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“Le Vivier” 3 of 5 stars
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Le Vivier
Rue Calle Cayuco no7 | Bayahibe Dominicus, La Romana Z-77 RD, Dominican Republic
(001)8297874998
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Ranked #8 of 22 Restaurants in La Romana
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $78
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Good for: Romantic
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Quogue, New York
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“Le Vivier”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2014 via mobile

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.

Visited February 2014
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  • English first
  • French first
  • Portuguese first
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English first
Rome, Georgia
2 reviews
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“overpriced1!!!!!!!!!!!”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2013

had gr8 service and atmosphere, food was ok have had much much better, no refills on drinks water is not free our total should have been 42usd (we added everything on bill) but we ended up paying 70+usd dnt care to ask what the hell she was charging us for because we had to pay regardless

Visited September 2013
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Detroit, Michigan
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“Overpriced!!!”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2013

We walked by the restaurant several times. It sits on the 3rd floor, lots of stairs. This little restaurant is very cute. At night, from the street the lighting is very attractive. The hostess/waitress is a doll. She speaks French, Spanish & English.

Now about the food: the Maison Punch is a small glass of fruit juices & rum. Very tasty. I ordered a house salad,not on the menu, & I was brought a good green salad with shaved carrots, tomatoes & onions. The dressing was light and good.

We ordered the shrimp pasta and it was very bland. Not seasoned at all. The "paper-wrapped" white fish was actually wrapped in aluminum foil and the fish was SWIMMING in a very bland white cream sauce. The cooked carrots (3), rice pilaf & one tiny broccoli head were actually excellent. Very well seasoned.

So,for one salad, 2 punches, one Cuba Libre and the two entrees above we paid $110USD (including 18% gratuity). We were shocked. The menu is in French (one of us is fluent) and the prices in Euro. For a small, local, non-AC restaurant- this is highway robbery.

As for the other reviews, perhaps we should have ordered the lobster. But I can't imagine what that would have cost.

For a true local lobster experience,I would recommend you rent a car and drive to Boca de Yuma about 30 mins from Bayahibe. You can sit oceanside & enjoy fresh lobster, fish, and all the fixings (rice, beans,plantains,etc) for 1/2 the price.

Maybe for a very special occasion,but honestly there are better local restaurants in Bayahibe.

  • Visited September 2013
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Montreal, Canada
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“Best lobster in town + outstanding site”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2013

If you are a seafood lover, you must visit the Vivier. On a spectacular terrace overlooking the little village of Dominicus, Olivier, a real French chef, will grill fresh lobsters to the perfection, just in front of your eyes, as Géraldine will charm you with her fabulous smile and personality! For a unique experience, reserve in advance for a ''cigale'', a kind of prehistoric lobster that only the connoisseurs know about. An exquisite and deluxe exprience for the palate and the soul!

Visited February 2013
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Montreal, Canada
2 reviews
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“Very good food, and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 17, 2012

We wanted to change from the "all inclusive" formula where the amount of food in our plates is minimum, so we went to Le Vivier and had a very romantic diner. Furthermore we reserved for the sunday night and halfway through our diner , the owner told us that she opened just for us !

The quality, the service and the welcome where very much appreciated.

  • Visited July 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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