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Aruba Restaurant and Bar

Pier Approach, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, BH2 5AA
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Breakfast is served satruday & Sunday 9am till 11am, Lunch and dinner service starts from midday through till 10pm.
Our late night weekends keep us partying through till 3am


Facilities
  • Disabled Access
  • Private Dining
  • Free WiFi
  • Outside Seating Area
  • Families and Children Welcome

About Aruba Restaurant and Bar

Aruba Restaurant and Bar ethos is to offer the finest food, drink, service and atmosphere, in order to create the very best eating and drinking experiences for our guests.
Set on the Beach front in Bournemouth, Aruba offers the very best view in town. Our 360 degree balcony offers a breathtaking view of Bournemouth Bay and Bournemouth Pier.
Open from Breakfast to late offering the best Cocktails and Best Food around.
The Island bar offers great cocktails,great atmosphere and good times.

Cuisine: International
Dress Code: Smart Casual
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Visited On Saturday, 19 May 2018

The service was relaxed but efficient. Very pleased and we had a wonderful night there.

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Visited On Saturday, 12 May 2018

We had such a good time at Aruba for a hen party. The food was delicious and came out all together and was all hot!! (There was 25 of us!!). Our server (Claudi, I believe?) was lovely and very attentive :-) would highly recommend Aruba and will definitely be coming back again myself!

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

We paid a deposit to pre book for a large group and the person who took the booking said they could decorate the table with balloons for us, but this didn’t happen. After 20 minutes of arriving we had to track down a waitress to take our drinks order. After 40 minutes of arriving we had to track down a waitress to take our food order. After 1 and a half hours we finally had our meals. Same problem with having to go to the serving counter and hang around until we could find someone to take our order and also to bring us the bill at the end of the night. Despite this the food and drinks were really good. The staff were friendly and the atmosphere was lively, if not a little chavvy...twice I walked in to the toilets to find someone sat on the toilet with their pants around their ankles whilst having a conversation with someone at the sinks. So not really one for classy meal or family night but it did the job for a hen do... *it says visit time was 8.45pm but it was actually 8.00pm

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Visited On Thursday, 03 May 2018

Easy to book online, the waitress was very helpful and friendly and the food was good and pricing very fair. Will definitely be back and would recommend

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

My first time eating at Aruba. Couldn’t fault anything. The staff were friendly, food was delicious and the cocktails were flowing. I will be coming back!!

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Visited On Thursday, 10 May 2018

Good service, lovely food and cocktails

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Visited On Wednesday, 09 May 2018

Went for my 21st birthday yesterday, lovely service, amazing food and good value and student offers. Something for everyone, older and young.

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Visited On Monday, 07 May 2018

Slow service and average food Amazing location

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Visited On Monday, 07 May 2018

Service was extremely slow with the restaurant not being very busy at all. Several times our empty plates were walked past while the waitress had a conversation with her colleagues and stood about. 15 minutes in total we waited for them to be cleared and offered more drinks or a dessert menu. I wouldn’t return again in a hurry.

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Visited On Monday, 07 May 2018

We was at Aruba for a birthday meal, and I appreciate it was bank holiday but the length of time it took for our mains to arrive - 1.5 hours, and only after chasing was too long. Our waiter was great and apologetic and said they were very busy but all the tables around us was waiting ages as well so just think it needs either more staff or to get slicker at service. Not sure if I will go back?

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

We've dined here before and on busy bank holiday weekends, but this particular meal with my wife and 6 daughter was disrupted by violent brawl involving a group of travelers. We didn't expect to be sitting having a nice family meal and then bottles and glasses starting to fly directly behind us. We had to quickly vacate our table with my wife and daughter still shaking a good half an hour later. The annoying thing was we could see this coming with this group as their children were out of control and running riot around the restaurant tables, and I think the management could of done more by stop serving them alcohol long before the incident. To be fair to the management and certain staff members they persuaded us back to another table so we could finish our meal and told us it was on the house. It's a shame as generally food and service is good, but this has now put us off not only visiting Aruba but also central Bournemouth where the atmosphere is not the same anymore. We'll stick to Westbourne which is closer to where we stay anyway.

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Visited On Saturday, 05 May 2018

I chose Aruba on recommendation for my best friends hen night out (we were down in Bournemouth/Poole from London for the weekend). We were left waiting for about 10 minutes at the entrance to the venue, despite arriving on time. The service was sub-average, which is a shame, as the girl was very nice, just completely understaffed and not supported by a manager or bar staff. We ordered the wine when we sat down and it arrived during our mains. It then took a further 15 minutes to get glasses for the wine. We booked an area for drinks which was fun, but far too small (you could only talk to the person right next to you as the music was so loud!). All in all, a good evening, but I don't think I would choose Aruba again for this sort of occasion.

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Visited On Sunday, 06 May 2018

Been here a couple of times for cocktails, which can be either a hit or miss. They’re either too weak due to the heaps of ice they use in the cocktails, or too strong that’s it not nice to drink. I decided to try out the food because of how nice the menu looked and now I wish I didn’t go on this occasion... we booked for half 7 and we arrived early and got sent to wait at the bar for a drink, waited 20 minutes before being served and finally sat down. Considering it was a Sunday night at around 7.30 there were kids running around with flatables and running into you. The food looked ridiculously expensive for what the food was and the music was too loud whilst sitting down at a table but when we actually sat at the table a fight kicked off outside with glasses being chucked around and glass shattering at the tables inside that we were actually sitting at. The staff were confused by what was going on, two staff members left to sort the fight but the waitress (who seemed to be the only waitress on the floor) was standing around and staring at what was going on. In the end we decided to leave because of how terrible the atmosphere was and how the issue didn’t seem to be resolved. I don’t think i’ll be returning again after what happened.

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Visited On Wednesday, 02 May 2018

I contacted Aruba in advance to arrange my birthday meal and to accommodate my son’s additional needs. From the moment we arrived, we were blown away by the service. The supervisor (sadly I didn’t catch his name because he definitely deserves a special mention), assigned Lucy as our waitress and both of them catered to our every need. My son’s pizza arrived, as requested in advance, almost immediately, which was great. From making sure that we had a lovely quiet spot to enjoy my birthday meal to checking in on us regularly and making sure we were happy, they covered everything. The view is stunning, the seating arrangement was so relaxing and the food was lovely. But definitely, without a doubt, the highlight of our meal was the service we received from Lucy and her supervisor. We will definitely be returning. The combination of the setting and the service made this a birthday to remember. My son rarely tolerates a meal out because he doesn’t cope well with noise, crowds or sitting still for too long (!!) so it meant so much that we could enjoy a meal together as a family for my birthday and this was only possible because of the attention to detail from the staff. Very impressed and 5 stars really isn’t enough on this occasion!

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Visited On Saturday, 28 April 2018

We came to Aruba for my sisters hen do. We had a cocktail class with Brandon who was great and dinner in the private room! We then had a vip booth with a drinks package and everything was such great value for our money! Had a fantastic night!

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Visited On Saturday, 21 April 2018

I can't thank your staff enough we had the best night ever for my daughter's hen party . They were so friendly and attentive, the food was great and our party of 8 all comentted of was a fun time they had, we will defiantly be coming back thank you

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Visited On Friday, 20 April 2018

We came for lunch and drinks, nothing too fancy. I love the atmosphere here and the food is nice! My only complaint is the length of time it took to get served. We waited a over 15 minutes for our first drinks, and we ordered our second drinks because we knew it would take forever to arrive again! Paying took even longer which is ironic! Took 25 mins to pay our bill which is ironic! That is my only complaint!

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Visited On Thursday, 19 April 2018

Service is always very slow been a few times and it seems the cocktails get worse each time, food is lovely though

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Visited On Tuesday, 10 April 2018

Great food and attentive service by Sergio

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Visited On Friday, 06 April 2018

Good food as always

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Visited On Tuesday, 20 March 2018

It was a quiet night, but the service both on drinks and for food was incredibly slow.... it just didn't make sense as we were the only big table there and the staff didn't exactly look rushed off their feet!

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Visited On Saturday, 17 March 2018

The cocktail making masterclass was just wonderful! As was the whiskey tasting. Both of the staff on hand were very fun, knowledgeable and just made the event exceptional. Our server at dinner did a fab job despite it being her second day and overall we had a brilliant time. The only thing I would say is that the music was awfully loud by 8 pm so once we sat down to dinner, we were shouting at one another to be heard. The restaurant was packed so food took a long time coming but was pleasant enough. Excellent for drinks and dancing I think and I would recommend the masterclass experiences for sure. Thanks to Shelley and the team for accommodating!

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Visited On Friday, 16 March 2018

Will definitely visit again, excellent food & table service, was a bit loud to hold a conversation, found ourselves shouting a bit, but all in all, great restaurant

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Visited On Friday, 16 March 2018

Another lovely meal here. Service excellent lots of food and drink choices. Booked online and chose the early bird menu (pre theatre dining) to be told that it had been discontinued and that the online system was in the process of being updated. Wasn’t a problem for us we still had a great evening.

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Visited On Sunday, 11 March 2018

Great food and great service. Only negative was I requested a table by the window but we were not seated by the window

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