Fodor's Expert Review Mesón De Bari

$$ Zona Colonial Caribbean

For some 45 years, this popular restaurant, where baseball is invariably on the TV at the bar, has been feeding the local Zoners what their grandmothers used to make. It's still a hangout for artists, baseball players, politicians, businesspeople, tourists, and even unaccompanied gringas, who feel comfortable here. Really flavorful dishes include creole-style eggplant, empanadas of crab and conch, grilled crabs and chivo (goat). Prices are up even though the culinary ambition is not. You'll hear bachata and American music from decades past (think "Moonglow"). If you want a quieter atmosphere, go upstairs.

Caribbean Lunch Dinner $$

Quick Facts

Calle Hostos 302
10210, Dominican Republic


Known For:
  • Authentic Dominican specialties
  • Old-timey local ambience
  • Stewed, sweet orange peels

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