Dining in Aruba: Options run from casual to elegant

ORANJESTAD, Aruba -- Visitors to the island have a plethora of dining options from which to to choose, ranging from very casual beachfront eateries to romantic four-star restaurants.

A listing of some of the establishments follows:

Papiamento
Address: Washington 61, Oranjestad.
Phone: (011) 297 864544.
Price: $30 to $40 per person.
Cuisine: Seafood and grilled specialties.
Hours: Closed on Mondays.
Reservations: Advised.
Setting: A 19th century residence with indoor and outdoor seating. Trees are strung with white lights and tables adorned with candles.
Do order: Jumbo grilled shrimp.

Boonoonoonoos
Address: Wilhelminstraat 18A, Oranjestad.
Phone: (011) 297 831888.
Price: $20 to $30 per person.
Hours: Daily.
Setting: Colorful artwork.
Do Order: Pumpkin soup. During peak times, service is slow so be prepared to wait.

Madame Janette
Address: Blue Village, Cunucu Abao.
Phone: (011) 297 870184.
Price: $20 to $30 per person.
Hours: Closed on Tuesdays.
Setting: Preferred seating is in the outdoor garden.
Do order: Appetizers, especially white asparagus wrapped in dough.

Trattoria El Faro Blanco
Address: California Lighthouse, Arashi.
Phone: (011) 297 860786.
Price: $30 to $40 per person.
Hours: Closed on Tuesdays.
Reservations: Yes, especially to view a sunset.
Setting: The outdoor terrace is a spectacular setting for sunsets.

Chez Mathilde
Address: Havenstraat 23, Oranjestad.
Phone: (011) 297 834968.
Price: From $40 per person for dinner.
Cuisine: French.
Hours: Dinner nightly, lunch daily except Sunday.
Reservations: Yes.
Setting: Two dining rooms and a garden pavilion.
Do order: Chocolate desserts.

Brisas del Mar
Address: Savaneta 222A, Savaneta.
Phone: (011) 297 847-718.
Price: Under $20 per person.
Hours: Closed for lunch on Mondays.
Setting: Beachfront, in the fishing village of Savaneta.
Do order: The catch of the day.

-- K.S.

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