The 4 Best Restaurants In Punta Cana

by Crissandra Ayroso

From fresh seaside fare to cozy dining settings, some of the best restaurants in Punta Cana can be found in and nearby your resort. Here’s a list of our four top favourites.

Balicana Asian Cuisine

Address: La Piscina de Los Corales, Los Corales, Bávaro, Punta Cana, D.R.

Widely known as everyone’s favourite Asian restaurant in Punta Cana, Balicana is the place to go for a night out in a quiet, open-air restaurant under thatched rooftops, surrounded by lush gardens. Enjoy fresh, homemade Thai and Malaysian dishes by the pool and cozy up to dishes of rich, creamy Thai coconut curries, perfectly fried nasi goreng, and succulent pineapple chilli pork served on a plate lined with banana leaves.

Owned by two expats originally from Colombia, Sinuhe and Patricia have more than 25 years of experience in the industry, including the opening of three Hard Rock Cafe franchises in Bogota, Santo Domingo and Punta Cana.

Jellyfish Beach Restaurant

Address: Bibijagua Beach, Bavaro, Punta Cana, D.R.

A winner of TripAdvisor’s 2013 Certificate of Excellence, Jellyfish is one of the most popular restaurants in Punta Cana, as well as one of the city’s top wedding destinations.

Watch the waves roll in and sit beachfront at this romantic seafood lovers’ paradise and order from a selection of fresh fish, shellfish dishes and international gourmet fare.

La Cava Kitchen & Bar

Address: Eden Roc Cap Cana Boutique Suites & Beach Club, Juanillo, Punta Cana, Altagracia, D.R.

For a charming, private experience with one of the most touted wine collections in the Dominican Republic, pull up a seat under the domed brick roof at La Cava

Only six people at a time can dine at the upscale La Cava, pairing guests with an intimate dinner of cuisine from around the world and a stunning selection of thousands of bottles of wine from Spain, Italy, France, among others. Designed to look like a historic hacienda wine cellar, the chic, modern furnishing and exclusive dining experience has legs.

La Yola Restaurant

Address: Punta Cana Marina, Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana, D.R.

With sweeping views of the ocean, fresh Mediterranean cuisine and sumptuous seaside fare served in an elegant setting, this AAA Three-Diamond Award-winning restaurant is an excellent spot for a special night out.

Sink your teeth into mouthwatering seafood linguine, baked Caribbean lobster, or a black Angus skirt steak served with yucca puree. Or, order from the Dominican corner of the menu and try the Dominican ceviche, shrimp sauteed in coconut sauce, and the fried green plantains.  

While Punta Cana’s hotel zone is home to a slew of award-winning restaurants, the foodie scene extends beyond the strip. If you’re staying at a resort in Punta Cana, make at least one trip offsite. You’ll be in for a treat.