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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic

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Puerto Plata Dining

Dominican gastronomy boasts unique flavors with influences from Africa and its first Native inhabitants. Because it’s such a visited place, restaurants of different nationalities have spread throughout. You’ll never be at a loss for variety. And whatever you choose to eat, leave room for the famed Puerto Plata guava and cheese pastries.

Most restaurants are located inside Victorian buildings or in the many luxurious resorts.

Acuarela Garden Café is one of the most acclaimed venues for dining in Puerto Plata. This upscale restaurant offers a new version of Dominican cuisine. It’s housed inside an old farmhouse and displays works by local artist Rafi Vasquez. Lamb prepared with rosemary remains the main specialty. Grilled steaks rival the lamb as one of the favorites.

Entre Amigos boasts some of the best local and regional cuisine. It’s ideal for people watching while savoring on fresh lobster. The guava cheese cake is to die for. Make sure to try it.

If you’re looking for inexpensive, Portofino Guesthouse is the place. You can sample Dominican gastronomy. The owner prepares a platter with a selection of meat, pork, plantains and yucca. It’s also inexpensive.

Polanco is another venue for traditional local food. The seafood is said to be among the best. The prices are very reasonable and service is as friendly as anywhere on the island. This feature makes dining in Puerto Plata truly enjoyable.

Dine inside a hut while enjoying the scenery of a beautiful coastline. At Mi Bohio, you can do just that. Start the meal with a cocktail and try the superb conch appetizer. Move on to lobster or grilled snapper. If you’re not a fish lover, the roast pork will definitely please you. This lovely place is a must on every visitor’s list.

If you’re in the mood for authentic Mexican cuisine, don’t miss Aguaceros Bar and Grill. It’s located in the center of el Malecon. This area is lined with small restaurants, shops and cafes. There’s also a nice selection of discos and bars. Just follow the amazing scent of char-grilled steaks and sizzling fajitas.

For a different style food, visit Cariatides Café Concerto. Its décor is very modern and the cuisine is beyond exotic. You’ll find items on the menu like conch with wild asparagus and guava sauce. Afterward, you can work off the meal dancing until morning.

Morua Mai is an outdoor and informal eatery. Succulent flambees are prepared table-side. It’s a fun place for dining in Puerto Plata.

You can even dine on Swiss cuisine in Puerto Plata. At Jardin Suizo, the executive chef prepares amazing specialties. Try the Swiss cheese with beer or the cheddar cheese and wine fondues. It’s somewhat expensive but one of the best choices for dining in Puerto Plata.

If you’ve heard of Thomas Ackerman, you’ll know his name is associated with fine dining. He’s the owner of Papillon. This gourmet restaurant offers home-cooking with style. Only at Papillon will you find meat loaf served in elegant style.

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