One of the best ways to discover a destination is through its cuisine – and in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, there’s no shortage of great places to eat. Whether you’re looking for authentic Dominican cuisine or innovative international fare, take some time to discover where to eat in Santo Domingo during your stay at El Embajador, A Royal Hideaway Hotel or Barceló Santo Domingo. Santo Domingo restaurants offer menus that are packed fantastic flavors, from fine dining to street food. Wherever you end up eating, your Dominican food adventures will be más delicioso.
Address: Calle Hostos # 302, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
One of the most beloved restaurants in the Dominican Republic, Mesón d’Bari is located in the heart of Santo Domingo’s historic Colonial Zone, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. This is a restaurant that will make you feel right at home – it’s actually located in a restored two-story house. The menu (thoughtfully printed in English as well as Spanish) is filled with authentic Dominican recipes that have been handed down over the years.
What To Order: Filete a la criolla is a classic Creole-style filet, with beef mixed with tomatoes, onions, and sweet peppers. Mesón d’Bari makes what is perhaps the definitive version of this signature Dominican dish.
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Address: #152, Calle Casimiro de Moya, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
A meal at El Conuco is a celebration of Dominican cuisine from start to finish. The décor makes you feel as though you’re sitting in a laid back tropical village. The expert chefs at El Conuco take pride in using the freshest local ingredients, giving you a real taste of the flavors of the countryside. A true farm-to-table experience in the Dominican Republic.
What To Order: The exquisite Paella de Chicharrones is an absolutely delicious dish that will leave you wanting more.
Address: Avenida George Washington 1, Santo Domingo 10205, Dominican Republic
The views at Adrian Tropical are about as good as they get in the Dominican Republic. This location of the restaurant (there are three others in Santo Domingo) is perched right on the Caribbean Sea. But as spectacular as the eye candy is, the food at Adrian Tropical is even better. Here, you’ll be able to choose from a wide array of Dominican favorites, all prepared with the utmost care.
What To Order: Did you know that there is a sizable Chinese population in the Dominican Republic? It’s true! Adrian Tropical serves a tantalizing dish called Tropical Chowfan that blends Dominican and Chinese culinary styles.
El Mesón de la Cava
Address: Av Mirador Sur, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
There’s no other restaurant like El Mesón de la Cava in the Dominican Republic. There may not be another restaurant like it in the world! As its name suggests, El Mesón de la Cava is located in an ancient limestone cave, once the hideout of pirates. The dining room is enhanced by the evocative rock formations that surround the tables, lit in a creative and beautiful fashion. The food matches the breathtaking atmosphere, with fresh-caught seafood taking center stage on the extensive menu.
What To Order: Don’t miss the Seafood Antipasti, featuring delectably grilled lobster, shrimp, octopus, grouper and baby calamari.
Kyoto Restaurant & Sushi Bar
Address: Avenida Máximo Gómez 53, Esq. Avda. 27 Febrero, 10203 Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
Can you find great Japanese cuisine in Santo Domingo? Of course! Kyoto, located in the Barceló Santo Domingo, offers guests a sophisticated selection of classic Japanese dishes. This modern and elegantly designed restaurant boasts a luxurious environment – it’s perfect for a romantic date night with the one you love. Afterwards, head to the hotel’s Cigar Lounge to enjoy authentic Dominican cigars.
What To Order: Kyoto is home to one of the very best sushi bars in Santo Domingo, with a diverse selection of sushi to choose from.
Pat’e Palo European Brasserie
Address: Plaza Espana, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
Located in the Colonial Zone’s famed Spanish Plaza, Pat’e Palo is one of the longest running restaurants in the Dominican Republic – it’s history stretches all the way back to the early 16th century. And the outdoor patio, surrounded by centuries-old buildings, will make you feel like you’ve traveled back in time. The menu offers diners a range of Mediterranean-inspired items, alongside a huge selection of Dominican rum to choose from.
What To Order: The Sarten Don Quixote is an amazing flavor journey, with shrimp and Iberian chorizo.
Now you know where to eat in Santo Domingo. There are many more Dominican restaurants to explore during your stay in Santo Domingo, but this list should get you started. Learn more about the wonderful blend of Dominican Republic cuisine, with Spanish, African and indigenous Taíno influences coming together to create flavors like nowhere else in the world.