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    all local restaurants: Restaurants Las Terrenas (Overview)

    by MichaelFalk1969 Updated Sep 23, 2012

    I won`t write a review on individual restaurants, as you are spoiled by choice anyway here, and I never left one without a yummy feeling in my stomach. Instead, a short summary on each place. As a rule of thump, eating out wasn`t as cheap as I expected but the cocktails were a real bargain!

    - Tres Caravelas: best experience. friendliest service, nice athmosphere, "casual fine dining"
    - Cabana Beach Bar: slighly more expensive, fine dining experience
    - Mojitos: great cocktails
    - Hotel-Restaurant Los Pinos: cocktails OK, great starter platters
    - Pizza Coco: best Pizza in Las Terrenas
    - Helado: best ice cream, but rather for take-away than sit-down
    - Barrio Latino: OK, annoying souvenir salesmen

    Favorite Dish: Mero

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    Hexenkessel in Cabarete: Great food at a great price

    by ArenJo Written May 22, 2008

    First of all I must say Cabarete is a very cute little tourist town. There are spots here to check email, rent a moped, and many restaurants and shops. Definitely a good place to stop by if you are near there.
    The waitress didn't speak English, but they do have an English menu. And for a tourist spot the prices were good.

    Favorite Dish: The cheeseburger was delicious.

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    Provocon 4to: Great chicken!

    by ArenJo Written May 20, 2008

    Many tourists eat here since it isn't too far from the Sun Village resort. The food is great and very cheap as well.
    By the way, if you like chicken breast like me, in Spanish you ask for "bechuga de pollo." Thought I might help someone else avoid the embarrassment I had in asking for the part of the chicken I wanted.
    By the way, if you were wondering, the little villages nearby may look a little shady but I have made many friends there. The people have been extremely friendly to me. And the children LOVE it if you bring them some toys (but expect a crowd if you hand even one out).

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    Mi Taverna: Great food!!!

    by Adidi Written Mar 26, 2008

    Mi Taverna, a great place for great times.
    Food is really good and the people are really nice. Its more of a sport bar but with activities going during the week: buffets on tuesdays and thursdays, shots night, live american music on sundays.
    Happy Hours all days from 5pm to 9pm 2x1 in drinks.

    Favorite Dish: Hot and BBQ wings. Also great hamburgers and very good food from the grill.

    Mi Taverna team  & US Airforce Super Bowl Pakistani Buffet

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    Unknown: Whole Fish and Limes

    by clhomme Written Feb 5, 2008

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    One of our days in the DR was spent driving our rental car around the south east. We ended up by mistake in Boca de Yuma on the East coast. Boca is a small town facing a tributary which empties into the Atlantic. There are a number of restaurants along the water's edge, easily 100 feet up on rocky cliffs, waves crashing below. We were there in May, and were the only people dining. The waitress brought out a number of large fish for us to choose from, which was then fried and served with fries and a bowl of lemons.

    I can't recommend this enough - eating fried fish in an empty restaurant on the coast. All for around $5 - that included our beer.

    Just past the restaurant is a small beach with numerous old but beautiful boats. For around $10 someone will row you into the tributary to see wildlife. Pleasant, fun and relaxing.

    I get the impression the all-inclusives stop here, so if there's a bus in town it is likely very busy.

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    Capitan Cook: In Punta Cana you cannot miss...

    by xaver Updated Jan 2, 2008

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    In Punta Cana you cannot miss capitan cook, excellent fish!

    Favorite Dish: I ate excellent fish and I loved their fried plantais, if you plan to have a 'romantic' night, try their version of viagra, it's a liquour called curandero

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    Many: Creolla

    by melosh Updated May 27, 2007

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    Although there is some variation between different countries, the general meaning of 'criolla' is people of European ancestry born in the Americas. When used in reference to food it means food of the colonia times often combining native ingredients with the style of European kitchens and foods introduced from outside the Americas.
    This is generally a solid "meat and potatoes" type of meal but with beans and rice. The term is not applied to pastas or other foods of a purer European origin or Asian origin.

    Favorite Dish: Pork, beef or fish ala criolla. You can expect a red tomato based "sauce" kind of like 'pico de gallo' of Mexico.

    A criolla kitchen
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    unexpensive seafood

    by btrz Written Oct 17, 2006

    There is a reaturant on the sea shore, very popular that serves cheap and quite large 'mariscadas' . Seafood in warm waters is completely different from the one from cold waters, that is the best and the most expensive as you could eat in our country. But it was good to eat this always delicious food.


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    Cafe at Hotel Penalba: Try a local drink

    by Nikkorman Written Sep 4, 2006

    Off the main drag is Hotel Penalba, a popular hotel and cafe with locals and tourists. They have a variety of food selections, from Dominican to chinese. Affordable and easy to read menu.

    Their local beer, called "Presidente" is the Dominican version of Budweiser, popular with the locals. Personally, I like their Cappuccino.

    The ambience is worth the visit. The staff are friendly and its a prime spot to watch the local traffic walk by.

    Penalba Hotel and Cafe Dominican coffe Presidente - Dominican Beer

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    ocean blue resort restaurants: try different restaurants each day

    by coolswizzle Updated Jul 21, 2006

    the good thing with all inclusive resorts is that you have access to all of their restaurants and facilities without opening your wallet everytime.

    try the bufet restaurant for breakfast, beach grill for lunch, we alternated between the beach bar and the pool bar within the day and tried the dominican, mexican and italian restaurants for dinner and mike`s coffee shop for desert and coffee

    Favorite Dish: all the seafood i can put my hands on .........capped by coffee and dessert. yummy!

    pink flamingo outside the buffet restaurant

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    Armando: A small classy restaurant in Puerta Plata

    by melosh Updated Jul 4, 2006

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    Small (about 12 tables), elegant (table cloths and fine tableware with classy decoration of the place), great food (I had sea bass ala creole, wine, coffee and flan.) and attentive professional service. I even overheard the owner accommodating special requests as if his clients were multi-millionaires. All this at very reasonable Dominican prices. My guess is that it would cost you four times the money for the same dinning experience in NY or London.

    I do not believe that this quality of dining experience can found in any of the all-inclusives.

    Favorite Dish: Only ate here once. The fish was fabulous. The food seem prepared as if by a great chef except the portions were quite respectable.

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    by razorbladekiss Written May 24, 2006

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    Wow, what they say about the food here is true..... first thing u wanna do when u get home is eat some serious Mc.D's hahahhaha..... the first night it was ok but as the week wears on the food gets really bland..... i say stick t the basics.

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    Casa Boda: Las Terrenas....Todo del mar...

    by grovier Written Feb 28, 2006

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    Just on the beach in las Terrenas before the fisherman place, a little white and blue restaurant, with a "Cocina vasca" very tasty and good.
    Numerous local cocktails, and a good chilian whie wine.

    Favorite Dish: Calamar en su tinto

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    La Ranchetta: Lobsters in Las Galeras

    by grovier Written Feb 28, 2006

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    A lost restaurant after the hotel Casa Marina Bay, a simple restaurant drived by a couple of frenchies-they come from Perpignan- and a B&B with five rooms with horses rides .
    The best cooking are lobsters, wich are freshes and tasty, cooked on a BBQ.
    The other meats are few interesting.

    Favorite Dish: Lobsters

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    Go All Inclusive

    by ScubaCat Written Feb 11, 2006

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    Normally I don't recommend people to go All Inclusive as it's definately cheaper to go ala carte and your not tied to the hotel feeling like you need to make that extra fee you paid for all inclusive worth your money. But in this case, unless your staying in Santa Domingo - go All Inclusive as there are very few & far between resturants in these parts. Same goes with Nightlife. Unless your staying in Santa Domingo, don't expect to go kick up your heels in town. The town is basically made up of residential areas, a school & perhaps a shopping mall or 2, but that's it, other than your occasional roadside vendor. So do yourself a favor & pay that extra fee for All Inclusive. You won't have to hassle with money at your resort when eating or drinking.

    A view of the town The shopping mall
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