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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
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff
Good for: Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Description: 32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O

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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
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Exotica is one of the restaurants that we've always meant to get to on our trips but always forgot to make advance reservations. And you definitely need a reservation. It fills up quickly. The food is excellent from an rather eclectic menu. The pace is very leisurely but I guess one wouldn't go... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
snap2000NJ
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New Jersey
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

Exotica is one of the restaurants that we've always meant to get to on our trips but always forgot to make advance reservations. And you definitely need a reservation. It fills up quickly. The food is excellent from an rather eclectic menu. The pace is very leisurely but I guess one wouldn't go there if you were in a hurry... More 

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4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

There arent many choices in Ojochal. We were staying in the area a night while on the way to the Osa Peninsula. We had actually planned to dine at another place in Uvita, but got turned away because it was crowded (another review for another time). So we came back and went here. My husband is a picky eater, so... More 

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Thank Suzanne S
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

Maybe it was the candlelight.. maybe the beautiful French accents of the staff.. maybe the sexy lounge music.. maybe the fact that it was hidden on a dirt road in the jungle....... but mostly I think it was the exquisite food. Thank you Exotica for the perfect finale to our trip to Costa Rica, and for the best meal of... More 

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Thank Katelyn B
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate at Exotica 3 times in 9 days and the food was fabulous. Each night was an awesome experience. Food was the best we've ever eaten and service was excellent and so personal!! You've got to try this!!! Save room for sugar pie or Devil's fork.

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Thank Sandra W
Manitoba
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Beautiful restaurant located in Ojochal. Service was impeccable and food was delicious. They even brought us small table top fans when my sister in law mentioned the heat! Get the lime pie for dessert...it was yummy!

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Thank Tamawa
charlton, ma
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35 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

While travelling for our first time in Costa Rica, we wanted to be certain that we enjoyed at least one "nice" meal during our stay; Exotica came highly recommended. We had reservations for a Tuesday night dinner at 630. Several tables were already occupied, but we were greeted graciously and the evening began. I was pleased with the wine selection... More 

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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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126 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

There are so many restaurants in the area but this is the best restaurant I've come across and it was due to a friend's recommendation. Every single item was AMAZING!!! We split items so we could taste more than just one or two dishes. The Cesar Salad was great, Salmon paté, Seared Tuna (OMG delicious) and desserts....oh the desserts! I... More 

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Thank TheVillaHermosaCR
Roanoke, Virginia
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8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We have been to Ojochal annually for 6 years and always visit Exotica. The Thai Hot Pot launched my obsession with coconut milk when I didn't even know I liked it. Listening to Lucy describe the desserts is worth the whole visit (plus everything is delicious). Definitely go there but make reservations.

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Thank Patti0756
Heredia, Costa Rica
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Everytime I come to Ojochal i have to go to Exotica, This is one of my favorites restaurants and I always recommend it to my friends and family. I just love the taste of their dishes and I always have to have dessert here. Chicken with Peanut sauce is my favorite, but really every dish is delicious.You need to try... More 

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Thank TIco007
Edmonton, Canada
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32 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Food was decent here, as were the prices; however, the service wasn't up to par and 4 out of 6 of us were sick the next day. Also, unlike most other Costa Rican restaurant we visited, there are no celiing fans so it gets uncomfortably hot. It took us a total of 3 hours to eat...1 hour to get the... 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, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children

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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