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With so many villas in the Dominican Republic and other rental accommodations, you can be sure that there are also hundreds of restaurants. One evening you might choose a gourmet international restaurant near your Dominican Republic villa, like La Verandah-where the reputed best chef in the country plies his trade. And then the next day, grab some fresh seafood at a local café like Captain Cook's Seafood Restaurant-with tables set up right on the beach. The larger rental accommodations offer a cross-section of excellent restaurants and cafés as well.
Baraonda is a gourmet restaurant in the Hotel Alisei, serving traditional Italian dishes with a Caribbean influence. It is the scene of lively gatherings, especially on weekends when tourists and island residents come out to enjoy the beach. Whether you bring your family in for quality time together or gather with your friends for some drinks, the beachfront bar and restaurant is the perfect place. The food is truly spectacular and affordable. Dishes of fresh seafood (including the "catch of the day" and stupendous seafood thermidor), steaks and chicken are generous in portion and excellent in taste.
Cafe Atlantico is located in Pueblo de Los Pescadores (Fishermen’s Village). The décor takes on a yacht theme, including unstained deck floors and teak furniture with sailcloth-covered cushions. The lighting and international music add a contemporary flair. At the helm is Capítan Sergí Blanch, a Basque and longtime Las Terrenas resident with a knack for the business.
Set between the beachfront and the main street of Cortecito, this is popular local place in town. Don't expect elaborate food. The allure here is the ultrafresh seafood that's simply but superbly grilled to order from a chalkboard menu. A battery of outdoor grills lies near the entrance to a dining area whose tables are positioned beneath palm-frond gazebos overlooking a crowded stretch of rather narrow beach. Platters of grilled fish, freshwater crab, or lobster will be accompanied by lime-flavored butter sauce, salad, and your choice of baked potatoes or french fries. As an alternative, try the paella, spaghetti with shellfish, creole-style beefsteak, fish brochettes "Captain Cook," and/or a combination platter of grilled shrimp and calamari. Location: Playa El Cortecito, Marina El Cortecito
In the Bávaro Palace Hotel, within the Barcelo Bávaro Beach, Golf & Casino Resort, Chez Palace is the showcase restaurant of one of the biggest resort complexes in the Dominican Republic. If you're not staying at one of the Barcelo hotels, you'll have to make reservations in advance. The decor is cool and stylish, as if it were imported from a chic resort in the south of Spain. A formally dressed staff serves superb dishes that include salmon mousse in a prawn sauce, tartar of tenderloin, grilled red snapper, grouper with mustard sauce, and filet mignon with truffles and foie gras. The prix-fixe menu offers many different choices.
Dine in a natural cave situated on the edge of Santo Domingo’s most beautiful city park. With a 40 year history serving fine food, world class wine, and unparalleled service.
Av. Mirador Sur # 1
Santo Domingo, Republica Dominicana
Warm atmosphere and fiesta every night at the Indiana Cafe. Francky is the king of Las Terrenas nights. Maribel prepares fish with passion fruit, the gambas with spicy honey and the famous Dominican Chivo.
You can eat delicious Mexican and local dishes.
Location: Pueblo de los Pescadores
La Briciola offers an elegant setting in two restored colonial palaces from the 16th century. Tables are romantically candlelit at night. In the Colonial Zone, it stands in front of Plazoleta Park. The menu reflects a commitment to prime ingredients. The dishes here are tried-and-true favorites, beginning with many different pastas and sauces -- all made fresh daily. A favorite is the delectable linguini with "fruits of the sea." When you're in the mood for a good steak, the chefs oblige with a perfectly grilled T-bone cooked to your specifications. This is also a good place at which to order fresh fish. Dominican rice accompanies all the meat and fish courses. A piano bar overlooks a courtyard.
Location: Calle Arzobispo Meriño 152-A
Since 1988, Casa del Pescador has served sophisticated seafood in an stylish environment that's the domain of a Swiss expatriate. It's right on the beach, in the heart of town. Sample the chef's flavor-filled fish consommé. He does very well with shrimp, too, either with pastis sauce or more zestily, with curry and fresh garlic. On a hot day, the seafood salads are a welcome relief and tasty, too, as are the grilled octopus in spicy Creole sauce and fresh lobster in garlic sauce.
La Residence has always had the setting - Spanish colonial architecture, with pillars and archways overlooking a courtyard. A seasoned French chef (and manager) serves classic yet innovative cuisine with many moderately priced choices. The daily Menu del Chef has a main course for less than $10. It could be brochettes of spit-roasted duck, chicken with poivre sauce, and vegetable risotto. You could start with a salad of panfried young squid for about $5. The grilled fillet and braised oxtail with foie gras sauce and wild mushrooms is reasonable.International specialities with French flavours. An elegant atmosphere in which to savour fine cuisine, either inside in airconditioned comfort or outside in our Spanish style courtyard.
Opening hours : 12-3 pm and 7 pm- 11:30 pm.
Address: In Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando, Calle Las Damas, Zona
Set within different areas of Puerto Plata's Casa Colonial Beach & Spa Hotel, these are the two most elegant and sophisticated restaurants along the north shore of the Dominican Republic. Much of their allure derives from Chef Rafael Vasquez, whose earthy but elegant culinary style has earned him the justifiable title of the country's most celebrated chef. Both restaurants emanate high-design, cutting edge charm, although their respective colors and decors are carefully calibrated for view in streaming sunlight (La Verandah) or within the shadows of the evening (Lucia).
La Verandah, beside the beach, is a study in angular lines and cool tones of aqua and turquoise; Lucia, with its acres of white linen, evokes the high-ceilinged, candle-lit, intensely Europeanized dining room of a land baron on a colonial plantation. The menu might include grilled red snapper with grilled pineapple and slices of lobster tail prepared tempura-style and served with avocados. Delectable desserts include mango tacos with pistachio ice cream.
Located in the Punta Cana Resort. There are wonderful views of the water and some of the most delicious seafood entrées in the city. Start with arugula and grilled squid salad before moving on to more filling treats like marinated shrimp or grilled lobster in buttery garlic sauce. Tiramisu is an ideal way to finish your seafood meal.
This is one of the most prestigious restaurants in the Caribbean. Spanish-born Lina Aguado originally came to Santo Domingo as the personal chef of the dictator Trujillo, whom she served until opening her own restaurant. Today, four master chefs, whom Dona Lina entrusted with her secret recipes, rule the kitchen of this modern hotel restaurant. The cuisine is international, with an emphasis on Spanish dishes, and the service is first-rate. Try the paella Valenciana, the finest in the Dominican Republic. We're equally enticed by the sea bass flambé with brandy, and few can resist the mixed seafood medley doused with Pernod.
Located in the Barcelo Gran Hotel Lina. Máximo Gómez and 27 de Febrero aves.
Michelangelo Santo Domingo Dominican Republic, Authentic Italian food as prepared by genuine chefs can be enjoyed at Piantini's Plaza Las Americas, with specialties in Seafood, Angus Steaks, BBQ Spare Ribs, and Pasta's the house special is Jumbo Shrimps with pasta Alfredo for less then seven dollars, Chicken skewer, Filet of salmon in a lemon sauce, exellent entries, as well as some vegetarian dishes for Vegiterians.
THe Best thing is that in Michelangelo Restaurant 80% of the dishes coast less then US$8 and we are taking jumbo shrimps, Salmon, Seabass, Pastas, Chicken Breast, Pork Chops, Spareribs, Pork Loin in Mushroom sauce, that is why michelangelo is consider the best kept secret on the Island.
Michelangelo Restaurant is located in the Heart of Santo Domingo in the exclusive sector of Piantini, on the corner of Roberto Pastoriza and Winston Churchill, in a Mall called Plaza Las Americas.
The restaurant is favoured with a Terrace, has an attractive Modern decor all in white and is intimately lit at night, seating 24 people inside, with 20 extra seats outside in the Terraze, ideal for eating al fresco.
Michelangelo Restaurant a homely, relaxed, truly Italian atmosphere can be enjoyed, combined with an efficient and friendly service. As well as a mouth-watering International menu, the restaurant has a wine list featuring the most popular wines for less then US$18 a bottle.
In addition, there's a Full Bar with cocktails and natural juices.
Michelangelo is available for celebration or Business Meetings and that special occation.
Opened Monday to Saturday 12pm to 12pm
Tel: 809-566-3863 and 829-343-7187
Morua Mai stands for a fishing point that used to be in town, and the way local folks called the sea. Here you will find fashionable fine dining in an airy informal setting. Picture perfect entrées prepared by a world-class chef. Entertaining evenings with folk dancers, fashion shows and live music.
# 5 Pedro Clisante Street, El Batey, Sosua , Dominican Republic
The Natura Cabañas outdoor a la carte restaurants, where lunch and dinner are served, look out onto a spectacular savage beach and ocean. There, breakfast, made from wholesome, all-natural ingredients, is served. It varies daily, crepes, eggs, Dominican specialties like mangu (mashed, cooked green bananas), pancakes, waffles, omelets, and always fresh-squeezed juice and homemade breads and cakes. As the day progresses into night, New Age music is played as are cards, chess, backgammon and other board games.
The Chef, Alberto Fontecilla from Chile, reigns at the original Natura gourmet dinner restaurant, where the freshest of seafood is the big draw, along with international, vegetarian and Dominican dishes. Guests enjoy sitting at the bar and watching the chef passionately working in the open kitchen, as a good brand of music competes with the crashing of the surf. They also have WI-FI internet connection.
Pat é Palo's charm derives from its location, overlooking Plaza Colón, the graceful arcades of the Alcazar de Colón, where amiable clusters of Dominican families promenade every night at dusk. During the 1500s, the building was a bistro under the supervision of a mysterious Dutch buccaneer known as Peg-Leg (Paté Palo), who's credited with establishing the first tavern in the New World.
In the late 1990s, another Dutchman and his four partners transformed the place into a gregarious and engaging bistro that on weekends is one of the most crowded and popular singles bars in the country. Tables are thick-topped wooden affairs, set either on the plaza outside or within the antique walls of the dark and shadowy interior. The food is some of the best in the capital, and is usually accompanied by live guitar music every Thursday to Sunday from 6 to 10pm. The sautéed shrimp in coconut-curry sauce is recommended. The brochette of mixed meats has been marinated in fresh spices and herbs and is flambéed at your table. The sea bass with white-wine sauce is perfectly prepared. The Chef from Pat’ e Palo comes from a European family with old traditions in the food and beverage business, and he has been dedicated to this industry for around 16 years. Located on Atarazana Street from the Colonial Zone in the City of Santo Domingo.
The Restaurant La Cueva with a good balanced Dominican/European Cuisine is localized in Playa Limon, in the middle of a coco palm forest and belongs to the Hotel La Cueva. They prepare specialties of seafood (langosta), fish and beef from the grill and are open daily fom 7:30 am to 11 pm.
Playa Limon, El Cedro, Miches, El Seibo, Dominican Republic.
On the marvelous Coson beach, 5 km from the village center, one of the best restaurants of Las Terrenas. Excellent food (the chief, Nadine, is famous in the whole peninsula), beautifully decorated Caribbean house and very romantic settings, directly on the beach.
Along the Malecón, the most famous Italian restaurant in the Dominican Republic draws crowds of visitors and local businesspeople in spite of its fading decor. The Neapolitan owners, the Bonarelli family, have worked since 1954 to perfect and enlarge the menu. As they claim: "We like to catch it ourselves, cook it from scratch, or even grow it if that's possible." Their homemade soups are excellent. Fresh red snapper, sea bass, and oysters are prepared in enticing ways. Specialties include Dominican crayfish a la Vesuvio (topped with garlic and bacon). Recent menu additions feature pappardelle al Bosque (noodles with porcini mushrooms, rosemary, and garlic), and black tallarini with shrimp a la crema. At Trattoria Vesuvio next door (tel. 809/221-3000), they make a unique 3-ft. pizza! There's also Vesuvio II at Av. Tiradentes 17 (tel. 809 562 6060).
Avenida George Washington No. 521
Santo Domingo Dominican Republic