Complete Guide to the Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana
All of the restaurants cater to families, except Kitchen 23, which is adult-only and charges a surcharge. The Nickelodeon Hotels and Resorts Punta Cana does not use the term “buffet.” You will hear the resort staff refer to buffets as “food displays.” Across the “display” restaurants, food is brought out in small batches so the food is always fresh, hot, and to the highest standard. Allergies are taken into consideration, but not all allergies are known. The hostess will ask your allergies, but at buffets, you will need to ask if a specific dish has the item you are allergic to if you are not sure. All restaurants have a kid’s menu, except Kitchen 23 and VinoVino.
Doppio. Open 7am-7pm
Surcharge, except on daily special. Coffee and tea lovers will appreciate this well designed coffee shop that serves LaVazza coffee, as well as a few sweet and savory treats. Every day the shop will offer one item that is included in your all-inclusive package. All other menu items carry a surcharge.
Sugarcane. Open 6:30am-11am (breakfast) and 5:30pm-10pm (dinner)
This is the perfect spot to start any day. The décor is reminiscent of a California eatery with exposed brick, wood, and iron. There are so many food stations, you will want to take a tour around the restaurant before you grab a plate and start loading up. There is an omelet station, breakfast sandwich station, cereal, fresh fruit, cured meats and cheese, mimosas, Bloody Mary’s, pastries, breads, rolls, French toast, Venezuelan sweet corn cakes (amazing!), crepes, pancakes, bacon, eggs, and so much more. Sugarcane is also open for dinner with just as many selections.
Lunch time is all about the beach and pool. Two restaurants, Zest and Lighthouse, are located at the ends of the pool, while Fresca is behind Building 2.
Zest. 7am-11am (breakfast), 12pm-4pm (lunch) and 6pm-10pm (dinner)
Sit outside or inside at this multicolored restaurant to the left of the pool where Caribbean flavors come alive. Here you will find a food display featuring fresh fruit, dessert, pizza straight out of the oven, ceviche, salads, and Caribbean inspired dishes. Character breakfasts are also offered at Zest, which includes your kids’ favorite characters from Dora the Explorer, The Fairly Odd Parents, PAW Patrol, and Sponge Bob Square Pants.
The Lighthouse. Open 11am-6pm
Caribbean sea fare is on the menu at this restaurant on the right side of the pool. The display/buffet selection is larger than Zest, with ceviche, local Dominican dishes, a carving station with fish and meats, cured meat and cheese, salads, fresh fruit, ice cream, pastries and more. If you aren’t sure what a dish is, just ask. The kitchen staff is happy to explain what each dish includes.
Fresca. Open 10am-5pm (food service starts at 11am. Drinks offered at 10am)
Everyone is welcome to dine at Fresca, but if you have a swim up suite in Building 2 or a swim up suite in the back of Building 1, you can literally jump into the pool from your patio and swim over for a cocktail, beer, glass of wine or ceviche. This restaurant features a daily fresh ceviche as well as other a la carte bites to enjoy throughout the day.
Aqua Bite. Open 10am-6pm
Located in Nickelodeon Place, families can enjoy flatbread pizza, pita wraps and salads in between playtime at Aqua Nick.
Verdello. Open 6pm-10pm
Sicilian food is on the a la carte menu, and the chef puts his heart and soul into ever dish. Fresh mozzarella is made onsite, and you can watch the cured meat being slice in front of you. Enjoy fresh salads, risotto, filets of beef, fresh fish and pasta. Make sure you tell the hostess and waiter about any allergies you might have, as they can steer you towards safe dishes.
BRGRS.PH. Open 6pm-10pm
Burgers and unlimited milkshakes will make you and your kids’ smile at this a la carte restaurant, especially if you have a pick eater. The Machete burger is a novelty item that you will want to order at least once if you have a large group. This one-kilo burger can serve 4-6 people, depending on how hungry you are, and keep in mind that fries do come with it. There are other, more manageable burgers created in a normal portion size, as well as non-beef and vegetarian options for those who don’t eat meat at all. Parents can enjoy a boozy shake, while kids can dive into root beer floats or milkshakes. This restaurant features a food truck inside of the restaurant, which kids can pop into for a photo in the drivers’ seat. Parents stay close though, as this is a working food truck and there is hot oil back there for the fries.
SpaceWalker. Open 6pm-10pm
Visiting guests with children have been excited about this restaurant well before it opened. Families can hop into their shuttle and take off into a world of interstellar cuisine. What does that mean? You will just have to find out for yourself, but don’t be surprised when the food you ordered looks a little different and otherworldly.
Wok Wok. Open 6pm-10pm
The Far East fusion menu features fresh sushi rolls, won ton soup, pork filled dumplings, Vietnamese spring rolls, beef satay, pad thai, curries, stir fries, fried rice, and even coconut mahi mahi. If you have ever wanted to expand your taste buds, this is the place to do it. The wood-paneling and gentle sounds of running water transport you across the globe, and create an intimate setting for couples and families alike.
VinoVino. Open 5pm-1am
Although children are allowed into VinoVino, this wine and piano bar does not cater to children. Wine, beer and cocktails are available. See the weekly schedule for nightly live music performances.
Kitchen 23 by Le Chique (Adults only + surcharge). Open 6pm-10pm.
Reservations are required to dine in this exclusive restaurant just for adults. There are two dining options:
- 8-course Discovery menu for $45 per person, which includes house wine. Add $35 for four wine specialty wine pairings
- 16-course Epicurean menu for $65 per person, which includes house wine. Add $55 for six wine specialty wine pairings