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10 Best Beachfront Restaurants in Aruba For a Romantic Dinner

Are you looking for the most romantic beachfront restaurants in Aruba? Then I got you covered!

Aruba is a beautiful island located in the Caribbean Sea and part of the Dutch Antilles.

Aruba is mainly famous for its flamingos white sandy beaches and turquoise waters. But Aruba has so much more to offer – one of these things being amazing restaurants.

Since my trip to Aruba with my husband was my wedding present to him, I made it my mission to find the most romantic beachfront restaurants in Aruba!

Now that we enjoyed them it is time to share the secrets of the most romantic Aruba restaurants (as well as the famous Aruba restaurant IN the water).

Let’s get to it!

1. Pure Ocean

Pure Ocean restaurant in Palm Beach, Aruba is my favorite restaurant on the water in Aruba. It is part of the Divi Phoenix Resort that we stayed at – and it was divine.

The cute restaurant is located right on the beach and you are sitting either on the sand right by the shore or a bit further inside the beautiful open restaurant space.

Among other reasons, this was our favorite beachfront restaurant in Aruba for a romantic date because the location is super private.

There are only a few tables – and both sides of the restaurant are covered in a beach without any buildings or people. The ceiling is lit up with fairy lights, which makes the experience extra romantic.

The service is great and the food as well as the wine was lovely. The menu is nicely diverse and there is something for everyone. We are seafood and steak and a cake for dessert, paired with excellent red wine.

Admittedly, the experience was a bit pricey but all restaurants in Aruba on the beach are. Make sure to make a reservation beforehand because it is mostly fully booked. I can recommend this restaurant as a super romantic dinner spot in Aruba.

For reservations head over here.

2. Marina Pirata, Savaneta

This restaurant is a super secret tip for everyone looking for an authentic seafood restaurant in Aruba directly on the water – and super non-touristic!

We discovered this place via our Airbnb host, and it is such a hidden gem! Marina Pirata in Savaneta is without a doubt the best seafood restaurant in Aruba!

We ate delicious fish of the day and drank the authentic beer of Aruba, the Balashi, at Marina Pirata. The restaurant is located right on the waterfront and you can see the fisher-boats come and go in the marina.

The atmosphere is absolutely lovely and the restaurant is pretty low-key compared to other Aruba hot spots.

The service personnel was super sweet and attentive and we really enjoyed our dinner there. My husband rated Marina Pirata as his favorite seafood restaurant in Aruba. Learn more over here.

If you are a lover of seafood and sunsets – why not book a romantic sunset sail in Aruba?

3. The Flying Fishbone (Aruba Beachfront Restaurant IN the Water)

I would not believe it if I hadn’t seen it for myself – there is an actual restaurant IN the water in Aruba.

The Flying Fishbone is not only famous for its amazing seafood – but it is also famous as the only restaurant in Aruba for dinner IN the water.

For people who are not comfortable with having wet feet while eating – don’t worry, you can also sit on the shore!

The Flying Fishbone restaurant in Aruba is also located in Savaneta and a bit off the beaten tracks. However, this is truly a hot spot and open tables are a rare commodity, so make sure to make a reservation.

We had delicious fish and mussels there and had some fun cocktails – a half margarita, half Balashi beer!

This place is something else, and a super romantic but also fun restaurant you need to check out in Aruba.

For reservations at the only restaurant in Aruba in the water head over here.

4. Ricardo’s on Eagle Beach

Ricardo’s is our favorite beachfront restaurant on Arubas Eagle Beach. It is part of the Aruba Beach Club resort and is a super romantic beachfront restaurant.

They serve delicious Italian food and the cakes are to die for! Also, the cocktails are pretty great – I loved the Margarita with chili flakes on the glass!

Ricardo’s is kind of an anytime restaurant in Aruba. It is open from 08:00 am until late at night. So you can have a great meal in a romantic spot any time of the day.

The atmosphere is super beautiful! We would rate it as one of the best beachfront restaurants on Eagle Beach for sure! For reservations head over here.

5. Barefoot Restaurant

Barefoot is an amazing spot for a romantic dinner in Aruba and one of the most beloved beachfront restaurants in Aruba.

The food is exquisite and the location is super romantic. The tables are right there on the beach, where you can see an amazing sunset.

There are also some tables under a palapa, in case of rain.

Barefoot Restaurant is a bit pricey, but in my opinion well worth it. I also love their motto: Elegant Dining in Flip Flops.

Barefoot Restaurant has one of the best sunset dinners in Aruba.

6. The Pelican Nest Seafood Grill and Bar

The Pelican Nest has been somewhat of an institution in Aruba.

It has been around since 1994 and is beloved among locals and tourists alike. The entire restaurant is built on a platform above water, so you will have an amazing view while you eat.

They offer amazing seafood dishes – their Peruvian chef gives it a special twist.

My favorite meal is the Mermaid Trio – a selection of their most beloved fish dishes.

7. Atardi

Atardi is another fabulous beachfront restaurant located in Palm Beach, Aruba.

The word Atardi means late afternoon in Papiamentu – and that’s when you should hop by there.

Atardi restaurant is a pop-up restaurant at the Aruba Marriott Resort & Stellaris Casino. It has a prime location, with an amazing view over the sunset. The resort is a great place for a honeymoon in Aruba.

They serve delicious cuisine, in a fine dining manner. This restaurant definitely needs to be on your list!

If you are looking for an extra romantic experience, you can even rent out the entire beach for one evening (including 45 minutes of photography).

A private beach dinner in Aruba is probably the most amazing thing you can organize for your significant other.

8. Passions on the Beach

Passions on the Beach at Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort is another great beachfront restaurant in Aruba.

You can have breakfast, lunch and dinner at Passions on the Beach Restaurant.

They serve delicious meat and seafood dishes paired with fine wine. Surprisingly, they also have a big selection of vegan dishes.

And wait until you try their Key Lime Pie – it is to die for!

9. Water’s Edge Restaurant & Bar

The Water’s Edge Restaurant is located on the famous Eagle Beach, at the Costa Linda Beach Resort. It is one of the coolest Aruba restaurants on the beach. It is also the best restaurant in Aruba with a view.

They serve their food in a leisurely gourmet kinda way – something I definitely love.

They do not only have one daily happy hour – but three. In the morning, afternoon and evening you can enjoy delicious cocktails at the happy hour at Water’s Edge.

Another thing I really love about this restaurant is that they have daily live music. That makes for an extra special ambiance.

If you are looking for a romantic dinner on the beach in Aruba – this is it.

10. Elements Restaurant

The Elements Restaurant is an extension of the Bucuti & Tara Beach Resort’s.

The special thing about this Aruba beachside restaurant is, that they serve mainly healthy choices with fresh ingredients.

They have four different menus that you can choose from: Organic & Natural, Vegetarian & Vegan, Gluten-Free, and World Cuisine.

My favorite is of course the World Cuisine.

All in all, the restaurant offers an amazing dining experience on the beach.

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Conclusion: Best Aruba Beachfront Restaurants

To sum it up: no place has as many amazing beachfront restaurants as Aruba does. There are so many romantic restaurants in Aruba, it is hard to pick my favorite.

There is a big array of different restaurants that offer beachside dining, fresh seafood, and happy hours.

If you only have time for one of these restaurants, make sure to check out Flying Fishbone – the Aruba restaurant with its feet in the water.

Of course, the cute Marina Pirata Restaurant will always have a special place in my heart as well.

If you are done with beachside dining in Aruba, head out on a romantic Sunset Cruise in Aruba.

Wondering if Aruba is located in South America? Check out my geographical Aruba info.

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About the Author

Sabrina is a passionate travel blogger and content creator, based in the Netherlands. She spends most parts of the year abroad at various destinations with her husband.

She provides slow-paced itineraries that focus on quality over quantity. Sabrina wants to help her readers to get more out of their travel experiences – while doing less. Read more.

FAQ: Beachfront Restaurants Aruba

Can you wear shorts to dinner in Aruba?

Yes, you can wear shorts to dinner in Aruba. In most places, shorts are very much accepted. Since the temperatures in Aruba are so hot, most restaurants do not enforce a strict dress code. I would suggest dressing “casually elegant” in Aruba for dinner.

Do you need reservations for Aruba restaurants?

Yes, I suggest making reservations for Aruba restaurants. Especially at sunset times, the Aruba beachfront restaurants can get busy. It is always handy to have a reservation.

What time do people eat dinner in Aruba?

People eat dinner in Aruba around 08:00 pm. Keep in mind that the sunset in Aruba is usually around 07:00 pm, so you might want to head out to dinner early for an amazing sunset view.

Do restaurants in Aruba take credit cards?

Yes, restaurants in Aruba take credit cards. Visa, MasterCard, and American Express are widely accepted in Aruba.

Do you tip in Aruba?

Yes, you should tip in Aruba. A 20 % tip is very much encouraged since many of the visitors are American and upkeep that tipping culture. Some restaurants add a service charge, in that case, you don’t need to tip anymore. Tipping in Aruba restaurants is pretty much mandatory.

Is it expensive to eat in Aruba?

Yes, it is expensive to eat out in Aruba. Many restaurants charge a lot – especially in comparison to other Caribbean Islands. Keep in mind that sometimes a service charge and a tip are added to the bill as well.