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The North Coast Restaurants

Mares Restaurant & Pool Lounge

  • Francisco J. Peynado #6A Map It
  • Puerto Plata
  • Contemporary
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 03/12/2014

Fodor's Review

This residence-cum-restaurant is the home of the D.R.’s most acclaimed chef, Rafael Vasquez. Guests “knock on the door” with an oversized fork and spoon, which is indicative of this charismatic chef’s mantra—he is a rule breaker. The indoor dining room is sophisticated with classy china, glassware and cutlery and lots of white, with contemporary art by Rafael’s father, a recognized painter. The outdoor seating is arranged between the bar and the swimming pool

and the twinkle lights of the former play on the latter. The candles make it as romantic as Valentine’s Day. Vasquez’ Dominican heritage always is represented in his global repertoire; his island version of sushi is a sweet plantain roll with tempura shrimp and mofonguitos have goat marinated with the local Brugal rum. The main courses go a bit more international, such as salmon or baby lobsters in a creamy pastis sauce that is so French. The staff is mature, discreet and professional. Ask if a dessert sampler is available…mmm. Mares can be like a house party or it can be your venue for a landmark celebration.

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Restaurant Information


Francisco J. Peynado #6A, Puerto Plata, 58000, Dominican Republic

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809-261–3330; 809-224–1998

Restaurant Details:

  • No lunch, closed Mon.
  • Reservations essential

Updated 03/12/2014


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