Oranjestad has some of the finest dining options you'll find on holidays to Aruba. You'll be able to taste the Dutch influence here, as well as the tasty flavour combinations of Caribbean cuisine and popular international favourites. Have a look below at our top 10 restaurant recommendations for your Aruba holidays to Oranjestad.
Wilhelmina Restaurant is one of Aruba's premier dining options and has earned the coveted Aruba Carte Blanche award. Serving dishes such as lobster and a delicious lemon pie, the chefs prepare a wide range of international favourites as well as superb fusion combinations.
Have a relaxed breakfast, lunch or dinner and take in the sea views from the terrace at Matthew's Beachside Restaurant. There's live music in the evenings and food ranges from pancakes to shrimp platters. Pop in on Tuesdays for all-you-can-eat spare ribs, Wednesdays for karaoke and Thursdays for Italian.
For a real gastronomic treat, go to Fred Restaurant for a five course set-menu dinner that includes shrimp soup, tenderloin steak or seabass prepared fresh in front of you. This intimate dining experience is held on an open-air terrace where you'll get to chat with your fellow guests.
This cosy restaurant is one of the best places to go for sushi. Tatami Sushi Bar offers an authentic Japanese style dining experience where you can sample Sake with fresh fish and vegetable sushi, plus bite-sized sashimi.
At Chalet Suisse you'll find German, Dutch and Swiss options such as wiener schnitzel and apple strudel as well as some of the best steaks in the area. Watch the sunset as you enjoy your meal in the main dining room, or book the private Chalet Room for special occasions, with its 200 year old wood panelling.
The West Deck is located on a small sandy peninsula, giving you amazing views out to sea and along the coastline. Sample their delicious Caribbean dishes such as coconut shrimp and grilled plantain while relaxing with a margarita.
Popular with locals, The Old Fisherman gives you a real taste of Caribbean dishes prepared Aruba style. Try seafood soups, conch in a mildly spiced red sauce or the fresh catch of the day. This is a great place for families and groups of friends to go and linger over a long meal.
For freshly made sandwiches, baguettes and great cappuccinos and lattes, make a trip to Delifrance. Located across the road from the sea, you can sit on the terrace and enjoy the views while eating a fresh fruit salad. Try a mushroom omelette or breakfast egg, ham and cheese croissant on your way to the beach.
Awarded 'Best Breakfast in Aruba' The Dutch Pancake House is definitely worth a visit. The Blueberry Hill pancake, piled up with fresh blueberries, is highly recommended. They also do light lunches such as their Dutch Platter with potato croquettes or Dutch meat rolls served with French fries, apple sauce and garnish.
Barefoot Restaurant describes itself as 'elegant dining in flip flops'. Located a few steps away from the seashore you can kick off your shoes while you dine, ready for an after dinner stroll along the shore. Serving Caribbean and European style dishes, sample tasty crab cakes and moreish pineapple island chicken.