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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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Hours:
Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: 32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O
Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Special occasions
Entertaining clients

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  • 199
    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
Prior reviews speak for themselves

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.

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Tricky129
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Indianapolis
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
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241 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Kriens, Switzerland
1 review
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2015 NEW

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
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015 NEW

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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113 reviews 113 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
81 helpful votes 81 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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66 reviews 66 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 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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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

My husband and I were in Costa Rica for the month of March. We had two amazing, romantic dinners at Exotica. It is so unlike us to return to a restaurant twice when we are traveling but we couldn't wait to go back and take a friend who was visiting.

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 4, 2015

Fabulous food with personal service. Very private and cozy atmosphere with only 9 tables. The avocado appetizer and banana curry fish were amazing.

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Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Nestled in the forest a few kilometers off the highway on a dirt road (not unusual for Costa Rica) is this charming little restaurant. We were a bit early for an early reservation (required) but were received, seated and drink and appetizer orders taken promptly. Our server was the co-owner and she was charming, attentive and took the time to... 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: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients

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