Punta Cana & the Southeast restaurants

Top Choice Basque in Bávaro & Punta Cana

Passion by Martín Berasategui

Chef Martín Berasategui hails from San Sebastián in Spanish Basque country – not a bad place to eat for those who might not know – and he packed a few recipes in his gastro-luggage on his way to overseeing what is c…
Top Choice Seafood in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Las Palmas

This made-to-order fresh-lobster madhouse offers a meal to remember for crustacean lovers. Call ahead and make a reservation so they know to send a fisherman out to catch the right amount of lobsters, which will the…
Top Choice Italian in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Mare Nuestro

Freezing red wine aside, this is the classiest restaurant in Bayahibe proper, a breezy, second-story-patio affair overlooking beautiful views of the turquoise sea day and night. Lanterns and tablecloths add a romant…
Top Choice Steak in Juan Dolio

Paladart

This Argentine-Spanish grill kills your carnivorous cravings with juicy steaks (sirloin, tenderloin, rib eye), surf and turf, and chicken and jalapeño burgers. Otherwise, it can take you on a trip to Europe with aut…
Top Choice Cafe in Bayahibe & Dominicus Americanus

Saona Cafe

The French-Canadian owners of this excellent Bayahibe focal point surely scoured the coast to see what everyone else wasn't serving, then put it on their menu – bagels, French toast, excellent fries, fried chicken b…
Top Choice Fusion in Bávaro & Punta Cana

Restaurante Playa Blanca

Flanked by an army of palms, this stylish and atmospheric open-air restaurant is within the Puntacana Resort complex but open to the public and worth the trip (nonguests will have to show ID). The beach here (Playa …
Top Choice Middle Eastern in La Romana

Shish Kabab Restaurant

The Palestinian owners of this local institución dish out Middle Eastern dishes like hummus, baba ghanoush and delectable shish kebabs (one should hope), but the menu also includes everything else, including perhaps…
Top Choice Italian in Boca Chica

Pequeña Suiza

A Boca Chica institution, and one of the better places to eat at any time of day, with English breakfast in the morning and fondue, the house specialty, at night (from RD$620). There’s a lengthy list of excellent pa…
Top Choice Dominican in Sabana de la Mar

El Caney

Location is everything and this thatch-roofed establishment (with a newer modern attached annex) just off the parking lot near the Aguitusamar guide association does a brisk business with folks heading out on excurs…
Top Choice Spanish in Juan Dolio

El Mesón

If the waft of fresh-off-the-grill whole lobster doesn’t suck you in, go for the spot-on paella (from RD$770 for two) at this perennially popular Spanish restaurant across from Club Hemingway. You’ll also find smoke…