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What to Eat in Punta Cana

Most vacationers choose the cozy and convenient restaurants on their all-inclusives' premises, but those who venture out do find affordable dining, especially at the area's many beachside bar and grills. Some visit the restaurants of other hotels for dinner (Passion by Martín Berasategui at Paradisus Punta Cana is a particular favorite), and chain restaurants like Hard Rock Cafe are also popular. Other hot spots include the JellyFish Restaurant (and its succulent seafood) and Chez Mon Ami (and its tasty French fare).

The Dominican Republic's staple is La Bandera Dominicana (the Dominican Flag), which is a dish of white rice, red beans, meat and fried plantains (the colors are reminiscent of the Dominican's red, white and blue flag). Most of the resort's buffets and restaurant menus will feature some other traditional dishes as well, such as fried plantains and fish in coconut sauce. Expect to see a wide variety of tropical fruits too. As for drinks, be sure to try the strong local coffee and the Presidente beer. "Mamajuana" is another popular, celebratory beverage made of tree bark and herbs soaked in rum, red wine and honey; it tastes like a more potent cinnamon Fireball whisky. When consuming alcoholic drinks in Punta Cana, consider skipping anything frozen or chilled with ice as the tap water is unsafe to consume.

Punta Cana's nightlife scene is limited to bars and just a handful of clubs, but one of the most unique spots is Imagine. This club is located in a series of caves, which are backlit with colorful lights with each playing a different type of music. Its remote locale means you'll need to hire transportation through your hotel or pay for one of the club's pricey packages. In addition to Imagine, Mangu – located in the Occidental Grand Flamenco Resort – is another popular club, especially among Americans.

Find the Best Restaurants in Punta Cana

  • #1
    Montserrat Manor Restaurant
    #1 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 388 reviewsTripAdvisor (388)
    $$ | Steakhouse, Seafood, Sushi
    Blvd Turistico del Este km 28 #74 Macao Municipio de Higuey Punta Cana Dominican Republic Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #2
    Passion By Martin Berasategui at Paradisus Punta Cana
    #2 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 2065 reviewsTripAdvisor (2065)
    $$ | International, Mediterranean
    Bavaro Paradisus Punta Cana Resort, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #3
    Passion by Martin Berasategui at Paradisus Palma Real
    #3 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 1541 reviewsTripAdvisor (1541)
    $$ | International, Contemporary
    Paradisus Palma Real Resort Playas de Bavaro, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #1
    Toc Beach Bar & Restaurant
    #1 of 161 Places to Eat in Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 319 reviewsTripAdvisor (319)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Grill, Contemporary, Fusion
    Avenida Alemania Residencial Playa Turquesa Club de Playa, Bavaro, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #5
    Saffron
    #5 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 161 reviewsTripAdvisor (161)
    $ - $$ | International, Sushi
    Bv Turistico del Este Blue Mall Punta Cana, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #2
    Ceviche 301
    #2 of 161 Places to Eat in Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 238 reviewsTripAdvisor (238)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Street Food
    Avenida Alemania Plaza Turquesa, Bavaro, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #7
    Pranama
    #7 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 384 reviewsTripAdvisor (384)
    $ - $$ | Indian, Asian
    Plaza El Dorado Local 103 a Bavaro., Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #8
    Nakamura
    #8 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 75 reviewsTripAdvisor (75)
    $$ | Peruvian, Sushi
    Fishing Lodge Cap Cana, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #9
    Lorenzillo's Punta Cana
    #9 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 597 reviewsTripAdvisor (597)
    $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, International
    Carretera de Veron Bavaro La Altagracia, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #10
    Noah Restaurant & Lounge
    #10 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 833 reviewsTripAdvisor (833)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, Sushi, Fusion
    Plaza Paseo San Juan, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #11
    The Grill
    #11 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 302 reviewsTripAdvisor (302)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Mediterranean, Latin, Seafood
    The Puntacana Hotel Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #3
    Pastrata Mexican Restaurant
    #3 of 161 Places to Eat in Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 742 reviewsTripAdvisor (742)
    $ - $$ | Mexican
    Av Alemania Local 10 Hotel RD68, Bavaro, Punta Cana 23201 Dominican Republic
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  • #13
    La Yola Restaurant
    #13 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 777 reviewsTripAdvisor (777)
    $$ | Caribbean, Latin, Seafood
    Punta Cana Marina Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #14
    Isabella Steak & Bistro
    #14 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 131 reviewsTripAdvisor (131)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse
    Blue Mall Punta Cana Local 10E, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #15
    Pearl Beach Club
    #15 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 688 reviewsTripAdvisor (688)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Mediterranean, Sushi
    Carretera Cabeza De Toro, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #16
    Onno's Bavaro
    #16 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 352 reviewsTripAdvisor (352)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, Mexican, Pizza, Caribbean
    Corner of Calle Pedro Mir and Avenida Espana, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #17
    Kukua Beach Club
    #17 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 407 reviewsTripAdvisor (407)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, International
    Carretera de Arena Gorda a Macao Entrada por Club de Golf Punta Blanca, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #18
    Bachata Rosa, SBG
    #18 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 391 reviewsTripAdvisor (391)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Latin, International, Fusion
    Boulevard Turistico esquina Carretera Juanillo Blue Mall, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #19
    La Palapa by Eden Roc
    #19 of 440 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 265 reviewsTripAdvisor (265)
    $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, Mediterranean, International
    At The Caleton Beach Club, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #4
    Wacamole
    #4 of 161 Places to Eat in Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 868 reviewsTripAdvisor (868)
    $ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Mexican, Latin
    Calle Aruba y av Alemania Los Corales near El Dorado, Bavaro, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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