Restaurant Guide: where to eat and what to avoid in Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Cabarete’s most unique feature is the incredible beachfront stacked with restaurants and bars in the sand. While many towns center around a main street, Cabarete’s main street is really the beachfront. In this guide, we will share our favorites both on the beach and off, along with some that you may want to try but come with an asterisk.
Mojitos is really an institution. Always the most crowded on every night of the week, Mojitos takes no reservations and offers diners an extensive casual menu. Aptly named, their mojitos are the best on the beach. No other place on the beach offers as low pricing with as consistent quality. Check out their daily specials menus that typically come with a free mojito and fries.
Some of our favorite dishes are the Lorenzo Bruschetta, Camarones al Ajillo, Dominican Mixed Fried and the Taiwan salad. Mojitos is a must-do in Cabarete. Be prepared to wait for a table, but it’s worth it.
Ula is one of the newest and hippest bars and restaurants in town. They are most well known for their nightlife and DJ sets later in the evenings when the chill bar becomes a real party. This is a great spot for appetizers and sunset cocktails as well as a day lounging on the beach.
Ojo is a restaurant, yes, but it is more focused on its club. The food is not fantastic, but the cocktails are good and strong and after 10pm, it becomes a real party. They do have a fantastic breakfast for around $7 USD with enough food for 2 people.
Front Loop is the perfect spot during the day to grab a beach chair and watch the kite boarders in the bay. They feature good light bites, like ceviches and pricey but decent cocktails.Their vibe is always fun and playful and it’s a great place to hang for the day if you are there to kite in the bay.
While service is not their strong suit, the pizzas and pastas are pretty good. Pomodoro is the only true Italian restaurant on the beach and does have a great assortment. Their seating is not ideal from the comfort perspective, but if you’re craving a good pizza with a view, this is your spot.
The food is not their best feature, but they do have a great come-one-come-all music night on Sundays that is very popular with the locals. It’s a great happy hour spot for a gin and tonic while lounging out on the wide beachfront seating. If you are a musician yourself, be sure to serenade the town on Sunday nights!
Novus is a new restaurant on the beach with tasty seafood. This new gem is owned by Mar y Brassa and offers similar cuisine to the next two spots on the list.
Mar y Brassa
Mar y Brassa opened in 2020 and features a pretty extensive menu of seafood, meat and pasta. While somewhat inconsistent in quality, they do have decent cocktails and good seafood. The grilled octopus is generally delicious.
Danny’s used to be cash only, but now that they accept credit cards, it has really allowed them to flourish. They feature a similar menu to Mar y Brassa and carry seasonal specialities like conch and lobster.
This cute french bistro is technically not on the beach, but rather right down the alley next to Pomodoro restaurant. It features delicious french specialties and is absolutely worth a stop in. They only have a few tables so do note that you should make a reservation to be safe.
La Casita de Papi
If you look up reviews of Papi’s, it’s not exactly encouraging. The owner is super rude and the food is inconsistent at best. It has been a staple on the beach for many years, just be warned that the prices are high for the service experience you may receive.
Drifter is one of the highest-priced restaurants on the beach but does have a great “vibe”. If you’re open to paying San Francisco prices for a cocktail, it’s a great place to stop in for a delicious cocktail before dinner. The food has been inconsistent in the past, so we personally recommend it for a cocktail over the food. Be sure to grab a comfy seat in the sand.
Nectar is an interesting restaurant. It’s situated in the Morning Breeze apartment complex and doesn’t feature any beachfront seating. However, they do have a beautiful view a story above the beach and guests can find delicious Thai food and a good happy hour.
Velero – Sunset Grill
Sunset Grill is a gorgeous setting on the edge of the bay and is the perfect place for a sunset cocktail and appetizers. The service is generally very good and it has the prime sunset viewing spot of all of Cabarete. It’s accessible by beach during low tide or by cutting in front of Lifestyle hotel’s beachfront and making a left at the end of the road to Velero Hotel.
While I am not going to lie and say I spend a lot of time off the beach when we’re in Cabarete, there are some notable dining spots with delicious food for breakfast, lunch and dinner that sit off the beach on the main road.
Vagamundo is a cute, trendy cafe near the Millenium Hotel. While out of the main drag of town center, Vagamundo is a great place to get some work done (just make sure your laptop is charged because they don’t have a lot of outlets). They have great mixed coffee beverages and a selection of grain bowls, waffles and salads. They sometimes have DJs playing chill beats, making it a very Bali-vibes place.
Fresh Fresh is our personal favorite for lunch. Fresh smoothies, delicious fresh wraps, bowls and sandwiches make up the extensive menu. They do have a patio if you want to dine in, but wear bug spray.
Raro Pizza & Pasta
If you’re looking for the best pizza in town, Raro should be the first place to stop. They offer very fast delivery for ordering via whatsapp. If you dine in, be sure to wear bug spray.
A well known higher-end restaurant tucked at the entrance of Callejon, Bliss is well known for their higher quality meat than you will find at other restaurants. It’s the perfect place if you’re looking for a nicer meal at a decent price off the beach. It’s typically the restaurant of choice for people celebrating a special occasion.
Friends is a popular local spot for lunch and it’s no surprise. Their prices are super reasonable for fresh sandwiches and breads. If you’re looking for something cheap and tasty, this is worth the stop.
This new gourmet shop recently opened in Ocean Dream Plaza and features imported delicacies, wines and tasty sandwiches and salads. You can dine in or purchase gourmet meats and goods to take with you.
Ironically, there’s not many sushi restaurants in this seaside town, in fact, there’s really only one. Yamazato is very good overall and does offer a number of fresh, delicious rolls.
If you’re looking for delivery to your apartment or vacation home, check out the best delivery options here:
- Mojitos: via Whatsapp at 829-723-5534
- Raro: via Whatsapp at 1 849-210-1300
- Pomodoro: via Whatsapp at 809-602-3816
- Ula Norte: via https://ula.do/delivery/