Looking for Dominican Restaurants in your area to find Dominican foods and flavors? With the help of our readers, we’ve compiled a list of restaurants that specialize in traditional Dominican dishes in the US, Canada, Europe, as well as in the Dominican Republic itself.
What to order
Many of these are the more formal, fancier restaurants appealing to international visitors and Dominicans alike. They will all serve you all the standard Dominican foods: the plato del dia of white rice, beans, and meat (beef, pork, chicken), aka La bandera dominicana or the Dominican Flag, and favorites like Tostones (fried green plantains) and fritos maduros (fried sweet plantains).
Sancocho stew will also be on the menu, and if they serve a traditional Dominican breakfast, so will Mangu with salami, fried cheese, and eggs, aka Los tres golpes. Look out also for pastelitos (filled with ground beef, chicken, or cheese) or Kipes (or quipes) as an appetizer, Chicharron de pollo, and Longaniza (Dominican sausage).
Many of them also offer takeout and delivery.
Dominican restaurants in the DR
Here is a list of some of the best restaurants in the Dominican Republic, serving traditional home-cooked food, sometimes with an innovative touch, and authentic enough to please the taste buds of any Dominican food connoisseur.
Around the country, in every neighborhood, small town, village, and beach, we find the best places to eat the most authentic Dominican home cooking, in places that you’re less likely to find online, but they are highly recommended.
Naturally, the best seafood restaurants are in coastal areas like Boca Chica (Santo Domingo), Maimon and La Ensenada (Puerto Plata), Monte Cristi, Playa Rincón (Samaná), Nagua (Maria Trinidad Sanchez), and Boca de Yuma (La Altagracia) for home cooked fish (try the whole red snapper in coconut sauce in Samaná, for example), shrimp and lobster dishes.
You’ll find chivo (goat) in many parts of the country, along the roadsides and in the pueblos, but the most famous places are in Monte Cristi and El Cacique, Santiago Rodríguez
Mofongo in Mi Terraza in Moca (Espaillat) and many other parts of the country
Crema de cepa de apio in Constanza (La Vega)
Pasteles en hoja from Amable in San Pedro de Macorís and Chichita in San Cristóbal
Dominican Sandwich and batidas at Barra Payán in Santo Domingo
These are just some of the best-known places. Share your recommendations with us, so we can keep this list up-to-date and as complete as possible.
- La Casita de Yeya
Punta Cana Village and Downtown/Coco Loco
Dominican restaurants around the world
Just because you’re outside the Dominican Republic, it doesn’t mean you have to miss out on delicious Dominican cuisine. We’ve compiled a list of some of the places we’ve heard about, and again, we would appreciate your input to ensure it is as up-to-date and complete as possible.
- Mambo’s Dominican Kitchen
- Dominican Cafe
- Delicias Del Paladar
- Tropicalia Restaurant
- Merengue House Bar & Restaurant
- Tiesto Cafe
Branches in Pembroke Pines and Miami
- Chimi King
Branches in Orlando and Kissimmee
- Tu Casa
- Perico Ripiao
- El Palacio Buffet
- Punta Cana Restaurant
- La Kasita
- Las Americas
West Palm Beach
- El Palacio del Mofongo
Royal Palm Beach
- Tipico Dominicano
- El Caribe Restaurant
- John’s Fried Chicken
Dover, Union City, Guttenberg, Cliffside Park, and Paramus
- El Bohio Cafe & Restaurant
- Malecón Restaurant
Two branches in NYC – Amsterdam and 97th and Broadway and 175th
- La cocina de Yala
1756 E 174th St, The Bronx, NY
- Mama Juana Café
Branches in New York, New Jersey and Florida
- Casa de Campo
- Ajo y oregano
Two branches: 621 Crescent Avenue & 1556A White Plains Rd, Bronx
- Puerto Plata Seafood on the Water
42 Woodcleft, Freeport, NY
- Boca Chica Restaurant
- La Cabaña
- 809 Madrid
- Casa Lucia
- Bar Aguana
- La Cabaña de Cris
- Garden Fried Chicken
- La Esquina Caribeña
- El Azuano
- Fire Bar and Lounge
- La Cibaeña
- El Paraiso
- Juan Bar Comida Dominicana
Please let us know of any other Dominican restaurants or any changes needed to the list, so we can keep it up to date. This is an initial list and we will be adding and updating it as we receive more information from our readers.
Muy buen provecho!