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Caribbean food is the mixture of many different cultures from diverse countries on different continents, but the majority of the Dominican food and flavors can be attributed to three major cultural influences: Taino, Spanish, and African. Rumour has it that with the arrival of the colonizers, a culinary revolution occurred in the Dominican Republic that was unique in America. Dominican cuisine is similar to that of Puerto Rico and Cuba, the other two Spanish-speaking Caribbean countries. In most cases, the dishes are almost identical, with just different names.
Below we will be sharing some of the best places to visit and experience authentic Dominican cuisine.
What is served at El Conuco is traditional Dominican cuisine, well, cuisine with the flavor of a conuco, rural and simple village, served on trays of beuco and cane and garnished with cayenne pepper, as well as buffet at lunch and dinner and a la carte dishes, that have even won prizes at the Dominican Gastronomic Festival.
The special thing that distinguishes this restaurant is that when you arrive at the entrance, you will be met with a celebration of traditional music and dance, which is their “espéctaculo conuqueño”, bachata in the bottle, merengue, and so on… Enjoy live music and everyone dressed in their typical attire, this is what it means to eat in a wholesome environment filled with SABOR.
A Santo Domingo classic, one of the most popular typical Dominican food chains, offers a wide range of locals looking for their daily lunch, as well as business lunches and birthday celebrations. All at a high level of quality, price, and affordable proposals in the everyday menus which are among the cheapest a la carte in Santo Domingo, on the terrace you may enjoy an authentic local meal while admiring the beautiful Caribbean Sea beneath you.
Lakeside luxury on Anacaona Avenue. At this delightful restaurant, typical Dominican gastronomy becomes a unique gourmet experience, characterized both by the high quality of its cuisine and the coziness with which it is served, surrounded by good Dominican music, plenty of friendliness as well as games with the guests, many of whom can even share the huge long table that fills the space. It is located in the same building as its sister restaurant, Arrozsal, which offers international cuisine.
Hidden within the walls of the colonial city beneath the Alcázar de Colón, it is known more for its weddings and events rather than for its cuisine. Nevertheless, its rooftop hides a charming restaurant with a colonial, seaside vibe and lovely views across the Alcazar, which prepares delectable seafood dishes and rice dishes.
This is one of the city’s oldest restaurants and it has a beautiful history (there is access to the colonial sewers, a treat if you can visit them) as well as a legend involving a buried treasure.