There’s no shortage of restaurant options in Aruba’s Palm Beach/High-Rise area. Some of them have good deals (there are so many restaurants they all compete), and some are better quality than others; the trick is finding a restaurant that offers both. We noticed Salt & Pepper when we were dropping off our rental car, and when we looked up reviews, we decided that we had to go back. A place that serves tapas for $4-$8 all day? Yes please! We were tired of eating big meals at that point; when you’re at the beach, it’s nice to just snack when you’re hungry instead of eating a huge meal and then floating around in the ocean like a beached whale.
It’s a cute marketing idea for a restaurant called Salt & Pepper — bring in a pair of salt and pepper shakers that don’t already exist in the restaurant’s collection and get a free glass of their famous sangria. Too bad we didn’t know about that offer beforehand, because the sangrias at Aruba’s Salt & Pepper are very tasty! If there is a problem with Salt & Pepper, it’s that the tapas are so tasty and cheap that you feel inclined to order plate after plate of them. We got a grouper sandwich (best we had on the island), shrimp in curry sauce (incredible sauce), onion rings (deep fried goodness) and Mahi Mahi Tempura (fresh tender fish with crunchy exterior). I decided to order a sangria, too, and man was that good. We ate lunch at 3:00 or so, but if you go I’d recommend going between 4:30 and 6:00 — there’s a fantastic Happy Hour offer: three tapas and a glass of sangria for $15.
If you plan to be in Aruba’s Palm Beach area, definitely check out Salt & Pepper.