Restaurants in the Colonial Section of Santo Domingo: Best Dining Experience in the Country’s Capital City

Situated along Colonial streets and buildings, Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone offers visitors excellent dining facilities.

Local restaurants offer the most demanding guest the finest Creole, Italian, French, Mexican, Mediterranean, Spanish and international cuisine, in formal or informal settings.

Still in operation is the first “canteen” to open in the Americas during the Colonial Period.

Many of the country’s most important historical events occurred in the Colonial Zone and, it is here, where visitors will be able to enjoy dishes from all over the world.

Formal and less formal restaurants offer visitors the best of Creole, Italian, French, Mexican, Mediterranean, Spanish and international cuisine. The following is an updated list of the best the Colonial Zone has to offer:

Pat’e Palo

This restaurant is situated in what was once the first local tavern of the Americas, which opened in 1505.

Situated in the “Plaza de España,” the Zone’s main square overlooking the Colonial Palace of Diego Columbus, the Admiral’s brother, the restaurant offers guests a casual chic atmosphere with an attractive menu. Address: Atarazana Street, # 25. Phone: 809-687-8089.

Casa del Caribe

This colonial residence, featuring a beautiful Spanish indoor courtyard, is now home to a bar-restaurant specializing in grilled meats, Spanish “tapas” and typical soups and broths.

It is an excellent spot to enjoy a tasty meal, with lively music in the background.  Address:  Isabel  la Catolica Street, # 210. Phone: 809-535-1241.

El Burro Loco Art Bistro

This casual restaurant and art gallery offers the younger crowd a wonderful spot to share a memorable moment with friends. International drinks and Spanish “tapas” available.  Address: Las Mercedes Street, #321. Phone: 809-548-7047


The restaurant is also situated in another beautiful Colonial mansion, standing next to a local square.

Excellent Spanish “tapas,” a varied selection of wines and cocktails, and an impressive bar and beautiful courtyard complete the restaurant’s overall atmosphere.

Pura Tasca

Spanish “tapas” and an international menu with a Basque twist.  The restaurant features a lively Flamenco show. Address: Calle Emiliano Tejera, # 51. Phone: 809-333-8494.

Ristorante La Bricciola

By far, La Bricciola is the best Italian restaurant in the Colonial Zone.

The menu offers pasta, risotto, seafood and prime meats. The restaurant is known for its beautiful Spanish courtyard. It is one of the most iconic restaurants in the Colonial Zone.  Address: Arzobispo Meriño, corner of Padre Billini Street. Phone: 809-688-5055.

Restaurant La Atarazana

This restaurant was issued a Dominican Treasures certificate by the Dominican Tourism Competitiveness Consortium.

The restaurant opened in 1972 in the original building was once a colonial military port and warehouse.  Creole cuisine is its specialty.  Address: Atarazana, # 5. Phone: 809-689-2900.


Those who enjoy Mediterranean cuisine will truly enjoy this restaurant, featuring an outdoor patio, a relaxed ambience with excellent lunch and dinner menus. Address: Sánchez Street, corner of Padre Billini Street. Phone: 809-688-9714.

Meson d’ Bari

This is the place for patrons who enjoy fine Dominican traditional dishes.

This Colonial residence is a favorite dining option for both Dominicans and international visitors.  Address:  Hostos Street, #302. Phone: 809-687-4091.

Palmito Gourmet

Creole and international cuisine with a gourmet touch, featuring low-calorie dishes.  Address: Arzobispo Portes Street, # 401. Phone: 809-333-9001.


A cozy restaurant known for its excellent pizza made in wooden stoves.

Music and dancing in the evenings. Excellent Sunday brunch. Address: Emiliano Tejera, #101. Phone: 809-689-1118.

El Zorro Restaurant

The restaurant’s name was inspired by the Mexican “El Zorro” super-hero character.  Best Mexican food in the Colonial Zone.  Address: El Conde, #53. Phone: 809-685-4441.

Le Residense

Located in the MGallery Hostal Nicolas de Ovando, one of the Colonial Zone’s most important hotels, this restaurant offers diners the best French cuisine in the Zone.

The hotel’s main building was built in 1502. Address:  Las Damas Street. Phone: 809-685-9955.


Inspired by the cafes of Italy, the restaurant offers guests a variety of Italian dishes all set against a very friendly ambience.

Its pizza is considered to be one of the finest in the Colonial Zone. Address: El Conde, # 54. Phone: 809-685-4440.

La Cantina by Nopal

Aside from its excellent Mexican dishes, this restaurant offers diners a varied list of hamburgers.

It is also known for its margaritas. Address: Arzobispo Meriño Street, # 115. Phone: 809-333-7424.

Angelo Ristorante

This restaurant is another excellent option for those who love Italian food.

Because of its location and interior design, it is a popular place for social events and business meetings.  Address: Atarazana, #21. Phone: 809-686-3586.

Diam’s Restaurant

This lounge bar/restaurant offers excellent meats, as well as national and international drinks and cocktails.  Address: El Conde, #60. Phone: 809-221-1948.

Mamajuana Café

This popular restaurant is the perfect spot where diners can enjoy popular Dominican dishes, overlooking the beautiful “Plaza España.”  Address: Atarazana, #19. Phone: 809-689-0055.

Café Restaurant El Conde

By far one of the oldest cafés in the Zone, the restaurant has provided excellent service during its 30-year history.

Known for serving the best coffee and natural juices in the Zone, the restaurant opens at 7:00 a.m. Address: El Conde Street, #111. Phone: 809-688-7121.

Hard Rock Café

This international franchise has made a name for itself in Santo Domingo’s Colonial Zone.

Situated across the street from the first Cathedral in the Americas, the café serves great food and features top-name artists during its frequent concert series.  Address: El Conde, #103. Phone: 809-686-7771.

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