6 Best Restaurants in Southeast Coast, Dominican Republic

Boca Marina Restaurant & Lounge

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This remarkable Italian-Dominican seafood restaurant continues to be the "in" spot for the young, fun, and moneyed locals as well as in-the-know visitors. The best all-over experience of the Boca beach restaurants, it extends onto a pier with palapas and lots of white draping. Guests go for a swim off the expanded deck, although there is no beach. (A consolation: free Wi-Fi.) You may be greeted by the effusive host and owner; the veteran waiters are professionals. The menu is vast, with lots of creative and classic preparations of delectable mariscos (shellfish), including octopus and lobster. Most of the seafood is 100% fresh and local, some imported. Top-shelf margaritas are fantástico, and there's also an admirable wine list. Breakfast is served here.

Prolongación Duarte 12A, 21000, Dominican Republic
809-523–6702
Known For
  • Creative and classic preparations of delectable
  • Portobello mushroom au gratin
  • Swimming off the deck (showers available for aprés swim)

Café del Sol

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Relax on a double chaise, snooze on a beach bed, or drink something bubbly as you dine on boat-fresh fish and local shellfish (including lobster) from the grill. Although not wildly innovative, the menu offers something more than the usual fresh ceviche; order simple burgers or pizzas to go with your icy agua verde (Presidente beer its in green bottle). This beach café was originally built for Embassy Suites’ guests and members of Metro Country Club; it's open to the public but by reservation only. Cover-ups are required for dining, and there's a minimum if you want to occupy one of the Balinese sunbeds. Always note the person’s name who takes your reservation, who should give your name to the security guard.

Calle Principal,, 21000, Dominican Republic
809-526–1559
Known For
  • A fine beachfront hang out
  • Ceviche
  • Red snapper Veracruzana
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Closed Mon. No dinner, Reservations essential

El Pelicano Terrace Restaurant

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Pelicano has an enviable deck with chaise longues and even Balinese sun beds both right in the clear water and on the beach. The least expensive of the Boca Chica trio of waterfront restaurants, and the only one with a beach, the fairly simple menu features good bets like lobster bisque and any fresh fish on the plancha (grill). Las Américas Airport is just 15 minutes away, making this an ideal place for a long layover, so grab a piña colada and have a swim.

1 Calle Duarte, at Caracol, 21000, Dominican Republic
809-523–6500
Known For
  • Fresh ceviche
  • The tender fillet and garlicky whole red snapper
  • Ideal layover spot—it's only 15 minutes from Las Américas Airport

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La Casita

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On the waterfront, La Casita (a spin-off of the original in La Romana's downtown) has a contemporary feel; at night dramatic lighting positioned over waterfront tables casts a beautifying glow. Professional waiters guide you through the menu of pastas, risottos, shellfish stew, and paella, which reflects the Spanish owner's heritage. Prices can be high, but many main courses are large enough to be shared. The restaurant is included in the all-inclusive plan for guests of Casa de Campo and is one of the better choices.

Ask for a waterfront table and be adamant that you do not want to sit near the kitchen door.

La Romana, 22000, Dominican Republic
809-523–3333
Known For
  • Romantic marina front restaurant
  • Fideuà (a variation of paella made with pasta)
  • Professional waiters can handle large parties
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: No lunch, Reservations essential

La Playa del Pescadores

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This unpretentious restaurant's Eastern European owner has gained a loyal following among the expat set for his cuisine, which is paired with German and Belgian beers, grappa, cognacs, and good half-bottles of wine. The rustic, two-story palapa offers romantic seating topside, on the sand, or in the open-air dining room. The bilingual menu is well priced. Most seafood comes off one of the moored boats, so you can order the ceviche with confidence. The mixed grilled shellfish is enough for two and can include a lobster from the tank. Sunday offers a locally popular barbecue, which can be overcrowded. You'll find the best service at dinner, but lunch midweek is calm, and you can find a lounge chair and go for a swim.

Guayacanes, 21000, Dominican Republic
809-526–2613
Known For
  • Feet-in-the-sand restaurant
  • Grilled fresh fish
  • Kicked back ambience with a Euro flair
Restaurant Details
Rate Includes: Credit cards accepted

Peperoni

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Although the name may sound as Italian as amore, this restaurant's menu is more eclectic than Italian. It has a classy, contemporary white-dominated decor in a dreamy marina setting. Strolling musicians perpetuate the mood, the moored yachts provide people-watching. Astounding appetizers are found under the Asian section, like the sweet plantain roll or the Peperoni roll. Pasta dishes and risottos with rock shrimp or porcini taste authentic, and the more inventive items—such as homemade pear-and-goat-cheese ravioli with pine nuts—are delectable. Pulpo (octopus) with fava beans stewed in limoncello vinaigrette is highly recommended. You can also opt for stylishly simple charcoal-grilled steaks (sauce or no), burgers, gourmet wood-oven pizzas, sandwiches, or even sushi and sashimi. Desserts are worthy here. There have been some complaints that food quality is not what it once was.

Plaza Portofino 16, 22000, Dominican Republic
809-523–2227
Known For
  • International menu
  • Goat cheese salad
  • Beef carpacchio is a staple