2 Best Restaurants in Santa Barbara de Samana, Samana Peninsula

Ocean Club


As the name suggests, seafood is the headliner at this sophisticated marina-side restaurant (formerly Cafe Del Mar), serving Caribbean-influenced Mediterranean cuisine. By day, have lunch outdoors while dipping in and out of the infinity pool. At sunset, have a rum-something while chilling on a chaise and listening to lounge music. After dark, go inside, where rounded glass windows magnify the enchanting night-lit pool and ocean beyond. Start with ceviche and always consider the fresh catch of the day. The pizzas aren't bad, either.

Tierra y Mar Restaurant & Bar


This locally owned restaurant serves no-frills traditional food done right. Located just off the main strip, the local gem draws both travelers and locals to dine together under its palm roof. In fact, photos on the wall show owners, Evelyn and David, posing with local politicians (including some former presidents) and national celebrities. The fish is fresh and locally sourced and is always worth the wait when there is one, though service is usually efficient and warm. Portion sizes are good and prices are relatively cheap.

C. Maria Trinidad Sanchez, Dominican Republic
Known For
  • lambi or conch in creole sauce
  • the best mofongo in town
  • fresh fish in coconut sauce