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    Thumbs up Gastronomy Galore!

    Last night I was at Restaurante Samurai taking in the Japanese flare of that restaurant here in Santo Domingo. Although, the sushi was ok (I'm not a big sushi person), everything else was delicious and overall I had a wonderful time.

    Now, this was not the first time I have been there, but out of curiosity I would like to know what restaurant would you personally consider to be the best and worst you have been to in Santo Domingo or the entire DR.

    Here are my choices:

    In Santo Domingo, my favorite restaurants would have to be David Crockett. I must confess, their "Wild West" decor is a bit corny, but the rack of lamb and the prim ribs are to die for!

    Also, the famous and almost historical (it has been around since Trujillo's time) Vesuvio on the malecon. They do have a vast array of delicious pastas. However, what I truly like at Vesuvio is the mostaccioli arrabiata, the risotto con frutas del mar, and gnocchi gorgonzola. My my, these people truly know how to cook.

    And the last of the 3 best in SDQ in my opinion would have to be Caribbean Blue. I haven't been here in a while, hmm, maybe I'll go there tonight. However, the atmosphere is both relaxing and hip. But, of course, what good is a restaurant with only ambiance! The food here is really really good, but especially the goat meat enchiladas, the shrimp risotto and the salads are to die for. I'm not a big candy or dessert eater, but I can never leave this place without eating the oh so fabulous trufas magicas de chocolate. MMMM!

    In the rest of the country I have five restaurants that makes my mouth water:

    1. Giacosa in Altos de Chavon. The seafood risotto is memorable to say the least.

    2. La Capannine in Las Terrenas. The lobster and the octopus in ink is just excellent. I have only been there once, so you know its good since I remember the name of the place.

    3. On the Waterfront in Sosua. This is always the deciding factor whenever I choose to visit Sosua. Teh seafood is out of this world and the sweeping oceanfront patio just adds to its appeal. I thought I was in heaven when I tasted the red snapper and the lambi (conch) and lets not forget the delicious lobsters. All in all, this is a great place to splurge! I would have mentioned La Puntilla de Piergiorgio, since they are also good, but I've noticed a slight dip in the standards.

    4. Vento in Cabarete. The view of the water is exceptional to say the least and the cuisine is just as awesome especially the lamb dishes. In addition to all of that, they have quite an extensive wine list which is always nice.

    5. Pez Dorado in Santiago. The Pollo a la diana, grilled octopus, garlic shrimp and the sea bass are very very delicious. I also found some of the chinese offerings to be quite excellent also.

    So, there you have it. These are the best restaurants in the DR in my opinion. I'm not too sure if the ones I mention outside the capital are still open, most of them are at least, because it has been a while since I have been to them. But, rest assure, these are among the best places to splurge here in the DR!

    So, what are your favorite dining places????

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    Default I must agree with some of your choices.......and add a few!

    In juan Dolio I was quite impressed with the new Jardin Caribe. Everything I tried was good and their "sotto copperto" dish was by far one of the nicest surprizes I've had in a while! El Sueno is always good but seemed a little less than perfect this past winter while both other Italian restaurants are most enjoyable.

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    Default um good!

    il vesuvio is thumbs up to go work on some italiano food and el rancho steak house is also thumbs up for a nice steak & whisky/wine treat.

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    try the fish in any one of the many dining spots in guayacanes.

    the chimis in jarabacoa's town square at 2am in the morning after a night on the shant are as good as any restaurant's food and service

    there's a place on nicolas de ovando (cristo rey) that does the best mondongo. don't worry if you get one of those fleshy pieces that look like an italian woman's armpit - that is considered lucky.

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    Nal, I thought Caribbean Blue (on Hostos) closed down ages ago. Last time I looked it had been turned into a nightclub. Has it reopened?

    My favourites in the capital include:

    Zona Colonial
    Meson de Bari for top quality Dominican cooking, colonial setting, character and atmosphere. (Hostos)
    Cocos for international food, charming setting and incomparable hospitality. (Billini esq Catolica)
    S Bar/Rey del Falafel (Billini esq Sanchez)

    Rest of city
    Govindas (vegetarian) next to Super Nacional off Av Maximo Gomez
    Zona Fria (Taiwanese) on Romulo Betancourt
    La Lasagna (Czech ) on Gustavo Mejia Ricart (2 branches)

    There is also a small restaurant called Regalado that does good paellas, I think it's in Cristo Rey, but the last time I went there was years ago before I knew the city well.

    In Samana we always go to Le France, on the Malecon.

    Can't wait to go back and revisit these, and discover new places.

    As for the worst, there are too many to mention. One place I think is overrated is Vizcaya on San Martin. It is lively, the prices are relatively low, and it has an air of long-established tradition but I have had some pretty awful meals there.

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    I like Davey Crockett's for steak as well.

    For italian I like Bricciola on Merino in the colonial zone.

    Mexican I dig Fridas on independencia because I can walk there and the fajitas are good.

    I also eat at the american chain restaurants a lot. Fridays, Outback and Tony Romas.

    My favorite place is Costelao en Plaza Espana, Brazilian Churrascaria done pretty well.

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    Default Some other good options

    Quote Originally Posted by Nal0whs
    Now, this was not the first time I have been there, but out of curiosity I would like to know what restaurant would you personally consider to be the best and worst you have been to in Santo Domingo or the entire DR.

    Too many "worst" ones to list here

    Here are some "better" ones. I have yet to discover a single "best".

    Both Vesuvios have been mentioned. One I like very much is Noa Noa (located right behind Plaza Central). It has a very smark ambience with blonde wood and nice decor. But above all, the food is excellent, along the fusion (Euro-Asian) line. The prices are quite reasonable for a restaurant of this range.

    Taboo Bamboo (on Roberto Pastoriza) is another high-end option, aslo along the Euro-Asian line but I detect more European (especially Italian) than Asian flavor. This is a very EXPENSIVE restaurant and ordering a la carte you'll be lucky to get away with RD$1,500 per head.

    Myto (on Paseo de Locutores, just a few doors away from Espagettissimo) is a very hip lounge-restaurant option catering to a younger crowd. Expensive again, but the portions are also big. The decor is a sort of retro-70's Tribeca/Soho hip. Quite unusual in Santo Domingo.

    Here are some I'm interested in but haven't tried:

    Fellini
    Chez Asian Bistro
    Da Vincci
    Agio
    Boga Boga

    Any opinions on these ?

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    In Santo Domingo, you should try the following restaurants:

    Spanish food:

    Casa Vicente & Donosti. Both are located in Naco near the Tiradentes. The second is dedicated to food from "el pais Vasco."

    Creative

    I would recommend Taboo Bamboo and Peperoni located in Plaza Universitaria, Ave. Sarasota con w. Churchill.

    Italian food.

    You can try Caffé Bellini in Plazoleta Padre Billini, Zona Colonial.

    Chinese & Japanese

    Try Soya in Av. Gustavo Mejía Ricart, Plaza Anadalucía I, 1er Nivel, Piantini.
    They offer both types of food.

    If you are looking for Sushi, I`ve heard that Aqua has great sushi. I haven`t tried it as i don`t like sushi.

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    David crokett has the best steak. I ordered a mix BBq grill with all kinds of steak meat, chicken breast and also (I think) some seafood. It was delicious.
    I went to carribean blue about 3 years ago. I was given the tour of the restaurant by the owner. Let me tell you, the kitchen was so clean and organized that you could eat off the floor. Even the items were neatly organized in the huge comercial fridges. Unfortunately, I was silly enough to order a bad dish (fish steak of some kind). I didn't really like it but the rest of my group had ordered delicious meals.
    Samurai used to have (I don't know if they stll have it) a sunday brunch. There was a 600 pesos entrance (old prices when dollar was 18 to 1) and let me tell you, you could anything and everything, all you can eat deal. It was really delicious and the choices were unlimited.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Nal0whs
    Last night I was at Restaurante Samurai taking in the Japanese flare of that restaurant here in Santo Domingo. Although, the sushi was ok (I'm not a big sushi person), everything else was delicious and overall I had a wonderful time.



    In the rest of the country I have five restaurants that makes my mouth water:

    1. Giacosa in Altos de Chavon. The seafood risotto is memorable to say the least.

    2. La Capannine in Las Terrenas. The lobster and the octopus in ink is just excellent. I have only been there once, so you know its good since I remember the name of the place.

    3. On the Waterfront in Sosua. This is always the deciding factor whenever I choose to visit Sosua. Teh seafood is out of this world and the sweeping oceanfront patio just adds to its appeal. I thought I was in heaven when I tasted the red snapper and the lambi (conch) and lets not forget the delicious lobsters. All in all, this is a great place to splurge! I would have mentioned La Puntilla de Piergiorgio, since they are also good, but I've noticed a slight dip in the standards.

    4. Vento in Cabarete. The view of the water is exceptional to say the least and the cuisine is just as awesome especially the lamb dishes. In addition to all of that, they have quite an extensive wine list which is always nice.

    5. Pez Dorado in Santiago. The Pollo a la diana, grilled octopus, garlic shrimp and the sea bass are very very delicious. I also found some of the chinese offerings to be quite excellent also.

    So, there you have it. These are the best restaurants in the DR in my opinion. I'm not too sure if the ones I mention outside the capital are still open, most of them are at least, because it has been a while since I have been to them. But, rest assure, these are among the best places to splurge here in the DR!

    So, what are your favorite dining places????
    Have you been to Mezzaluna in Santiago?...you have to try it it's very versatile, although my favorites are the pasta dishes. Oh and Pez Dorado is still open after all these years and the food's still great.

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