Trek Stop: The West Deck, Aruba – Serving a Rainbow of Caribbean Tapas By The Beach

 In Our Travel Experience

Aruba’s thriving restaurant scene is made up of long-time favorites and fresh-faced newcomers. During our recent trip, we had a chance to review The West Deck. This laid-back, tropical oasis on the outskirts of downtown Oranjestad offers an array of local and Caribbean tapas in a sublime, beach-side setting.

The West Deck, Oranjestad Aruba

Mango Eddie at The West Deck in Aruba

Although it faces Aruba’s busy Main Street, The West Deck’s dining area is just steps away from a postcard ready beach of white sand and clear, blue water. The setting takes you away to a tranquil, Caribbean hideaway.

Review of The West Deck, Aruba

The West Deck was designed without walls, allowing it to take full advantage of the killer view of the island’s west side (thus, the name West Deck) and constant Aruban trade winds. It exudes an eclectic Caribbean, seaside charm with driftwood furniture, tropical-colored accent pillows, quirky beach and food-themed placards posted on beams, seashells and wooden fish strung from rafters and upbeat Caribbean music playing in the background.

Review of the West Deck Aruba

The West Deck Aruba Review

Review of The West Deck Oranjestad Aruba

 An absence of walls allows a gentle breeze to cool diners…

Revies of The West Deck, Aruba

 …and provides a killer view of the lovely beach from any table.

The West Deck’s drink menu offers a variety of beers (including local Balashi), martinis (Caramelized Apple-tini, What-a-mellon-tini, Chocolate-tini and Mango-tini sounded divine), flavored margaritas and mojitos, frozen drinks and tropical cocktails.

Review of the West Deck, Aruba

 Everything on the drink menu sounded delicious. We enjoyed the Strawberry Margarita and Calypso Sting 

The West Deck’s biggest draw is its extensive menu of Caribbean and local tapas. With such a vast assortment, diners are provided with a unique opportunity to create a personalized meal of dishes they’ve never tried alongside ones they’ve loved and need to try again. But be warned, options like Fire and Spice Crackling Calamari, Tenderloin and Plantain Pincho, Balashi Grouper Fingers, Aruban Keeshi and Arashi Chicken will make it hard to resist ordering the entire menu (reason enough to bring a friend or a few).

Review of the West Deck Aruba

 Pictured from top left are Arashi chicken, Bahamian conch fritters, fried plantains and Balashi grouper fingers

Review of the West Deck Aruba

Arashi chicken – Panko-crusted chicken breast slathered in cranberry chipotle sauce and topped with grilled pineapple

Though the bulk of The West Deck’s menu consists of tapas, large plated entrees are available on the daily specials board too.

Review of the West Deck Aruba

 The day’s specials

Our server, Sandra, was quite a delight. Though only at The West Deck for several days, her bright smile, bubbly attitude and dining recommendations capped off a wonderful experience.  Travelers who frequent Aruba will recognize her and her energetic personality because she previously worked at the Westin (which closed down recently) on Palm Beach.

Review of the West Deck Aruba

 Our delightful server, Sandra, posing with Mango Eddie

Review of the West Deck Aruba

A walk on the beach after finishing our meal

Review of the West Deck Aruba

 

After relishing our lunch at The West Deck, Caribbean Soul Trekkers agreed that it fulfilled its mission to “awaken your senses and satisfy your palate by offering you a unique and creative menu”. We will certainly be back to sample more Caribbean tapas and take in its picture-perfect setting by the ocean.

For more details, visit: http://www.aruba.com/things-to-do/the-west-deck

Soul Trekkers, we’d love to hear about your favorite beach-side restaurant in Aruba. Please leave a comment!

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