The Top 11 Restaurants in Santo Domingo


As the most populated and the most cosmopolitan city in the Caribbean, Santo Domingo’s restaurant scene is rich in both local and international cuisines. You’ll find dining options are as numerous and stretch as wide as the city’s multiple neighborhoods. Whether you’re curious to sample Dominican dishes, or you’re craving falafel and shawarmas or vegan meals, there’s a restaurant, food truck, or comedor to suit all tastes.

The city’s best dining spots can be found in three main areas: the Colonial City, the seafront Malecon, and Gazcue neighborhood, and the downtown Piantini and Naco areas. Eating your way around these areas is a great way to explore the city’s diverse facets, from Dominican-themed restaurants to seafood on a terrace overlooking the Caribbean, and dining in a cave.

Best for Live Merengue: Jalao

Courtesy of Jalao

Calle el Conde, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic

+1 809-792-1262

If you love eating to the sound of merengue, bachata, and other Latin sounds, head directly to Jalao. This Dominican-themed restaurant, located on Calle El Conde in the center of the Colonial Zone, serves local dishes with a modern twist and boasts an extensive cocktail menu. Head there for lunch or dinner before or after you’ve explored the area’s museums, parks, and plazas. Live bands perform here nearly daily, playing late into the night on the weekends as diners are invited to join the fun on the dance floor.

Fuente: tripsavvy

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