Restaurant review

Return to treasure island: Aruba Beach Cafe is picture-perfect

Lauderdale-by-the-Sea: Dishes at Aruba Beach Cafe include, foreground, the Seafood Trio (scallops, shrimp and mahi), Bimini bread and Jamaican jerk wings.
Lauderdale-by-the-Sea: Dishes at Aruba Beach Cafe include, foreground, the Seafood Trio (scallops, shrimp and mahi), Bimini bread and Jamaican jerk wings.
Taimy Alvarez / Sun Sentinel

If you go

Place: Aruba Beach Cafe

Address: 1 Commercial Blvd., Lauderdale-by-the-Sea

Rating: Excellent

Contact: 954-776-0001,

Cost: Moderate-expensive

Hours: 11 a.m.-1 a.m. Monday-Tuesday, 11 a.m.-2 a.m. Wednesday-Saturday, 9 a.m.-1 a.m. Sunday

FYI: Full bar. Reservations recommended. Major credit cards accepted.


At Aruba Beach Cafe in Lauderdale-by-the-Sea, sunburned tourists pose for photos next to a life-size statue of what appears to be the Gorton’s fisherman holding a giant mackerel by the tail.

The sculpture is just one element of the borderline-kitschy charm at Aruba, a 24-year-old, beachside classic that serves consistently excellent seafood by longtime chef Chris Nealon.

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