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Amazing resorts and restaurants of the Dominican Republic

Amazing resorts and restaurants of the Dominican Republic

by Daniela Stiglitz
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  • 1. Punta Cana
  • 2. Cap Cana
  • 3. La Romana
  • 4. Boca Chica
  • 5. Juan Dolio
  • 6. Puerto Plata
  • 7. Cabarete
  • 8. Sosua
  • 9. Samaná
  • 10. Las Terrenas
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When we pronounce the word 'Dominican', we imagine white beaches, sparkling blue sea, tall palms and stunning resorts. If you are ready for a long flight across the Atlantic Ocean, then vacations in the Caribbean will be the right choice at any time of the year.

The Dominican is diverse, and everyone will find a suitable holiday for themselves. Families with children choose hotels with a large territory and "all inclusive", active young people prefer sports, new interesting places, and a crazy nightlife. But in every corner of this paradise, guests will find wonderful restaurants with delicious dishes. We offer a brief description of the top 10 popular resorts and places to eat at where you can spend a great time.

1. Punta Cana
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Pastrata Mexican Restaurant
#3 of 1366 restaurants in Punta Cana, Dominicana
Hotel Green Coast RD68, Av. Alemania, Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province, Dominicana
Closed until 3PM
Fish tacos
Fish tacos

The fish tacos are made with white fish fillets, a warmed corn tortilla, various toppings and a cream sauce.

This small town with an extensive coastline and white-sanded beaches is almost entirely built up by low five-star hotels. Some Punta Cana restaurants are situated at hotels, offering guests a dinner according to the A-la-Carte system. One of the best places for an evening break is the restaurant Pastrata.

It’s the best place for trying authentic Mexican food. Seafood dishes are quite wide and diverse. You can taste fish tacos, coconut shrimps, and a terrific lemon pie. To all guests, the personalized service of Chef Hernan and the excellent service of his waiters is a very pleasant experience.

2. Cap Cana
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Scape Beach Club
#31 of 203 clubs in Punta Cana, Dominicana
FJH3+CPJ, Unnamed Road, Punta Cana, La Altagracia Province, Dominicana
Closed until 11AM
Fried fish
Fried fish

Fried fish gets a tender golden crust and has juicy flesh inside. To prepare this dish, one can use sea bass, flounder, cod, haddock, pollock, tautog, and other types of fish.

Cap Cana is located near Punta Cana and it is a place for those who want to choose a new, prestigious and most expensive resort. Luxury villas with private territory and pools, golf courses, luxury yachts and restaurants – all this is about Cap Cana.

One of the best restaurants in the area is the Little John restaurant. It has a great menu with very accessible prices including wine. The food portions are large and, usually, on Sundays, they have live music. But the best thing is the view of the Juanillo beach. Here you can taste perfectly cooked fried fish and calamari.

3. La Romana
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Shish Kabab
#1 of 424 restaurants in La Romana, Dominicana
C. Francisco Castillo Marquez 32, La Romana, La Romana Province, Dominicana
Closed until 10AM
Kebabs
Kebabs

Some people consider a kebab to be a Russian dish, but it’s not true. It came to Russia from the eastern cuisine. The traditional kebab is prepared from meat: pork, beef, lamb. To make the dish tasty, meat should be not fat. A kebab is grilled and served with vegetables and wine.

Built in an American style, the resort has two excellent world-class golf courses, a shooting range, and a hunting club, tennis courts, and excellent diving opportunities with spearfishing. The whole territory is built-up by villas, which Americans rent by large families and companies.

Shish Kabab is an Asian restaurant where chefs can cook kebabs in dozens of different ways. In fact, the whole secret of cooking kebabs is in their seasonings. Parsley, garlic, sesame, all kinds of sauces – these small but very important details make dishes unique. The owner of Shish Kabab from the very first day has been taking photos of satisfied guests from around the world who dined here.These photos decorate the walls of the restaurant now. 

4. Boca Chica
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Boca Marina
#5 of 259 restaurants in Boca Chica, Dominicana
Calle Duarte 12-A, Boca Chica, Santo Domingo Province, Dominicana
Closed until 9AM
Seafood paella
Seafood paella

Seafood paella is a variation of the classic Spanish rice dish where chicken is replaced with fish, shrimp, squid, mussels and clams. It is most popular on the beaches of Valencia and Barcelona.

The beaches here are not as wide as in Punta Cana but they are also snow-white. Only the coral reef comes very close to the shore. For small kids, you need to constantly look around. It’s a great place for lovers of water sports: windsurfing, sailing, water skiing.

The restaurant Boca Marina almost hangs over the sea surface, on the pier, on the beach of Boca Chica. You are offered to eat yummy pescadoprawns and fantastic seafood paella. The atmosphere and the location of the restaurant are wonderful. Elegant interior design and breathtaking views of the ocean are the main advantages of this place. It will be nice to meet the sunset with a glass of wine or have a romantic dinner there.

5. Juan Dolio
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Meson Spanish Restaurant
#1 of 116 restaurants in Juan Dolio, Dominicana
Carr. Nueva 5, Juan Dolio, San Pedro de Macorís Province, Dominicana
Closed until 11AM
Paella
Paella

Paella is a national dish of Spanish cuisine, its homeland is the city of Valencia. In Spain, there are about three hundred varieties of paella. In each Spanish province, paella is cooked in its own way: with meat, fish, seafood. There is also a vegetarian paella. But the main ingredients remain unchanged: it is saffron-flavored rice, tomatoes, and olive oil.

Like Boca Chica, the resort town of Juan Dolio is located on the Caribbean coast of the Dominican Republic. There are many corals near the beach, budget hotels, and coastal cafés.

El Meson is a cozy restaurant with a large variety of menus, including traditional Mediterranean cuisine and a large selection of seafood. Delicious paella, appetizing chicken in a fragrant sauce and much more – you won't be able to resist these dishes. Sometimes in the evenings, the restaurant has live music that creates a romantic atmosphere.

6. Puerto Plata
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Restaurant Le Papillon
#17 of 521 restaurants in Puerto Plata, Dominicana
Villas Cofresi, Puerto Plata, Puerto Plata Province, Dominicana
Closed until 6PM
Pepper steaks
Pepper steaks

Pepper steak is made of strips of beef and bell peppers as well as sliced onions and bean sprouts that are stir fried in a wok. The dish is usually seasoned with soy sauce or ginger.

The best of the wild Atlantic sandy beaches stretches for 120 km. In the very town of Puerto Plata, you can spend your time looking at the church, where the first mass in the American continent was held, visiting the local Amber Museum, and one of the best restaurants in this area.

The most famous restaurant in Puerto Plata Le Papillon is located among the royal green palm trees of the provincial beach. The ambitious chef Thomas knows everything about international cuisine. His twenty years of experience in various countries eventually brought him to the Dominican Republic, where he shocked the audience with his ingenious culinary skills. Here you’ll find great fillet pepper steaks with fino sherry for a great dinner.

7. Cabarete
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Gorditos Fresh Mex
#1 of 45 seafood restaurants in Cabarete, Dominicana
QH2P+838, Carretera Principal Plaza Ocean Dream, 5, Cabarete, Puerto Plata Province, Dominicana, 5
Closed until 12PM
Burritos
Burritos

Burritos are made with rice, beans and pieces of chicken, beef or pork wrapped into a warm tortilla. It can also include vegetables, shredded lettuce, salsa or hot sauce. The dish is popular in Mexico as well as in the U.S.

In this part of paradise, young people with boards conquer the wave in the daytime and spend time in bars and discos in the evening. Here, it is equally simple to find great friends and meet one’s destiny.

Gordito's Fresh Mex is a good restaurant of Mexican cuisine with very attractive prices. You should try the grilled fish, a variety of burritos and nachos, delicious fish tacos, as well as the special spicy sauce of Joe, the local chef, who keeps his recipe under lock and key. You can dine in the cozy restaurant or on the outdoor patio.

8. Sosua
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Midtown Sosua Restaurant & Bar
Dr. Rosen 3, Sosúa, Puerto Plata Province, Dominicana
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Grilled chicken
Grilled chicken

Grilled Chicken is a very popular dish made with chicken. It can be served with a wide variety of side dishes, including salads, roasted or baked vegetables, mashed potatos, or sugar snap peas.

Sosua is a small town, comfortably hidden in a quiet bay not far from Puerto Plata. As in Cabarete, there are plenty of bars, discos, entertainment and drinking establishments.

Midtown Sosua bar & restaurant is an international cuisine restaurant located in the heart of Sosua. The menu, except for hamburgers, steaks, grilled chicken and pork chops, includes a variety of seafood dishes delivered to the restaurant daily: prawns in wine sauce, roasted perch, lobsters and much more. In Midtown, there is a friendly atmosphere, delicious food, and a full bar, as well as a private pool in which you can cool down, lazily sipping the famous Cuba Libre.

9. Samaná
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Mata Rosada
6M38+9VR, Samana, Samaná Province, Dominicana
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Pasta
Pasta

Pasta is a type of Italian dish that is commonly made from unleavened dough of wheat flour. It is a versatile food that can be served in a variety of ways, such as in soups, salads, or as a main dish with sauces and other ingredients. It's a staple in many cuisines around the world due to its simplicity, delicious taste, and nutritional content.

The peninsula of Samana will be appreciated by romantics and lovers of ecotourism. Here you can find the best sandy beaches, and in the sea, you can meet dolphins.

Mata Rosada is a small cozy cafe in the city center, on the waterfront. Here, you can try a variety of dishes of Caribbean cuisine. You can always enjoy seafood dishes, pasta, and good beef steaks. A magnificent choice of good wines is offered to the guests.

10. Las Terrenas
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The Beach Restaurant
#52 of 302 restaurants in Las Terrenas, Dominicana
7CW2+75Q, Las Terrenas, Samaná Province, Dominicana
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Tartare
Tartare

Meat tartare - a delicious dish for lovers of exclusive food with the addition of raw meat. Despite the fact that the main component of the dish is raw coarse beef, the tartare is truly delicious. This dish is prepared surprisingly fairly quickly but served as a gourmet dish along with dry red wine and fresh vegetable salad.

Las Terrenas offers its guests a relaxing atmosphere in the heart of tropical nature. Nightlife is very stormy: a lot of bars, nightclubs, and discos open every evening.

The Beach Restaurant is a cozy restaurant located on the Coson beach. The menu contains an organic mix of Caribbean, Mediterranean, and International cuisines. It is worth paying attention to dishes from the freshest seafood. However, if you prefer hamburgers, then they are also cooked, and they are quite tasty. Nice shrimp tartare is one the best dishes here.

All in all, the Dominican Republic is an amazing country! On a small piece of land, you can see a lot of natural masterpieces and a great number of restaurants worth visiting and exploring.

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