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Bistro Restaurant at Hotel La Finisterra

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Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
+1 506 2672 0227
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The “tropics” has its own style of enjoying food and refreshments...
The “tropics” has its own style of enjoying food and refreshments outdoors. Lighter Meals and casual snacks (bocas) while relaxing in the delicious tropical environment seems to be a basic part of the lifestyle here.“Hotel La Finisterra’s” open air restaurant and viewpoint patios have all the ingredients to make this pastime not only possible but something you will remember. We do with panache! There is no other nearby restaurant with the panoramic, ocean and beach views that compares with the incredible views from “Hotel La Finisterra” the perfect place to take in a tropical sunset in paradise.This year “La Finisterra” presents two new menus and a new direction in our cuisine and restaurant style. Our new focus is a more informal “Tapas” style approach with smaller dishes and a selection of lighter lower cost menu items. Our cuisine is individually prepared using the freshest local ingredients by our professional chef and kitchen staff. Guest services are available in any of our dining area locations.
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Good for:
Romance
Doing business
Local cuisine
Special occasions
Scenic view
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 42
    Excellent
  • 25
    Very good
  • 8
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 9
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
great view, mediocre food

The view from this restaurant/hotel is well worth the hike up the hill. We had dinner and were disappointed in the food quality. My recommendation: go for happy hour (5-7), but have dinner elsewhere.

3 of 5 starsReviewed March 20, 2015
shoppernc
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charlotte, nc
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Doing business
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Scenic view
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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92 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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charlotte, nc
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

The view from this restaurant/hotel is well worth the hike up the hill. We had dinner and were disappointed in the food quality. My recommendation: go for happy hour (5-7), but have dinner elsewhere.

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

You cannot beat this view! Word of advice, drive here because the hill is a killer! The food and drinks are great but they are pretty pricey. It recently changed management, I'm hoping they reign in the prices a bit. The menu doesn't offer much, but what it does they do quite well. The atmosphere is very relaxed and the... More 

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Marina, California
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

I ordered a Cobb salad, and was pleasantly surprised at their fresh, light take on the old standard. Everyone at our large table was happy with their dinner selections. We dined on the terrace overlooking the bay. No mosquitoes, but we saw a large locust inside on a shelf in the bar area (probably harmless). Our waiter cheerfully took photos... More 

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Kensington, Maryland, USA
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21 reviews 21 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

Arrived at 5:30pm and sat on their patio sipping a cocktail, munching on calamari and nachos and watched the sun set. Life is good in Costa Rica. We stayed for dinner and had a nice meal. Sea bass, spare ribs and a decent steak. Good service but a bit pricey for what you get.

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Dundas, Ontario
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This restaurant is on the top of a hill, with a spectacular view of Playa Hermosa and the surrounding hills. We went here for drinks and "bocas" (appetizers). After the appetizers, which were all excellent, no one was still hungry, so we just enjoyed another drink and the view.

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Farmington, CT
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35 reviews 35 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

High up overlooking Playa Hermosa a condo complex with its own restaurant, pool, bar, terrace called Finestra. The restaurant has a magnificent view of the beach and surrounding area. They have Happy Hour on the deck every night. Drinks were very good and 1/2 price. The food a little pricey but excellent quality and amounts. We each had something different... More 

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Sarasota
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47 reviews 47 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2015

On or last night in Costa Rica we wanted to try something special. We were disappointed with the poor quality of the meal served in a beautiful location. The event was further marred by a lengthy disagreement between a couple--certainly not the restaurant's fault--one of them had far too much to drink. The quality of the meal did not come... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2015

We have been in Playa Hermosa for five year and stayed for 3 months. We never, never had such bad experience with this restaurant. We come for coffee and order an expresso...(we got just plain coffee but paid for an expresso) we order each 2 brandy and a desert that we shared. The total cost for $107.00... The cost of... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

the new management is reaping people off... we had 2 "bad so called expresso and each of us a 2 brandy +one dessert our bill was 110.00 dollars!!! The brandy (poor ) cost us Over 70.00!! What a joke.. we will never return to this place and choose to go to El Suenio, good people and good entertainement..We learned our... More 

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Boston, Massachusetts
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16 reviews 16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

My wife and I were recommended to visit this restaurant based on another couple's positive experience. We were further enticed to visit the restaurant because of an advertisement in The Howling Monkey coupon book, something we picked up at our nearby hotel. However, our experience for a light meal was not worthwhile and we would not recommend. On the positive,... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Hermosa
  • Phone Number: +1 506 2672 0227

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Bistro

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romance, Doing business, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Entertaining clients

Description

The “tropics” has its own style of enjoying food and refreshments outdoors. Lighter Meals and casual snacks (bocas) while relaxing in the delicious tropical environment seems to be a basic part of the lifestyle here.“Hotel La Finisterra’s” open air restaurant and viewpoint patios have all the ingredients to make this pastime not only possible but something you will remember. We do with panache! There is no other nearby restaurant with the panoramic, ocean and beach views that compares with the incredible views from “Hotel La Finisterra” the perfect place to take in a tropical sunset in paradise.This year “La Finisterra” presents two new menus and a new direction in our cuisine and restaurant style. Our new focus is a more informal “Tapas” style approach with smaller dishes and a selection of lighter lower cost menu items. Our cuisine is individually prepared using the freshest local ingredients by our professional chef and kitchen staff. Guest services are available in any of our dining area locations.

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