Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 5 – Eating in Santo Domingo

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Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic: Part 5 – Eating in Santo Domingo

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Emily:  One of my best friends lives in Arlington, Virginia, so I don’t see her very often.  We met in college and have been friends ever since.  The first (and last) time we took a vacation together was to Barcelona, Spain in 2007.

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Kristen And Emily Enjoying The Food In Santo Domingo

I thought it would be super fun to celebrate my 30th birthday with her in the Dominican Republic.  So we planned a trip to 3 locations, including Santo Domingo, Bayahibe, and Bavaro (near Punta Cana) over the course of one week.

This post will cover some of the places where we ate:

  • Breakfast at the Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando
  • Adrian Tropical for authentic Dominican food
  • El Segafredo for crepes
  • Esquisiteces Virginia for milkshakes
  • Pate Palo for tapas

Emily’s Birthday Trip to the Dominican Republic Index:

  1. Trip to the Dominican Republic — Introduction and Planning
  2. Santo Domingo Hotel – Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando
  3. Activities in Santo Domingo – Zona Colonial and Latin Dancing
  4. Activities in Santo Domingo – Casa de Orientaction y Desarrollo Real (CODR)
  5. Eating in Santo Domingo
  6. Bayahibe – Isla Saona and Hotel Bayahibe
  7. Bavaro Hotel – Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  8. Activities in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  9. Eating in and Around Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe
  10. Return Delta Flight from Punta Cana
  11. Conclusion and Blog Giveaway

Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando

We tried the breakfast at the hotel since it was included for free.

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Kristen Preparing To Enjoy Breakfast At The Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando

The hotel had a nice spread including hot and cold foods.  There was an omelet station, pancakes…

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The Buffet Offered Pancakes

French toast, sausage and bacon…

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There Was Also Bacon And Sausage

Dominican food including yucca and plantains…

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Yucca And Plantains!

grilled vegetables…

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There Were Even Grilled Vegetables For Breakfast

cold cuts and cheese…

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The Buffet Included Cold Cuts And Cheese

bread, pastries, yogurt…

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Bread, Pastries, And Yogurt Were Part Of The Breakfast Buffet

and lots of bread.

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There Were Lots Of Rolls For Breakfast


Kristen: There was a mix of Mediterranean, American and Dominican foods were present, from which I tried and loved a cold plate of the mixed olives, figs, and prunes, with cheese and smoked salmon.

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Kristen Enjoying Her Mediterranean Styled Breakfast

Meanwhile salty herbed potatoes rounded out my warm plate with a yucca and maize based mash with sautéed onions, and a variety of vegetables smothered in a delicious buttery glaze!

During breakfast we enjoyed the classical guitarist adjacent to our covered patio table that played a variety of adaptations including a favorite, “Killing Me Softly.”

Adrian Tropical 

One evening, Kristen and I joined Hardy and went to Adrian Tropical for delicious Dominican food.

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We Went To Adrian Tropical For Dinner

Hardy had recommended Adrian Tropical and it has good reviews on TripAdvisor so Kristen and I were looking forward to eating there.

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Hardy, Emily, and Kristen Eagerly Awaiting Dinner At Adrian Tropical

We had sancocho, a beef stew, mofongo with yucca, mofongo with cheese, fried chicken with French fries, soup, pina strawberry smoothie, and a mango smoothie.  We had hot chocolate for dessert.  Everything was delicious, and it was my favorite meal in the Dominican Republic!

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My Favorite Meal In The Dominican Republic!

Kristen: We ordered food at a famous local chain called Adrian Tropical.  The food was typical Dominican and included the likes of Sancocho, a thin stew of pork, beef and chicken, and Mofongo de platano and queso, as well as a Mofongo of Yucca and pork.

We each had a tropical drink, plus Emily had a cup of hot chocolate to finish her meal.

El Segafredo 

On another evening, we went to El Segafredo and had crepes for dinner.  I had a ham and cheese crepe and Kristen had a chicken, tomato, and gouda crepe.  The ambience and people watching was very nice.  We enjoyed sitting in the main street and watching other families eating, children playing, and couples walking by.

Kristen: After a meager appetite at lunch an early dinner was called for, which landed us at the Segafredo only steps away from our hotel.

I opted for the chicken and gouda crepe with tomatoes and while my taste buds were not overwhelmed, I was pleasantly satisfied.  The street side dining offered excellent seats for people watching.

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Kristen And Emily Enjoying Street Side Dining At El Segafredo

Esquisiteces Virginia 

About an hour into our historical walk, we stopped at the recommended Esquisiteces Virginia for batidos (milkshakes).

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Halfway Through Our Walk We Stopped By Esquisiteces Virginia For Milkshakes

They had a large snack menu.

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Esquisiteces Virginia Had A Large Snack Menu

The Peace Corps volunteers recommended the batidos.

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Batidos (Milkshakes) Are Highly Recommended

The restaurant was very warm and inviting.

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The Inside Of Esquisiteces Virginia Was Welcoming

I ordered zapote and Kristen ordered granadillo.

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We Ordered Zapote And Granadillo Batidos

We still aren’t exactly sure what the fruit was, but both drinks were good!

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Kristen And Emily Enjoying Delicious Fruit Batidos

Pate Palo

After our historic walk in Santo Domingo’s Zona Colonial, we went to a tapas restaurant, Pate Palo, in Plaza Espana, a popular plaza, for dinner.

Dinner was expensive, by far the most expensive we had in Santo Domingo.

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Pate Palo’s Was Our Most Expensive Dinner In Santo Domingo

Kristen: Emily had the mixed plate, a mixture of cured Ham ‘Iberico’, a cheese supposedly Manchego (of which she had her doubts)…

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The Mixed Plate Of Cured Ham And Cheese

…and slices of French loaf with a creamy tomato based spread…

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French Loaf With A Creamy Tomato Based Spread

We also ordered patata brava with the characteristic spicy tomato sauce for dipping.

I ordered the eggplant with arugula on French bread that came plated with artistic dollops of a chipotle cream sauce to supplement.  The eggplant was roasted to perfection, lightly salted, and melted in my mouth.

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Eggplant With Arugula On French Bread Roasted To Perfection!

The restaurant managed to satiate us quite well after a day of roaming the colonial city.

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The Meal Was the Perfect Ending To A Day Of Exploring The City

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@Mike- The tapas starters were around $11-12 each, but this was by far our most expensive meal in Santo Domingo. Adrian Tropical, on the other hand, was $11-12 dollars for the entire meal (and had much better food!). You can convert the exchange rates here:


Were the prices on the menu in US $, that can’t be right? What was your cost for dining at the Pate Palo’s?

@Jenny Frances- There was a rude comment that was later deleted.

@dottie cahill- Thanks! It was!

@l.castillo- I believe we went to that location because that was closer to friends. I really liked to the food though! Next time we will check out the other locations. Thanks for the tips!

Why did they took you to that Adrian’s Tropical? That’s a little one mostly there for delivery services. The most beautiful one is in front of the sea, in the “Malecon Area”… about 5 minutes driving from that one…. and the biggest one is also beautiful, in the center of the city, with a jungle enviroment….

Take notes for the next time!

looks like a great Birthday trip

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