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Puerto Plata — DINING

  The tourist presence in the Puerto Plata area has kept in business a string of decent restaurants, such as La Parrillada Steak House (Av. Manolo Taveres Justo, Puerto Plata) – well reviewed by International carnivores; Le Papillon (Villas Cofresí, Puerto Plata) – a charming restaurant set on a hillside in a residential neighborhood about […]

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La Romana — DINING

The majority of international-quality restaurants are available within the “Casa de Campo” grounds.  Such dining options include the Chinese restaurant “Chinois”, the Italian restaurants “Peperoni” (affiliated with the restaurant of the same name in Santo Domingo), “Mistral” (within the marina) and “Lago Grill” (which serves Dominican dishes like the famed Sancocho stew), as well as […]

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JARABACOA / CONSTANZA — DINING

Jarabacoa and Constanza are considered rustic areas of the island, next to more cosmopolitan areas like the capital, Santiago and Punta Cana.  Because of that and the eco-tourists who trek to these areas, dining options are more modest. In Jarabacoa (town), there is D’Parque Galería Pizzeria (Calle Duarte 37 and Calle Hermanas Mirabal) – which, […]

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SANTIAGO – NIGHTLIFE

To a growing number of visitors, Santiago’s evolving nightlife is an attraction unto itself.  This is divided into two distinct areas.  One is the traditional Latin music scene, composed mainly of the island’s trademark rhythms (Merengue and Bachata).  Local discos like “Ambis” (located at Autopista Duarte Km. 2) and various lounges like “Level” (located at […]

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SANTIAGO – DINING

If you want decent Dominican food, along with a eagle’s eye view of the Santiago area, as well as a bit of history, you can’t get better than “Camp David Ranch Restaurant” (Carretera Luperón. Km 7.5), which is part of a hotel of the same name.  At over 2,000 feet above sea level, this classy […]

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PUNTA CANA – DINING

Both the all-inclusive resorts at Bávaro and PCRC & Cap Cana luxury enclaves have their own array of dining options for their respective guests.  However, for those having a long vacation in that part of the island, such visitors will eventually want to sample dining elsewhere.   For those in the mood for Italian cuisine, […]

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Pat’e Palo

  Pat’e Palo (Calle La Atarazana 25, Zona Colonial) – For those who want to soak in the capital’s Spanish colonial atmosphere, there is the European brasserie Pat’e Palo, which is reputed to be the oldest existing tavern since the 1500s.  This restaurant, named after Dutch buccaneer Peg-Leg (Pata e Palo), faces the Alcázar de […]

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El Mesón de la Cava

El Mesón de la Cava (Av. Mirador del Sur #1, Mirador Sur) – serves a variety of national and international dishes, is often chosen by patrons for its uniqueness – located by a park at an elevated part of the city.  The restaurant is found within a cavern that has an outdoor area (offering a […]

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Felini Ristorante

Felini Ristorante (Av. Roberto Pastoriza 504, esq. Evaristo Morales) –  Named alter the Italian filmmaker Federico Fellini, this cozy restaurant serves entrees such as Portobello Mushrooms (marinated in thyme and Caciotta cheese), whitefish marinated in olive oil, as well as various pasta dishes.

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Scherezade

  Scherezade (Av. Roberto Pastoriza 226) – Its Arabian castle exterior virtually gives away which side of the Mediterranean its cuisine focuses on:  Lebanese cuisine (a legacy of the Lebanese and other Middle Eastern immigrants who relocated to the Dominican Republic during the early 20th century).  With scents like saffron and cinnamon emanating from this […]