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next to El Velero Hotel, Playa Hermosa 11502, Costa Rica
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Good for:
Local cuisine

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Rating summary
  • Food
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3 of 5 stars
  • Value
    2.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    3 of 5 stars
Good but spendy

The food was very good but double check you bill. Pretty sure we were overcharged $20. Language barrier is a bit tough to get thru. Hard to order if they don't understand what you are saying.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 15, 2015
Michele B
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Lynnwood, Washington, United States
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  • Local cuisine
  • Dinner
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Stacy, Minnesota
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2015

Let me start by saying we did not eat here. We stopped for a couple beers late in the evening with another couple. The kitchen is in the rear and has an entry from the alley that opens into from a bedroom. The kitchen was a mess and the bedroom was unkempt and looked nasty (the two are attached). Moreover,... More 

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Lynnwood, Washington, United States
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5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

The food was very good but double check you bill. Pretty sure we were overcharged $20. Language barrier is a bit tough to get thru. Hard to order if they don't understand what you are saying.

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York, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015

This restaurant has singlehandedly ruined playa Hermosa. This is a open walled restaurant. At around 9:00pm he starts karaoke and does not stop till after 1:00 in the morning. You come to playa Hermosa because it is not playa Tamarindo. You expect a laid back relaxing place. This one restaurant wrecks the ambience of the entire village. I'm sure their... More 

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Venice, Florida
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18 reviews 18 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Ticos love it. Gringos stay away. Twice I went there and twice I got screwed over by the servers. This joint takes advantage of gringos by charging more for food and drink PLUS they seem to take pleasure in giving back incorrect change. Food is mediocre at best. Bottom line: stay away, there are too many other places to go.

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Palmer, Massachusetts
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59 reviews 59 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This small local eatery, located across the street from El Velero Hotel, is a hidden gem. We stopped for a quick lunch before a sail boat trip. What a treat - the Casada was the best we had had on this trip. The Mahi-Mahi had a little too much garlic, but was otherwise very good, and the beers were ICE... More 

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St. John's, Canada
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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

A great place to get a taste of authenticity. As a woman alone be aware that you are a mark for robbery. Do not carry valuables and do not walk on the beach after dark. Go to this bar with others and enjoy it but be very cautious otherwise.

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 22, 2014

I was searching for a small family-run seafood place in Playa Hermosa and Pescado Loco was it. Ordered what was fresh each day and had amazing shrimp, sea bass, red snapper and soup. The family that runs it are very nice and welcoming. There's a dinning room and a cool little bar. It's a block off the beach near the... More 

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Rollinsford, New Hampshire
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50 reviews 50 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

From the outside, this looks like a hole in the wall. Inside though you will find a nice dining area with excellent food. My fish dish was moist and tasty as was my wifes selection. The staff didn't speak a lot of english but the menu was in english and they tried their best to be accomodating. Definitely recommended

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New York, New York
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33 reviews 33 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2014

My wife and I wandered into Pescado Loco on night, and we were the only tourists there. However, within minutes, we felt like we were home. Despite our limited Spanish, Floribeth communicated wonderfully with us, and recommended some of the best Mahi Mahi that we had in Costa Rica. She was friendly and welcoming, and even brought us back behind... More 

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New England
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17 reviews 17 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014

We chose this place because it seemed popular with the local Ticos. From the time we ordered until we were served, it was over one hour. Meanwhile there was one table of four who were eating, two other tables had already been waiting before we ordered. No one spoke English, but with our little Spanish we understood that one of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: next to El Velero Hotel, Playa Hermosa 11502, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Hermosa

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine

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