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What to Eat in Aruba

Aruba is renowned for both the quantity and the quality of its restaurants. Stick to the high-rise area (around Palm Beach) for Caribbean, French, Argentinean, Japanese, Italian, Mexican and even Indian cuisine, or head south to Oranjestad for Dutch-influenced dining. According to most, the excellence of Aruba's restaurants is largely due to competition; restaurant owners are always looking for ways to lure new clientele, whether it's putting a different spin on a traditional recipe, bringing in live entertainment or taking the time to thank diners for their visit. Don't leave the island without sampling some of its local favorites like giambo, a thick gumbo chock full of fresh seafood and flavorful meats, kesio, a rich caramel custard, pan bati, a cornbread pancake, keshi yena, a stuffed cheese, or carni stoba, a type of beef stew.

If you're looking for an upscale experience, Fred Restaurant and 2 Fools and a Bull win over visitors for their international menus. On the other end of the budget spectrum, Eduardo's Beach Shack and Kamini's Kitchen are equally lauded for their healthy options and fresh fruit.

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  • #1
    Huchada
    #1 of 7 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 59 reviewsTripAdvisor (59)
    $ | Caribbean, Cafe, Deli, Dutch, European
    Santa Cruz 328, Santa Cruz Aruba
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  • #2
    Sensei Sushi Bar
    #2 of 7 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 10 reviewsTripAdvisor (10)
    Sushi, Japanese
    76 B Lokaal 2, Santa Cruz Aruba
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  • #3
    The New Shahai Take Away N.V.
    #3 of 7 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 3.5 based on 4 reviewsTripAdvisor (4)
    $ | Caribbean
    Macuarima 61-b, Santa Cruz Aruba
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  • #4
    Neii'S SnackTruck
    #4 of 7 Places to Eat in Santa Cruz
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1 reviewsTripAdvisor (1)
    Macuarima 147-B, Santa Cruz 00297 Aruba
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  • Santa Cruz Bar And Restaurant
    Chinese
    Santa Cruz 58, Santa Cruz Aruba
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  • Balashi 55
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 37 reviewsTripAdvisor (37)
    International
    Latitude 12.48 Longitude -69. 98, Santa Cruz Aruba
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  • Don Pincho
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 6 reviewsTripAdvisor (6)
    Papilon 53, Santa Cruz 0000 Aruba
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