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mares restaurant & lounge

Francisco J. Peinado # 6A | Corner of Presidente Vasquez, Next to Tostacos & Sushito Restaurant, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic
+1 809-261-3330
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Ranked #6 of 75 Restaurants in Puerto Plata
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $35
Hours:
Sun 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Tue - Thu 6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Fri - Sat 6:00 pm - 12:00 pm
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Bar scene, Large groups, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
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.

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Los Angeles, California
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2015

A good friend from the area took us here and touted the restaurant as "one of the best on the North Shore". I had been visiting the North Shore for 6 years and hadn't had food that impressed as "cuisine" at all----in all that time. As a "foodie" I had sampled many restaurants, recommended by friends and guidebooks alike. They... More 

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Baltimore
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5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

This is a MUST when staying on the north coast!!! A hidden gem that my husband and I never miss when vacationing here. We started the night with the Buratta special and shrimp tempora....and I ordered the goat....one word AMAZING!!! Make sure to go hungry, and to savor the elements!! Lounge next to the pool and enjoy the sky filled... More 

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Cape Coral, Florida
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

What a beautiful paradise retreat for an amazing dinner! Atmosphere is wonderful, with food to match. Can't wait to get back to the Dominican and to visit this restaurant, which is close to everything, but within the botanical walls, you feel like you are home, but better! Chef Rafael visited the table and made us feel very welcome. We'll visit... More 

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Bokeelia, Florida, USA
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015

It has been a while since I got back to Mares but what a delightful place and excellent food. No matter what the weather, it is a nice, quiet place to enjoy the great food overlooking the swimming pool and gardens. It's so nice to be able to have a conversation without an overly loud background of music or other... More 

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London, United Kingdom
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

I was also part of the group that was subject to the appalling behaviour of the chef on January 3. He has now responded to a number of the reviews with lies and comments that provide a glimpse into the unacceptable behaviour we unfortunately had to experience. Our reservation had not been cancelled – the waiters welcomed us into the... More 

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Puerto Plata, Dominican Republic
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

We visited the Mares about a month ago, looking for something different in terms of "Gourmet Food" I with no regret could tell that were not disappointed, food was just delicious and the service and nice chat with Rafael (Chef) was great. Advice: ask for the Foie, best appetizer ever...

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RRVH, Owner at mares restaurant & lounge, responded to this review

Thank you for your coments, Iam glad you like the fresh foie is one of my favor More 

Lisbon, Portugal
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4 reviews 4 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

I was a part of the group of adults and children who was literally shoved from the restaurant by the owner. Worst than the attitude of the owner that night (an out of control animal) is his response to my friend´s review... he can´t even take responsibility for his actions. It is not true that the kids were running around,... More 

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RRVH, Owner at mares restaurant & lounge, responded to this review

I have no more to say, then if you have several restaurant ask you say, then you know better, we are not a burger king or mac donald where you take 7 kids in a saturday night for diner in the best restaurant of the nort coast of the Dominican Republic, get baby sister at the hotel The simple question... More 

Trophy Club, Texas
Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Yes, I said goat. Don't knock it until you try it. It is really good. The best part about this place is the "home-like" feel. It is like being invited to a dinner party at a close friends house. We sat on the back patio by the pool. Absolutely peaceful and beautiful. All dishes were prepared in a timely and... More 

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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015 via mobile

we had great expectations for this place, based on the very positive reviews on this site and the recommendation of our hotel. However, the evening turned into a nightmare when the chef refused to serve us because our group included a number of (well behaved children). Sadly, he didn't even bother to engage in a discussion, or to politely reason... More 

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RRVH, Owner at mares restaurant & lounge, responded to this review

Somehow this reservation turned into a nightmare for us from the very beginnning . When we saw the reservation we called the hotel to questions the age of the children, as when the booking was made we were told they were between the ages of 10-14. We spoke with the concerige and were told the kids were from 2 /12... More 

Puerto Plata Province, Dominican Republic
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Nice setting, but in the end very disappointing. The food tries hard, but in the end falls way short. Not good enough to justify the hype, and not honest enough to feel authentic. Staff were attentive, but the chef was the low point of the evening, shouting at customers and acting in an altogether erratic manner. At some stage, we... More 

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RRVH, Owner at mares restaurant & lounge, responded to this review

I don’t know where come from, you where never in the restaurant that night, so please don’t write a review because some one ask you, in life what goes around come around so remember that, I wish you the best in life, have a nice day More 

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Address: Francisco J. Peinado # 6A | Corner of Presidente Vasquez, Next to Tostacos & Sushito Restaurant, Puerto Plata 57000, Dominican Republic
Phone Number: +1 809-261-3330
Location: Caribbean  >  Dominican Republic  >  Puerto Plata Province  >  Puerto Plata
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
Average Prices: USD 7 - 35

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