ULTIMATE VACATIONS photo gallery of Excellence Punta Cana
Excellence Punta Cana
Excellence Punta Cana Restaurants & Dress Codes
ULTIMATE VACATIONS Description, Review & Photos of Excellence Punta Cana Adult-Only All-Inclusive 9 Dining Options, including French, Italian, Asian & the Lobster House, plus the dress codes
All 9 dinner restaurants at Excellence Punta Cana feature a la carte menu dining. Reservations are not required or accepted. From what we have experienced in several stays at Excellence resorts, including this one, there is seldom a wait. *Spa cuisine and vegetarian menu selections are available in all restaurants. Additionally there is one buffet and one beach snack grill.
For Dinner Restaurants AGAVE, CHEZ ISABELLE, THE FLAVOR MARKET, THE GRILL, SPICE
Casual elegance for gentlemen: Long pants, dress shirt, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn.
Casual elegance for ladies: Long pants, Capri pants, skirt, blouse, casual shoes and elegant sandals must be worn.
Not allowed: t-shirts, tank tops and / or beach sandals.
For Dinner Restaurants OREGANO, THE KITCHEN TABLE, THE LOBSTER HOUSE, MAGNA CLUB RESTAURANT (breakfast), THE FLAVOR MARKET & SPORTS BAR
Casual for gentlemen: Short pants and Capri pants are allowed. Dress shirt, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn.
Casual for ladies: Long pants, Capri pants, blouse, casual shoes or elegant sandals must be worn.
Not allowed: t-shirts, tank tops, and / or beach sandals.
AGAVE Open: 6 PM - 10:30 PM
Agave is the Mexican cuisine restaurant at Excellence Punta Cana. This restaurant has an air-conditioned and outdoor seating area. The menu is extensive with multiple appetizers, a couple of soups, and a full selection of traditional Mexican dishes for the main entree: Using fresh fish, flank steak, chicken and beef you have options ranging from Burritos to Fajitas to Tacos and more. Open for dinner only.
CHEZ ISABELLE Open: 6 PM - 10:30 PM
Chez Isabelle has always been a favorite of ours at other Excellence Resorts - this version at Excellence Punta Cana is no different - excellent. Housed in a colonial styled building, air-conditioned inside and with a courtyard terrace to dine under the stars. The options include many of the typical French appetizers you might expect including grouper, marinated salmon, and crunchy goat cheese; soups like French Onion and Shellfish soup bouillabaisse with aioli croûtons.
The Main Course is divided between From The Sea and From The Land. Options From The Sea include Steamed Grouper filet, grilled Red Snapper, seared sea scallops, seared salmon, seared tuna, and a fabulous confit escargot maitre d' with pumpkin cream and green oil reduction.
From The Land options include beef tenderloin, grilled rib eye, traditional raw beef tartare, chicken breast and filet mignon. Open for dinner only.
Kitchen Table (buffet)
Chez Isabelle, French restaurant
THE GRILL Open: 6:30 PM - 11:00 PM
Located in a thatched roof palapas, The Grill is for meat lovers. But there is so much more. The extensive non-main course menu includes a list of appetizers, salads, soups and creams, and two pastas, including spaghetti with strips of grill roasted beef.
The Grill opens for lunch and serves a la carte specialties like hearty salads, a variety of sandwiches, burgers and wraps.
For dinner the extensive menu features grilled favorites including prime steak, chicken and shrimp among others.
THE FLAVOR MARKET Open: 6 PM - 10:30 PM
The Flavor Market, air conditioned venue is more of a meet your friends and snack before dinner or late night munchie type of place. It is a friendly gathering place with Tapas samples, a great place to pair flavors from around the world with different wines as suggest by the sommelier.
To start with there are a number of salad and soup options. Tapas: Chicken & Ham Croquettes, Cod Croquettes, Calamari cornet, Eggs with French Fries, Galician Octopus, plus spicy treats like "Bravas" potatoes in tomato garlic sauce, and "Bravisimos" potatoes in hot sauce. Mini-Sandwiches: "Osborne" Spice wings, Mini-beef burgers, Fish & Chips. And Pots: Meatballs w/ squid, Beef Stew, Fish balls, Chorizo Sausage w/ French Fries, plus Pots featuring Sausage, shrimp and Mussels in garlic sauce.
Breakfast: 8 AM - 11 AM Dinner: 6:30 PM - 11 PM
Lobster House, is open air restaurant, tropical by design with garden views. Simply put, this is the place for Lobster. But let's start with the first meal of the day. Breakfast Light items similar to a Continental breakfast.
And for the main event, Dinner (Order from the menu): Appetizers: Seafood ceviche toast, Mussels Marinara, Potato Bombs and Deviled Seafood. Salads: National salad, Scallop Tournado, and Seafood cocktail. Soups: Clam chowder, Seafood Bisque, Pastas: Creamy penne with Rigato w/ salmon. Main Entrees: Lobster Your Way: Grilled or Steamed with garlic or butter sauce, Four varieties of Spicy Lobster, Two skewer combinations, two options of Lobster au Gratin, plus Mahi Mahi, Grouper and Tuna.
SPICE Open: 6 PM - 10:30 PM
A beautiful air conditioned Oriental designed restaurant with tasteful Oriental background music. Spice has a terrific Pan-Asian menu featuring dishes from Japan, Vietnam and Thailand, plus a private Teppanyaki area.
For starter check out the Sushi Bar. The menu features a wide selection of salads, soups and rice & noodles combinations. Main Entrees include Grilled marinated Tuna fish | Fish filet stir-fried curry paste with ginger | Spicy curry stir-fried shrimp | Grilled grouper fillet | Crispy shrimp & vegetable tempura | Grilled beef skewers with bell peppers | Pork marinated with sweet vinegar sauce, pineapple & grilled vegetables | Diced chicken breast stir-fried. There is also a complete vegetarian menu.
Lunch: 12 Noon - 4:30 PM Dinner: 6 PM - 11 PM
This open air trattoria-style venue serves everything Italian - for lunch and dinner. For Lunch choose between a half dozen appetizers including a fantastic mussels au gratin | Sandwiches like Chicken Breast Club, Focaccia with grilled turkey or Focaccia with smoked salmon. Pastas include Spaghetti and Beef Bolognese. We had a menu with 7 different pizzas including the original Dominican: Tomato sauce, chorizo, bacon, onion, plantain, red bell peppers, mozzarella cheese and Dominican cheese. And for the Main Entree: Chicken breast with lime & thyme | Pork loin layers | Beef lasagna | tuna fish | salmon filet | squid stew with sausage, that I loved. *Let me tell you this menu with ocean views and breezes sure beats the heck out of suffy buffets many resorts force on guests!
Dinner menu is exceptional and of course you are cooled by gentle ocean breezes. Soup five outstanding varieties to choose from. Have Pizza your way with nine (9) different choices. Baked & Pasta Stuffed Cannelloni, Lasagna Florentine, Lasagna Bolognese, Spaghetti Bolognese, and others. Plus two Calzone choices.
THE KITCHEN TABLE Open: 7 AM - 11 AM 12 Noon - 4 PM
The Kitchen Table is the resort buffet at Excellence Punta Cana. Unlike most all-inclusive resort buffets this one is open only for breakfast and lunch. So you don't have to worry about being rejected from the "specialty" restaurants and forced to eat at a buffet for dinner. For breakfast enjoy gourmet omelets, along with fresh fruits and shakes hand made from fresh fruits and local vegetables. Lunch features fresh dishes prepared at "show cooking stations" like the Mongolian Grill.
SPORTS BAR Open: 4 PM - 1 AM
Our only complaint here is that the Sports Bar is not open for lunch. Once you see our menu description you'll likely agree this is prime afternoon food to watch football, soccer or MLB during the day. It is open daily from 4 pm until 1 am. Jay never missed an opportunity to munch of the outstanding chicken wings and cold draft beers, either for a late lunch or pre dinner holdover!
Here's a look at the five menu categories. Wish we had more days here to sample it all. Appetizers: Spicy Chicken Wings with fresh celery, cucumber, and carrot sticks (these are the real thing!) | Cheese Fingers | Battered deep fried onion rings | Fried Chicken roll | Fish Fingers | Chicken Fingers | Nachos. Salads: Cobb | Sante Fe | Caesar. Sandwiches & Wraps: Reuben | Crab | Pepito (flank steak) | Hot Dog | Chicken Wrap | Shrimp Wrap. Burgers: Excellence (with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, arugula, cherry tomatoes, garlic mayo) served on a sesame bun | Ole Ole! with Serrano ham | Speedy Gonzales (grilled flank steak, onions, melted cheese and avocado) | Si Senor! with crispy bacon, Swiss & cheddar cheese, grilled onions, romaine lettuce & dijon mustard | Cuba's Classic with roasted pork leg | Under the Sea with crab meat & cabbage salad. Pizza: six popular selection.
MAGNA CLUB RESTAURANT (Exclusively for Excellence Club guests)
Breakfast: 7 AM - 11 AM Dinner: 6 PM - 10:30 PM
One of several exclusive amenities bestowed on Excellence Club guests is access to this exclusive restaurant for breakfast and dinner. Dine in air conditioning or outdoors with garden and water views. A quick glance of the breakfast offerings include a la carte selections including fresh breads and sweet rolls, fruits, smoothies, cereals, waffles, pancakes and six styles of eggs from omelettes to scrambled with shrimp.
Dinner includes several tantalizing appetizer options ranging from salads to a calamari. Two soup options include fish & shrimp, and cauliflower veloute with diced chicken breast. There are several pasta options. The Main Entree section is extensive, including Salmon, Lobster, White fish filet, Grilled scallops, marinated tuna fish steak, Grilled Lobster thermidor, Grilled Sirloin, Beer-braised beef ribs, 12-Hour marinated rib eye, Lamb, and Chicken Ragout.
LAS OLAS (Snack Bar located on the beach) Open: 11 AM - 4 PM
You won't even have to leave the beach to enjoy fast food, salads, wood-oven pizzas, and a daily changing theme buffet at Las Olas. Of course you can enjoy your favorite beverage as well.
ROOM SERVICE 24-Hours
in addition to the 12 restaurants and snack bars you have access to 24-Hour Room Service or wherever you decide to order from. And believe it or not, at Excellence Punta Cana this service includes alcoholic beverages and wine.