Friday, August 27, 2010

Aruba Beach Cafe: Let's party in Lauderdale by the Sea

Aruba Beach Café
1 Commercial Blvd.
Lauderdale-By-The-Sea, Florida 33308
Open Monday-Saturday: 11 a.m.-11 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.-11 p.m.

By Jane Feehan

Whether stopping in after a swim, taking a walk on the nearby pier or gathering with friends, Aruba Beach Café can make any occasion seem like a party. It’s festively noisy and usually crowded with only a pane of glass separating diners from beach goers. Their tropical drinks and food with a Caribbean flare add to the fun.

Salads are oversized and fresh and so are the burgers and sandwiches ($12-18 average). They serve up a great lobster salad club. Skip the club format on whole wheat for this creation; ask for it on Bimini bread. Speaking of Bimini bread, they present a large hunk of it on a board with some food orders – delicious.

Seafood dishes ($22 average) for the most part are good but not exceptional; fish tends to be frozen, but heck this is more about fun than food. Three large bars, a complimentary pig roast on Friday Happy Hours (4-7 p.m.) and steel drums beckon drinkers but Aruba welcomes families to its large dining room.  
This beach side spot has been several iterations over the past 40 years or so, but Aruba has reigned longest, thanks to their winning formula for an entertaining, casual atmosphere and decent menu. Service: fair to good depending on the crowds. Breakfast served on Sundays. Copyright © 2010 Jane Feehan, all rights reserved.

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Tags: beach restaurants, beach dining, Lauderdale by the Sea, Florida, seafood restaurants, Fort Lauderdale, happy hour, restaurant reviews Fort Lauderdale


Anonymous said...

Although a Great place, we prefer to go to Shaka Jons, the old HOJOS Tiki bar down the street. Great Food, Music and on the ocean as well, but the prices are half of Arubas

Jane Feehan said...

Really totally different; Shaka Jons is a tiki bar - open air - while Aruba offers indoor dining. Why oh why is the old HoJos painted that dark brown? No color for a beach resort! It keeps a lot of people away.

Anonymous said...

They remodeled the tiki bar aka Shaka Jons and the place looks like the hottest bar in south florida. Go see it now

Jane Feehan said...

Food there?

Anonymous said...

Aruba by far is the best great food