Aruba Beach Cafe (Lauderdale-by-the-Sea)

Posted on March 9th, 2014 · American Breakfast Lauderdale-by-the-Sea


Aruba Beach Café, 1 Commercial Boulevard, Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, Florida 33308, (954) 776-0001.

I’m gonna guess here, but I’m thinking that “American-Style” Aruba Beach Café has been around for something like 30 years.

The joint is a real-cool looking lunch-dinner spot, with indoor/patio seating right on the beach. When you check for menu/prices you’ll also find video/photos so you’ll know what- Aruba Beach Café looks like.

Just so you know, although Jeff Eats has been “down here” in Sunny South Florida for over 21 years-I’ve only eaten at Aruba twice. The reason, some 20 years ago–Jeff Eats recalls eating at Aruba Beach Café (for the first time) and being “shocked” that the joint CHARGED FOR BREAD…right there and then, I wrote the joint “off.” To make a long story short, a few days ago-Jeff Eats at the invite of his friend Mike-found himself at Aruba Beach Café for lunch. No bs-here, the joint is still charging for bread-with a 1/2 loaf going for 2 bucks and a full loaf fetching- 3.

Now to be fair, a joint that’s been open for-30 years (give or take)–probably has something- going for it! To be real, just because Jeff Eats doesn’t “see it” doesn’t mean that it ain’t there. I maybe making way too much of this bread-thing, but I hate joints that nickel and dime folks–and that’s what I think Aruba is doing. Look, Aruba draws a huge tourist clientele and I guess it “feels” that it can hit “them” up for $2-$3 without any problem–sort of like you paying $5 for a bottle of water at a Heat game in Miami…the arena and in this case- Aruba Becah Café figure that you’re a captive-audience, so they can squeeze you for a few extra shekels and you won’t bitch too-loud.


Aruba Beach Café has a full-liquor bar and a menu loaded with appetizers, salads, sandwiches, burgers, entrees, desserts…the joint also has a full schedule of “live” music.

That recent “Mike” lunch had Jeff Eats trying…Maryland crab cake, cheeseburger/French fries, chicken quesadilla and I gotta tell you, the food was decent enough. Putting the “bread issue” aside–my two Aruba Beach Café outings would have been memorable–BECAUSE of the fantastic location-rather than the food that I had.

Let Jeff Eats wrap this up for you…

Aruba Beach Café is a great looking restaurant in a fabulous location.
The food is ok-but that’s about it.
The joint is always busy because of its location–it’s a real favorite with tourists.
The joint’s menu has all the bases covered, but is heavy on the seafood side of the ledger.
The joint is open Monday-Tuesday 11am-1am, Wednesday-Saturday 11am-2am, Sunday 9am-1am (breakfast buffet 9am-11:30pm).
The joint’s Bimini Bread-(which by the way isn’t all that great) should be FREE.

Like I said before, I may-be reading this joint all wrong…don’t think so, but it’s possible.

So…if you get there or have been there, let me know- your take!

7 Comments to “Aruba Beach Cafe (Lauderdale-by-the-Sea)”

  1. XOXO says...

    Jeff, spot on. a tourist joint. a pickup joint at night. great location. food is passable but not much more.

  2. Tony H says...

    Hey Jeff
    I live 5 minutes away.
    You are right its always busy.
    Great location.
    Food is ok but that’s it.
    Huge bar business.
    Tourists lineup to get in.
    They’ve been pushing that bread for years. You are right it should be free like bread is everywhere else.

  3. Jeff,
    I have lived in Florida for over 30 years.
    My husband and I have been to Aruba numerous times and have always enjoyed the experience.
    You are a 1000 percent right that imuch of its allure comes from its great beach location.
    We have always enjoyed the food but have to agree with you that its far from being great.
    We also really enjoy Arubs because of the music and the constant hustle bustle that the crowds seem to generate.
    On the Bimini Bread I agree with you that its really nothing special and that a loaf or at least 1/2 a loaf should be included gratutiously with your meal.
    I think you have this restauarnt figured right. Its a fun place with average food that is loose enough and festive enough to treat its customers to a good time.

  4. Anna Gleason says...

    Jeff, you are right on the money here. Aruba is a popular restaurant based on its location. It is often loud and boisterous. The food is fair. The music is constant. Aruba is what tourists think Florida is all about. They are partially right on that call. I have been to Aruba a number of times and its like that ground hog day movie, same thing. Its a real tourist spot.
    On the bread issue II agree with you, it should be free.
    I can’t really recall the last time I was in a restaurant where it charged for bread.

  5. Jeff Eats:
    Aruba is a TOURIST joint and that’s TOURIST with a capital T. The food, music, location is TOURIST. So if you are a TOURIST this is a really good place for you to play TOURIST. I would suggest that you TOURISTS read through JEFF EATS. Jeff will point you to joints where us regular folks eat.
    Treat Aruba as you would any restaurant in Universal Studios or Disney World.

  6. ZED says...

    food ok.
    music ok.
    great location.
    ideal for tourists.
    not really for locals.

  7. Jan Kaplan says...

    Family ate lunch there today.
    Since it’s Passover we didn’t do bread.
    Food was good but nothing spectacular.
    You are right a ton of tourists like us.

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