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Av. Mirador Sur # 1, Santo Domingo 11113, Dominican Republic
+1 809-533-2818
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12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
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318 reviews
95 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was my favourite restaurant due to its stunning natural beauty however when we went back I noticed there was a rat in one of the cave's caverns. I was orrified. The meals are delicious but I would never go back as that is unhygienic to say the least!

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Thank Tl D
Los Angeles, California
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9 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

For a restaurant that is aiming at the upper end of the market this place was honestly disappointing. I know it is a real cave, and that the art and carvings on the walls are real, but the overall ambience felt more Disney creation. They've added lighting and tried to hide cabling in very unconvincing vines. Beyond the look though... More 

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OTTO R, Owner at El Meson De La Cava, responded to this review

I understand your poor appreciation of the job we have done hiding with platic vines (not electric cables ) but hoses, that gather the ever moving drips from the stactalictes. Very often (some times daily) we have to move the recipients that holds the water and all the hoses. We have not been able to find anything else to disguise... More 

Caracas, Venezuela
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69 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

a different place located in underqround grute; at the sea shore; the place is 50 years old, well mantained and tended. Ask for the salmon on a wood tablet, is delicious; get it with grilled veggies.Coffee is fantastic.

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Thank JoseGGoncalvesR
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Eating in a cave is definitely something unusual! The food was delicious and the service was phenomenal. I highly recommend it!

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Thank Rachel C
Brooklyn, New York
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I went back to this restaurant but this time on the terrace. I had the opportunity to have Gloria and Martes again. The service was fantastic. They recommended the brick oven steak. It was amazing. The meal was excellent and it was great pleasure to go back.

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Thank Johnnyfalco
Charlotte, North Carolina
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food and view were amazing! It was an intriguing place to eat with friends. I would suggest this as a "must see" for any visitors to Santo Domingo.

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Thank allyson365
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I had the opportunity to visit this nice location for a Sunday brunch with the family, the service was very good, the food was as good as a high end buffet with cold and hot dishes can be. I would recommend this wonderful restaurant for the experience, it's not every day that you get to eat in a cave.

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Thank David101471
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The restaurant is just great, the environment and adaptation is something that you don’t see every day. The people is so friendly and the service is spectacular, Marte the waiter, made our lunch unforgettable, always worry for us with the best attitude. The food is excellent with a really good and variate menu and a completely wine list that is... More 

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Thank Cigmus
Bronx, New York
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35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 14, 2017 via mobile

If you are looking to experience the tradition of this wonderful country then this is the place you want to go. Appropriate for the entire family.

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Thank PatriciaBX
Culiacan, Mexico
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33 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 8, 2017

I wouldn't say that it was the best dinner that I have tasted; however, the place is beautiful. You can choose between being inside the cave or the terrace, just because the ambiance, I would recommend inside.

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Thank ingelara

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$15 - $35
Cuisine
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, European, Spanish, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Validated Parking, Valet Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Romantic, Scenic view, Bar scene, Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 11:45 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Av. Mirador Sur # 1, Santo Domingo 11113, Dominican Republic
  • Location: Caribbean  >  Dominican Republic  >  Santo Domingo Province  >  Santo Domingo
  • Phone Number: +1 809-533-2818
Description
Open since 1967, built inside a quaint natural cave, acclaimed by the New York Times as a landmark of the city of Santo Domingo. An eclectic cuisines characterize by fusions of local and Spanish dishes. Recently opened and outdoor terrace with a unique wood fire exterior kitchen, from where chefs interact with clients. The terrace has its own menu with a very excellent relation of value/quality. A recently installed elevator connects the lobby to some forty feet down to both the restaurant and the outside terrace. The terrace temperature is kept comfortable through the means of a misting system which adapts perfectly to the lush tropical garden. Live music is played every night from tuesday to friday. No cover charge.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?