Experience the most romantic dinner on the island at Passions on the Beach Restaurant. Exquisite dishes, the soft light of torches all around you, sugary white sand between your toes, the soft sound of waves caressing the shore, and the most beautiful sunset you've ever seen...
Passions on the Beach
J.E. Irausquin Blvd. 252
Aruba Tel: +(297) - 527 1100
Fax: +(297) - 527 1112
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We had a wonderful night at Passions as we celebrated our anniversary. The dinner was fabulous. We had the filet mignon and the Caribbean Shrimp. Perfect. We also had the tiramisu for dessert - delicious and the sparklers were a wonderful surprise. The violinist added a very special touch.
Our waitress was attentive without hovering. She was very friendly and helpful. All of the staff were wonderful. We loved the fact that they took our pictures several times. We have really enjoyed sharing them with our friends. We have told everyone about our special night. We have friends that go to Aruba every year and I am sure that they will now try Passions.
So many specials - the tiki lamps, the lamps on the table, the lit dessert menu, the sparklers, the fantastic beach setting, the perfect weather. There is nothing that you can change as far as we were concerned. It was a perfect evening.
NOT WHAT IT WAS
We spend 2 weeks I in aruba each year frequenting Passions 1-2 times during our stay. This years visit was a total disappointment. It started out great with our server taking our drink orders which arrived quickly. Once drinks arrived we ordered our appetizers and main course at the same time. Our appetizers came out in a timely manner. After that it went straight downhill. Once appetizer were completed & taken away we waited approximately 40-45 minutes and no main course. Ordered and glass of wine and another 15 minutes went by. Still no main course. Our waiter finally came over an apologized for the delay and offered us a complimentary glass of wine which we didn't really want at this point. Finally an hour and half after completion of the appetizers the main course arrived which was semi cold.
We are an island time couple but we arrived @ 6:00pm and didn't get served our main course until 8:40. Also it's time to upgrade the outhouses. Really..
FOOD GLORIOUS FOOD, ET AL
Beat some weather and got into ARUBA in time to make our Valentine's Day reservation at PASSIONS. We were so delighted with the place last year that we felt they would be an ideal spot to celebrate the occasion and there was a full moon to boot. PASSIONS (and the celestial bodies) did not disappoint in the least. It maintained its standards of excellence on every level and it was refreshing to see the consistency of its performance. We generally do not like the adding of a 15% surcharge to bills and generally just leave our tip at that level for most places that do it. PASSIONS is an exception to the rule and it warrants and gets substantially more from us and it is worth it. Everyone involved puts out 100%+ and it shows. We highly recommend this place to everyone - it is a unique and enjoyable experience. In our opinion, it is the nicest and best "eat on the beach" experience that Aruba has to offer and we are looking forward to returning next year as well.
Visited February 2014
Visited Passions again after several years. Setting is great with lovely ambience. Food was good but varied among our four orders, was not the Wow we had experienced previously. Service was slow and not very attentive. Go for the Setting and manage your expectations otherwise.
Location, Location, Location
Recently dined at Passions. I must say, the location and sunset were spectacular. The food was good, but not great. The locations up for that. I definitely think that everyone should dine on the beach at least on time in Aruba. Passions would not disappoint.
A night to remember
My husband and I dined at passions during our honeymoon 2 years ago and my husband still raves about his grouper entree and claims it is the best meal he has ever eaten. The food was delicious and unique the ambience and scenery were incomparable. Passions is hands down THE best restaurant in Aruba. Do yourself a favor and do not skip out on this restaurant !!
Romance in Aruba
We booked an early 6pm reservation so we would be sure to get a waterside table. We wanted to be sure to have the best possible view of the sunset. Arriving about 30 minutes early so we could enjoy the happy hour at the adjoining bar, we had a couple of delicious drinks and good conversation with people from around the world. We got the prime table at the end, closest to the water.
The service was exemplary and I cannot imagine a more romantic site for dinner with a beautiful woman. She loved her sea bass and I thoroughly enjoyed the grouper. The food was very good but the setting created a lifetime memory. I would highly recommend it as it wasn't too expensive and it will never be forgotten.
One of Aruba's Outstanding Restaurants
For my husband, daughter and I, this was not the first time dining at Passions on the Beach at the Amsterdam Manor Beach Resort. For those who have never been, this is true barefoot dining on soft powder white sand, albeit with linen tablecloths and napkins and the soft glow of tabletop lamps and tiki torches. Over the course of our 20+ vacations in Aruba, we have grown to love Passions so much that it has become our family ritual to dine there on our first and last nights on the island. This year we stayed at the Amsterdam Manor for the first time and along with additional family members, had the pleasure of dining four times at Passions over the Christmas and New Year's holidays.
The holidays are all about families and dinner at Passions was no different. Children were prevalent and made to feel welcome. Some parents thought ahead and brought along tablets to entertain their children. In between courses, other children did as our daughter did when she was younger, and kept themselves busy playing at their parent's feet in the sand. Couples need not fret; they were of course, as always, still seated intimately in the front row at their tables for two. The couple's tables are lined up closest to the ocean offering the best view of the sunset. Tables are set far enough apart that the setting complete with the soft lighting of tiki torches, was undisturbed by the children prevalent on the island at this time of year.
Our family prefers eating dinner later and took pleasure in the warm breezes and stars overhead while listening to the lapping of the waves in the distance. The live music in the background adds to the romance, but is just loud enough that you notice, but does not interfere with conversation with your fellow diners. We spent numerous nights conversing over delicious meals, never feeling rushed and receiving the friendly yet unobtrusive service we have come to appreciate from the wonderful staff at Passions.
Passions is all about romance and their Caribbean inspired menu and the outstanding quality and preparation of their food only add to their reputation as one of the best restaurants on the island. With plenty of dinners at the restaurant our family had the opportunity to sample old favorites such as the Watermelon and Feta Salad, Eagle Beach Crab Salad and Caesar Salad, Get Together- grilled grouper in a cream sauce served with spicy shrimp, Grouper in Crispy Coco Jacket, Perfect Match- grilled mahi- mahi with baby scallops and a tarragon beurre blanc sauce, but we also discovered some new favorites like Beef Carpaccio with Truffle Mayonnaise, Aruban Seafood Soup, Pan Fried Sesame Crusted Black Sea Bass and Pineapple Carpaccio- thinly sliced pineapple, simmered, infused with Myers rum syrup and served over vanilla ice cream. Yes, we do go to Aruba to eat seafood and often do, but Passions Filet Mignon a la Ratatouille- beef tenderloin on a bed of green asparagus with balsamic glazed mushrooms, bacon ratatouille and port wine sauce is still my favorite and was also enjoyed by other family members as well!
From the moment we were greeted by Humphrey to the time we left, we were always made to feel that we were welcome and will look forward to many return visits in the future.
don't waste your time or money
If you know nothing about fine dining this is the place for you.
I made reservations for my party and arrived early as i normally do. Sat in the lounge area waiting for a table by the water like i requested with the reservation. Another couple arrived 15 minutes after we did, and was seated first because they spoke dutch. The waitress actually said my name i stood up and said thats me, the waitress ignored me and was speaking dutch to them and took them to my table. Needles to say i was completely miffed and spoke to the Hostess. They did recognize the mistake after i pointed out their error. I asked that the people that were seated be moved to another table. Another gentleman came over (I'm assuming he was the manager) went to the table to talk to them and move them. But the couple they seated refused to move. Just at that moment another table was vacated by customers and was cleaned for us. At this point my meal was ruined! The waitress that seated them was sent to our table to wait on us. BIG MISTAKE. No apology! Except from the hostess. NO Discount on the check, No free appetizer, No free coffee or desert. No free drink. Nothing but sub par food, that was dry and tasteless, just a complete waste time and money. I will never eat there again even if it was the last place on the island and i was starving.
Try Barefoot, Chalet Suisse, Papillon, Screaming Eagle, Hostaria de Vittorio, El Gaucho to to name a few places where service and food are excellent.
This was our 1st time to Passions and it won' t be our last . The atmosphere is just beautiful and the food was great. I had the spring rolls and the grouper and the portions are huge! The service was great and I can't wait to go back!
My boyfriend and I had dinner at Passions on the Beach last night and based on all the reviews I had read here I was really, and I mean REALLY, disappointed. Service was ok, although our server was nice, she was a little slow. I didn't know what I wanted to drink, so I asked for the menu and she only brought one, when they also have a martini menu, so our appetizers came before we had even ordered our drinks - even when she did bring the menu, it took her a long while to come and take our order. About the food: I had the vegetarian spring rolls and they were delicious; my boyfriend had the shrimp and also liked it. Regarding the main course though, I ordered the fillet mignon with shrimp and the shrimp wasn't seasoned at all. It had no flavor whatsoever, which upset me, especially because the fillet was magnificent! My boyfriend's fillet with lobster tail was very good, especially the lobster tail, even though it's tiny, especially considering the price. Overall I'd say we had an ok experience, I don't think I would recommend it to a friend though. The food is overpriced and for it isn't fine dining.
Cannot wait to go back!
Our experience at Passions was amazing. Our waitress was very knowledgeable about the menu and food and gave great recommendations. We had the grouper and it was delicious! We also haven't stopped talking about the vanilla ice cream with red berries dessert. Overall, they made our honeymoon very memorable!
We celebrated our 25th wedding anniversary here and it could not have been more perfect. Food, setting, service, everything was excellent and it made our celebrations very special. W.l definitely return on our next trip to Aruba. Cannot recommend this restaurant enough. Try it for yourself you will not be disappointed
#1 Romantic Dining Spot Hands Down!
Thank you Marc and all who made our night possible on August 2nd, 2013.
Our engagement dinner was definitely superb. The food, wine, and atmosphere definitely matched or exceeded our expectations. I forget her name but our waitress was very helpful and made the night very memorable as well. The only thing i would suggest is to have a few more "private" dining areas around your beach facility to accommodate special occasions as such. Other than that, it was perfect. All the online research and recommendations to chose your facility over any other restaurant on the beach were all true. I searched for hours to find the most romantic place and guarantee this was the best! I even stopped and checked out a few places to see if their dinning atmosphere was as nice, definitely not. You're #1 and we cant wait to come back to Aruba and enjoy this experience again!
Thanks once again and God Bless! David and Alessandra (Engaged 8/2/2013)
Best couples night out
The food and service was fantastic! I would highly recommend and list as a must do while in Aruba.
ALWAYS THE BEST!
This year my wife and I were celebrating our 15th anniversary (14th year visiting Aruba), along with friends (who were visiting Aruba for the first time).
PASSIONS never ceases to please. Incredible service, awesome ambiance and amazing food. We visit every year since it opened (1 or 2 times each visit!)....Counting the days till next August!
Fabulous Anniversary Dinner
We celebrated our 1st anniversary in Aruba and had our dinner at Passions on the beach. I would absolutely recommend this place! The dinner was fabulous, the view was amazing and the service was impecable. I will go every time I visit Aruba!
Our dinner at Passions was one of the highlights of our time in Aruba. Everything was beyond perfect. The staff, the atmosphere, the food - all were incredible. We have no complaints and I can't imagine how they can make it better (other than to illuminate the check like they do the menus so we can see our bill!) :)
We will most definitely recommend Passions to our other friends and we will be back year after year.
This was our second time we have been to Aruba and we have eaten at Passions both times. On this trip, we took another couple and visited your place on the first night. It was awesome, as we both had remembered, and it was a pleasure to see them blown away by the food, the setting and setting sun. I thought the food pictures on the Ipad was a nice touch and helped make our dinner decisions. Also, your wait staff are very patient as they all become photographers before the night is over. We will definitely be back. Hopefully, next year.
Dining at Passions
Dinner at Passions was the best dining experience we had in Aruba! The food and presentation was superb and the setting was awesome. What made our experience truly memorable was Diana, our server. She made us want to come back again and again. See you next year!
When on visiting a tropical island, dinning on the beach while watching a sunset is a must! This is a beautiful open space on the beach. Above all, this dinner was about the sunset, which did not disappoint. The staff here was wonderful, they go above and beyond for you, very attentive and willing to take your photos for you too. The drinks were very good, they had a special drink that was particularly tasty, it was made with 2 fruit juices and vodka instead of rum which was a pleasant change. There is a full bar so you can hang out after dinner as well. The restaurant staff will call a taxi for you when you are ready to leave and you are able to remain at your table until the taxi arrives. The food was surprizingly good. We figured the restaurant would lack in some way, but this place did not. This would be a great place to celebrate an anniversary or a birthday. This place does have a heavy price tag but if you can afford it, it is worth it. One note to other fellow animal lovers. A loose dog did appoach us while seated at our table. He was a total gentleman. Unfortunitly we did not have food to give him at the time, the waiter later told us that they feed a few dogs every night after closing. That made me feel better.
A beautiful evening
We have been here before, so , we expected excellence. We got it !!!!!
Our meal was wonderful. The atmosphere is so romantic.
The staff are professional, informative and very friendly
We had an amazing time
The staff were entertaining and funny also
We will return.
Our married children dined here a few days prior to us on our recommendation and they loved it
We had a wonderful time. The sunset was beautiful and the service was great.
Always our first night in Aruba
We have been comming to Aruba for several years now, and every year our very first night is always planned in advance to have a sunset diner at Passions. If you have never had diner there and are planing to then you are in for a wonderful treat.
First class service from Marc and his staff. You will never forget the first time as we did being brought to our table only a few feet from the water and putting my toes in the sand while having a cocktail and watching the sun go down. We had many photos taken by the fine staff there and they never said no and always had a smile on.
The food is wonderful and once diner is over you can just relax at your table with and just enjoy the veiw of the beach which is all lit up with torches DONT MISS THIS WHILE IN ARUBA
We had a lovely time at passions! Service was excellent! We were celebrating our last night on our honeymoon and the staff acknowledged this and made us feel special! We will be back again.