San Nicolas Food Guide: 10 Must-Eat Restaurants & Street Food Stalls in San Nicolas

December 6, 2017 Frederic Celentano

Discover the best restaurant in San Nicolas, Aruba including Charlie's Bar & Restaurant, The Flying Fishbone, Kamini's Kitchen, Pizza Hut, Big Mama Grill Bar, Baby Beach Snack, House of Cakes, The Rum Reef Bar and Grill, The New Pueblito Paisa, O'Niel Caribbean Kitchen
Things to do in San Nicolas

1. Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

Zeppenfeldstraat 56, San Nicolas, Aruba Takeout, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Seating, Waitstaff Caribbean, Bar, Pub, International Lunch, Dinner, Drinks HK$235 +297 584 5086
Excellent
55%
Good
29%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
3%
Terrible
4%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 400 reviews

Charlie's Bar & Restaurant

Charlie’s Bar & Restaurant was founded on September 18, 1941 by a Dutch couple, Charles and Marie Brouns. They chose their location in San Nicolas as it was close to the large Lago Refinery: this provided a steady stream of clientele in the form of seamen, contractors, and oil workers.Over the years, Charlie’s Bar became a destination returned to by countless friends from the past, accompanied by new patrons anxious to visit what has become an iconic island institution…”If you haven’t been to Charlie’s you don’t know Aruba!”Today, Charlie’s Bar is recognized as one of the Top Ten Bars in the Caribbean; and is a must see destination for first time visitors who will undoubtedly encounter and enjoy the company of many repeat clientele from literally all over the world. Everyone comes for the ambiance; the real connoisseurs are here to enjoy the intercontinental cuisine offered by Charlie’s Menu. Everything from jumbo shrimp to fine tenderloin steaks and fresh local seafood are at your beck and call. The menu is varied and prepared fresh each and every day try our “Honeymoon Sauce” with your entrée (if you like things real hot) or tone it down with our Creole style of preparation. Daily specials and home made snacks round out the menu for the inquisitive diner.Presently, your host, Charlito (the third generation Charlie) says, “Everything we do is focused on one thing, creating an unforgettable memory that will leave you wanting to return.”

Reviewed By Bob F - Thornhill, Canada

Its a great experience and come and have drink....the food is just Ok..you have to pay someone to safe guard your vehicle....not a lot of parking..however go once to check it out

2. The Flying Fishbone

Savaneta 344, Savaneta, Aruba Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Accepts Credit Cards French, Caribbean, Seafood, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Dinner HK$392 +297 584 2506
Excellent
76%
Good
15%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 4 reviews

The Flying Fishbone

Beach side dining, with even tables in the water. Great international menu, extensive wine and cocktail list and spectacular sunsets!

Reviewed By Teach_Travel_REC - Staten Island, New York

Several friends had told us how wonderful this restaurant was before we went to Aruba so we pre-booked a reservation and looked forward to it. Since this restaurant is quite a distance away from the high-rise,and low-rise hotels,we scheduled our reservation toward the end of...MoreThank you for dining with us! Our apologies for the underwhelming dining experience.

3. Kamini's Kitchen

De Vuyst 41B, San Nicolas 00000, Aruba Takeout, Television, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover Caribbean, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +297 563 1933
Excellent
84%
Good
13%
Satisfactory
1%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

5 based on 643 reviews

Kamini's Kitchen

Come and dine where everyone is like family... A once in a lifetime experience!

Reviewed By pjrune - Keene, New Hampshire

Kamini is from Trinidad and her curries are Very Good! We tried ted snapper, which was a whole fish fried and then infused with curry, and chicken curry. Spicing is mild yet flavorful and a homemade sauce kicks it up a notch. Very friendly service and reasonable prices.

4. Pizza Hut

Ground Floor, Robinsons Ilicos Norte | San Francisco, San Nicolas, Aruba Delivery, Takeout, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff Pizza Lunch, Dinner
Excellent
23%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
32%
Poor
7%
Terrible
11%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 97 reviews

Pizza Hut

Reviewed By Valerie S - York, PA

Stopped in for a quick bite to eat, looking forward to the air conditioning and wifi.
Personal pan pizza took over 30 minutes to arrive, however was delicious when it arrived.
Wifi was spotty and unusable, even after asking waitress for assistance
Bottles of water were expensive
Restrooms were busy with non-restaurant patrons

5. Big Mama Grill Bar

Baby Beach | Seroe Colorado, San Nicolas, Aruba Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood Lunch +297 568 5688
Excellent
37%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
16%
Poor
9%
Terrible
15%
Overall Ratings

3.5 based on 809 reviews

Big Mama Grill Bar

Reviewed By lbingamanPetoskey_MI - PETOSKEY

When I travel, I Like to experience the foods of that country and place. I, personally, do not care to eat the usual fare that I can get at my Local Cheap TakeOut/Fast Food place...to me-this is what Big Mama's is...horrible and overpriced American Fare food.
This is my own opinion though. I realize that many people simply "Love" to have their burgers and fries...they are the ones that just throw their waste on the beach and do not care where it lands...If you want this type of over-rated food-then go. If not, pack your own lunch and bring it with you. There are many places for a good take-out before you get to Baby Beach. And Rum Reef Bar and Grill is better priced with a few more options-some local tasting food included in their menu.

6. Baby Beach Snack

Seroe Colorado Z/N, San Nicolas, Aruba Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol Fast Food Lunch, Breakfast +297 584 8082
Excellent
31%
Good
44%
Satisfactory
20%
Poor
2%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 80 reviews

Baby Beach Snack

Reviewed By Lou K - Erie, Pennsylvania

Baby beach was absolutely beautiful. It is actually a man made beach that you can wade out 100's of yards and still be in waist deep water. The water is that perfect blue and the sand is like powder. There is also a nice area for snorkeling at the one end of the beach. Make sure to stay in the marked snorkeling area as there are strong currents at this end of the island.

7. House of Cakes

Rozenstraat 9 | 12.4489050,-69.9435460, Oranjestad, Aruba Takeout, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible Cafe Breakfast, Lunch, Brunch +297 584 2323
Excellent
54%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
15%
Poor
1%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 71 reviews

House of Cakes

Reviewed By Sherika D - Bradford West Gwillimbury, Canada

This restaurant was great for their buffet breakfast on the weekends, lots of fresh options like coffee and tea plus all the eggs and pancakes your heart desires. One suggestion would be to add Turkey or chicken options for the bacon or sausage links because a lot of ppl these days do not eat pork or ham.

8. The Rum Reef Bar and Grill

Located at southern tip of Aruba Baby Beach/Rodgers Beach, San Nicolas, Aruba Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood Lunch, Drinks +297 584 6070
Excellent
67%
Good
21%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 156 reviews

The Rum Reef Bar and Grill

Reviewed By Amy J

Stopped in for a Sandwich before visiting Baby Beach.... I had the crab salad Sandwich. It was so delicious, we stopped on the way out and grabbed one for later that day. The drinks are pretty amazing too! Try the pink paradise! The next day I wanted to drive the 40 minutes to get another crab Sandwich, but we had other things planned.

9. The New Pueblito Paisa

Helfrichstraat 40, San Nicolas, Aruba South American, Colombian +297 584 5535
Excellent
40%
Good
50%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
0%
Terrible
0%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 10 reviews

The New Pueblito Paisa

Reviewed By ariasgrant

try the empanadas try the patacones try the garlic shrimp you won't be sorry don't let the three homeless men walking around the neighborhood scare you they have been there for the past 20 years they are harm less annoying but harmless

10. O'Niel Caribbean Kitchen

V/D Veen Zeppenfedstraat 15, San Nicolas, Aruba Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available Caribbean, Seafood, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch +297 584 8700
Excellent
67%
Good
26%
Satisfactory
4%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 83 reviews

O'Niel Caribbean Kitchen

Reviewed By buggerthis - Lake District UK

From the cruise port we jumped on a bus down to San Nicolaas, wandered about and found this gem.
It was to hot for us brits outside so in we went. Greeted warmly by the staff and seated at a well laid table.
I ordered the shrimp cocktail and Jerk chicken, my wife just roast chicken as she was a bit hesitant about the spices.
We needn’t of worried, all the food was hot ( unlike the lukewarm food on the boat) and delicious, the shrimp were huge and juicy, the jerk and roast chicken looked like they had been done over charcoal with blackened crispy skin, served with rice and beans, salad, mash and plantain ( banana) add two ice cold beers and the bill came to $38 well happy with food, service and value.
Thoroughly recommended.

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