Puerto Plata — DINING


The tourist presence in the Puerto Plata area has kept in business a string of decent restaurants, such as La Parrillada Steak House (Av. Manolo Taveres Justo, Puerto Plata) – well reviewed by International carnivores; Le Papillon (Villas Cofresí, Puerto Plata) – a charming restaurant set on a hillside in a residential neighborhood about 3 miles southwest of Puerto Plata (whose favorites include fettuccine with lobster; “pirate” kabobs with shrimp, tenderloin of beef, and vegetables; chicken stuffed with shrimp and served with saffron sauce; and a four-fisted version of chateaubriand).

There’s also Hispaniola Restaurant (Plaza el Pueblito Playa Dorada, Puerto Plata) – which serves both French cuisine and seafood (serving a mostly Canadian clientele); and Mares Restaurant & Lounge (Francisco J. Peynado #6, Puerto Plata) – whose service, ambiance and dishes (such as the Chilean Sea Bass and Creme Brûlée) have been highly-rated by many visitors.