If you have decided that the Dominican Republic is your destination of choice then a list of the Best Restaurants in Punta Cana will certainly convince you that this fabulous resort is the place for you to stay.

Whenever I am tasked with writing up a Best Restaurants Guide of some of the many stunning resorts where Exceptional Villas offer fabulous Dominican Republic Villas, I find that putting them into useful categories is helpful for vacationers. Punta cana Resort also holds one of the top twelve Caribbean Beachfront Villas.  The dining experience rather than the cuisine always guides me.

The best restaurants in Punta Cana are waiting for you to indulge in their delicious Caribbean cuisine and luxurious beachfront locations

For example, you might be a honeymooning couple who not only want a memorable, romantic venue with breath-taking views but who might also want to enjoy evenings that can be fun and casual.  Perhaps you are a group of golfing buddies who want some high-calibre dining, rounded off with a relaxing cigar but may also want an evening of chunky man-food with large sports screens so you can keep an eye on the football back home. The island has a total of 26 golf courses, an interesting fact about the Dominican republic.

Whatever your vacation intention, the following list captures the very best restaurants in Punta Cana as well as some of the best restaurants in Dominican Republic. So, let’s get busy and take that gourmet tour through some of the best resorts in the Dominican Republic and enjoy the very best of international and Punta Cana cuisine.  Bon Appetite!

Dominican republic restaurants offer a huge variety of delicious food, with freshest ingredients

The Romantic Night Out – Some of the Best Restaurants in Punta Cana


Avenue Espana & Plaza, Calle Italia, Punta Cana

The reputation of this spectacular restaurant precedes it.  Everyone who visits this fabulous resort hears about the Jellyfish restaurant, Punta Cana.  I had a moment’s trepidation when I was first told about it.  I pictured some out-there restaurant that liked serving up extreme ingredients – luckily this is not the case! No matter what you read about this most famous of Punta Cana restaurants nothing will really prepare you for the beauty of the location right on Bavaro beach.

For the best restaurants in Dominican republic, visit Punta Cana for a profusion of tantalizing treats

As you enjoy some of the freshest seafood delicacies, prepared with panache, you and your partner or group will be seduced by the sound of the sea and the starlit sky.  Jellyfish, Punta Cana is undoubtedly one of the very romantic places to dine within the Resort.  This restaurant is, in fact, so romantic that it is one of the places in Punta Cana where they will co-ordinate your entire wedding.

So, if you haven’t already taken the plunge into the pool of matrimony, this is the restaurant that might see you drop to one knee and start the magical journey into the land of ‘Happy Ever Afters’!

Daytime Dining / Child Friendly

Kukua Beach Club

Ctra. Arena Gorda a Macao, Entrada por Club de Golf Punta Blanca

If you and your family want somewhere really lovely to enjoy lunch, this is a terrific option.  As well as offering a beautiful setting for dinner, Kukua Beach Club is an excellent exclusive destination with a private pool where you can spend the day relaxing and enjoy delicious food.  Wonderful cocktails and a terrific child friendly menu, this is one of the best places to spend a lazy day or a relaxing evening.

Kukua Beach Club is a luxurious punta cana restaurant, ideally based along the sandy Dominican Republic beaches

Glitz and Glamour


Carretera de Veron Bavaro La Altagracia, Downtown, Punta Cana

This landmark lobster restaurant features one of the largest palapas on water to be found in the Caribbean.  This dried palm leaf thatched structure offers a glamorous dining experience at Lorenzillo.  Whether you sit in the main hall or on one of the many open terraces, you will enjoy the most delicious lobster presented in any number of mouth-watering ways from Thermidor, with Coco, Meuniere or simply grilled or steamed.

The Plantation Table, a private table with dedicated and exclusive service, is the ultimate in pampering for guests who want to feel extra special.

Lorenzillo’s is one of punta cana restaurants that one must try when staying in the Dominican Republic

Lorenzillo’s also presents yummy sides that utilise the most popular Dominican and Punta Cana food, for example, plantain, yucca and rum. For anyone who isn’t charmed by the sweet taste of lobster, there are lots of meaty options too, including another dish found in most of the best restaurants in Dominican Republic – goat.  A very tasty alternative to lamb having a much milder flavour. Lorenzillo’s is probably one of the very best restaurants in Punta Cana.

Man Food

Outback Steakhouse

Plaza Palma Real Shopping Village, Avenida Barcelo 31, Punta Cana

This Australian inspired sports bar and steak house offers all of the usual juicy steaks with delicious sides of French fries, spicy wings, stuffed mushrooms and salads, smothered in rich dressings. Lighter options of shrimp risotto or grilled salmon are all part of the offering. With a happy hour, this is a terrific place to go to catch up on some sports TV and enjoy a hearty man-meal!

Where else can you indulge in this man food than Outback Steakhouse, one of the best restaurants in punta cana

Dial a Dinner

Steve’s Steakhouse and Ribs

Avenue Espana & Plaza, Calle Italia, Punta Cana

This is the ultimate take-out. An ideal option when you’ve had a day full of activity and you just want to kick-back in the comfort of your own delicious Exceptional Villa.  Steve’s delivers 24/7 and the menu ranges from the usual steaks, ribs, burgers, surf-turf as well as a 5 Alarm Chilli. All the usual sides and beers complete the ultimate in stay-at-home dining.

Late Night Dining


Calle Aruba y av Alemania | Los Corales near El Dorado, Bavaro, Punta Cana

This very casual eatery and bar offers some tasty fish tacos, nachos, beef bowls and other spicy and savoury dishes that capture the DNA of Dominican Republic cuisine. With a late night opening of 2am on weekend nights, Wacamole is a great place to hang-out and enjoy a few drinks and the buzzy atmosphere.  Good value and very welcoming staff.

For some late night dining Wacamole is one of the best Dominican republic restaurants

Ice Cream and Shopping!


Blue Mall, Punta Cana

If you are keen on a bit of retail therapy while you vacation or need a nice air-conditioned space to let your young teens or kids move around, then the Blue Mall – a short hop from Punta Cana Village – is a great destination. With a lot of different dining options, my particular favourite is Helados Valentino, an ice cream parlour located within the Mall.   Who doesn’t enjoy a cool and creamy respite from a morning of credit card workout?

The Unusual

Bachata Rosa

Blue Mall, Punta Cana

This is a stylish and unusual restaurant situated in the Blue Mall complex.  A short taxi ride from the main Resort will find you in one of the most buzzing restaurants in Punta Cana.  The design and layout of the restaurant creates a fabulous backdrop to what promises to be a really special night out.  Feel free to put on your best sexy glamorous look for Bachata Rosa as the cool and interesting crowd who flock here enjoying seeing and being seen!

This elegant punta cana restaurant is located in Blue mall, the perfect place to spend a day enjoying its endless options

The menu is varied and delicious – the usual seafood and meat plates are infused with the spices of the Caribbean, steaks, some pasta options and a myriad of lovely sides. Bachata Rosa has earned its reputation as being a really special Punta Cana restaurant for a fun and fabulous night out.

Vegan / Vegetarian … Simply Natural

Joy Nutritional Popsicle

Los Corales H1, Punta Cana

If you are interesting in simple, uncomplicated foods in a very unfussy location then Joy Nutritional Popsicle is for you.  With a range of vegan and vegetarian choices, the menu captures all of the best qualities of Punta Cana food ingredients and presents them in a delicious and natural way.  The popsicles that give the name to this café have to be sampled.  Made from real pulped fruits, they are both tasty and nutritious.  At a location very close to the beach, this is a sweet and friendly place to pop in for a casual yet healthy snack.

Beach Club – Evening

Pearl Beach Club

Carretera Cabeza De Toro, Punta Cana

This is a gorgeous beach club destination right on the beach with a fabulous pool.  With a young crowd and some excellent music, this is a very cool place for dinner.  With guests swimming into the night, there is a lively party atmosphere.  A romantic walk along the shoreline after dinner with the soft lights of Pearl Beach Club in the distance is one of the many memorable experiences to be enjoyed in Punta Cana.

Fun for Kids (of all ages!) / Barefoot on the Beach

Sometimes a trip outside of the Resort can be a lot of fun, so I’ve listed my top choice of restaurant to be found in the neighbouring resort of Cap Cana.  This Resort, a short drive from Punta Cana, offers some fun dining options for guests as well as a little mini-adventure as you travel along the coast.

Little John on Juanillo Beach, Cap Cana

This landmark restaurant probably one of the most famous Dominican Republic restaurants in the heart of the neighbouring Cap Cana resort, offers delicious and casual dining all day long right on Juanillo Beach, one of the best Caribbean Beaches.  With a lot of watersport activities around this beach, Little John restaurant is the centre of activity each day.  At night, the restaurant spins some lively tunes and turns into a very fun and lively destination for guests of all ages.

The food is unfussy and delicious focussing on fresh, natural ingredients.  The party atmosphere at Little John all day and into the evening, is fabulous.  A visit to Punta Cana without dropping in at Little John is impossible.

Dominican republic restaurants such as Little Johns are a great way to experience the Caribbean lifestyle - alfresco!


If you are lucky enough to be staying at one of the beautiful Exceptional Villas within the Punta Cana Resort, it’s really great to know that there is a whole world of dining experiences waiting for you along the picturesque coastline of the Dominican Republic.

This well-established resort has ensured the beautiful beaches of Punta Cana are well-populated with restaurants that offer diners cuisines that range from Italian, Japanese, Indian and Asian – as well, as the expected Caribbean flavours one would expect in this corner of paradise.

Each restaurant has its own unique offering whether it is the location, interior design or well-curated menu.  If you want a cool and happening space, there are ample restaurants and beach side venues that offer a lively night-time experience.  For lunches you can visit some of the beautiful beach clubs or casual eateries within the Resort.  A short drive to the nearby Blue Mall has a host of dining options that will suit all ages and budgets that can be interspersed with some excellent retail therapy.

Punta Cana is a resort that understands how to please its guests and caters for all tastes.  You cannot be bored with the wealth of choice.  You could easily enjoy your meals in a different location such is the number of wonderful restaurants all within easy reach.

Admittedly, the luxurious surroundings of your very own Exceptional Villa property might be difficult to abandon. Relaxing by your own pool, overlooking the turquoise ocean – with a fully stocked fridge, it just might seem too much of an effort to put on shoes and leave your perfect paradise!

Indulge in punta cana restaurants during your next Caribbean vacation to the Dominican Republic

But the lure of a fun and fabulous night out will surely entice you to experience the quality and abundance of delicious ingredients that are grown in Dominican Republic.  The talented resort chefs who have been recruited from some of the most famous resorts globally, conjure up dishes that are both beautiful to look at and to taste.

If this mouth-watering introduction to a small selection of Punta Cana restaurants hasn’t convinced you that a trip to this glorious resort is for you, just give our experienced team at Exceptional Villas a call and we can create a bespoke vacation for you and your family / group.  Whether you view food as fuel for your daily activities or the crowning glory of your vacation, there is a restaurant that presents the perfect plate in the ideal location …. with not one Jellyfish in sight!

About Mairead Moriarty

Born and raised in Co Kerry, lived in London, New York, San Francisco, Dublin. Owner of one very battered suitcase, a well-worn passport and a million memories.

It seems very fitting for a travel writer that my surname translates as ‘Skilled Navigator’. Apart from an occasion when, aged 3, I got lost in a Supermarket in Tralee, I have managed to live up to my name!

Curiosity is probably the driver that has sent me on magical mystery tours around the world. I want to ‘feel’ a place. I want all my senses to be engaged: from the history and geography that has influenced a country or city, the arts and achievements of its natives, anything and everything really.

Regardless of whether I am on a local train travelling through Morocco, or poking around in Marconi’s study in Bologna or on a canal boat weaving through the heart of the English countryside, the same rules apply - ask questions, talk to locals, eat what they eat, sit quietly with nature and simply be.

Assimilate as much as is possible so as to understand the soul of a place. That is my passion. That is the compass by which I navigate.

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