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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 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 403 reviewsTripAdvisor (403)
    $$ | Seafood, Sushi
    Blvd Turistico del Este km 28 #74 Macao Municipio de Higuey Punta Cana Dominican Republic Hard Rock Hotel, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #2
    Nakamura
    #2 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 126 reviewsTripAdvisor (126)
    $$ | Peruvian, Sushi
    Fishing Lodge Cap Cana, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #1
    Herman 311
    #1 of 165 Places to Eat in Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 118 reviewsTripAdvisor (118)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Bar, Seafood, Pub, Gastropub
    Calle Italia Plaza Bavaro Shopping Center In Front Of Bavaro Princess Hotel, Bavaro, Punta Cana 23302 Dominican Republic
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  • #2
    Toc Beach Bar & Restaurant
    #2 of 165 Places to Eat in Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 380 reviewsTripAdvisor (380)
    $ - $$ | 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 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 201 reviewsTripAdvisor (201)
    $ - $$ | International, Sushi
    Bv Turistico del Este Blue Mall Punta Cana, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #3
    Ceviche 301
    #3 of 165 Places to Eat in Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 287 reviewsTripAdvisor (287)
    $ - $$ | Peruvian, Seafood, International, Contemporary, Street Food
    Avenida Alemania Plaza Turquesa, Bavaro, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #7
    Api Beach
    #7 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 229 reviewsTripAdvisor (229)
    $ - $$ | Seafood, International
    Playa Marina Cap Cana Marina Beach Cap Cana, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #4
    Taino Restaurant
    #4 of 165 Places to Eat in Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 183 reviewsTripAdvisor (183)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, International, Fusion
    Ave. Alemania, Plaza El Dorado Avenida Alemania, Bavaro, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #9
    Chic Cabaret & Restaurant Punta Cana
    #9 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 61 reviewsTripAdvisor (61)
    $$ | International, Fusion
    Avenida. Francia TRS Turquesa Hotel, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #10
    Noah Restaurant & Lounge
    #10 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 908 reviewsTripAdvisor (908)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, Sushi, Fusion
    Plaza Paseo San Juan, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #11
    Pranama
    #11 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 5 based on 421 reviewsTripAdvisor (421)
    $ - $$ | Indian
    Plaza El Dorado Local 103 a Bavaro., Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #12
    Lorenzillo's Punta Cana
    #12 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 693 reviewsTripAdvisor (693)
    $$ | Caribbean, Seafood, International
    Carretera de Veron Bavaro La Altagracia, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #13
    La Yola Restaurant
    #13 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 814 reviewsTripAdvisor (814)
    $$ | Caribbean, Latin, Seafood
    Punta Cana Marina Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #14
    Isabella Steak & Bistro
    #14 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 142 reviewsTripAdvisor (142)
    $ - $$ | Steakhouse
    Blue Mall Punta Cana Local 10E, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #15
    The Grill
    #15 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 316 reviewsTripAdvisor (316)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Mediterranean, Latin, Seafood
    The Puntacana Hotel Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #5
    Pastrata Mexican Restaurant
    #5 of 165 Places to Eat in Bavaro
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 769 reviewsTripAdvisor (769)
    $ - $$ | Mexican
    Av Alemania Local 10 Green Coast Hotel RD68, Bavaro, Punta Cana 23201 Dominican Republic
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  • #17
    Bachata Rosa, SBG
    #17 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 559 reviewsTripAdvisor (559)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, International, Fusion
    Boulevard Turistico esquina Carretera Juanillo Blue Mall, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #1
    La Bruja Chupadora
    #1 of 3 Places to Eat in El Cortecito
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 175 reviewsTripAdvisor (175)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Grill, Contemporary, Gastropub, South American, Barbecue, Latin, Bar, Spanish
    Av Alemania Entre c/ Noval y C/ Aruba Bavaro, El Cortecito, Punta Cana Dominican Republic
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  • #19
    Kukua Beach Club & Restaurant
    #19 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4.5 based on 417 reviewsTripAdvisor (417)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Mediterranean, European, Spanish, Seafood, International
    Carretera de Arena Gorda a Macao Entrada por Club de Golf Punta Blanca, Punta Cana 23000 Dominican Republic
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  • #20
    Playa Blanca Restaurant
    #20 of 451 Places to Eat in Punta Cana
    TripAdvisor Traveler Rating 4 based on 755 reviewsTripAdvisor (755)
    $ - $$ | Caribbean, Seafood
    Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana 10000 Dominican Republic
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