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Main road into Ojochal | 32km south of Dominical, Ojochal, Costa Rica
506-2786-5050
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Ranked #1 of 18 Restaurants in Ojochal
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $8 - $26
Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Cuisines: European, French, Polynesian, Thai, Vietnamese, International, Fusion
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Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: 32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O

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  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Leawood, Kansas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

This restaurant was highly recommended but disappointing to us on our recent visit. The tables are set up with some very open and isolated and some very crowded. We chose to sit in the closer section and had to listen to a loud mouth all night long and it was a long night as the service here is very slow... More 

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Seattle, Washington
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Highly recommend this restaurant. For the experience of five star dining in the middle of the jungle on a dirt road. Ojochal is a small rural village but filled with culinary talent and this place is no exception. Extensive menu. Limited seatings so make reservations! Service excellent.

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Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

My husband and I had dinner here last night. The restaurant is adorable with lovely decor and rainforest surroundings. The service was very friendly (family owned/operated) and quick. We are chefs/restauranteurs ourselves and we love to eat! We ordered a few apps to share, entrees and each of us had dessert. Everything from the drinks to the chocolate served with... More 

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Uvita, Costa Rica
1 review
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 13, 2015

This is the real deal.... Food Quality/Taste = 7.5 to 8 Service - 4 (friendly greeting, but extremely slow service with an attitude) Timeliness of ordering - 4 (put orders in wrong order, never checked back... on a not busy night) Timeliness of delivery of food - 1 (45-50 minutes in the equivelant of hell heat.... no fans, no a/c,... More 

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Robert L, Propietario at Exotica, responded to this review

Well, thank you very much for your critic, I see this is your first trip out of your country and also your first critic on Trip Advisor. When you mention "slow service with an attitude" , are you talking about the waitress 'attitude or yours? Because going in your car and taking a sip of alcohol from a bottle every... More 

Uvita, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Run by owners, few tables, very personalized service, excellent food and an experience not to be missed...Tom N.

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Orangeville, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

Exotica and owner Lucy continues to provide excellent 5 star food in a jungle setting. By far the best restaurant in the area!

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kelowna
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152 reviews 152 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
89 helpful votes 89 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Lucy and her family have one of the best restaurants I have ever had the pleasure of dining at. It is art, love and passion for food in one experience. You can't believe that something this amazing is on a rocky dirt jungle road in a small Costa Rican village. This is a must eat for anyone staying and visiting... More 

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Too far from home
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81 reviews 81 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2014

The four of were the first to arrive around 6:30 pm. This made me a little hesitant. However, by 7:30, the place was hopping. The food was very tasty and tender. The wine selection is extensive but expensive. Lucy was a fantastic hostess.

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Ojochal, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2014

I have enjoyed numerous meals at Exotica and never been disappointed. Lucy and Robert are quite a team! From Lucy's warm welcome and attentive service to Robert's consistent high quality meals, the evening is always perfect!

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San Diego, CA
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2014

This was are second trip to CR and our first time staying in Uvita. We stayed the entire time in Uvita and dined at several of the local restaurants. Exotica is owned and operated by a French couple (one French Canadian and the other from France). This is a small, nicely appointed, covered out-door restaurant. Before going I looked them... 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: European, French, Polynesian, Thai, Vietnamese, International, Fusion

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