This elegant restaurant in Aruba offers only a brunch menu and a dinner menu. They emphasize on using the produce which is in season so expect to find asparagus, mussles and even game. The cuisine is European, with an emphasis on Belgian and French dishes. The brunch menu includes items such as cereals, eggs Benedict or fruit salad, Tropical Macaroni Salad or Salade Nicoise as cold appetizers and a wide collection of soups and entrees. The dinner menu includes salads such as Salade de Tomates et Mozarella, Salade Verte or Salad Caesar, a wide collection of soups, sea food dishes , poultry and other meats. Add a fine wine to the meal for a complete French experience.
>>Cuisine: Belgian & French
>>Price: N/A for dishes; US$45-US$2650 per bottle of wine
>>Dress code: casual elegant
The restaurant was declared Best Restaurant of the Caribbean in 2005, as well as the Wine Spectator Award of Excellence 2007 and lives up to the awards. In the menu there are Italian dishes such as Madame’s Homemade Lobster Raviolis, Chilean Black Seabass Filet “Donna Carla”, The Old Butcher Steak and other dishes which might be a bit heavy for the general taste. However, the atmosphere surely recommends it as a great place to have a romantic dinner.
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The Flying Fishbone
Set in a very romantic atmosphere, this is the perfect restaurant to spend a lovely night out enjoying the fresh sea food. The restaurant is set right on the beach in Savaneta, Aruba’s first capital. The cuisine mostly comprises sea food, cooked in a European style mixed with the Caribbean charm. Appetizers such as coconut shrimp salad or chilled Dutch oysters are great starters for a grilled shrimp or lobster entrée, only to finish the meal Tiramisu or Brownies.
>>Cuisine: Sea food (European and Caribbean)
This small family restaurant is set in a 175-year old authentic Aruban manor. The restaurant is 18 years old and has offered great dining experiences ever since. The dishes include sea food and other meats prepared with a Caribbean touch. The cold appetizers include a Caribbean cocktail , while the house’s specialty is Eduardo’s Seafood Pot. You can also choose from a collection of Caribbean cocktails which include Mai Tai and Aruba Ariba. Weddings and other special events can be organized at the restaurant.
Located on Laguna Pier, Marandi is an open-air palapa hut with wooden floors. The cozy atmosphere and beautiful views recommends it as a lovely place to have a romantic dinner. The cuisine combines traditional European dishes with American and Caribbean ones in order to offer the guests exactly what they are looking for. Appetizers such as the Italian style Salade Marandi or Laguna Salad only open a meal of either sea food –shrimp or tuna steak – or meat – pork roast or lamb. The restaurant also offers some choices for the vegetarians (vegetarian lasagna or pineapple sweet and sour). Finish the meal with an Apfelstrudel or café glace.