Peperoni (Plaza Universitaria La Julia, Av. Sarasota 23, tel. 809/508-1330, www.peperoni.com.do , noon–midnight daily) is a trendy and popular spot with chic decor that serves international cuisine of all types. Try the sushi roll Dominican-style with tuna, avocado, and plátano maduro (ripe plantain); pasta; sandwiches; burgers; or polenta-crusted sea bass. The eclectic menu deserves to be explored.
Meson Cienfuegos (Plaza Universitaria La Julia, Av. Sarasota, tel. 809/532-1765, noon–midnight daily, US$10–25) is a Spanish restaurant serving traditional tapas and entrées amid a Spanish wine cellar decor with a very nice wine list. Try the paella for US$17 for two people.