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Mares Restaurant & Lounge

6 Francisco J Peynado Street, Puerto Plata 58000, Dominican Republic
+1 809-261-3330
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good14%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Caribbean, Fusion, Gluten Free Options
6 Francisco J Peynado Street, Puerto Plata 58000, Dominican Republic
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Reviews (187)
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Had dinner here and thoroughly enjoyed the experience and the food. We had the opportunity to meet Rafael, the owner, and he showed us all around the property. It was his family home growing up and now houses a number of restaurants. We met his...More

Thank reneeyrva
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited for lunch and was very pleased with the fresh flavors. The lunch portion of the chicken and rice was just right, and the richness of the fruit of watermelon and pineapple was better and sweeter that served in the states. The wait staff was...More

Thank Pettite
Reviewed 8 May 2017

Been twice to Mares the second time I asked the Cheif to cook my scallops differently which he did to perfection. I would not ask most local cooks to deviate but they know how to cook hear.

Thank DominicanBillyBob
Reviewed 4 May 2017 via mobile

I went to Mares Restaurant with my mother in law and my family and we have a wonderful culinary experience. I can say everything was more than perfect, we started with entrees that were exquisite,then main plate could not be better and when dessert arrived...More

Thank Lina T
Reviewed 16 April 2017 via mobile

The most romantic scenery with an exquisite food experience. We were a table of 6 and we had a tasting menu that chef Rafael Vásquez chose for us! Every plate from start to finish was simply fascinating, the different tastes and different aromas had us...More

Thank Raquelquesada
Reviewed 12 April 2017

Absolutely wonderful place to eat and relax while surrounded by a beautiful garden in the heart of the city. An artist school and restaurant in one of the few natural spaces left near the downtown area. We were on a Carnival shore excursion and were...More

Thank Thomas_H181
Reviewed 30 March 2017

Puerto Plata has a few good restaurants but this is one of the best. In an old home, it has charm and traditional feel and the food is excellent. I had duck when I went and they didn't have to wash the plate when I...More

Thank arthurbyrd
Reviewed 25 March 2017

Really excellent service and food. Had tuna, lobster and creme brulee. Everything was cooked to perfection!

Thank simoa530
Reviewed 8 March 2017 via mobile

This restaurant has a wonderful selection of meals and they are all delicious! The octopus appetizer is cooked perfectly and to die for! We also had varying meals from a chimmichuri ribeye, to goat, to seafood specials and all were fantastic and generously portioned. The...More

Thank mburghs
Reviewed 15 February 2017

The trip advisor system is broken. I keep trying to enter 10 stars for Mares in Puerto Plata and it keeps defaulting to only 5. We went for Valentine Dinner with another couple. Between the four of us, we have dined in an amazing list...More

Thank Bob S
Rafael V, Owner at Mares Restaurant & Lounge, responded to this reviewResponded 23 February 2017

it was a pleasure to have you dine with us and we look forward to seeing you again. for your next visit, we will have amazing new specials, like: 3 layer tuna tartar with avocado and stuffed shrimp tempura, wrapped in vermicelli ricen noodles served...More

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Isaac C
I am going to be staying at the Life Styles Resort. How much would a cab ride be round trip?
10 June 2015|
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Response from C_Kucukdevlet | Reviewed this property |
We were a group of 4 and decided to drink at some of the local bars before we ate at this restaurant. The taxi driver stayed with us all night and took us to different locations. This cost $50 but was well worth the money... More
Kate Q
Is there a place for us to sit if we just want drinks?
11 March 2015|
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Response from Jerseygirlat109 | Reviewed this property |
There is a bar area outside, if I'm not mistaking. It's a small counter bar and most of guests have drinks at their table before the dinner but I saw some couples stopped by when I had dinner outside. But it is a... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 6 - US$ 36
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Digital Payments, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Seating, Accepts American Express
Good for
View, Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly
Open Hours
18:00 - 00:00
18:00 - 00:00
18:00 - 00:00
18:00 - 00:00
18:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 6 Francisco J Peynado Street, Puerto Plata 58000, Dominican Republic
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Dominican Republic  >  Puerto Plata Province  >  Puerto Plata
  • Phone Number: +1 809-261-3330
  • E-mail
Casual & elegant. Creative cuisine with local fusion of products, one of the best chefs of the Dominican Republic, Rafael Vasquez. Situated in a private tropical garden, pool side bar and terrace, air condictioned indoor dining area, wine cellar, a local favorite spot, and a place you will remember.
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