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Pat’e Palo

Plaza Espana, Ciudad Colonial, Santo Domingo 10210, Dominican Republic
| +1 809-687-8089
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Pat’e Palo

Experience living history at this charming European brasserie, housed in a space that’s thought to have been the first tavern in the Americas. Opened in 1505 by a Dutch pirate, Pata de Hierro was a favorite hangout of buccaneers on Plaza España, facing the Alcazar de Colón. Since then, not a single change has been made to the interior’s original brick arches or stone walls, making it easy to imagine rowdy nights here in the 16th century. Close your eyes and picture the pirates as you dig into everything from charcuterie boards and tuna carpaccio to hearty short ribs, grilled Chilean sea bass, and squid ink risotto with langoustines.

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over 5 years ago

Gourmet Dining at Pat'e Palo

Everyone we asked recommended Pat'e Palo as the best restaurant in Santo Domingo's Zona Colonial. Styling itself as a European brasserie, the enticing menu of executive chef Saverio Stassi manages to seem both exotic and familiar at the same time, ranging from ceviche to sea bass and foie gras to ossobuco. The classic French tartar was served with truffle oil, mushrooms, and other accompaniments and was an intense — and surprisingly filling — way to start the meal. The short ribs were melt-in-your-mouth tender and came with an interesting potato tortilla; the creamy coconut curry shrimps were fat and juicy. There are various tasting menus you can try if you don't want to go à la carte, including a rum pairing menu. If you'd rather stick to the grape there is, of course, an extensive wine list. The restaurant is set on the buzzing Plaza España, and the outdoor terrace is a fun and lively space for dining and people-watching. There is a bar and a lounge for those who would rather eat indoors. The service is attentive. Pat'e Palo is popular with tourists and locals, and it's advisable to make a reservation in advance. Expect to spend at least $100 on a meal for two with wine. But if you are going to splurge, this is the place.