If you read the reviews on Trip Advisor or any other site; the majority of the comments both negative and positive concern the food. I think that these reviews are subjective and very opinionated to each and every person and they never deter me from going to a resort. I mean really, do you know anyone that has the same likes and dislikes in the food department as you? If you are a very discerning Super-Foodie with a vast pallet, you cannot assume that the buffets in the Dominican are haute cuisine. The food is good and edible and plentiful.
I am a very fussy (translated = not much out there in the food world that I like and I never try anything new) eater and I have always found something to eat and have never gotten sick. There have been times when my food choices at the resorts have been limited and repetitious but that’s on me and not the resort.
When you enter the buffet; you pick your own table to accommodate you or your group. Even though the Buffet is considered by most to be casual; you must wear something on your feet and you cannot go in bathing suits and men need to wear shirts. Women must wear something over their swimsuits. Once you find your table you can either wait for a server to take your drink request; or you can go right up and get your food. The server will come by your table while you’re eating. We tend to sit in the same area of the dining room (after a day or two of scoping it out) every time we go as we want the same server. We will tip that server a dollar or two. This makes them very attentive to your desires and most likely they will learn your drink preferences and have them ready for you. The servers work long, hard hours and you will see the same servers for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
Most buffets have several different areas. There are usually bread/rolls and butter area, a salad area, a deli area, a fruit area, a dessert area and then the nightly main courses. They usually celebrate a different theme every night like Italian Night or Dominican Night or BBQ Night….you get the picture. Please remember that these theme nights will be the Dominican interpretation of these themes and not what you are used to. There will usually be a pasta station with your choice of pasta and sauce cooked to order. There will also be various meats and fish being cooked on the grills or at the carving stations. There will be beautiful cut fruit designs on display and there will always be an abundance of food. So walk around, fill you plate with new food or familiar favorites and enjoy. Don’t forget, you are on vacation.