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Ylang Ylang

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Calle de las Estrellas, Ojochal, Costa Rica
+506 2786 5054
Sunday
Closed
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Hours:
Wed - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Small, 10-12 pax, Indonesian restaurant with pacific Ocean view, authentic...
Small, 10-12 pax, Indonesian restaurant with pacific Ocean view, authentic cooked Indonesian fare. You can make reservations online.
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Visitor rating
  • 95
    Excellent
  • 12
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Charming restaurant run by a lovely couple

Never expected to find an Indonesian restaurant in the middle of Costa Rica, but there it was, run by a lovely Dutch couple. The food was very good, though some may find some of the dishes a tad sweet. They catered very well for my wife and daughter who are both vegetarian.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 26, 2015
Sanj130
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London, United Kingdom
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
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110 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
London, United Kingdom
Contributor
16 reviews 16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2015

Never expected to find an Indonesian restaurant in the middle of Costa Rica, but there it was, run by a lovely Dutch couple. The food was very good, though some may find some of the dishes a tad sweet. They catered very well for my wife and daughter who are both vegetarian.

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Bedford, United Kingdom
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101 reviews 101 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The food at Ylang Ylang was amazing and authentically cooked. The location is fantastic too and it's worth arriving early for the sunset. There are no cocktails on offer but wine and beer are available. The concept is excellent - you choose the starter then one of four mains, each of which includes two main dishes plus sides and is... More 

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Indianapolis
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42 reviews 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2015

The owners are Dutch and the restaurant specialized in Indonesian food. Never had Indonesian? Don't miss out any longer! Hans walked us through our options and explained everything in detail. Everything is meant to be shared family style. The food was just incredible tasty and fresh. The bill came out to be 80$ for the two of us which included:... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

An amazing Indonesian restaurant in the hills of Ojochal, Costa Rica. A delicious and satisfying meal, served in a beautiful and serene setting. The co-owner and server helped us by explaining each dish, how it was prepared, and with what ingredients. The flavors were subtle and elegant. A memorable meal!

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Top Contributor
55 reviews 55 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Our recent stay in Ojochal was greatly enhanced by dining at Ylang Ylang, the only Indonesian restaurant in all of Central America. Hans was especially helpful describing a meal he and his wife Catherine would prepare (with advanced notice) for our vegetarian son and daughter-in-law. From start to finish, each dish was distinctive and delicious, infused with a variety of... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner due to the fusion of various spices that completed the fish and chicken dishes that we ordered. The owner, Hans, explained that they use up to 18 different spices in some of their entrees. Exceptional food and pleasant atmosphere

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Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

very nice setting, wonderful service and food, had dinner there with daughter and husband and the four of us agreed that the food was good but was it worth the price?

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Hans V, Owner at Ylang Ylang, responded to this review

Hi Gary Thank you for putting us on top of Ojochal saying "very nice setting, wonderful service and food", but ... you gave us a rating of 3 (average) out of 5. We do not understand because you did not mention what we could approve or did wrong...just raving our food and restaurant....doubting if it was worth it????? I invite... More 

Smyrna, Tennessee
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Thank you so much, Hans and Catherine, for the excellent meal and conversation last week. We very much enjoyed your company during our stay in Ojochal. The food was decadent and a highlight of our visit. We can't wait to return. If one is looking for a fabulous meal with personality and flavor, look no further than Ylang Ylang! Cheers!

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

We ate here after going to exotica because we were still hungry! lol (and wanted to have a drink but didn't want to give any more $$ to exotica as they were very slow, arrogant, and rude. YY was a nice change. Friendly people, good value.

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20 reviews 20 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

What a great restaurant this is!! A family owned pearl in Ojochal. We were a group of 7 people and we all enjoyed every single plate we ordered. Hans and Caroline are excellent hosts and they love what they do. They will explain everything to you and also how they prepare the food. (Without revealing the secret of course :))... More 

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Hans V, Owner at Ylang Ylang, responded to this review

Thank you very much for being our guests. We also enjoyed your presence especially when a young enthousiastic group of Tico's and Tica's have so much interest in the way Indonesian food is prepared. We will see each other again certainly when Ylang Ylang goes on tour in Escazu, Santa Ana and San Jose with our new concept: The PoPup... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Calle de las Estrellas, Ojochal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Ojochal
  • Phone Number: +506 2786 5054

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 15 - 35
  • Cuisine: Indonesian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Scenic view

Description

Small, 10-12 pax, Indonesian restaurant with pacific Ocean view, authentic cooked Indonesian fare. You can make reservations online.
Open Hours
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?