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“Great service and delicious food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of La Yola Restaurant

La Yola Restaurant
Punta Cana Marina | Puntacana Resort & Club, Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
809 959 2262
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Ranked #34 of 151 restaurants in Punta Cana
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Seafood
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Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: A Mediterranean and seafood restaurant awarded with the AAA Three Diamond Award, is modeled after a fisherman’s boat and perched right on the sea with magnificent views of the sparkling turquoise waters.
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35 restaurant reviews
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“Great service and delicious food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2012

We had a great time and while we enjoy dinner a trio played great music.

Visited June 2012
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, General Manager at La Yola Restaurant, responded to this review, June 25, 2012
Dear Sir,


First of all, we would like to thank you for taking the time to let us know your comments from your dinner experience at La Yola. As we are deeply committed to achieving our guest’s total satisfaction, your opinion is very important to us.

Once more, thank you for your comments. We hope to be able to welcome you again at Tortuga Bay Puntacana Resort & Club , and give you a “for one- of a- kind’’. Experience


Yours sincerely,

Vincenzo Calcerano
General Manager Hotel TORTUGA BAY & La YOLA
Tortuga Bay, Puntacana Resort & Club
vcalcerano@puntacana.com
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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Very expensive and not very good at all”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 16, 2012

TripAdvisor reviewers misled me and my friends in thinking a nice dinner out at La Yola would be a great experience. Well, it was anything but. I'll spare it a 1-star review because simpler dishes like the Rock Salad and ceviche were ok. Here's what NOT to order:

Buratta -- Normally, I find buratta to be a food sent from the gods in heaven. But here, the consistency was totally off. Very runny, no flavor, and just overall poor

Crabcake -- Fishy, fishy, fishy

Sirloin -- From the description on the menu, you'd have expected something a little better than a frozen supermarket cut, grilled to the point of shoe leather. Serves us right for ordering steak in a seafood restaurant, right? Well, read on...

The "Fisherman's" something -- This was supposed to be among their premiere dishes, and our friends found it to be inedible. Terribly prepared and just awful.

Octopus appetizer -- If you only listen to one thing I tell you, heed this warning: do not eat anything here with octopus. Friends said it was horrible quality and just awful all around.

Seafood skewers -- Bland, and served over risotto that was really nothing more than a bed of rice.

Creme Brulee -- We had some high hopes here, with it being bruleed tableside. But inside? Scrambled eggs. They clearly did not temper the eggs, and the amount of cinnamon used was enough to kill someone.

Dinner for 6, with mojitos (but no wine) came out to almost $200(USD) per couple.

The upshot were some nice views on the water, in an otherwise pleasant setting.

We do not recommend.

  • Visited June 2012
    • 1 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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vcalcerano, General Manager at La Yola Restaurant, responded to this review, June 18, 2012
Dear Mr. Christopherk,


On behalf of La Yola team members & myself I would like to express my sincerest apologies  for  the  unpleasant dinner you have experienced at La Yola. I would  like you to come back and have a different experience. We have agreed to compensate you with a complementary Dinner , depending on availability, at La Yola  restaurant. Please contact us to arrange your reservation or please contact our La Yola Manager Benjamin Silvestri to make your reservation.

 
I  appreciate you taking the time to write to Trip advisor and  I assure you that your comments are very important to us as they help us improve our services.


Once more, thank you for your comments. We hope to be able to welcome you again to our La Yola restaurant, and give you a “Leading” Experience.

 


Awaiting your kind reply,

 

I remain with kindest regards,

 


Vincenzo Calcerano

General Manager Hotel TORTUGA BAY

Tortuga Bay & La Yola  Puntacana Resort & Club

 
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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Reviews in 23 cities Reviews in 23 cities
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
“Authentic Dominican Food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2012

Wonderful open air Beach Side restaurant.
The food was delicious and the service very good.
Many different choices, with terrific authentic options.

Visited May 2012
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vcalcerano, General Manager at La Yola Restaurant, responded to this review, June 5, 2012
Dear Mr. / Mrs. Hilary ,

First of all, we would like to thank you for taking the time to let us know your comments from your dinner experience at La Yola. As we are deeply committed to achieving our guest’s total satisfaction, your opinion is very important to us.

Once more, thank you for your comments. We hope to be able to welcome you again at La Yola Restaurant , and give you a “for one- of a- kind’’. Experience


Yours sincerely,

Vincenzo Calcerano
General Manager Hotel TORTUGA BAY & La YOLA
Tortuga Bay, Puntacana Resort & Club
vcalcerano@puntacana.com
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Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, United States
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48 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 15 cities Reviews in 15 cities
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
“gorgeous view and service was lovely”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2012

beautiful restaurant and lovely service..mariachi singers strolled and the food was quite nice..very expensive but the view made it worth it

Visited May 2012
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vcalcerano, General Manager at La Yola Restaurant, responded to this review, May 15, 2012
Dear Mr. / Mrs , Horne,

On behalf of team members & myself to thank you for taking the time to let us know your comments from your dinner experience at La Yola. As we are deeply committed to achieving our guest’s total satisfaction, your opinion is very important to us.

Once more, thank you for your comments. We hope to be able to welcome you again at La Yola Restaurant , and give you a “for one- of a- kind’’. Experience

Yours sincerely,

Vincenzo Calcerano
General Manager Hotel TORTUGA BAY & La YOLA
Tortuga Bay, Puntacana Resort & Club
vcalcerano@puntacana.com
1- 809 959-2262 ext 8002
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“Mediocre”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2012

This restaurant is in dire need of help. Fish was overcooked and not fresh. My wife's crab and spaghetti at best was mediocre.

  • Visited May 2012
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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vcalcerano, General Manager at La Yola Restaurant, responded to this review, May 14, 2012
Dear Mr. / Mrs. Richard,

Ref: Your comments 13/05/2012.

First of all, we would like to thank you for taking the time to let us know your comments from your dining experience at La Yola. As we are deeply committed to achieving our guest’s total satisfaction, your opinion is very important to us.

We would like to offer our sincerest apologies for the inconvenience that you have experienced throughout your Dining. At the same time you can feel assured that your comments helped us identify or focus on any possible deficiencies that may exist in our hotel and take whatever corrective actions may be necessary.

We have agreed to compensate you with a complementary Dinner for two, depending on availability, at La Yola restaurant. Please contact us on your next visit to arrange your reservation or please contact our La Yola Manager Benjamin Silvestri to make your reservation.

Once more, thank you for your comments. We hope to be able to welcome you again to our La Yola restaurant, and give you a “Leading” Experience.

Yours sincerely,

Vincenzo Calcerano
General Manager Hotel TORTUGA BAY & La Yola.
Tortuga Bay, Puntacana Resort & Club
Tel. (809) 959-8229 Ext. 8002
vcalcerano@puntacana.com
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