The 10 Best Restaurants In Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic

Photo of Sophia Mills Francis
9 February 2017

Santo Domingo is the largest city in the Caribbean due to its population and there are many fantastic things you can do when visiting it. If you are getting a bit peckish, check out our list of the top ten dining establishments in the city.

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Pat'e Palo European Brasserie

Brasserie, Restaurant, European, Italian, Caribbean, $$$
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A great restaurant with attentive service, Pat’e Palo European Brasserie serves up delicious, first class meals to its diners. Sample the fillet steak served with foie gras and porcini mushrooms, or try the lamb chops and lobster ravioli. These delicacies are mouth-watering with every bite taken, and you can only get them at Pat’e Palo European Brasserie.

Don Pepe Restaurante

Restaurant, Spanish, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, $$$
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An exceptional restaurant with a great menu, Don Pepe is the perfect place to eat in Santo Domingo. The atmosphere at this restaurant will make you feel right at home, and the home-made food adds to the cozy atmosphere. For your starter, choose the fresh salad, and for dinner, sample the grilled red snapper. For a meat option, try the hanging jamon serrano. For good food at a good price, go to Don Pepe Restaurante

Restaurant Sully

Restaurant, Seafood, Caribbean, $$$
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If you are travelling to Santo Domingo and are looking for excellent seafood, Restaurant Sully is well worth the visit. With options such as lobster thermidor or shrimp served in a passion fruit sauce, you cannot go wrong at this eatery. Meat options include lamb with chili or in a vinaigrette, which will wake up your taste buds a treat. Come hungry and prepare to leave this restaurant full.


Bar, Restaurant, Seafood, $$$
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An excellent eatery with fresh ingredients, Sophia’s restaurant is the perfect place to fill your stomach if you are in the Santo Domingo area. There is a variety of choice making this restaurant perfect for all diners. The atmosphere is great and parallels the quality of its food. Seafood options include calamari or duck. There are also other delicious choices such as the churrasco medium rare with truffle mac and cheese or yuca mash.

Restaurante Boga Boga

Restaurant, Spanish, Mediterranean, $$$
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Known for its traditional Spanish cuisine, including delicious paellas, Boga Boga creates the perfect fusion of Caribbean atmosphere and Spanish food. With excellent tapas, fish dishes and great service, this restaurant is a must visit if you are in the Santo Domingo area. The restaurant has a lovely ambiance and authentic dishes which will make your mouth water and leave you spoilt for choice.

La Briciola

Bar, Restaurant, Italian, Mediterranean, Vegetarian, $$$
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With different settings in the night and in the day, and both equally impressive, La Briciola offers the quintessential Italian dining experience to its patrons. It even has a piano bar! Sample from the appetizers, particularly the toasted bread with mozzarella, prosciutto parma ham and anchovy paste. For the main, try the seafood spaghetti with calamari, octopus, clams and shrimp sauce. This eatery serves up delectable food, so it should be on your list of places to eat if you are holidaying in Santo Domingo.

La Cassina

Chef Rafael Planelles has served up the exquisite dishes at La Cassina since 2012, and he creates an absolute treat of Mediterranean food. With fresh dishes such as tuna tataki, wholesome food such as steak and delicious salmon, this eatery has a large range of delights to offer its diners. The dishes will make your mouth water just looking at them, and will make you want to eat them right away!

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La Dama Imperial

Restaurant, Spanish, $$$
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The perfect place to dine on delicious plates of food, and serving breakfast, lunch and dinner, La Dama Imperial is a Spanish-style restaurant with delectable offerings. Sample the chicken, served with rice and beans for a local option. Alternatively, you can try the international cuisine on offer such as the paella or the tapas. La Dama also serve bocadillos, a hearty Spanish sandwich made with chunky baguette and layers of fillingt.

Chez Laurent

Restaurant, French, $$$
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With amazing food and excellent service, Chez Laurent restaurant offers delicious plates which will make your mouth water. The French-style cuisine makes this eatery a hidden gem in Santo Domingo. Sample from the menu the Camarones Laurent, which is shrimp served in the style of the restaurant. If you are travelling to Santo Domingo and are looking for delectable food, don’t overlook this great eatery.

La Boheme Bistrot

Restaurant, French, $$$
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If you are looking for live entertainment while you eat, go to La Boheme Bistrot in Santo Domingo. Not only is the atmosphere great, the food matches the ambiance perfectly. With decadent French-inspired dishes such as risotto, lobster and filet mignon, this restaurant’s dishes will wake up your taste buds a treat and leave you wanting more food! Come for the dishes and stay for the live entertainment.