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Manny's Restaurant

Cabrera, Dominican Republic

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We spent about 10 days in Cabrera, Dominican Republic, a sleepy little town with a distinct Caribbean feel. Walking down by the sea on the newly finished malecon, we ran into this seaside restaurant.

Manny's Restaurant/Bar

Right out of Jimmy Buffet's playbook, Manny's Restaurant was an unassuming place to hang out, get a cold beer on a hot day, have some lunch and listen to great music. We noticed right at the entrance was a sign reading that Trip Advisor said it was "The BEST."

 

Ok... let's check it out!

Manny's Menu

At about 45 Dominican Pesos to one USD, the menu offers chicken, conch, pasta and fish from $8USD to $15USD a plate. Want chicken with garlic cream? mushrooms? or bacon? How about Carbonara pasta or shrimp?

Drink menu

Drink prices here run from $2USD to $9USD for a Margarita with Patron tequila.

Settling in for a luscious meal

Manny's is an open air restaurant with upstairs seating as well. Great music was playing from the collection on a computer and service was friendly and quick.

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Manny himself

Manny is the owner and a local Dominican. As a businessman, he lived in Germany for quite some time wearing business suits and speaking German. I can just imagine him in a suit with the topknot on his head, Caribbean accent and a man of the sun, walking around in Germany.

 

Manny loves his adopted town of Cabrera and has had his restaurant for about six years now. He says he likes the safety and friendliness of the town, but his steady clientele is the older retiree. The town isn't really "happening" for good night life and he is still very young, looking for more.

He is thinking of branching out to do a restaurant in another tourist town with a beach that has younger patrons. Currently he owns this property and lives behind the restaurant. 

Manny cooking our meal

Manny's Restaurant is a typical Caribbean restaurant; casual, approachable, laid back.

View of the sea from inside the restaurant

As you can see, the floor is sand and pebbles. Seats are basic, but the view is terrific. On the other side of this malecon is the cliff and a drop off of about 80 feet to the ocean.

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There's not much to do in Cabrera and we did not notice an active expat community with bridge clubs, a theater, dining clubs or book clubs. It is very quiet and Cabrera proper has no beaches, only the stunning cliff view.

Arrabiata Pasta

Our meal of conch arrabiata pasta was 450 Pesos, about $10USD. It was large enough for the both of us to share and feel satisfied. It was tasty beyond belief with the pasta, salad, beet puree and fried plantain chips.

The Crab Special

Since our meal was so delicious the first time we visited Manny's, we decided to return. This time we ordered the Crab Special and we both agreed that it was one of the tastiest meals we have had here on the island.

If you ever visit Cabrera, Dominican Republic, make it a point to visit Manny's. You can't miss it, it's a stand alone

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