We made a reservation at Le Vivier after seeing the #1 ranking on TA for La Romana area restaurants. We stayed at Casa de Campo. Travel time is 30 minutes each way from this resort. The restaurant occupies the third floor of a building and you can see the blue lights strung all around the outside from the street. The night we went there was one other table taken. I think maybe 10 tables in total. The decor is gorgeous; beautiful hand made art by the chef/owner. He was very humble about it all! Gorgeous driftwood lamps made with coral and other sea treasures. His wife was very pleasant and spoke fairly good English. Chef did not speak much. They were both delightful. The menu, was very very limited which was a surprise. We did go for the grilled langoustine which was very nice; not at all similar to New England or Montauk lobsters as we were raised with. The trip into the kitchen was fun too. But there isn't really anything else to order other than the steak which is thin and grilled. Apps were limited to Camembert on toasted bread and shrimp done in a skillet. He had one order of escargot which he did in a bean sauce, I think. Everything came with iceberg lettuce and cherry tomatoes as garnish. Some veggies; peppers and broccoli. There is no other meat dish; no chicken; no pasta; no veal, no fish, no vegan. This is not a full service restaurant; wine is limited; for a French place, this was a surprise. We were served Chilean Cab. His thing is the langoustine and that he prepares each plate by hand. Do not make reservations here unless you want the lobster. We had a lovely time and we are glad we tried it but we were ultimately a bit let down by just how limited the menu truly is.
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