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El Meson De La Cava

Av. Mirador Sur # 1, Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic
+1 809-533-2818
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Ranked #17 of 286 restaurants in Santo Domingo
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $15 - $35
Cuisines: Caribbean, Eclectic, International
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Open since 1967, built inside a quaint natural cave, acclaimed by the New York Times as a landmark of the city of Santo Domingo. An eclectic cuisines characterize by fusions of local and Spanish dishes. Recently opened and outdoor terrace with a unique wood fire exterior kitchen, from where chefs interact with clients. The terrace has its own menu with a very excellent relation of value/quality. A recently installed elevator connects the lobby to some forty feet down to both the restaurant and the outside terrace. The terrace temperature is kept comfortable through the means of a misting system which adapts perfectly to the lush tropical garden. Live music is played every night from tuesday to friday. No cover charge.
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: Open since 1967, built inside a quaint natural cave, acclaimed by the New York Times as a landmark of the city of Santo Domingo. An eclectic cuisines characterize by fusions of local and Spanish dishes. Recently opened and outdoor terrace with a unique wood fire exterior kitchen, from where chefs interact with clients. The terrace has its own menu with a very excellent relation of value/quality. A recently installed elevator connects the lobby to some forty feet down to both the restaurant and the outside terrace. The terrace temperature is kept comfortable through the means of a misting system which adapts perfectly to the lush tropical garden. Live music is played every night from tuesday to friday. No cover charge.
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Santiago, Santiago, Dominican Republic
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2014 NEW

It's a very creative restaurant down in a cave, yes a cave. You can sit out in the forest or down the rocks into the cave. It's romantic, private and primate... I love the place

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

Amazing site! Dinner inside a natural cave. Old school service and large menu. They have been in business for 40+ years and the food and service is still superb. Strongly recommend It! Unique setting and experience!

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Toronto, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2014

Unique setting. Nice atmosphere but food and staff were not as expected. Colleagues recommended this restaurant so we went. A party of nine of us were having a business dinner and the waiter , who seemed to be the oldest of all of them became very annoying. It started off with trying to place the order and he wanted each... More

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Isle La Motte, Vermont
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67 reviews 67 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

The entrance to this restaurant was awesome, as you descended very steep stairs to the bottom of a cave, which was well appointed with lights and wall mementos. This was for lunch and the special lunch was only $20 which included a glass of wine. The meal was very good and we had a choice of three items, with fish... More

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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2014

This is a must restaurant to visit while staying in Santo Domingo. A++ Ambience, Food, and Services. It will be one of a kind experience.

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Manchester CT
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4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 via mobile

Thoughtfully prepared fresh local food, friendly attentive waitstaff, cave setting was pleasant, somewhat elegant, much better than expected by a claustrophobic.

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Tampere, Finland
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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014

Ordered 11 courses, 5 went wrong. Meatballs missing from a kids meal, wrong meat, wrong sauce, wrong desert and the highlight was a fruit plate that tasted like onion. From all this we got 5 % discount :) Never again!

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Jacksonville, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the overall experience. My friend invited me to this restaurant and not only was the food amazing but the service was impeccable. The location is inside a cave and it gives a very romantic atmosphere. I will definitely go back with my boyfriend. This restaurant has been established for many years... More

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Oakton, Virginia
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38 reviews 38 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

Was in Santo Domingo on business and some of the local guys took me here for a quick beer. Very unique restaurant built inside a cave. Cannot comment on the food but the atmosphere is well worth a stop.

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Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2014

Great food. I had a great salad and tremendous fresh Salmon. I have never eaten in such an unusual place. I once got slightly trapped in a cave so thought I would be nervous in this one. But it was not even a small problem. It is big airy and the food is great. I will definitely go there again... More

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