If you’re looking for a great dining experience in the Caribbean, Aruba offers an abundance of seafood, critically acclaimed chefs, and numerous restaurants worth your dining attention. For an idyllic spot for your dinner date, consider four of the country’s best restaurants.
Pelican Nest Seafood Grill
Views of the sunset over the water and the freshest seafood around combine to make Pelican Nest Seafood Grill a perfect place for a dinner date. As you step out onto the pier where the restaurant is located, you hear the waves lapping at the shore and spot parasailers and boats off in the distance. Fish swim right up to the pier, and you feed them pieces of bread from your seat! All this sets the stage for your choice of fresh-caught seafood, like grilled snapper or grouper, sweet lobster, or skewers of huge shrimp. You can’t decide on just one dish, so instead you choose a seafood combination platter for a sampling of everything.
Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant
Located on the beach at Casa del Mar resort, Matthew’s Beachside Restaurant is an idyllic place to grab a bite. Sink your toes in the sand and enjoy a secluded, candle-lit dinner of beef tenderloin and the freshest lobster tail you’ve ever tasted. Feel the breeze on your face as you watch the vibrant hues of the sunset and listen to the waves crash nearby. Prefer a night out with friends? Indulge in mango-orange tilapia or all-you-can-eat ribs as you listen to live music, sing a few tunes at karaoke, or catch the big game on their flat-screen TVs. No matter how you choose to dine at Matthew’s, the friendly and attentive waitstaff will make sure your dinner on the beach is one meal you’ll never forget.
Pinchos Grill & Bar
As you approach Pinchos Grill & Bar, the warm glow of lanterns lining the pier walkway lets you know you’re in for a romantic dining experience. The restaurant is located on its own secluded pier, guaranteeing you enjoy a peaceful and relaxing meal with your sweetheart. You start with the shrimp ceviche for an appetizer with a balance of citrus, sweet mango, spicy peppers, pungent onions, and of course, fresh shrimp. You’re not sure how to continue from there. How do you choose between the seafood and the steak? You don’t need to, as you can have it all by adding a lobster tail to your meat. The lobster tails are served with a spicy-sweet pineapple curry sauce, and the filet mignon is topped with a velvety, rum-infused blue cheese sauce. It’s all deliciously decadent.
White Modern Cuisine
Another restaurant must in Aruba is White Modern Cuisine. White tablecloths, white decor, and modern design touches greet you as you walk in the door, hinting at the fine dining experience in store for you. You order the Mojito White, one of the signature cocktails, and watch the expert mixologists at work. They even give you a quick lesson in cocktail mixing as they explain what they’re doing step by step. The education doesn’t end there. You head on over to the open kitchen and have a seat as you observe the chefs carefully plating every component of your meal. The colorful sauces and garnishes combined with the way ingredients are layered and plated make each dish a work of art. But this food is more than pretty. Gourmet ingredients and unexpected flavor combinations create an unforgettable meal. To start you try the duck appetizer. It’s served with a tangy fruit compote and topped with a peanut butter powder. Crispy rice chips on the side make sure you have the perfect combination of sweet, salty, and savory.