Zeerovers Aruba: A Seafood Restaurant You Don’t Want to Miss

Zeerovers Aruba, in the town of Savaneta–formerly the country’s capital– is more seafood shack than fine-dining. But that doesn’t stop it from being one of the top places to eat in Aruba when it comes to fresh seafood and authentic local flavour.

Aruba has amazing options when it comes to fresh and delicious seafood. If you’re looking for a casual spot  to chill out with a few Balashi beers while enjoying seafood outdoors, then you’ve found your happy place  at Zeerovers Restaurant.

Zeerover means “pirate” in Dutch and this fishing collective serves fresh fish caught right from local waters. It’s where locals eat in Aruba and a top spot to eat in or take your seafood home to cook in your condo or villa kitchen.

Here’s the scoop on what to expect from this fun and fresh seafood restaurant.

Zeerovers Aruba Location

Located past Queen Beatrix International Airport on a wharf in Savaneta, Zeerovers is easy to get to by car whether you’re making a special trip for lunch or stopping on your way back from Baby Beach, San Nicolas or Rodger’s Beach. If you’re going to Zeerovers Restaurant from Oranjestad, watch for the OP=OP store (the fascinating Dutch emporium filled with bargain household products) on the righthand side of Highway 1A and make a turn onto the side road.

Seagulls waiting for lunch at Zeerover Restaurant Aruba

Seagulls waiting for lunch at Zeerover Restaurant Aruba

This street leads to a stretch of Savaneta that includes Flying Fishbone restaurant ( open in the evenings) and Aruba Ocean Villas, Aruba’s only Tahitian-style overwater villas & beach villas (formerly known as Old Man & the Sea). Look for the pirate’s head sign. Parking is on the street and spaces can be tough to find when it’s busy so you may need to park a distance away and walk.

It’s also possible to take public transportation in Aruba and while I haven’t personally taken the bus to Zeerovers, Route 1 of Arubus travels from Oranjestad to San Nicolas, passing through Savaneta so might be an option worth looking into.  Check the map in our Travel Guide below.

Zeerovers Aruba Menu

If it’s your first time at Zeerovers, you might be a bit confused on how it works. No worries. On our first visit, I asked one of the waiters who told me to simply place our food order at the window before entering the seating area. The menu is posted in the wall in both Papiamento and English. The fish is “Catch of the Day” so could be red snapper, wahoo, kingfish or grouper – it just depends on what the fishermen have hauled in from the ocean that day. Fish and shrimp are ordered by the piece or by weight.

Zeerovers Aruba Menu

Simple but perfect – the Zeerovers Aruba Menu

If it’s your first time at Zeerovers, it might also be hard to decide how much to order. If you’re a newbie like we were, the cashier will hold up a bag that shows how much you’ll be getting. We ordered two pieces of fish (it was wahoo so quite thick) as well as enough “shrimp for two people” as we’d worked up an appetite swimming at Baby Beach.

Siboyo side with basket of fish at Zeerovers Aruba

Be sure to order a Siboyo side with your fish at Zeerovers Aruba

Side dishes are also an important part of dining at Zeerovers. Options include tartar sauce, fried plantain, French fries and pan bati ( their English translation calls it “corn bread”  but it’s actually more like a wedge of pancake). Don’t skip the side of siboyo de vinager, the delicious marinated red onion salsa, that’s super popular in Aruba.  Check out our Easy Recipe for Siboyo Tempera from Aruba and make a batch for yourself at home.

Zeerover Aruba Prices

Unlike other restaurants where prices are shown by the dish or menu item, at Zeerovers, the price is by weight or by piece. This can make ordering worrisome if you’re not sure if you have enough cash. Zeerovers accepts CASH only ( no credit or debit cards). Fortunately a lunch at Zeerovers is not expensive.

Our order for two pieces of fish, enough shrimp for two people, as well as two sides of siboyo, one side of plantain, one side of fries ( huge), and two corn bread came to $36 USD. Also factor in some cash for a tip. There’s a tip jar at the front counter to recognize the staff for their cheery service.  I think I heard our cashier shout “sexy lady” when I dropped a few dollars in, so tips (and compliments ) are welcome.

Zeerover Aruba Hours

Check out the hours and arrive early to get a seat at Zeerovers restaurant Aruba

Once you place your order, you’ll receive a wooden block with a number on it to place on your table. You then go to a side window and order your drinks such as beer, soft drinks or juice. Then seat yourself at one of the tables on the pier or on the large terrace where there’s plenty of shade. Every seat offers exceptional views. It doesn’t get any more waterfront than this in Savaneta (unless you count Flying Fishbone where your feet are literally IN the water).

Outdoor deck at Zeerovers Aruba

Outdoor terrace and deck at Zeerovers Aruba

A waiter will bring your food order to your table along with a supply of condiments, plastic forks and  napkins.  Sip your drinks and watch the seagulls while you wait. If you have a bird phobia – don’t throw those avians any food scraps or you’ll quickly be surrounded by flapping wings.

Click on our Instagram post for a video of the bird-action:

Dining at Zeerovers Aruba

Basket of wahoo fish and shrimp at Zeeerovers Aruba

Basket of wahoo fish, shrimp and fries at Zeeerovers Aruba

At Zeerovers, the fish changes depending on the catch of the day and can include popular fish to eat in Aruba such as barracuda, wahoo, whole red  snapper (head and tail), kingfish and other species of fish you may not be familiar with.  During our visit, the “catch of the day” was wahoo, a big game fish related to the king mackerel.  It’s got a finely-grained, firm consistency and sweet, slightly buttery flavour that makes it one of the best fish for eating.

At Zeerovers, all of the fish is flash deep-fried, a method that creates a light crust on the outside and moist flaky interior. The fish is not encased in a a heavy batter which means you can taste the freshness of the fish. It worked well for the wahoo which came accompanied with piping hot french fries sprinkled with sea salt and plantain  caramelized to sweet perfection. The siboyo onions added a nice tart crunch to the combination. Overall, it was a fantastic lunchtime meal.

Zeerovers Aruba Reservations

Reservations aren’t accepted at Zeerovers, so if you want to avoid long line-ups, try to time your visit for outside peak periods of lunch and dinner. Note that there are very long line-ups of locals (always a good sign that the food will be great) on Friday nights and on Sundays during the day.  That having been said, we arrived on a Friday at noon and waited just 20 minutes to place our order. We also scored a table at the water’s edge, so it’s possible for even beginners to get lucky.

Have you been to Zeerovers Restaurant in Aruba? Did you like it? What kind of fish did you try? Share your thoughts in the comment box below!

Travel Guide 

Costs: Cash Only. USD or Aruban florins. No Credit Cards or Debit Cards are Accepted.

Hours: Closed Mondays.

Savaneta: Read more about things to do: Savaneta Secrets in Aruba Nights Publications.  

Public Transportation: Arubus operates a fleet of 42 buses along various routes, including several to Savaneta. Note that the special bus to Baby Beach bypasses Savaneta.

Aruba Tourism Authority and New Entry Requirement: Get maps, travel advice and other valuable resources on the official Aruba Tourism website. In accordance with guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO), Aruba has introduced a policy requiring travellers from select countries to have proof of vaccine against yellow fever effective March 1, 2018. Exceptions include people with certain medical conditions as well as those 60 years of age and older or children under the age of 9 months.

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Michele Peterson
Michele Peterson
Dividing her time between Toronto, Mexico and Guatemala (or the nearest tropical beach), Michele Peterson is an award-winning writer, blogger, editor and publisher who specializes in travel, cuisine and luxury lifestyles.
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  • Tara
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    What a mouth-watering menu! The fish looks fresh and delicious and I would love to try their siboyo de vinager, which is one of my favorite things to eat at home. We are getting a crazy snowstorm right now, so it’s lovely to read about somewhere warm and tropical!

    • Michele Peterson
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      That’s amazing you’ve already heard of siboyo de vinager and are also making it at home. I’d never heard of it in Canada but quickly became a fan after my first visit to Aruba. (And good luck with the snow – it’s surely the last snow storm of the season!)

  • Marlene
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    Excellent review Michele. This one will be on my list when we go next time!

    • Michele Peterson
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      Looking forward to hearing about your trip to Aruba Marlene!

  • Sandra
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    Went last year as a pit stop on a motorcycle tour and enjoyed the red snapper, shrimps, plantains, fries and some cold beers. Price was reasonable and the view was great. We are definitely going back and highly recommend. If you don’t like your food fried, then don’t go. My fish was fresh, well seasoned and crispy. Loved it !!!

    • Michele Peterson
      Reply

      I couldn’t agree more! Don’t be afraid of this fried fish, folks!

  • Donna Janke
    Reply

    The food and the view at Zeerovers looks fantastic. I think I’d enjoy the siboyo de vinager – this is the first time I’ve heard about the dish.

  • Doreen Pendgracs
    Reply

    I think I’d really enjoy that basket of seafood at Zeerovers Aruba. Aruba is one island I’ve yet to visit, but would love to. Thx for the tasty post!

  • Debbra Dunning Brouillette
    Reply

    I so want to visit Aruba! When I make it there…and I will… I would love to have some fresh from the boat seafood at Zeerovers! Thanks for the great post.

  • baia
    Reply

    What a nice place. Would love to have seafood meal on such location

  • Marilyn Jones
    Reply

    What a fun article for me to read especially after I realized I ate at Zeerovers when I was in Aruba not so long ago!! Thanks for the memories; now I’m hungry! 🙂

    • Michele Peterson
      Reply

      Great to hear Marilyn!

  • Chris
    Reply

    Visited many many times! Our favorite place for fresh fish! Love the snapper! Mostly enjoy the shrimp we eat by the water then take a few kilos back to our villa! Don’t miss this place! Linda is the best!! Almost forgot to mention the beer is ice cold! Amstel Bright!

    • Michele Peterson
      Reply

      Smart you! I wish I’d gone earlier in our week in Aruba then I could have planned a return visit! That wahoo was really what seafood dreams are made of – what a difference freshness makes. And how did I miss Amstel Bright? Next time…

  • Karen
    Reply

    We are coming to Aruba next month. We will definatly come to your restaurant. How long has it been there?

    • Michele Peterson
      Reply

      Enjoy your visit to Aruba! It’s not our restaurant so I’m not sure how long it’s been there but I’m sure if you ask one of the staff when you arrive they’ll be able to tell you.

  • Eric Gamble
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    YES YES YES!! I am definitely adding Zeerovers Aruba to my dining options when Darcee & I head to aruba. That wahoo and shrimp looks amazing but I think I would want the Pan Bati cause any type of corn bread is my jam!!

  • Zuzette
    Reply

    Thank you for the wonderful post Michele..
    Zeerover exsit 38+ years, first it was just a bar. Where family and friends of Savaneta and other fishermen came together.
    They used to fry your fresh caught fish in exchange for a beer..
    After that and by request of the people they started with the restaurant concept. And thanks to the power of social media and wonderful people like you they have grown in into what it is today. Greetings from Aruba (the cashier on the pic)

    • Michele Peterson
      Reply

      Hi Zuzette…thanks for chiming in with the great information on the history of Zeerover – wow, it’s been almost 40 years. And thanks too for helping these two newbies with their first order last week 🙂 WE’ll be back!

  • Culture Tripper
    Reply

    Interesting to read that Zeerovers means pirates in Dutch. Sea rovers—of course! Really picturesque terrace, looks like a must-stop for fresh fish, chips and siboyo. Aruba—yum!

  • Irene S Levine
    Reply

    This fresh seafood looks like the perfect pairing for a day at the beach!

  • Alexa Meisler
    Reply

    So many cute places in Aruba (if you can duck the wind).

  • Jon Bailey
    Reply

    Incredible views and delicious food, what else can you ask for! Aruba sounds so good right now.

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