous night to remember forever! At L.G. Smith's Steak and Chop House, the chefs go far beyond the routine surf 'n turf by offering specialty dishes such as: free-range chicken with a red-pepper laced cranberry sauce and locally caught tuna with a cilantro-laced mango salsa. And the wait staff goes above and beyond as well by catering to your every dining need.
Located in Savaneta, the Flying Fishbone restaurant has "on-the-beach-dining" perfected. Every detail, small to large, has had careful consideration - from the vast selection of quality menu items offered to the tranquil background music to the training of the wait staff to be attentive without breaking the mood - all to make your dinner at the Flying Fishbone one you'll talk about for years, if not decades, to come. The decor consists of the white sands under your feet, the gently swaying palms, a breathtaking sunset which slowly transforms into a starlit night, flickering tiki torches, and the softly crashing waves. Gourmet seafood and meat dishes are freshly prepared and asthetically plated. The knowledgeable staff are happy to recommend the perfect wine to accompany your entree or suggest an after-dinner cocktail. For a deliciously sweet way to end your meal, there are many decadent desserts from which to choose. Signature menu dishes include: fresh chilled dutch oysters, oriental gazpacho with shrimp tempura, terrine of duck liver with fig compote and reduction of balsamic vinegar, osso bucco milanese with porcini sauce, ½ caribbean lobster tail & shrimp skewer, ½ caribbean lobster tail & sirloin steak, and ½ sirloin steak & shrimp.
Pincho's Grill and Bar. Perched on a short pier at the Surfside Marina in Oranjestad, this casual, open-air restaurant has it all - a relaxed and romantic atmosphere, an incredible view, sumptuous and perfectly prepared meals, and outstanding service. This 11-table restaurant is the perfect setting for watching the sun set and cruise ships pass by as you relax and sip a cocktail at your waterside table. The menu at Pincho's (Spanish for "skewer") offers up mouthwatering selections such as: Pan-seared Caribbean Grouper, Espetada de Mariscos (Seafood Brochette), Dark Rum Infused Blue Cheese Tenderloin Skewer, Mango Margarita Shrimps. These world-class dishes are perfectly prepared and asthetically presented. Pincho's Grill and Bar is owned and run by chef Robby Peterson who prepares delectable meals on the grill in his tiny kitchen, and Anabela Peterson de Sousa who keeps the guests happy. Before or after dinner, the bar area is great for enjoying ocean breezes over an evening cocktail or after dinner drink, and there is live entertainment every weekend. No wonder many visitors consider a visit to Pincho's an essential part of the Aruba experience.