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Exotica

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French, International, European, Thai, Fusion, Vietnamese, Polynesian
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Main road into Ojochal | 32km south of Dominical, Ojochal, Costa Rica
506-2786-5050
Today
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Dessert, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O

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    Very good
  • 10
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  • 2
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Save room for dessert! And who knew RICE could be so good?

We had dinner here once while staying 5 days in the Ojochal area. This restaurant, among others, was one of the reasons we chose this area. We arrived without a reservation and they were able to seat us. While the hotel had assured us that reservations were not necessary during the low season, in... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed June 17, 2015
seecrane
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East Lansing, Michigan
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
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East Lansing, Michigan
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182 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015

We had dinner here once while staying 5 days in the Ojochal area. This restaurant, among others, was one of the reasons we chose this area. We arrived without a reservation and they were able to seat us. While the hotel had assured us that reservations were not necessary during the low season, in hindsight it would have been nice... More 

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Santa Cruz, California
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7 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

I would definitely go back here if I went back to the area. The food was great, service excellent, and atmosphere amazing. Best restaurant of our trip.

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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

After driving down a windy dirt road in Ojochal, you come to this magically quaint, rustic, thatch roofed French fusion restaurant called Exotica. Some of the most unique, delicious and amazing dishes I've tasted in years (and I travel a lot). The patè will leave your mouth watering, the Chicken Exotica will awaken taste buds that apparently have been asleep,... More 

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Forest, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015

My wife and I dined here on our last evening in Costa Rica. The menu had lots of options and everything we ordered was beyond delicious. The food was cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. We can't stop talking about how good it was and how much we enjoyed this dinner.

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Istanbul, Turkey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

I got excited to discover this restaurant to fulfill my need of good food in the area of Uvita. All combinations were interesting and good. It is obvious that the Canadian Host has put a lot of effort into this.

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Buffalo, New York
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11 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2015

The owner Lucy could not have been more welcoming and sweet. The food was incredible with a special love for the cognac pate, banana curry and cool passion fruit dessert.

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Kriens, Switzerland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015

We had dinner and it was very nice. The waitress was giving us attention. The food was delicious. Not cheap. Try the passion dessert.

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Indianapolis
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

You can't go wrong here. Amazing food at reasonable prices by western standards. The welcome and service is just stellar. We enjoyed every minute.

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Grand Rapids, Michigan
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

Who would guess that there would be a restaurant like this in a remote area of Costa Rica. The owner welcomes you as soon as you arrive and continually checks to make sure everything is going well. The dinners were excellent, tastefully presented, and the dessert to-die-for. I had the chocolate dessert which was creamy,rich, and has a hint of... More 

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Fountain Hills, Arizona
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

We heard this place was very expensive and hesitated to go, but finally went anyway. It was reasonably priced for what it is. Mains ranged from $11 to about $35. Appetizers are about $5 and desserts are about $5. Eating a comparable meal in the States would set you back at least twice as much, so we thought it was... More 

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Additional Information about Exotica

Address: Main road into Ojochal | 32km south of Dominical, Ojochal, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506-2786-5050
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Ojochal
Open Hours:
Monday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
Average Prices: USD 8 - 26
Cuisine: French, International, European, Thai, Fusion, Vietnamese, Polynesian

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main road into Ojochal | 32km south of Dominical, Ojochal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Ojochal
  • Phone Number: 506-2786-5050

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 8 - 26
  • Cuisine: French, International, European, Thai, Fusion, Vietnamese, Polynesian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Special occasions

Description

32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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