Juan Ludeña   Chef

Juan Ludeña

Break free at Papillon in The Village. It combines history with a trend-setting, elegant menu, infusing its French-Belgian cuisine with Caribbean flair.

Famous convict Papillon’s incredible flight to freedom is the restaurant’s theme and the menu reflects the Frenchman’s arduous journey. The spacious outside terrace is perfect for casual fine dining. The iron bars and flecks of rust and stains on the walls make one very glad to be here and not in Papillon’s shoes, in the 1940’s. Charrière would undoubtedly have loved ‘his’ place on Aruba: this is luxury escape for anyone!


The Village
Juan E. Irausquin Blvd. 348A
Across from the Hilton Aruba Caribbean Resort & Casino
(297) 586-5400

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Lobster Bisque — 12.50
creamy lobster soup with a touch of French brandy, a seafood garnish and a rouille crouton

— 14.00
escargots in a creamy garlic-onion-herb sauce, served with toast and bread

Shrimp au Gratin
— 15.00
shrimp and zucchini in a spicy tomato-cream sauce, baked in the oven with mozzarella cheese, topped with rucola lettuce and bacon bits

Carpaccio de Boeuf
— 16.75
thinly sliced rare Angus beef, marinated in truffle, with roasted pine nuts, capers, tomatoes, Parmesan, dried basil and truffle crème

Foie Gras
— 25.00
seared goose liver on a chocolate-marbled brioche with vanilla pineapple compote, accompanied by black truffle and goose liver pâté, topped with red fruit and served with toast


Grouper Papillon 28.00
grouper fillet pan-fried with garlic, herbs and lemon under a potato crust, served with a white wine-lobster sauce

Poisson Rouge — 29.50
tuna steak spiked with Cajun spices, seared medium-rare over high heat, served with a soy and brown sugar drizzle, mango compote and spicy papaya sauce

Canard à la Passion
— 29.50
duck breast seared on the skin, served with roasted sweet potato, green asparagus, orange-passion fruit sauce and a chocolate drizzle

Sea Bass en Sel
— 34.50
oven-baked sea bass in a sea salt crust, served with a cilantro pesto and a mango-tomato compote

Filet Mignon — 36.00
8-oz Angus beef grilled to your liking, served with a red wine-truffle sauce

Veau Grillé
— 43.00
grilled 12-oz. veal rib chop served on mashed potatoes and green asparagus with a home-made thyme-honey-barbecue sauce

Lobster à la Caraïbe
— Market price
broiled butterfly Caribbean lobster tail with white wine and garlic butter, served with herbed oil and a tomato compote


Aubergine Provençale — 24.50
roasted eggplant stuffed with onions, celery, leeks, mushrooms, mozzarella and Parmesan with red wine risotto and blue cheese artichokes

Fettuccine Forêt
— 27.00
fettuccine pasta prepared with olive oil, black pepper, portobello mushroom, truffle, roasted tomatoes and shaved Parmesan


Lime Cheesecake — 10.00
home-made cheesecake with a touch of lime, a cantaloupe sorbet, a ginger snap crust and a red fruit coulis

Chocolate Lava Cake
— 10.50
chocolate cake with a soft center, baked à la minute and served with butterscotch ice cream and almonds – it’s worth the wait!

Price per person: 29.75

3-Course Menu Including Wine
served from 5:00 to 7:00 p.m.


Dinner: 5:00 to 11:00 p.m.,
Monday to Sunday
Dining: Indoors – Outdoors —
Open-air (covered)
Serving: Dinner
Attire: Elegantly casual
✓ Bar
✓ Parking