Restaurants

Top Choice Spanish in Santo Domingo

Pat’e Palo

The most happening and deservedly longest surviving of Plaza España’s restaurant row, Pat’e Palo is for anyone tired of the same old bland pasta and chicken. Large, both physically and in terms of its selection, the…
Top Choice Japanese in Santo Domingo

Samurai

One of the best Japanese restaurants in the city, with yakinuku-style tables (grill the meat and seafood at your table), a sushi bar and a large dining room. The outdoor area was recently revamped and is exceedingly…
Tapas in Santo Domingo

Lulú Tasting Bar

Class it up at Lulú, the most recent concept from tje same team that brought Santo Domingo Pat'e Palo (the city's best restaurant) and Jalao (its most ostentatiously Dominican). This Colonial Zone tapas bar lures a …
Dominican in Santo Domingo

Mesón D’Bari

A Zona Colonial institution popular with tourists and sophisticated capitaleños on weekends, Mesón D’Bari occupies a charmingly decaying colonial home covered with large, bright paintings by local artists. The menu …
Seafood in Santo Domingo

La Pesca de Oro

This new seafood place in hip Piantini gets its catch fresh from the seaside town Juan Dolio (also the location of a sister restaurant). The amiable chef explains what's good each day, often suggesting ceviche, rock…
Middle Eastern in Santo Domingo

El Rey del Falafel

This restaurant’s stunning, open-air dining room is the courtyard of a ruined building lit by shimmering candles, which makes it at least as good a place for a drink as a meal. The kitchen has stepped up its game an…
Italian in Santo Domingo

Vesuvio Malecón

A Malecón institution only a few blocks from Hotel Catalonia and one of the city’s better restaurants since 1954. Vesuvio is elegant without being snooty. Expect refined Neapolitan-style seafood and meat dishes; lob…
Italian in Santo Domingo

Il Cappucino

You might leave this oasis of comfort and sophistication (on an otherwise gritty stretch) feeling envious of the regulars who are welcomed like family. It's the sort of place where the Italian owner bustles around, …
International in Santo Domingo

Mecenas Café

In tranquil Parque Mirador del Sur, this cafe and culture center beckons artsy Dominicans and travelers in the know. The menu is all over the globe, with dishes like plantain mofongo but also Hawaiian pulled-pork sl…
Dominican in Santo Domingo

Adrian Tropical

This popular family-friendly chain occupies a spectacular location overlooking the Caribbean. Waiters scurry throughout the two floors and outdoor dining area doling out Dominican specialities like yucca or plantain…