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Dominican Republic restaurants

Restaurants in the Dominican Republic, or at least those that cater exclusively to tourists, are often accused of being bland. But don't be afraid to venture beyond the confines of your resort. Dominican cuisine has yet to make inroads with serious foodies in the States, but that doesn't mean it isn't worth exploring. Beyond national specialties like mofongo (a mash of green plantains and pork cracklings), locally caught seafood is top-notch (shrimp, mahi mahi, sea bass, and dorade are common), simply prepared, and served right on the beach. Don't miss fresh fruits juiced roadside and locally grown coffee for breakfast. At cocktail hour, the Mama Juana—a blend of rum, wine, honey, tree bark and other herbs—is a staple. Prime dinner hours are between 7 and 10 pm, and we'd advise having your hotel reserve you a table at the nicer places (less potential for language snafus as well).

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Lucia, Puerto Plata

Overlooking Casa Colonial's landscaped mangrove gardens, this intimate, upscale restaurant is one of the island's most dazzling. Light from the windows is...more

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Meson de Bari, Santo Domingo

A favorite of Oscar de la Renta's, this charming place has a lively bar downstairs where live musicians play on weekends, and an upstairs dining room decorated...more

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On the Waterfront, Sosua

On the Waterfront could easily pass for Trader Vic's Caribbean cousin, with its open beamed ceiling, stiff pours of rum, and easy old-school elegance. Freshly...more

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Otra Cosa, Cabarete

Travelers in search of a proper meal have flocked to this French/Caribbean stalwart for nearly a decade. There's a white linen polish, to be sure, but nature...more

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Sophia's Bar and Grill, Santo Domingo

The Miami feel, New York prices, and hot bar scene bring Santo Domingo's young upper crust to the Piantini neighborhood in the city center. Spare seats, white...more

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