Wondering where to eat in the Dominican Republic? Here you can find the best restaurants in the Dominican Republic.
Eating out in Dominican restaurants is tasty and cheap. Many modest-looking local establishments, serve outstanding food. In the more upscale dominican restaurants, prices are higher but usually still a bargain compared to European and North American standards.
Cheapest restaurants in the Dominican Republic – under 2 USD
The cheapest places to dine are the cafeterías, humble establishments with a few tables and a glass case displaying a variety of food like fried fish, chicken stew, rice and beans, mangú and plantains. In the cafeterias you can generally get a meal for under RD$150 (3 USD), you’re best off frequenting them only at lunch, when the food is fresh. Also under glass cases are the fried chicken dishes served at the many Dominican pica pollos, popular chain outlets with neon, fast-food decor; but far tastier and less aggressively lit are the pollo al carbón shacks that serve heaped portions of grilled chicken, rice and beans, and salad; always a good bet for a cheap meal.
Only slightly more expensive, the many Dominican comedores are a great resource: unpretentious, most of them family-run restaurants, generally little more than a hole in the wall but often dishing up incredible comida criolla, which will set you back around RD$250 (5 USD) for a full meal. For a good and quick snack, check out the tasty goods of the various street vendors hawking empanadas, flat fried pastries with a ground-beef filling; chicharrones, crunchy bits of fried chicken or pork; shredded barbecue pork sandwiches, boiled sweet corn and split coconuts all for around RD$25 to 50 RD$ (0.50 to 1 USD).
Mid-level priced restaurants in the Dominican Republic – under 25 USD
Most restaurants in the Dominican Republic are at medium level priced. From 10 USD to 25 USD per meal. For these prices, you can expect excellent food quality, fresh ingredients and great service. Medium priced restaurants are found all over the country, most of them located in Santo Domingo, Punta Cana, Puerto Plata and other important tourist regions.
Fine Dining restaurants in the Dominican Republic – above 25 USD
You will also find plenty of high-end dining in the cities and the resort towns, generally featuring a mix of authentic international cuisine including Spanish, Caribbean, French, Italian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Indian and Basque. Count on spending around RD$2000 (45 USD) or more per person at these restaurants. These days even the all inclusive hotels offer some of the best restaurants in the country.
Important note: At restaurants in the Dominican Republic with the exception of the cafeterías, you’ll be charged a sixteen percent sales tax on your meal and a ten percent “service” charge.