The 10 Best Restaurants In Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

Photo of Sophia Mills Francis
9 February 2017

Puerto Plata is the eighth largest city in the Dominican Republic. It is an important trading port, and a popular holiday destination for many. If you are planning an excursion to the area, you might want to check out some of the delicious fare on offer. Here’s a list of the top 10 dining establishments in the city.

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Los Charros y Los Pinches Chaparros

Restaurant, Mexican, Caribbean
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For spectacular views of the ocean whilst you eat, go to Los Charros y Los Pinches Chaparros. Everything on the menue is excellent and you will definitely enjoy the homemade tortillas. The staff at Los Charros y Los Pinches Chaparros are all amiable and friendly, making your visit to this restaurant relaxing, calm and enjoyable. Don’t forget to try the lovely margarita de chinola -passion fruit margarita.

Kilometro Zero

Bar, Restaurant, Spanish, Vegetarian
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BBQ ribs
BBQ ribs | © Jessica Spengler/Flickr
This restaurant can be found in the heart of Puerto Plata. Here you can find a very broad menu that includes ribs, fresh fish, steaks, fajitas and pasta. Try the delectable pasta and pumpkin crème and enjoy every bite. The restaurant is exceptionally clean and the service is very fast, and boasts a sports bar-like atmosphere.

Sam’s Bar and Grill

Bar, Restaurant, Beer, Seafood, $$$
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Arroz con leche - Dominican-style rice pudding
Arroz con leche - Dominican-style rice pudding | © Manuel/Flickr
Sam’s Bar and Grill – a Puerto Plata institution – opened its doors in 1999 inside the Hotel Castilla. When Hotel Castilla closed down, Sam’s relocated the whole restaurant to its new location at L’oase Resort. With a wide selections of meats, fish, pasta and salads, Sam’s is a fun place to drink and dine; they have movie screenings on their projector, a billiards table, and occasional sports and karaoke nights.

El Pilon

If you’re looking for true Dominican cuisine, you must to go to El Pilon. Try their sancocho, a traditional dish full of flavor. Alternatively sample the rice and beans with Dominican style steak, which is absolutely exquisite. For dessert, try the rice pudding cooked Dominican style.

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The Anchor Cafe

Cafe, Coffee
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For fabulous food, amiable staff and excellent presentation, try The Anchor Café. Their succulent beef steak, chicken or barbecued rib are a delight for the taste buds. Try their signature iced coffee if you’re in search of a cooling beverage and relief from the sweltering heat.

Café Del Atlantico

Cafe, Restaurant, Coffee, American, $$$
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For a great coffee spot in Puerto Plata with a nice ambiance, go to Café Del Atlantico. This eatery serves up delicious smoothies and delectable churros. The food here is great, the coffee is hot and strong and the decoration is excellent in this restaurant. Don’t forget to sample the queso de hoja with pesto, which is absolutely delicious.

Las Palmas Italian Restaurant

Restaurant, Italian, Vegetarian, $$$
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For authentic, Italian-style pizza be sure to visit Las Palmas Italian Restaurant. With a wood-fire oven and an amazing menu, you can be sure that this restaurant is the perfect place to enjoy an excellent meal. From pastas to pizzas this menu comes with a filling range of food. The restaurant is at the center of an immaculately kept tropical garden and is great for family meals, meals with friends or more intimate dinners. For an excellent atmosphere, great food and great drinks, go to Las Palmas Italian restaurant.


This is a unique restaurant – the owner is a musician. The establishment boasts excellent fajitas, lamb chops and soups of the day. With a great ambiance due to the excellent collection of music being played, this restaurant should be high on your list to visit if you are in the area.

Esq Calle Sanchez, Calle 16 de Agosto 11, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic