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Aruba Beach Cafe

Aruba Beach Cafe

Seafood Restaurant, Caribbean Restaurant, and American Restaurant$$$$
Lauderdale by the sea
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8.4/10
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  • Ranked #2 for seafood restaurants in Lauderdale by the sea
  • Jennifer O.
    "Must have: Bimini Bread and Key Lime Martinis!"(14 Tips)
    Kathy C.
    "Back wrapped scallops, Mahi Mahi tacos & seafood quesadilla"(3 Tips)
    Gus S.
    "The live solo band and beach view is awesome"(3 Tips)
    Miami.com
    "... on Friday and enjoy a complimentary pig roast."(3 Tips)
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  • Eva A.
    Eva AJuly 22
    After the bad experience with the Mahi Mahi sandwich ordered a burger. Tasteless and the fries were like the ones I got years ago wjen I went to Burger King with my kids many years ago. Terrible..
  • Eva A.
    Eva AJuly 22
    Mahi Mahi Sandwich was overcooked and dry.
  • Kathy C.
    Back wrapped scallops, Mahi Mahi tacos & seafood quesadilla
  • John K.
    John KassMarch 30
    Great Mali mahi Cesar salad. Great view of the ocean but there are many drunks. These two were so drunk and yelling non sense. Be careful who you sit next to there. The waiter said they were drinkin
  • Jenna S.
    Jenna SladeMarch 22
    Fun live music! Went for my grandmas 83rd birthday and she had a blast
  • JR umana T.
    Its the place.. Florida sea soup......holly smoke..
  • JR umana T.
    Best. Unique.....
  • Peter B.
    Peter BauerNovember 23, 2016
    Absolutely the very best salmon dish I have ever had. The sesame crusted salmon is spectacular.
  • Anna
    AnnaOctober 24, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    Nice place, good food.
  • Omi B.
    Omi B.September 15, 2016
    Always a good experience especially when the weather is nice. Take a walk on the pier after your meal/drinks and enjoy. 8/10
  • Andra Z.
    Andra ZapartanSeptember 1, 2016
    They have the most amazing key lime pie! Loooooved it!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Emaad
    EmaadAugust 1, 2016
    If you wanna try an American style burger here would be a nice option. By the way, frozen margarita looks so fancy but it was not as hard as what I expected.
  • S C.
    S ClarkJuly 8, 2016
    Lobster and crab bisque Bread and APPLE and caramel Pie 👍🏽
  • S C.
    S ClarkJuly 8, 2016
    Everything is awesome and that includes our server tonight, Chuck was friendly, answered every menu question, and even talked me into the best apple, caramel pie I've ever had ! GreatFood GreatServer
  • LIPSapp.com
    LIPSapp.comJuly 1, 2016
    Almost always good. Watch the ocean and chill while having great food and drink. Go early on Sunday if you plan on brunch as it ends at 11AM
  • Thomas C.
    Thomas CarusoMarch 5, 2016
    Seared tuna is awesome and Petron on the rocks with lime. YOW!
  • Douglas N.
    Douglas NordFebruary 1, 2016
    Seafood quesidilla and the service was great!
  • Lily
    LilyOctober 11, 2015
    Sit outside and order the Bimini Bread
  • Stefano R.
    Stefano RelliSeptember 24, 2015
    The fresh seafood plates are great. The patio seating is delightful.
  • Hannah S.
    Hannah SmithSeptember 15, 2015
    Bartender was very attentive during happy hour and my portobello burger was delicious!! Great french fries!
  • Raphael
    RaphaelSeptember 7, 2015
    Key West shrimp plate was delicious
  • Karim E.
    Karim ElghoulAugust 28, 2015
    Cherry coke r the best 😋 , lobster
  • Michael B.
    Michael BelluardoJuly 8, 2015
    Awesome food. Get the mahi mahi sandwich blackened with the vegetables as a side and ditch the bun. Great lunch
  • VisitLauderdale
    VisitLauderdaleJune 9, 2015
    Stop by for happy hour Monday-Friday 5pm-7pm for 50% select cocktails and $4.95 apps at the bar!
  • Jeff R.
    Jeff RyanApril 24, 2015
    Nice location and atmosphere. Ended up here after 2 hour storm hit the beach. Hummus appetizer was ok, drink prices were decent. Good place to socialize
  • Holly H.
    Looks like just another beach strip restaurant, but fresh, quality food! Outdoor seating is best because the music inside is overwhelming and doesn't work if you want to have a conversation.
  • MAAR P.
    Peel & Eat Shrimp With a Bloody Mary!!! Perfect Match!!
  • Chris M.
    Chris MeadeMarch 8, 2015
    Order the bread to start off. Enjoy the beach views. Food is good for seafood bar fare
  • Tammy S.
    Tammy SmithMarch 3, 2015
    The homemade bread is a must.
  • Vaedra J.
    Vaedra JonesFebruary 5, 2015
    Beautiful but always crowded. Mature party crowd 35- 55.
  • Rebecca M.
    Rebecca MillerJanuary 20, 2015
    The food is just ok. Nothing special. Super busy. Big tourist spot. As a local, I avoid this place.
  • Iva C.
    Iva CrvakDecember 2, 2014
    Much better during the day. Music is so loud and it's very dark inside. Food is nothing special. Location is the best.
  • Malcom B.
    Malcom BenitesNovember 30, 2014
    Come on Sundays and enjoy the steel drum band and excellent drinks. Everyone needs to come here once and try the Bikini Bread.
  • JRyan G.
    JRyan GilletteNovember 15, 2014
    Cocktails are a must
  • Don D.
    Don DiamantOctober 27, 2014
    Great food huge portions this place gets really crowded at night which can also mean the service suffers.
  • KarBel M.
    KarBel MultimediaOctober 25, 2014
    Macadamia and coconut crusted shrimp is very delish!
  • Laura M.
    Laura MAugust 9, 2014
    Generous and reasonable fish dishes.
  • Jesse M.
    Jesse McGeeAugust 9, 2014
    Yummy Seafood...Great Atmosphere :)
  • Fort Lauderdale M.
    The Bimini bread is served w/ honey butter. W/ rotating drink specials, the happy hour packs the ocean-view bar. - See more at: http://flmag.com/restaurant-guide/aruba-beach-cafe#sthash.KoQTSTbW.dpuf
  • New Times Broward Palm Beach
    Aruba Beach Cafe is quintessential South Florida livin'. It hasn't really changed much since it opened in 1983. Both tourists & locals frequent this classically Floridian upbeat eatery.
  • Miami.com
    Miami.comAugust 1, 2014
    Order some of the signature Bimini bread for the table. (The full loaf is huge; a half order is plenty for parties of four or fewer.) The conch fritters are good for sharing, too. Read more
  • Miami.com
    Miami.comAugust 1, 2014
    The atmosphere is upbeat, with live music daily and dancing after 9 or 10 p.m. Looking for a bargain? Come for happy hour (4-7 p.m.) on Friday and enjoy a complimentary pig roast. Read more
  • Matthew T.
    Matthew ThompsonJuly 13, 2014
    One of the best fish and chips outside the UK!
  • VisitLauderdale
    VisitLauderdaleJune 23, 2014
    Throw back a few 50% off select drinks and $4.95 appetizers during Happy Hour.
  • Brian S.
    Brian ShefMay 31, 2014
    If you are a senior citizen looking to get drunk in a crowded tourist bar, this is your place! Everyone else will probably not enjoy the experience.
  • Nikki
    NikkiMay 28, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Summer special sit "@ bar 50% of with beverage
  • Gabriela V.
    Gabriela V. S.May 28, 2014
    Great view and seafood!
  • Michael B.
    Michael BrandtMay 1, 2014
    Great food, great service and great atmosphere. I can recommend it.
  • Matt
    MattApril 4, 2014
    Amazing place... for meeting new people as well as for getting tasty food and cooool drinks
  • Angelo G.
    Angelo GonzalezMarch 23, 2014
    Food was OK atmosphere was great.
  • Brenda M.
    Brenda MarieMarch 10, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    Key West Fried Shrimp were amazing!!
  • Teena D.
    Teena DonovanFebruary 8, 2014
    On the ocean!! Great food
  • David K.
    David KlinkFebruary 6, 2014
    Good location. Beer selection sucks.
  • Kelly P.
    Kelly PolandoJanuary 26, 2014
    Kinda noisy. But so far lobster bisque is divine and so are the conch fritters. And its on the beach...so life doesn't get much better.
  • Amy M.
    Amy McGrawJanuary 2, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    Seafood Louie salad is to die for and our waiter Luciano is a sweetheart!!!
  • Megan B.
    Megan BosDecember 30, 2013
    Amazing lobster salad- good service, try and eat outside on a sunny day
  • Michelle J.
    Michelle J KDecember 26, 2013
    Great atmosphere, $12.99 for Aruba burger not worth the price at all...guess your paying for the location.
  • Sean N.
    Sean NestlerDecember 24, 2013
    Sit on th he beach side. Beautiful view.
  • Anton S.
    Anton SeissDecember 18, 2013
    Great place. Musik, beach and fun. Love the seared tuna salad
  • Ritchie N.
    Ritchie NumaNovember 18, 2013
    Great service, great food, & live music. Sit outside for beautiful views of the beach.
  • Tabetha W.
    Tabetha WellsNovember 3, 2013
    This is not a one "$" place. It's priced appropriately for its location (right on the beach) and it's food quality (quite good). Very busy, but capable service. Bimini bread - believe the hype.
  • MiamiCulinaryTours.com
    MiamiCulinaryTours.comOctober 14, 2013
    Great spot! www.miamiculinarytours.com
  • Tracey M.
    Tracey McRorieSeptember 17, 2013
    Fabulous Food, Great Service! We have been coming to this restaurant for 20+ Years & it never fails ❤❤❤
  • Leslie L.
    Leslie LaredoSeptember 2, 2013
    Blackened Red Snapper Special was great.
  • Adnan M.
    Adnan ManjalAugust 12, 2013
    Excellent sesame salmon teriyaki... Highly recommended!
  • Neil S.
    Neil SchweitzerAugust 10, 2013
    Food, service sucks! Left this NYer disgusted
  • Steve H.
    Steve HeatonAugust 5, 2013
    Sesame tuna and Bimini Bread. Mmmmm...
  • Breann S.
    Breann ShultzJuly 22, 2013
    🐥Live music🐈
  • Terri
    TerriJuly 16, 2013
    Good Food. Friday nights they have a Hawaiian Show. Call for reservations if you want a good seat to watch.
  • Marqus R.
    Marqus R.July 8, 2013
    Grab a pier seat for a beautiful view.
  • Khari m.
    Khari maxwellJune 24, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    I can't believe they were out of Bimini bread.
  • Brenda H.
    Brenda HanelineJune 10, 2013
    Awesome place!!!
  • Robin L.
    Sit outside so you can watch all the great beach action.
  • Bonny P.
    Bonny PoohMay 10, 2013
    Great view food has gone progressively downhill. Burned crab cake with more cake than crab! Jamaican wings are good and bread, play it safe have wings and a drink and enjoy the view.
  • Alana G.
    Alana GoldbergMay 5, 2013
    Dog friendly, fun atmosphere, good good ($$$)
  • Tracey S.
    Tracey SchnaitmanApril 28, 2013
    I like to sit at the bar
  • Roderick C.
    Roderick CrabbeApril 20, 2013
    Beautiful view from our table!
  • Cliv I.
    Cliv IaApril 20, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    The mussels are amazing. Try em
  • Ashley D.
    Ashley DApril 9, 2013
    Aruba burger was delicious! Beautiful views from the patio!
  • Samantha R.
    Samantha RamettaApril 3, 2013
    The mousse cake is absolutely delicious! Highly recommended dessert.
  • Ernesto D.
    Ernesto DiazApril 1, 2013
    Great seafood !!!
  • Tess T.
    Tess The GreatMarch 31, 2013
    Eat at the bar...save some time lol
  • Thomas A.
    Thomas AnthonyMarch 29, 2013
    Been here 5+ times
    Great di miha
  • Cindy C.
    Cindy C-EMarch 25, 2013
    Their seafood quesadilla is awesome!
  • Paula S.
    Paula SantosMarch 23, 2013
    This place is awesome. Directly on the beach, they usually have live music and the food is pretty good. My sons also love it (they are 13 and 16).
  • Dori J.
    Dori JacobsMarch 21, 2013
    Beautiful day. At ft. Lauderdal- by the sea. Nachos, salmon , Bimini bread,, Hawaiian Cosmo.
  • Clayton F.
    Clayton FleegalMarch 14, 2013
    great seafood but the service was poor
  • Basim R.
    Basim RamsisMarch 14, 2013
    Awesome food but the service was just par
  • Becky G.
    Becky GoldenbergFebruary 14, 2013
    Best views on the beach. Great service. Good shrimp cocktail
  • Tanya D.
    Tanya DavisJanuary 26, 2013
    Bimini bread is so frickin awesome...Seafood Louie salad was fantastic. I was full and had to get every bit of seafood in it, lol!
  • Al S.
    Al SeenJanuary 9, 2013
    Awesome! Get the bread!
  • Kim G.
    Kim GoldsteinDecember 28, 2012
    Great service, food and atmosphere! Highly recommend it!
  • Gustavo S.
    Gustavo Sanchez PeñalozaNovember 19, 2012
    Wireless connection is not available :(
  • Kaue R.
    Kaue RibeiroOctober 6, 2012
    It was ok. I saw that fucking guy with the parrot. You know that guy.
  • Jose A.
    Jose AyalaSeptember 17, 2012
    Fantastic view, but mediocre food and service... Loud bar scene if you're into that.
  • Jesus M.
    Jesus MeloAugust 16, 2012
    David good server awesome place
  • Heather B.
    Heather BorgeseJuly 30, 2012
    Truly Awesome Little Restaurant With Fantastic Views Right On The Beach
  • Valérie A.
    Valérie A.July 12, 2012
    Drinks are amazing! Great spot on the beach for dinner and dancing.
  • VisitLauderdale
    VisitLauderdaleJune 25, 2012
    Drop in on any Friday and enjoy a complimentary pig roast from 4:30-7pm.
  • Danielle S.
    Danielle SchneiderJune 19, 2012
    Bimino (sp?) bread was amazing !! Awesome spot right on the pier !
  • kMcDiva
    kMcDivaJune 17, 2012
    The seafood Linguini Alfredo was DELICIOUS! Sauce not too overpowering, just right! A must try.
  • Jose A.
    Jose AyalaJune 11, 2012
    This is just for tourists, right on the water, but not very good. Not worth going to.
  • Lynda
    LyndaJune 8, 2012
    What. NO onion rings!!!!
  • 💩Anthony K.
    💩Anthony KellerJune 4, 2012
    Ask for the Blackened Chicken Sandwich. Its not on the menu but it's delicious!
  • Jj S.
    Jj StutzMay 26, 2012
    Seafood is incredible
  • Brian S.
    Brian StutzMay 26, 2012
    The bread is so good!!!
  • Clint B.
    Clint BallaghMay 20, 2012
    Man I wish I was there to treat you.
  • Ari G.
    Ari GonzalezMay 19, 2012
    Trio platter!! YUMMM
  • Sam C.
    Sam CMay 10, 2012
    Nice place to watch the surf. Food's pretty good, not amazing.
  • Sharon @ G.
    Ask for Sandy
  • andreas a.
    andreas albrechtApril 25, 2012
    Nice Peopewatching
  • New Times Broward Palm Beach
    Complimentary Pig Roast and fresh sliced cold cuts w/purchase of 2 cocktails. Is Aruba Beach Cafe your fave getaway? cast your vote in our 2012 Best Restaurant Poll. Text BRO21 to 61721 by May 14 Read more
  • Samantha W.
    Samantha WineMarch 31, 2012
    Shrimp is Awesome!!
  • Marty L.
    Marty LucasMarch 25, 2012
    Download the Pay-By-Phone app to pay for parking using your smartphone or tablet!
  • Kalee
    KaleeMarch 14, 2012
    Seafood quesadilla is so good! Best guacamole I've had in a long time!
  • Dalila L.
    Dalila LucateroMarch 14, 2012
    My margarita was warm and the fried shrimp were over cooked and had no flavor. Other than that, it's a nice place to eat on thwarting beach.
  • Joey S.
    Joey SMarch 6, 2012
    Make sure you have Stephanie as your bartender. Very cute and nice!
  • Ken O.
    Ken OuelletteFebruary 19, 2012
    Sunday brunch is the best. It starts at 10 am and there's quickly a line. Be early.. Yummy!
  • Tony V.
    Tony VitaleFebruary 17, 2012
    Get a table near the beach, enjoy the breeze, try a Key Lime Margarita and let things go
  • Nicholas P.
    Nicholas PazFebruary 13, 2012
    Plaster old people, avoid Sunday nights...
  • Carla Y.
    Carla YoungFebruary 11, 2012
    Unfortunately no vegetarian options besides salad. Great view though
  • Suzy A.
    Suzy AxelrodFebruary 8, 2012
    It has food what do u have
  • Seno N.
    Seno NurfirmanJanuary 24, 2012
    Nice and clean beach, time to swim
  • Megan K.
    Megan KnaupJanuary 23, 2012
    The lobster salad sandwich has no flavor. Mediocre food for too high of a price. You're paying for the atmosphere.
  • Lauren K.
    Lauren Kaplan MontouteJanuary 14, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Great food and atmosphere!
  • Robin D.
    Robin Della RoccaJanuary 13, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Jamaican chicken wings were great!
  • Luke S.
    Luke SmithJanuary 2, 2012
    Get the Florida soup!!! It's on point!!
  • Amy M.
    Amy McGrawJanuary 1, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Cold Coronas and a dozen oysters....great end to a hot day on the beach, BUT then treat yourself to the Seafood Louie alas and if ur lucky enough 2 have Shannon as ur server then it will be PERFECT!
  • Andri K.
    Andri KristjanssonDecember 29, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    Food was bland and lacked character. Way below Europiean standard. Service was good though.
  • Þórarinn Þ.
    Þórarinn ÞórDecember 29, 2011
    Service here is very good but the food is way below average!
  • Rikki B.
    Rikki BruinsmaDecember 16, 2011
    Bimini Bread is the bomb! Great service, food, drinks, and atmosphere!
  • LogoTV
    LogoTVDecember 8, 2011
    A girl's gotta eat! I love seafood, the ocean, & Aruba gives me everything I need. Dine as you gaze out to the water. Latrice Royal, RuPaul's Drag Race Season 4
  • Warren L.
    Warren LenoirDecember 4, 2011
    Stay away from the Lobster Roll!
  • Antonio L.
    Antonio LittleNovember 26, 2011
    One of my favorite spots. Try the fried shrimp! Delicious!!!
  • Craig J.
    Craig J.November 6, 2011
    The seared ahi tuna is a very generous portion. I never saw anything like it in Japan.
  • Anna K.
    Anna KhandruevaOctober 28, 2011
    Bimini bread is delicious, ahi tuna is below average, service sucked.
  • Mario D.
    Mario DavilaSeptember 18, 2011
    Dont try the lobster club sandwich
  • Paul S.
    Paul SpradleyAugust 15, 2011
    The bread is OUTSTANDING! The blackened Mahi Mahi sandwich & normal entree is unbelievable!! Highly recommend this place to anyone who ask!
  • Ty
    TyJune 20, 2011
    The Drunken Monkey does not suck!
  • Yaman E.
    Yaman E.May 20, 2011
    İ ordered salad lettuce was not washed at all
  • New Times Broward Palm Beach
    In addition to a menu of delectable seafood entrees, two bars offer fruity cocktails, serious cocktails, and the company of locals and tourists alike.
  • Gus S.
    Gus ShamApril 24, 2011
    Gyro platter with beer is amazing. The live solo band and beach view is awesome
  • Elyse B.
    Elyse BenjaminMarch 14, 2011
    Try the lobster salad sandwich...not too creamy
  • Gustavo G.
    Gustavo Gurdian JrFebruary 27, 2011
    Bimini bread is the best on the menu. Can live without the rest.
  • Michael D.
    Michael DiMartinoFebruary 20, 2011
    chocolat martinis are good but make sure you tell them not to shaket he whip cream inside the shaker - comes out with weird texture, go for it without the whip.
  • DoodleBug
    DoodleBugFebruary 20, 2011
    Service was slow but the drinks were good.
  • miamism
    miamismNovember 14, 2010
    Bimini Bread, conch fritters, lobster sandwich and then a walk on the pier
  • Rusty C.
    Rusty CarbaughNovember 14, 2010
    Try the sesame encrusted salmon with veggies & rice. Great with a bit of house wasabi! Amazing beach views.
  • Jay K.
    Jay KleinrichertOctober 27, 2010
    The Seafood Soup is friggin' awesome. (say appetizer, but really a meal). ....get that with the bread and you're all set! \m/
  • ktEn
    ktEnOctober 21, 2010
    Been here 5+ times
    Sit by the window! Relaxing view and beautiful skies from the sunset.
  • Jennifer O.
    Jennifer ODonnellOctober 9, 2010
    Must have: Bimini Bread and Key Lime Martinis!
  • Ca'el A.
    Ca'el ArtisanAugust 7, 2010
    Just had the worst service by a server named Katrina! The manager was great and gave us a new person tho!
  • Heather S.
    Heather ScottJuly 25, 2010
    This place is amazing!! Absolutely amazingggggg bread
  • Dennis B.
    Dennis BernhardJuly 17, 2010
    The half a roasted chicken is great.
  • Chad F.
    Chad FalkMarch 27, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try the warm Bemini Bread with whipped honey butter and the Goat Cheese Salad.
  • Chad F.
    Chad FalkMarch 20, 2010
    Been here 10+ times
    Must try the beet and goat cheese salad. Huge chunk of cheese and great dressing.
  • Tracy A.
    Tracy AntolMarch 13, 2010
    Testing tips that never work
  • Tracy A.
    Tracy AntolMarch 13, 2010
    The Lobster Salad Club sandwich is amazing.
  • Scott L.
    Scott LitmanMarch 7, 2010
    Fun atmosphere, great views of the beach and great food.
  • Kevin K.
    Kevin KoetsierJanuary 9, 2010
    Large bar. Great--strong drinks! Recommend.
  • Pete W.
    Pete Woj 💡December 30, 2009
    Have the Bimini Bread.
  • Hugo R.
    Hugo RascovMarch 28
    El ambiente y los platos al igual que las buenas bebidas que sirven
  • Ali S.
    Ali SNovember 29, 2016
    Kötü yemek...
  • Ali S.
    Ali SNovember 29, 2016
    Canlı müzik, dans ve sıcak ortam. Yemekler rezalet, biralar ucuz.
  • Fabricia C.
    Adoro!!! Lugar gostoso para ir de dia e de noite. A sopa de frutos do.mar é muito saborosa e a vista para a praia é muito legal.
  • Eric
    EricJuly 5, 2012
    Muito bom !!! Sea Food.
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