Top 10 restaurants in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

August 18, 2017 Janette Largent

Santo Domingo, the capital of the Dominican Republic and a UNESCO world heritage site, is the oldest continuously inhabited European settlement in the Americas and one of the most populous cities in the Caribbean. The city is a mix of old world charm and modern Latin flair. Its medieval palaces and fortresses mix with nightlife and shopping to rival any modern city in the world. You'll find pristine beaches and hidden gems like a salsa/merengue club set inside a huge underground cave.
Things to do in Santo Domingo

1. SBG Santo Domingo

Calle Paseo De Los Locutores # 9 | Ensanche Piantini, Santo Domingo 10147, Dominican Republic Takeout, Highchairs Available, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night HK$157 - HK$314 +1 809-620-1001
Excellent
66%
Good
24%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
2%
Terrible
2%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 343 reviews

SBG Santo Domingo

Located in the center of Santo Domingo, SBG Santo Domingo is a restaurant with exquisite decoration, cosmopolitan atmosphere and avant-garde cuisine, where respect for the product is the priority.<br><br>Committed with creativity and good taste, the restaurant offers an international menu loaded with innovative ingredients and combinations.<br><br>Joaquin Renovales, chef and soul behind the group&apos;s fires, will delight you with dishes that are not on the menu, is famous for that.<br><br>The atmosphere is exceptional, diverse and pleasant, and its salon - packed in each service - is a meeting point for businessmen, professionals and international celebrities.<br><br>SBG is the place par excellence to share a highly recommended dining experience in a warm environment and delight the senses in more than one way.

Reviewed By Samantha M - Boston, Massachusetts

This is the place you go to if you want to act like you are wealthy, take a few photos and tag them and then never return as it's broken your budget. The food is typical, nothing special at all that you couldn't find anywhere else in the city. The atmosphere feels of wealth as it is surrounded by overpriced shops in the most expensive mall in the country.
I would never go again, one time was enough. The overwhelming aire of arrogance was enough to make me lose my appetite and the prices are through the roof!

2. El Meson De La Cava

Av. Mirador Sur # 1, Santo Domingo 11113, Dominican Republic Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night HK$118 - HK$275 +1 809-533-2818
Excellent
59%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 961 reviews

El Meson De La Cava

Open since 1967, built inside a quaint natural cave, acclaimed by the New York Times as a landmark of the city of Santo Domingo. An eclectic cuisines characterize by fusions of local and Spanish dishes. Recently opened and outdoor Terrace with a unique wood fire exterior kitchen, from where chefs interact with clients. The Terrace has its own menu with a very excellent relation of value/quality. A recently installed elevator connects the lobby to some forty feet down to both the restaurant and the outside Terrace. The Terrace temperature is kept comfortable through the means of a misting system which adapts perfectly to the lush tropical garden. Live music is played every night from tuesday to friday. No cover charge.

Reviewed By Pauline560793 - Sosua, Dominican Republic

The meal and service were of an extremely high standard with attentive, interested staff. Our only disappointment was with the taxi service they called for us afterwards, though I phoned them to advise them, so hopefully they will have resolved that by dealing with the company themselves. I pointed out that it reflected badly on them that the taxi driver claimed not to know his way to the most famous area of the city, but once I told him I had a pretty good idea, without my guidance he took us to the area, but still had to stop twice at the end supposedly for directions. Fortunately I speak the language and regarded it as an adventure, but it felt like a potential scam or worse and we were very nervous about his intentions. He did not get the chance to overcharge us as we knew what it cost to get there and had the money ready when we hopped out and moved off quickly. That rather spoilt what had been otherwise a very special evening.

3. Pat'e Palo European Brasserie

Calle Atarazana #25 | Colonial City, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Valet Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards Italian, Caribbean, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Fusion, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Brunch HK$118 - HK$471 +1 809-687-8089
Excellent
62%
Good
28%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 1 reviews

Pat'e Palo European Brasserie

The First Tavern of the Americas, est.1505 Exquisite Cuisine, Casual Ambiance

Reviewed By pesadilla a

Good place to enjoy the old style " tabern" of the Spanish Culture. Don't expect super food, normal one. Any way is worth a visit. Always full. The Patio is a good place te see the locals pasing by.Thank you so much for sharing your experience with us. If there is anything we can do to improve your future experience please write. We are looking forward to your feedback. Best regards from the team at Pat'e Palo Pamela Pérez Brand Manager [email protected]

4. La Locanda

Av. Lope de Vega | Plaza Asturiana, Local 8-A, Naco, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol Italian, Pizza, Vegetarian Friendly Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 809-508-1696
Excellent
47%
Good
39%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
4%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 214 reviews

La Locanda

Reviewed By spanker - Matanzas, Cuba

situated in a dark courtyard, first impression what is this place, excellent menu both food and good selection of wine, good size portions, only downside no pulpo tonight but possibly after the holiday but so much other good things to try we went around 7.30 and empty by 8 most tables full definite go again

5. Barra Payan

Avenida 30 De Marzo No. 140 | San Carlos, Santo Domingo 10216, Dominican Republic Takeout Fast Food, Vegetarian Friendly Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 809-689-6654
Excellent
51%
Good
37%
Satisfactory
9%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 684 reviews

Barra Payan

Reviewed By circe p - Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

If you want to it good and inexpensive Dominican Sandwich this is the best place in town
Fast coloquial and excelent.
A variety of sandwiches that no place else you will have and very good taste
You can also find fruit shake with all kinds of tipical fruits of DR
Highly Recomended

6. Don Pepe Restaurante

Calle Porfirio Herrera No.31, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 809-563-4440
Excellent
73%
Good
19%
Satisfactory
5%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 415 reviews

Don Pepe Restaurante

Reviewed By Fredy M - Delray Beach, Florida

This is an old school restaurant with a lot of seafood and ham to choose from, they have great service as expected for this type of restaurant with the exception of desserts cart, they have several nice options including the strawberries that had mold already, couldn't believe how this restaurant does not pay attention to those important details when presenting food, giving 3 stars for that reason. Great selection of wines.

7. La Dolcerie

Rafael Augusto Sanchez, 20 | Piantini, Santo Domingo 00000, Dominican Republic Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night +1 809-565-0333
Excellent
52%
Good
32%
Satisfactory
10%
Poor
3%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4 based on 268 reviews

La Dolcerie

Reviewed By Beto79 - Lille, France

I ended up visiting this place twice in my last trip to Santo Domingo. I remember that the food was better before. The omelette I had was overcooked and prices were high in comparison with other establishments in Santo Domingo. Nonetheless, it seems that it is the preferred spot for the haute société of Dominican Republic. In my humble opinion, the best thing they had are the micro pizzas.

8. La Cassina

Roberto Pastoriza 504 | Evaristo Morales, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic Takeout, Television, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Accepts Discover, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards Mediterranean, Italian, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options Lunch, Dinner, Drinks, Late Night +1 809-363-4444
Excellent
67%
Good
23%
Satisfactory
6%
Poor
1%
Terrible
3%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 267 reviews

La Cassina

Reviewed By BlueShoesAdventures - Weston, Florida

From the appetizers to the Deserts everything was amazing!!!
Jamón Iberico de Bellota with Manchego Cheese to start. Salmon with Risotto as my entree and a warm chocolate muse with vanilla ice cream to top it off!!!
The check was close to $100 per person so if you are going to pay out of your own pocket just be aware!!!
Great wine selection as well!!!
Will be back for sure!!!

9. Pura Tasca

Calle Emiliano Tejera # 51 | Zona Colonial, Santo Domingo 10212, Dominican Republic Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi Caribbean, Latin, Mediterranean, European, Spanish Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night HK$118 - HK$353 +1 809-333-8494
Excellent
62%
Good
27%
Satisfactory
8%
Poor
2%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 500 reviews

Pura Tasca

Pura Tasca is a cozy tavern serving the best selection of tapas, sangrias and other iberian specialties such as paellas and ham, in the Colonial Zone. Our inviting atmosphere yields for all kinds of occasions, from sports watching to business or formal dinning.

Reviewed By blustoneusa - Las Terrenas, Dominican Republic

Situated right on the plaza at the Colon building and in a great location on the corner, Pura Tasca is a good choice for tapas, lunch or dinner. The food was OK but not fantastic; the service was a little slow but considering we were there on a Friday evening and it was very busy, the staff were hustling to keep up with orders. I had a gazpacho soup which had good flavor, with a tortilla that was served cold. Our son had a churrasco steak and really enjoyed it but my wife was not so happy with the morcilla blood sausage.
Overall it is a tourists' favorite and great for sidewalk lounging on the Plaza but don't expect the food to be memorable.

10. Restaurante Boga Boga

Av Simon Bolivar 203, Santo Domingo 10109, Dominican Republic Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available Latin, Seafood, Mediterranean, Spanish, European Lunch, Dinner, Late Night +1 809-472-0849
Excellent
48%
Good
43%
Satisfactory
7%
Poor
1%
Terrible
1%
Overall Ratings

4.5 based on 211 reviews

Restaurante Boga Boga

Reviewed By spanker - Matanzas, Cuba

Early Thursday evening, solo dining, put you in worst seat, not accept again, so called front of house sullen not interested and this actually goes for 90% of waiters including the one brought back from retirement you will know who I talk about
service is crap, but I was lucky seems the one server name unknown in red jacket was doing 100% but his colleagues let him down.
food I would suggest go for tapas big portions, main course veg cold but ok live with that, seems a lot of repeat business I will try again

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