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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, Dessert, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O

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Visitor rating
  • 202
    Excellent
  • 29
    Very good
  • 10
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
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
Best meal of our vacation

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 17, 2015
hokiedave
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Forest, Virginia
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Doing business
  • Romantic
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English first
Forest, Virginia
Senior Contributor
32 reviews 32 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 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
Top Contributor
118 reviews 118 reviews
69 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 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 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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
1 review
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 42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 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 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
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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Sioux Falls, South Dakota
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114 reviews 114 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 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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Boca Raton, Florida
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76 reviews 76 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

Service is excellent. Make a reservation. Food is exceptional. May be hard to find, but once you find it, you have found a charm. if you drive by in the daytime, do not be discouraged. Nighttime atmosphere is quaint and romantic.. We have been here on each visit to Ojochal.

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Boston
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4 reviews 4 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

I have a vacation home near Exotica. When we are in Costa Rica, we treat all our guests to dinner there. Eating on a covered patio surrounded by tropical plants, charmingly welcomed and cared for by Lucie the owner, eating dinners prepared from locally sourced, food prepared by Lucie's husband, has a dreamlike quality, sensuous , satisfying, self indulgent. Just... More 

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Richmond, Virginia
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11 reviews 11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 8, 2015

Exotica is a very good restaurant in the little town of Ojochal. We went for a birthday dinner and had an exciting meal. Lucy, the owner took good care of all her guests and even served our dessert with a little sprinkler on top for the birthday girl. We enjoyed an Avocado-Pineapple Salad and locally Smoked Salmon to begin with,... More 

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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: Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Doing business, Romantic

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