A guide to the best restaurants in Samana

The laid-back resort of Samana has yet to be developed to the extent of its sophisticated neighbours but you’ll still find a good selection of local and international cuisine around town. Along the waterfront are restaurants serving up fresh catches of the day and authentic dishes made with local ingredients that sum up what holidays to the Dominican Republic are all about. If you look hard enough you’ll even find a hidden pizzeria.

Local specialities at Taberna Mediterranea Bar and Restaurant

Located after the main strip of commercial buildings at the end of the harbour, Taberna Mediterranea Bar and Restaurant is a little off the beaten track but totally worth the extra minutes walk. Enjoy perfectly prepared freshly caught fish flavoured with local spices including their speciality of Coconut Fish.

Keep it classy at La Mata Rosada

With one of the more sophisticated patios in town, La Mata Rosada enjoys both great views of the bay and the bustling on-street activities. You’ll find a classy bar serving fresh juices and delicious cocktails and an extensive menu full of tasty treats, such as lobster and fish grilled in banana leaves.

Get your pizza fix at El Rancho Du'Vagabond

For the best Italian in town head to the charming and intimate El Rancho Du’Vagabond. You won’t find beautiful views, just a quiet back room reached through an unassuming doorway, but you will find the most delicious pizza pies and fresh pasta dishes in the area.

Juicy grills at L'Hacienda Restaurant

French owner Jose has been running this French–Caribbean steakhouse for over 20 years and has earned a fantastic reputation with both tourists and locals alike. Located right in the centre of the famous Malecon – the main promenade close to the beach – it offers a simple menu full of succulent steaks, ribs and seafood grills.

Coffee and crepes at Cafe De Paris

You can’t miss this place with its Eiffel Tower statue haphazardly placed on the wall outside. Enjoy a freshly made cappuccino and crepe on the cool patio, or get out of the sun and sit inside at one of the cute tables made from disused wooden barrels.

Beer and burger at Coco Loco Bar and Grill

It’s always possible to get a burger fix, even on Dominican Republic holidays. Located in the heart of town by the bay this cute little bar and grill offers a selection of tasty homemade dishes and fresh seafood. Here you can relax on the outdoor terrace with a cold beer, watch the world go by and enjoy the friendly hospitality of the French owner.

Easy dining at Le Royal Snack Bar and Restaurant

A typical local restaurant complete with an in-house dog, Le Royal serves up a good selection of fresh seafood, burgers and pasta dishes. Enjoy the shade of the covered patio or step inside and slip into the laid-back atmosphere complimented by ambient jazz music.

Watch the sunset at Sol y Luna Restaurant and Bar

This beautiful restaurant offers stunning ocean views from its thatched roof outdoor terrace and is the perfect spot to watch the sun set as you tuck into freshly made local cuisine. The tranquil, well kept gardens are perfect for a pre-dinner stroll and you’ll find plenty of fresh seafood on the menu.

Outdoor dining at Tierra y Mar Restaurant and Bar

In downtown Samana, next to the Malecon, you’ll find this picturesque outdoor restaurant nestled under a thatched roof surrounded by lush greenery. Order from the set lunch menu and enjoy perfectly cooked chuletas – fried pork chops – accompanied with traditional rice and salad. And you can cool down with a fresh passion fruit or cherry juice.

Authentic street food at La Fe Pica Pollo

For a quick bite to eat mid afternoon, stop by this authentic hole in the wall located by the bus terminal. The star of the show is the juicy fried chicken but you’ll find a few other local fast food favourites and ice cold soft drinks to boot.