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Our Review of Restaurants in Santo Domingo,
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El Meson de la Cava – Telephone (809) 533-2818 or 532-2615 

Located on Ave. Mirador Del Sur, this restaurant is truly located in an underground cave.  A quick taxi ride from most hotels on the Malecon, we can say that both the service and food in general is quite good.  When you enter the restaurant entrance, a spiral metal staircase takes you down to the actual dining area about twenty feet underground.  Expect plenty of tourists and tourist prices to match, but unlike some other tourist traps, this place certainly is worth one trip for curiosity sake.  Steaks & upscale cuisine plus an impressive wine list.  Open until 1:00 AM in the evening (so they tell us).  Bring your wallet, this will not be a cheap dinner, but the cave atmosphere is worth a look. 

Restaurant Atarazana – Telephone (809) 689-2900 

By far this is our favorite “expensive” restaurant in Santo Domingo.  Located on the small side street adjacent to the Alcazar de Colon, # 5 Atarazana street in the Zona Colonial.  The food and the service have always been outstanding.   Steaks, seafood and pasta are the menu.  You can figure on spending about $60 on dinner for two, but the food is great.  We prefer Friday or Saturday evening. When you are done with dinner, take a stroll around the Alcazar de Colon or sit down at one of the outdoor cafes for an after dinner drink.  One of the cafes has a Canadian guitar player outside on weekends, so it can be a pleasant and fun evening out.         

Scherezade – Telephone (809) 227-2323 

Located at # 226 Roberto Pastoriza in Naco, the restaurant claims they specialize in Arabic food & International Cuisine.  We have gone a few times and always found the food to be OK, but the portions sometimes small and not worth the price. Forget any advertisement you read. We went the first time expecting to see belly dancers or some kind of fun atmosphere.  We knew it would be on the expensive side, but were hoping for something different.   There are no belly dancers nor is there a large selection of Arabic food on the menu (as their advertisements would leave you to believe).  Otherwise, the ambiance is quite nice and the service decent.  The normal steaks, seafood, pasta with a few middle eastern dishes on the menu.  I would not drive out of my way to find it, but otherwise a pleasant night out, Because it is located in Naco, expect a healthy bill when you are finished.  For true Arabic food, we prefer Restaurant Cairo.     

Fridays American Bar & Grill -  Telephone (809) 540-1800 

Located on Tiradentes near Plaza Naco, this is a take off on the well-known TGIF Friday’s American restaurant chain.  We have to give the owner Kudos for the idea, but this is not the TGIF Friday’s that you are used to.  The owner has tried to copy the menu somewhat, and the atmosphere is an echo of the American chain, but we found the service to be both great and terrible.  The owner must have trained the girls well, because most of the time they do the hair flip and smile when you walk in the door, just like in the states. To their credit, they do return to your table to ask if everything is OK after the meal arrives (service is not a strong point in the Dominican Republic).  However, they never seem to have in stock the selection of beers on the menu.  Also one waiter tried to convince us that fajitas and nachos are the same thing when we ordered nachos, but received fajitas.  Anyway, a good place for a Hamburger or to watch sports on the projection TV near the bar.  Since it is right around the corner from the movie theater in Naco, worth while for an inexpensive dinner & movie night out.   Friday and Saturday nights, the placed is packed with locals after 9:00 PM. 
 

Restaurant Samurai – Telephone (809) 565-1621 

Located at # 902 Ave. Lincoln, Samurai is one of the few places in Santo Domingo offering Sushi and Japanese cuisine.  We found the service to be OK but not extraordinary (acceptable service in Santo Domingo is when the waiter does make an effort to come back at least every ½ hour).  Typical Japanese dishes, but very good tempura.  Somewhat pricey considering the place is clean and interesting, but not luxurious.  Certainly not a find, but an ok place if you are in the mood for Hibachi chicken and tempura.       
 

Lumi’s Park – Telephone (809) 540-4584 

Located at # 809 Lincoln Ave., a good casual place for typical Dominican fare like salcocho and Mofongo (not to be confused with Mondongo).  An outdoor café atmosphere frequented by the locals. The first question you have is what the heck is Mofongo.  Well, it sounds like a curse word, but try it anyway. The closet thing I can compare it to is Turkey stuffing, sort of.  One thing I will say is the waiters at Lumi’s Park do not know what service is. You will have to remind the waiter to remember to come back before the next millennium.  Even when it’s slow, the waiters have two speeds; slow and stop. Try what we do and tell the waiter he gets a 40-peso tip if he manages to find his way back to your table before the night is through.  But worth a trip anyway for the Mofongo.          
 

La Finca –   

Located on Avenida San Vicente in the Zona Oriental, its out of the way, but one of those local places that serve inexpensive but great Dominican Creole food.  La Finca is also one of those places where you will not see another tourist for miles around, and that’s just what you want.  We can suggest La Finca if you want to get a feel for a residential suburb section of Santo Domingo and maybe hit one of the local discos afterwards on San Vicente.  I will warn you that many people will stare at you, but that’s only because they are not used to seeing gringos in that part of the city.  Cab Fare from a hotel on the Malecon should be 100 pesos tops and you will save much more than that had you chosen to eat in your hotel’s restaurant.  The house specialty is Mondongo.  Don’t ask what it is, just try it.         
 
 
 

 
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