Creole Cuisine in the Dominican Republic

Throughout the Dominican Republic, expect to encounter a wide selection of options when it comes to dining. Fans of Creole cuisine should pay attention to the various establishments where this style of cooking is king. When it's time to narrow the list, you'll find there's a surplus of dining options just within this category.

With options including everything from the very casual atmosphere beloved by diners at Ahi Cafe & Grill to the wonderful lunch service at Restaurant Rubi, you could encounter a dish worth sharing - or not, as the case may be.

Before your trip begins, you can read up on the several Creole eateries throughout the Dominican Republic. Click on one of the options to view more information about its ambiance, specialties, and nearby things to do.

Mares Restaurant

Puerto Plata | (809) 261-3330

Mares Restaurant can be found near the middle of Puerto Plata. Salty, fresh seafood and Creole panache both describe the best dishes at this unique eatery.

Mares calls their style "Dominican Global," where fresh seafood and local spices provide the base, but they don't limit themselves to serving only local dishes. Steamed Langoustines is their top selling item, and they try to keep thins fresh with daily specials.

El Cabito Restaurant

The Samana Peninsula | (829) 697-9506

El Cabito Restaurant

El Cabito Restaurant is located northeast of Arroyo Del Cabo, a village in the Samana Peninsula; it is a short distance away to the east-northeast of Las Galeras. Seafood and Creole flair make a nice pair at this crazy tasty restaurant.

The menu features Mediterranean-style seafood and local cuisine at a level you wouldn't expect so far off the grid. Paella de Marisco and Caldereta de Marisco are the house specialties. If you have a large group traveling with you, call ahead and they will arrange a buffet for your party.

Piedras del Rio

Jarabacoa | (809) 574-6304

Piedras del Rio is on the same premises as Hotel Gran Jimenoa. If you're wondering, Jarabacoa is a mile and a half (two and a half kilometers) to the south-southwest. The fresh taste of fish and Creole flavors share the same plate at this unique restaurant.

Dining is done out on an open-air deck by the Jimenoa River.

Marisco Centro

Santiago De Los Caballeros | (809) 971-9710

Marisco Centro is located in the heart of Santiago De Los Caballeros. Fresh seafood and Creole cuisine go well together at this restaurant.

Marisco Centro serves up on the finest and freshest seafood offerings.

Gusto Tropical

Boca Chica | (809) 523-9381

Gusto Tropical can be found along the southern outskirts of Boca Chica. Got pasta on the brain? If this describes your cravings, remember the name Gusto Tropical and make it the easiest decision you'll make all day.

Creole Restaurants
Name Location Island Type Phone Number
Ahi Cafe & Grill 0.7 mi. Southeast of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic Creole, International, Tex-Mex (809) 581-6779
Barra Payan Downtown Santo Domingo the Dominican Republic Creole, Latin American (809) 689-6654
Benjamin Fresh Seafood Sosua, Northern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic Creole --
Bistro Tipico Alberto 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Sosua the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 885-9720
Bohio Dominicano 3.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Friusa Hispaniola Creole (809) 476-7777
Caliche Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic American, Creole (809) 970-2084
Casa Mami 1.3 mi. Northwest of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 618-6987
Casablanca Restaurant 5.7 mi. South-Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic Creole (82) 740-1230
Citrus Restaurant Punta Cana, Eastern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola Creole (809) 455-2026
De Parrillada Jarabacoa, Northwestern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 574-7656
El Cabito Restaurant 2.8 mi. Northeast of Central Arroyo Del Cabo Hispaniola Creole, Mediterranean (829) 697-9506
El Cafecito de la Cubana 0.0 mi. South-Southwest of Central Bayahibe Hispaniola Creole, Cuban (849) 816-1124
El Pescador 1.1 mi. North of Central Arroyo Del Cabo Hispaniola Creole, Spanish (809) 523-3333
El Suave 1.7 mi. West of Central Punta Gorda Hispaniola Creole, Latin American --
El Zaguan 1.5 mi. Southeast of Central La Vega the Dominican Republic Creole, Danish --
Escape al Mar Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 627-6056
Francepan 1.5 mi. East of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 971-0022
Gri-Gri 1.4 mi. North of Central Arroyo Del Cabo Hispaniola Creole (829) 705-2894
Gusto Tropical Boca Chica, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic Creole, Italian (809) 523-9381
Jungle 0.7 mi. Northwest of Central Bayahibe Hispaniola Creole (809) 221-8880
La Cafeteria Zona Colonial, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic Creole --
La Cocina de Gladys Downtown Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic Creole (829) 434-9537
La Finca Sosua, Northern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 571-3925
La Fonda Criolla Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic Creole --
La Rancheta 1.5 mi. East of Central Las Galeras Hispaniola Belgian, Creole (829) 939-8285
Los Tres Cocos Luperon, Northern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic Contemporary, Creole (809) 970-7627
Mares Restaurant 0.1 mi. South-Southwest of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 261-3330
Marisco Centro Santiago De Los Caballeros, Northwestern part of the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 971-9710
Martini's Beach Bar & Grill 0.6 mi. East of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 915-8815
Mira Mar Restaurant Cabrera, Northern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola Creole --
Pacomer Las Terrenas, Northeastern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola Creole --
Piedras del Rio 1.6 mi. North-Northeast of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 574-6304
Placita Criolla Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 261-5456
Polanco Restaurant Downtown Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 586-9174
Poseidon Restaurante Typico 1.1 mi. North of Central Arroyo Del Cabo Hispaniola Creole (849) 258-6749
Puchos Food Mofongo Mocano 0.1 mi. Northeast of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 574-6599
Puerco Rosado Boca Chica, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic Creole, Italian (809) 523-4307
Putula's Bar & BBQ 0.5 mi. South West of Central Luperon the Dominican Republic Creole (829) 219-2830
Quemaito Restaurant 6.2 mi. South-Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 649-7631
Restaurant La Ponderosa del Mar Downtown Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 586-1597
Restaurant Luis 4.9 mi. West-Southwest of Central Las Terrenas Hispaniola Creole --
Restaurant Rubi 3.6 mi. West-Northwest of Central Arroyo Del Cabo Hispaniola Creole --
Restaurante Choripan Cabrera, Northern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola Creole (809) 589-7144
Robby Mar San Pedro De Macoris, Central the Dominican Republic Hispaniola Creole (809) 529-4926
Thesaurus Café 1.5 mi. East of Central Santiago De Los Caballeros the Dominican Republic Creole (809) 581-1818
Tierra y Mar Samana, Northeastern part of the Dominican Republic Hispaniola Creole, Italian (809) 538-2436
Tres Lunas 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Las Terrenas Hispaniola Creole (829) 401-0935

Similar Food

Hard Rock Cafe Zona Colonial

You may crave something slightly different, in which case you may enjoy the distinct yet similar flavor profiles at establishments like the following:

Restaurants with Similar Cuisine
Restaurant Name Phone Cuisine Location Island
Burger King La Romana -- American 0.2 mi. South of Central La Romana Hispaniola
Hemingway's Bar and Grill (809) 320-2230 American 3.2 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Kite Club Cafe (829) 644-8404 Caribbean 1.4 mi. Northwest of Central Cabarete the Dominican Republic
Hard Rock Cafe Zona Colonial -- American Zona Colonial, Central the Dominican Republic the Dominican Republic
Senor Rock (809) 320-2259 American 3.2 mi. Southeast of Central Puerto Plata the Dominican Republic
Miramar Buffet (809) 476-7777 American 3.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Friusa Hispaniola
Cafe Cubano (809) 571-3493 Cuban 0.6 mi. Northwest of Central Sosua the Dominican Republic
CostaSur -- French 1.2 mi. Southeast of Central Barahona the Dominican Republic
Cafeteria La Tinaja (809) 574-2311 Caribbean 0.2 mi. North-Northwest of Central Jarabacoa the Dominican Republic
El Coral (809) 476-7777 American 3.6 mi. North-Northwest of Central Friusa Hispaniola

You can't plan for it, but sometimes the best places to dine in the Dominican Republic are the ones you run into naturally while walking the streets near your hotel. Although, that doesn't mean you can't make a list of specific places to try. To learn even more regarding the types of food awaiting you, check out this page.

 

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