Wilson's Restaurant | The Journey to Authentic Dominican Cuisine | Cabarete
Updated: May 7, 2022
One of the most delicious meals we had on our entire trip through the Dominican Republic was at an off-the-beaten-path local hidden restaurant in Cabarete, Dominican Republic. This epic restaurant is only popular among the locals and an enigma for travelers worldwide as it's a little hard to get to. Well, that ends today! I will show you exactly how to get to this rustic, authentic local restaurant in La Boca, at the foot of river Yasica. If you're a foodie and into seafood like me, this is an eating adventure you won't want to miss!
Wilson's at La Boca is one of the best restaurants we found in the Dominican Republic. Getting there can be a little challenging, but luckily for you, Wilson himself made it a point to add detailed instructions on google maps. From Kite Beach or downtown Cabarete, Wilson's La Boca is only a 21 min car drive. We're heading to Rio Yasica and, from there, taking a small boat across the river to the restaurant.
Wilson's La Boca restaurant is more than just a restaurant; it's a foodie experience not to be missed!
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Getting to Wilson's La Boca
We did everything google maps told us to do and got there just fine. What makes this drive a bit difficult is that you're not on a paved street but more of a dirt road, full of holes and no signs. But if you're up for the challenge, in my opinion, that adds more to the excitement and adventure of finding Wilson's Restaurant. Even if you think you're lost, trust google maps and keep on going. The rugged drive is worth it if the end promise is visiting one of the best restaurants in Cabarete, Dominican Republic.
They're currently building a more tourist-friendly route to access Wilson's Bar and Restaurant (La Boca) from the main street. However, if you're sent through the beach forest path by the time of your trip, make sure it's not rainy season, so your wheels don't get stuck in the muddy holes if you're driving a low car.We rented a regular car and had no problems during our drive; however, it was not raining, and we went slow.
We're parking our car by the end of the river and taking a boat across. Want to see the drive in action? Check out my YouTube video and make the trip with us!
Rio Yasica | Cabarete, Dominican Republic
Yasica river is a great place to learn kite surfing if it's your first time; the environment is a bit more controlled than the open sea. You'll cruise among the kite surfers through the river to get to the restaurant. I recommend visiting this restaurant on a half-day trip or allowing a minimum of 3 hours to enjoy the experience fully. This can also become a full-day trip if you add kitesurfing lessons and tubing along the river.
Cabarete is known as one of the top places in the world for kitesurfing due to its consistent thermal winds.
Wilson's Bar and Restaurant (La Boca)
Behind the Scenes | How Authentic Traditional Dominican Food is Made
Let's go behind the scenes at Wilson's La Boca restaurant and see how it's all made. Wilson uses a more traditional approach to Dominican cuisine, utilizing carbon y leña (charcoal and firewood), which gives the food an authentic old-school Dominican taste. This cooking method is very popular in the countryside in the Dominican Republic.
Meeting Wilson from Wilson's La Boca
We got the chance to meet and chat with Wilson, he's mostly always at his restaurant, so chances are you'll get to meet him too if you visit.
I also learned some Dominican cooking tips for some delicious seafood making.
Dining at Wilsons Bar and Restaurant (La Boca) | Our Meal
This was our meal; we ordered the platter with everything!! Best decision ever, the food was out of this world! Our platter included fried fish, shrimp, lobster, and conch with a homemade sauce and a side of moro de guandules, fried eggplant, batata, and tostones.
I hope you enjoyed this foodies adventure trip! Leave a comment below if you're planning to visit or have been there, and share this blog post with a foodie friend you love; because sharing is caring! Thanks for reading. Till next time!
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