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Main Street, Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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Outdoor seating

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  • 8
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Excellent Seafood

We enjoyed several meals here very much, and as a professional chef, I tend to be a bit more critical than most. From sushi to seared tuna with pineapple chili sauce, everything was executed and presented perfectly. Not overly expensive, either (one night the seared tuna was on special for only... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed July 4, 2013
chefkeno
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Atlanta, GA
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Atlanta, GA
Senior Contributor
33 reviews 33 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2013

We enjoyed several meals here very much, and as a professional chef, I tend to be a bit more critical than most. From sushi to seared tuna with pineapple chili sauce, everything was executed and presented perfectly. Not overly expensive, either (one night the seared tuna was on special for only $10). We also had sea bass, calamari and seafood... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews 25 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2013

Papagayo is pretty good-love the garlic butter seafood platter. Not too expensive but not cheap either. Very friendly staff. Went there quite a few times.

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Rahway, New Jersey
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103 reviews 103 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 5, 2013

We decided to eat here after seeing the menu outside and striking up a conversation with the host (or possibly manager), who is originally from NJ/ PA. The restaurant is large with a lot of seating. They easily had 10 kinds of fresh fish to choose from along with even more sauces/ cooking methods. My friend had tilapia with a... More 

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Brooklyn, NY
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2013

Everyone knows Papagayo and it is always consistently good. We first tried it 3 yrs ago when we were at the Riu and came to Coco to check things out and now that we've stayed in Coco the last 2 years, Papagayo is place we visit often. Their fish selections are great and they prepare them many different ways. You... More 

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64 reviews 64 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We chose this restaurant for our last dinner while on vacation in Costa Rica. Overpriced wine, average food and poor service added up to a disappointing experience. This restaurant was recommended to us and others have found it to be ok for seafood. We would not return!

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Somers, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

I've eaten hear multiple times, both last January and this January. Every meal has been terrific. The catch of the day is, invariably, super fresh and the choice of styles to have it prepared, extensive. We found the seating comfortable, the view of the street entertaining, the wait staff attentive, prices quite reasonable and the music lovely. It's definitely on... More 

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colorado
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2013

Really fresh seafood. Outstanding service. Great atmosphere. We ending up the several times during the week.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 26, 2012 via mobile

like i said, nothing special. There is also a burger joint here which is said to be the best in town. probably the worst imho

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Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina
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37 reviews 37 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2012

We happened to go here at last week of rainy season and yes, during lunch, it rained.We moved our seats and table around, no problems. It is in parts, in the open, fair warning. The food and service was great and bare in mind, pricing is more in line with the States then say a local CR soda. The service... More 

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Newton, Massachusetts
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19 reviews 19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2012

On our first night in CR we needed a nice bite to eat. I ordered the red snapper and was very satisfied as the fish was very fresh and tasty.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Main Street, Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playas del Coco

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Outdoor seating

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?