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Mares Restaurant & Lounge

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6 Francisco j. Peynado Street, Puerto Plata 58000, Dominican Republic
+1 809-261-3330
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Hours:
Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Reservations
Description: Casual & elegant. Creative cuisine with local fusion of products, one of...
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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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 17
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 1
    Poor
  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
One of our top 3 meals in area

I had a good T-bone steak, another in our group had lobster tail, kids had pasta....all well above average. Excellent service but like most restaurants almost empty during low season. Creme Brule comes out on fire which kids thought was pretty cool....

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 13, 2015
EdandKelci
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Worland, Wyoming, United States
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Large groups
  • Bar scene
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
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Worland, Wyoming, United States
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35 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

I had a good T-bone steak, another in our group had lobster tail, kids had pasta....all well above average. Excellent service but like most restaurants almost empty during low season. Creme Brule comes out on fire which kids thought was pretty cool....

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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43 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

the restaurant is a little bit hidden, however it is woth looking for it. very good fish tartar, meat also top after talking to the chef for the perfect smooth cut.

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Oak Ridge, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We had a taste testing of a little bit of everything including creamy pumpkin soup, goat, cooked ceviche, etc. it was just a taste of heaven one after the other.

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warwickshire
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 9, 2015

My husband and I visited this restaurant on 4th June, at first we were really worried about the area as the taxi pulled up it looked really scary! Then as we turned the corner into the restaurant we were amazed, it was beautiful! The piña colada cocktails were lovely, we had crispy salmon sushi with honey and eel sauce for... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2015

Well... What can I say apart from bravo!! This place is fantastic and so glad that we ate here (I wish we came back during our trip but had a busy schedule). As soon as you walk in it gives you the wow factor, the waiters/ waitresses were warm, welcoming and friendly. The chef/ owner kindly greeted us as well.... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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7 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

Consistently rated highly among Fodor's, Travel & Liesure & other credible travel sites for good reason. This intimate restaurant is part of the owner's home and tucked away in the central residential area of the Village. The juxtaposition of the neighborhood children playing street games with the elegant garden & tastefully decorated indoor/outdoor dining area of Mares adds to its... More 

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015

very much a Caribbean feel and romantic, a little too stiff but very good service. food is good but not the best in north coast, and too expensive for that area.

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Baltimore
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015 via mobile

Once again a magical evening...with our taste buds on overload. If you like sushi the platano roll is unique, a true winner. The rack of lamb, as good as you would find in any Greek restaurant in the U.S., if not better!! Truly a place for anyone who considers themselves a foodie. A must try while visiting the north coast...they... More 

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

This restaurant, unlike most of this city for its warm decor, patio with pool and a limited number of people who can create an intimate atmosphere, is posble find great dishes using local produce and international. It is highly recommended, but it would be very good to do not only meat baked or grilled but also fathoms.

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Sweet, intimate space with beautiful gardens. The chef comes to each table to describe the specials in great details, stops by during dinner to make sure your happy. I love the attention :) food was very good! Would totally go back!

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Restaurant Details

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

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 35

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Doing business, Local cuisine

Description

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
Saturday
6:00 pm - 12:00 pm

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