Boutiques, upscale chain stores and street vendors, as wells as casinos and a wide range of restaurants, dance clubs and bars, make Oranjestad a popular destination in Aruba. In addition to shopping, dining and entertainment, the island's capital city offers museums, a butterfly farm, art galleries, golf, historical sites and a marina. The island's colonization by the Netherlands shows in Oranjestad's Dutch colonial architecture, while the buildings' bright colors are distinctly Caribbean.
Things to do in Oranjestad
4.5 based on 2 reviews
Yemanja is relaxing and welcoming with a passion for tradition and excellence. Serving international food with strong Caribbean influences prepared on our wood fired grill. Also, offering healthy foods with an extensive vegetarian menu and catering to all your dietary needs, such as vegan and gluten-free. Seating is either inside (air-conditioned) or outside on a cozy Terrace. Both inside & outside Seating are non-smoking.
This was my second time eating here and it did not disappoint 2 years later. We started with Calamari Trio which was plenty for 3.
My friends and I got 3 different entrees and shared them, the grouper special, grilled seafood medley and grouper (pangasius) fillet, which is my favorite. The sides are all very good and plentiful. The service was very good. I highly recommend making a reservation and eating here when visiting Aruba.
4.5 based on 864 reviews
Although the name Que Pasa is a familiar Mexican phrase, we are not a Mexican restaurant. Situated in a 100 year old, traditional Aruban building, in downtown Oranjestad. We offer an international menu. There is something for everybody. Besides our menu we are known for our daily changing specials. Our chefs make sure to create unique dinners every night and our attentive wait staff is there to make your evening special. We can accommodate everybody from families to large groups. The Que Pasa crew hopes to welcome you soon!
We’ve been here for all of our trips to Aruba, dinners here are wonderful and we’ve never been disappointed. Contrary to what the name might suggest, it is not Mexican food. Their specials are great, I don’t think we’ve even looked at the regular menu. Wine prices are reasonable.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
In May 2003, The Dutch Pancakehouse opened its doors at the beautiful Renaissance Marketplace, downtown Oranjestad. This family friendly restaurant is ideal for breakfast, lunch and dinner with your whole family. The Dutch Pancakehouse offers a wide selection of Dutch pancakes, poffertjes, eggs and other delicious menu items such as special dinner pancakes, schnitzels, and desserts. Their authentic Dutch pancakes are all handmade and baked with only the best fresh ingredients available on the island. They proudly received Aruba's first 'Best Breakfast in Aruba' award. The Dutch Pancakehouse crew is looking forward to welcome you and your family in their recently renovated restaurant for a wonderful and unique dining experience.
I could have had breakfast here every morning in Aruba! Sweet or savory, you can't go wrong, even the all american scrambled eggs and home fry breakfast was amazing. I wish I had a place like this at home. I high suggest you check this place out !
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Situated in one of the most upscale locations in Aruba, L.G. Smith's Steak & Chop House has a sweeping view of Oranjestad's downtown marina and the bustling boulevard. We proudly offers delicious American Steakhouse fare: juicy cuts of aged, USDA-inspected Certified Angus Beef, sizzling hot from the grill; delectable appetizers from both land and sea; and tantalizing desserts, including the Signature Mascarpone Tart. Our comprehensive wine list which was recently nominated by Wine Spectator Award of Excellence includes premium selections from around the globe to superbly compliment each course. New is our weekly a la carte Brunch. Every mid-morning on Sunday, L.G. Smith’s Steak & Chop House delights each guest by delivering a culinary experience that’s handprepared by our chefs, who are well versed in pairing soups,salads and specialty desserts with mimosas, a la carte style. And, last but not least, you will be pleasantly surprised by our reasonable prices.
Just had our second meal in the past five days at L.G. Smith’s restaurant. It was our favorite place. Great drinks, great food, great wait staff and bartenders. Everyone remembered our name. The steaks are the best around. The crab cake and shrimp appetizers were...MoreDear allisonbinney, I really thank you for sharing your positive experience in LG Smith with he rest of the users. It is great to see that you enjoyed every single meal served during your dinner. Best regards.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
We went three times to Chalet Suisse during our two week vacation in Aruba. Being just down the street from our timeshare, its a win-win situation for us, which is a five minute walk. Each time, we were seated promptly by Benny and drink orders were taken within a couple of minutes. My wife had several different dishes, including shrimp scampi, French onion soups, calamari, and I usually had filet mignon. Salads are excellent and fresh and my wife loves the creamy garlic dressing. Staff is excellent and they will do their best to accommodate your requests.
4.5 based on 1 reviews
Gostoso a local favorite restaurant, that serve a blend of both Portuguese and Aruban Cuisine, which is designed to delight even the most discriminating Palate. With our cozy and small atmosphere and impeccable service at a reasonable price “Gostoso Restaurante” will be your next favorite neighborhood Restaurant.
Last week four of us locals decided we wanted to try a place we used to like but haven't been in a while , Gostoso .We occasionally run into Jose' , the owner , and enjoy seeing him , very affable person . All of us remembered his unique and varied menu and reasonable prices .. His menu is still varied and interesting , but we were all surprised at his prices . We expected them to be higher than before , but they were higher than we expected . I suppose what really disappointed us was that after you order , there is no bread offered and if you ask for any , it is delivered on a single bread plate , one finger size slice per person , no bread plate , no butter ,and as you'll see later on your bill , a $2.50 charge . Now come on Jose' , as we say in the south , that is just plain chinchi ! His food is good , but as we realized , we could have gone to Pinchos for about the same money , and it is always great , including the beautiful view , or for just a little more Chalet Suisse , Aruba's best in our opinions !
4.5 based on 3 reviews
Aruba is all about the fabulous Beaches during the day, and the many great restaurants at night. It is only logical that these two unique things of Aruba are combined into one! Luc & Gerco found the perfect spot to synergize great food, and a beautiful setting to create an experience almost unique on our island. When listening to the ocean caressing the shore, while wiggling your toes through the pearly white sand, why not let yourself be pampered by a gourmet dinner? Chef Gerco & Maitre d' Luc had a shared dream of opening up a restaurant here, but wanted something in line with what they enjoy on Aruba: the nearly perfect climate, the possibility to always be outside, the tropical feel... When opening their restaurant, they had these ideas in their heads, and it worked like a charm! Tables under a large palapa on a wooden deck with a view of the ocean, or outside under the Aruban nights sky, on the pristine beach... An original menu was created by Gerco and team, with some of the old school favorites as well as locally influenced dishes. With the help of the local wine suppliers, Luc made an extensive wine list, with wines from all over the world, and is always ready to pair a wine with your dinner. The experienced service team is friendly yet professional, ready to wow you from the moment you walk in, to make a fabulous evening into a great memory on Aruba!
My wife & I with good friends went to dinner at Barefoot Restaurant while vacationing in Aruba.
The setting was spectacular, especially after the sun set. Prior to the sun setting it was a wonderful experience. It was our first dinner on a beach and with no shoes to boot.(pun intended)
We arrived around 6:30. The sun was slowly sinking into the Caribbean. The tables were arranged on the beach looking spectacular. The hostess led us to our table a few feet from the water's edge. It was beautiful. I could not imagine having dinner in a more magnificent setting than here.
Our waiter arrived quickly and drinks were ordered. We all opted for tropical drinks. It seemed appropriate. I mean how could one order a beer while sitting barefoot a few feet away from the caribbean with the sun setting behind us?
It was so relaxing with total comfort surrounding us as the waves gently splashed the shoreline and we sipped our cocktails while perusing the menu. We each ordered a seafood entree. I ordered the blackened Mahi-mahi. I asked the waiter for his recommendation. I was torn between the Mahi-mahi and Snapper "Old Amsterdam". the waiter recommended the Mahi-mahi.
After another round of drinks and numerous "kodak moments" picture taking, our meals arrived. The meals were delicious. There was not a morsel of food left for a seagull. We were in no rush so lingered on while enjoying the magnificent sun set and the lighting surrounding the dining area. It seemed as though we were on a movie set. It was breathtaking. Elegantly casual is the best description of the experience.
For dessert, my wife ordered Coffee Creme Brulee, which she loved. According to her, it was the best if not one of the best, she's had.
You must experience the Barefoot Restaurant while in Aruba. I'm sure it will exceed your expectations as it did ours.
5 based on 1 reviews
Carte Blanche is a restaurant for foodies, people who are open minded for an exquisite fine dinning experience, without limitations. Carte Blanche features a 14-seat elegant bar in a relaxed and cozy atmosphere. The highlight of the restaurant is Chef Dennis van Daatselaar cooking right in front of you a 5-course Carte Blanche dinner known as a “chef surprise”. Alongside him is Maitre d’ Glen Bonset pairing wines and mixing premium drinks
We went to 2 Fools and a Bull the night before we dined here and thought that it couldn’t be topped; but Carte Blanche sure proved us wrong! Good food, good company. Our fave dish was the scallop on a bed of “potato salad” - amazing. Thanks, Dennis and Glenn!
4.5 based on 276 reviews
This place never disappoints. The chef pays painstaking attention to detail and appreciates the enjoyment of really good comida. The pisco sour is delicious and I highly recommend the pulpo a la parrilla. My husband had the seafood stew with Peruvian beans that were the most tasty I've ever had.
4.5 based on 253 reviews
Hopi Bon is one of the best restaurants on the island. Prices are excellent with fresh food offering a Caribbean flare. Owner is friendly and service is wonderful. The outdoor Seating is in shade and very nice.
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