Finding vegetarian food in Punta Cana may be easy or hard depending on how you go at it. Yes, there are plenty of restaurants around, but a lot of them aren't exactly vegetarian-friendly. The ones with a decent veggie menu are mostly found outside the resorts and getting to them can be quite a hassle. The first time I traveled to Punta Cana, it was a slightly tough finding places that had what I wanted. And while I'm not 100% vegetarian, I eat healthy food particularly when traveling.
You don't want to arrive at Punta Cana and discover the hard way that the resort you are staying at doesn't have the food you need. Having a wide variety of food is an essential element for a vacation.
There are a few places where eating vegetable oriented dishes is as easy as finding a resort in Punta Cana and you can be in your vacation with your mind at ease.
At this time some of the hotels around the area have been
making an effort to cater to the vegetarian lifestyle and have put
together a menu offering much more than just a plain meal.
Those desiring healthy options in their meals may decide to stay at the Catalonia Royal Bávaro. The all inclusive adults-only resort has have several alternatives to choose from.
With a varied menu, Barcelona Origensboasts a good number of vegetarian dishes such as veggie burgers, coques (a delicate dough crust with vegetables on top), hummus with raw vegetables, smoothies full of nutrition, and a breathtaking view of the pool for the perfect atmosphere.
It is open for lunch and breakfast, and the juice bar can be accessed from 10:00 am to 6:00 pm. No reservations required!
During the day, you can get salads and mouth-watering
pizza (wood-fired). At night, you may partake in Asian cuisine. If you
love spicy food, you are in a for a thrill. Excellent service is also
part of what the Tao Cat has to offer. The place is open for dinner.
If you want all inclusive endless veggie meals, then you have to try the Breathless Punta Cana. With over five restaurants, you won't have to eat the same over and over again. They even have gluten-free choices for those requiring it. Pick the unlimited luxury experience to take full advantage of the offers.
The French restaurant Coquette opens after 6:30 pm and is ready to serve the meals you desire. You can find an abundance of fish-based dishes like the sea bass fillet. That said, if you aren't into fish, the other restaurants might be a better fit.
Culinaria is another a la carte restaurant opening for dinner. From 6:30 pm to 11:00 pm, you can try the salads full of lettuce, cucumber, tomatoes, and even avocados.
The right choice for those wanting an absolute vegan, gluten-free meal.
Offering healthy Mediterranean dishes is the specialty of Kibbeh. The restaurant opens for dinner and late night snacks (until 6:00 am). Pasta, potatoes and their popular vegetable moussaka with cumin are just a few of the dishes ready for all vegetarians and non-vegetarians that want to try something new. By the way, they also serve gluten-free food.
Gluten-free meals are top quality at the Silk City restaurant. Enjoy seaweed salads, tofu, and other staples of the Asian cuisine. Like other a la carte restaurants, the place is open after 6:30 pm.
If you are lucky, you may find everything you need at the Strip Grill. The restaurant offering all kinds of vegetarian-friendly grilled specialties in addition to penne pasta with asparagus and mushrooms is open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. However, this applies to xhale club members only. Otherwise, you may only use it during dinner, like an a la carte restaurant.
The Italian restaurant Spumante has a couple of dishes
that vegetarians may feel attracted to. For example, the eggplant with
tomato coulis, different types of pasta, and the traditional pizza are
always good choices. The place only opens for dinner.
Another vegetarian-friendly resort is the Royal Suite Turquesa by Palladium. The hotel is part of the Grand Palladium complex offering you the alternative of eating at any of their restaurants. The adults-only all inclusive offers a decent variety of vegetable based meals.
The Bohio buffet is located at the Grand Palladium Palace Resort and Spa; however, guests staying at the Royal Suites may eat there whenever they like.
Pasta, salads and other healthy foods are a few of the choices for all vegetarian guests. The place is open for lunch.
Arrecife is a buffet similar to Bohio. International gastronomy with a well-sorted salad bar and pasta are just a sample of what you can find. Located at the Grand Palladium Bávaro Resort and Spa, you may have lunch there when you wish to do so.
Bhogali at the Grand Palladium Palace Resort and Spa specializes in Indian food. Rice and spices blended in a combination of flavors will make your taste buds beg for more. Like most a la carte restaurants, it only opens for dinner.
Fresh pasta and pizza will be enjoyed by those visiting the Italian restaurant Chef Raffaele. Located at the Grand Palladium Punta Cana Resort and Spa, this a la carte has good alternatives for anyone following the vegetarian lifestyle.
Asian cuisine enthusiasts will find the Bamboo restaurant
to have everything they are looking for. On top of the typical sushi,
you will see a vast menu of Indian food ready to be served. The Bamboo
is open for dinner only.
In the following video, you can see
samples of vegetarian
meals served at restaurants in the Dominican Republic.
Another resort with good alternatives for vegetarians is the Sirenis Cocotal Beach Resort.
Nuevo México specializes in Mexican meals that will make you savor every bite. Salads and cheese in everything you can imagine are enough to make this restaurant one worth remembering.
Like most Italian restaurants, Cinecitta offers
vegetarians pizza, pasta, and a salad bar. This a la carte is open
Located at the Cap Cana Marina, the Alsol Tiara Cap Cana resort features an exquisite restaurant that will make you wonder where it has been hiding all this time.
With a breathtaking view, the Mexican restaurant Xoxolati
is also known for its delicious guacamole and bean-based dishes. The
restaurant is open for breakfast and lunch.
The Paradisus Palma Real Golf and Resort has a few restaurants where you can sit and enjoy top quality vegetarian meals.
The international buffet Naos offers not only a fantastic view of the sea, but also a wide variety of fish, pasta, sushi, pizza, and fruit. You can eat all your meals and even snacks at any time.
Furthermore, the restaurant is so good that a lot of
visitors decide to
disregard other restaurants and just eat at this buffet.
One of the top restaurants in Punta Cana is Passion by
Martin Berasategui. It isn't part of the all inclusive package, but it
is worth every penny. The ambiance is delightful, the service is
excellent, and the food is what you would expect from such an elegant
place. While the portions may be small (like in most expensive
restaurants), they are also satisfying, which means you won't be
leaving hungry (very important!). It is open for dinner only.
The Paradisus Punta Cana Resort has one interesting spot that may be of interest for all vegetarians.
Gabi Beach is an international buffet where you can eat at
breakfast, lunch, and dinner. It has a great view and even better
service. Delicious fresh fruit and several types of crepes are a few of
the alternatives available.
The Punta Cana Resort and Club is also a great spot for finding high-quality restaurants with vegetarian-friendly meals.
Lunch or dinner, it doesn't matter, you will find at the Grill what you are looking for. Although it isn't part of an all inclusive resort, the Mediterranean specialty restaurant is still a fantastic spot to get your meals. You will see fresh salmon, tuna, rice, cheese, potato chips, and even fruit salad.
Vegetarians won't be leaving hungry. They also offer gluten-free dishes for those that request them.
Playa Blanca is another restaurant close to the Punta Cana Resort and Club. It is open for lunch and dinner. With a great atmosphere, you can enjoy the music as you taste fine delicacies such as the ceviche, mahi-mahi, rice, and plantains. The service may take a while, but you will surely enjoy the food.
Specializing in Mediterranean and seafood, La Yola has
something for everybody, and yes that includes vegetarians. Soups,
pasta, salads, and rice are just a small sample of what you can get.
Open for lunch and dinner; it offers appetizing dishes for an