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Matthew's Beachside Restaurant

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
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Top 3 Reasons to Eat Here

1. Lovely dinner at Matthews
1. Lovely dinner at Matthews
"amazing view of the sunset and ocean. The food and location are a must"
aliciabJ1403JV
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2. Best seafood in Aruba!
2. Best seafood in Aruba!
"fabulous! We had the best food our entire trip"
Beam625231
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3. Hidden gem
3. Hidden gem
"The view is awesome, but Matthews Staff of what makes this place shine"
TomMcDonald
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About
Casual and chic, Matthew's is renowned as one of the best covered open-air beachfront restaurants in Aruba. Upscale Caribbean, International and seafood dishes are prepared using the freshest ingredients. Besides breakfast, lunch, dinner, we offer all you can eat spareribs on Tuesday's and daily happy hours noon to 1pm and 4pm to 6pm and Fridays wine and tapas from 5pm to 8pm. If you are a sports fan, you'll be happy to know that there are 3 flat screens at the bar that are always showing your favorite sport.
PRICE RANGE
$40 - $150
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
CUISINES
Italian, American, Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, International
FEATURES
Gift Cards Available, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Wine and Beer, Live Music, Waterfront, Beach, Dog Friendly, Family style, Non-smoking restaurants
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Matthews is a great restaurant for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. The food is great and so is the service. The servers are very friendly, especially Pablo and Sue. Definitely recommend Matthews for good food right on the beach!

Date of visit: December 2022
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Reviewed September 3, 2022

Reservation at the right time before it got busy. It was rib night. Delicious and ribs covered my plate. Delicious cocktail also. Our server, very accommodating & friendly. We’ll be back next year.

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Can't beat this beachside view for a causal dinner. Food was delicious (try the goat cheese with prosciutto!) with friendly staff.

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We found Matthew’s service quite bad. The cocktails had almost no alcohol in them. Complained it to our waiter and we were told we had to pay extra to add alcohol. Typically it is not how it works in this business. And believe me we...are not type of people that are at alcoholic level. Secondly, we were not serviced well. Asked for silverwares a couple of times. Share plates were not serviced. Had to ask for it again. The food was ok. Only good thing we liked was the ambiance.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

My wife and I have been coming to Aruba for the past twenty years and my brother and his wife have been joining us for the past nine years. We have gone to Matthews as traditional night out for the four of us and we’re...pleased with the food and service. Based on our past experience we recommended it to my brother in law and his new wife on their honeymoon and the four of us were looking forward to a pleasant dining experience. However this year we were met with possibly the worst service ever. My wife, brother in law and his wife all got the Corvina and I ordered the Filet. My brother in law’s wife ordered a glass of Pinot Noir for her dinner. After a reasonable wait everyone was served except me and the glass of wine was nowhere to be seen. We had to ask the waiter three times for the glass of wine and after waiting a full half hour after everyone else had been served I never received the Filet. Needless to say we were very disappointed. Will never go back.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good family dining experience. We had a nice dinner at Matthews. As a family we enjoyed the atmosphere and our table right next to the beach was fantastic. Our food was very good, but not quite as good as some other similarly priced restaurants we...enjoyed during our visit.More

Date of visit: November 2022
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Reviewed October 31, 2022

We did a romantic sunset dinner on the beach last week & it was incredible. From the waiters to the food everything was above & beyond!!! I am very picky so i was very pleased with the outcome. This was a night that will never...be forgotten.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 29, 2022

I should have left when my rum and coke tasted like gasoline. Really CHEAP alcohol! But, we came for the Tuesday special of “all you can eat ribs. What a mistake. They must make them the day before and just warm them over. Honestly, they...were so dry and overcooked, and slathered in sweet sauce. I literally could not take more than a few bites. What a scam. You pay more than a rib plate generally costs thinking you will eat more, but they are so just terrible, — a complete waste of money. The server didn’t even ask if everything was ok, just took the plate away, which tells me he is used to seeing this. I think folks like the Oceanside atmosphere and the loud music, cause it sure ain’t the ribs!,More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 28, 2022

The waiters are still very friendly and the food is good, not special (anymore). Since last year the prices went up, the portions became smaller, but you still have a good meal and a beautiful view at the sunset. This was the only restaurant where...they included automatically, without notice, 15% service charge to the bill and the only restaurant this week where I was asked do you want to add a tip. Normally I do, but in this case I said ‘no, why, you already added a service charge’. I did not get an answer. From that moment the smile disappeared at the employees face and no word was spoken anymore. Matthews changed, not for the better. During a next visit to Aruba I will not return.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 27, 2022 via mobile

We recently travel to Aruba and went to Matthews. What a great place. The night that we were there, Ricky was performing. What a fantastic entertainer. He had us up on the dance floor and everybody was having a great time. Ricky just made things...so much fun and kept everyone entertained. We can’t wait to return again. Make sure if you travel to Aruba that you make time to go and see Ricky we promise you won’t be disappointed. Terry and Doreen Dunn.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 25, 2022 via mobile

Enjoyed a great dinner with friends. Great food and service. Beautiful sunset while we were there. Highly recommend.The whole atmosphere was just the right setting for dinner at sunset.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 25, 2022

Restaurant has a great breakfast and lunch menu and the dinner menu is terrific. Matthew's is located right on the beach with terrific views. Happy hours are so much fun with all of the staff keeping things entertaining. My group goes to a lot of...restaurants but this is our favorite. The staff including Binng, Elijah, Franklin, Humphrey, Marvin, Jelly, Sorainda, Stephanie, and Sarah are amazing.More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 23, 2022 via mobile

Do not call it lasagna... it was really not even close... served in a baked side dish ...it was some pasta in an aruban take of red sauce and melted cheese... Use a correct name for this...:aruban melted cheese stuff in a dish"( we dont...know how to make lasagna at Matthews).. Fish stew just sucked... calamari an shrimp...in a cornstarch fish broth...no flavor that I would call Caribbean... The surf and turf was over priced and served poorly ... cutsey presented but not flavorful... Blech...get a new chef...More

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 23, 2022 via mobile

Beautiful views and a very close up chance to see the beach and sea lapping away as you get to enjoy a tasty meal. Beautiful location and lovely food

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed October 21, 2022 via mobile

We decided to stay local for our last night and went to Matthew’s for dinner. I had the chicken cordon blu which was tasty. For a restaurant with such a nice view the service was very attentive and efficient. We really enjoyed it

Date of visit: October 2022
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Kelly B
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Response from d0nnaess | Reviewed this property |
I have been there several times. I’ve parked on the left side of Alhambra casino and walked up the side road. To get closer to Matthews you can drive up the side road if you can find an open spot. But, it ends at the beach.
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Yes there are gluten free options listed on the menu. They do have takeout but I'm noit sure how extensive the takeout menu might be
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Yes, Matthew's Beachside Restaurant offers takeout services.

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Matthew's Beachside Restaurant is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4
  • Atmosphere: 4.5