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Exotica

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European, French, Polynesian, Thai, Vietnamese, International, Fusion
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Main road into Ojochal | 32km south of Dominical, Ojochal, Costa Rica
506-2786-5050
Sunday
Closed
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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
Lunch
Dinner
Reservations
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 188
    Excellent
  • 27
    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
Most recent review
Amazing Food and Hospitality!

We went for dinner to Exotica based on Tripadvisor feedback and enjoyed every minute of our experience. The food was amazing and the proprietors, Robert and Lucy, were incredibly hospitable. We enjoyed our meal so much that we went back the next night to try other dishes that were equally... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 26, 2015
wanderlust_VS
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Toronto, Canada
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Special occasions
  • Entertaining clients
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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228 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015 NEW

We went for dinner to Exotica based on Tripadvisor feedback and enjoyed every minute of our experience. The food was amazing and the proprietors, Robert and Lucy, were incredibly hospitable. We enjoyed our meal so much that we went back the next night to try other dishes that were equally delicious fused with many flavours and presented magnificently. A must... More 

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Longmont, Colorado
Senior Contributor
28 reviews 28 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We ate here twice during our stay in Ojochal and were not disappointed either time. You do need a reservation and you should try and book a couple days before you want to go. Lucy is wonderful and a very gracious host. The first time we went, we had a bottle of wine (preignes le vieux, a very good red),... More 

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Boca Raton, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

We've been to Costa Rica 3 times and each time, we make reservations at Exotica before we plan any of our other vacation activities. We stay at The Lattice House and this place was highly recommended by the owner. Getting there is an adventure in itself but once you arrive, it's 5-star service and food the entire time. Very quaint... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 19, 2015

The meals we had were unique and flavourful. I had the banana curry shrimp, and my wife had the chicken peanut satay. The only real downer was the house wine. For the type of reputation Exotica has, we would have expected something a little better. We're not 'wine snobs' but this was undrinkable. Dessert (key lime pie) was only just... More 

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Cary, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

Wonderful small restaurant. Had the Thai seafood pot and I wanted to lick the bowl. Also, the pate was wonderful. Ended with the coffee ice cream and it was perfect. Excellent service and presentation. Be sure to call ahead to make reservations.

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Crystal City, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

Cute little restaurant that was recommended by everyone I met, and after tasting the food and meeting the gracious host, I can see why. Six people in our group and everyone raved about their food. So far, the best meal we've had. Will go back if I get the opportunity. Listening to the host describe the desserts just made your... More 

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Canada
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

We were referred to this restaurant from a friend and we were not disappointed in the least. A beautiful little place nestled into the jungle. Lovely ambiance. The service was over the top... and example included the following: it was raining when we arrived and a woman (? owner) came to our car to offer us umbrellas to the door.... More 

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Contributor
12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

Food and service was good. Since this restaurant was highly recommended, I had high hopes but it seems they stopped putting the effort in it.

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Leawood, Kansas
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

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
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015

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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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: European, French, Polynesian, Thai, Vietnamese, International, Fusion

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?