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“Unbelievably bad” 2 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Meson De La Cava

El Meson De La Cava
Ranked #3 of 587 Restaurants in Santo Domingo
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $15 - $35
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Romantic, Families with children, Special occasions, Local cuisine, Bar scene, Business meetings, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Lunch, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Private Dining, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Valet Parking, Validated Parking, Waitstaff
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.
Tampere, Finland
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8 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Unbelievably bad”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 16, 2014

Ordered 11 courses, 5 went wrong. Meatballs missing from a kids meal, wrong meat, wrong sauce, wrong desert and the highlight was a fruit plate that tasted like onion. From all this we got 5 % discount :) Never again!

  • Visited March 2014
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank Noora S
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Date | Rating
  • Chinese (Simplified) first
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
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English first
Jacksonville, Florida
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87 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Excellent experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 13, 2014 via mobile

I must say that I was pleasantly surprised with the overall experience. My friend invited me to this restaurant and not only was the food amazing but the service was impeccable. The location is inside a cave and it gives a very romantic atmosphere. I will definitely go back with my boyfriend. This restaurant has been established for many years and no wonder it is still standing considering the variety of new restaurants that have opened in Santo Domingo

Visited March 2014
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Thank Eluminaz
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Oakton, Virginia
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212 reviews
130 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
“A must see”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 12, 2014

Was in Santo Domingo on business and some of the local guys took me here for a quick beer. Very unique restaurant built inside a cave. Cannot comment on the food but the atmosphere is well worth a stop.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Howard R
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49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
“Great food great ambiance”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 25, 2014

Great food. I had a great salad and tremendous fresh Salmon. I have never eaten in such an unusual place. I once got slightly trapped in a cave so thought I would be nervous in this one. But it was not even a small problem. It is big airy and the food is great. I will definitely go there again and soon. We were a fairly large group (eight guys) and still the service was great!

  • Visited February 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank MackTennyson
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2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Excellent place to visit!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 7, 2014

My wife and I visited this place with son and a couple of friends. The atmosphere, the food and the service was incredible. It is a very special place.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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1 Thank blacho1971
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