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The Papaya Lounge Restaurant

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Seafood, Contemporary, Tapas, Costa Rican
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Mal Pais, Mal Pais 000, Costa Rica
00506 26400230
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Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 84
    Excellent
  • 13
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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  • 0
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Best sunset view

Best view and great atmosphere, staff was friendly and great variety of drinks and food. Decor was pleasant and very comfortable! Bruno again was taking care of all our needs!

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 15, 2015
Marie_Claude583
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Mont Tremblant, Canada
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Bar scene
  • Scenic view
  • Romantic
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Mont Tremblant, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 15, 2015

Best view and great atmosphere, staff was friendly and great variety of drinks and food. Decor was pleasant and very comfortable! Bruno again was taking care of all our needs!

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Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015 via mobile

Loved this place. View is beautiful, food is fantastic. Order the octopus, is sublime. Prices for the tapas are reasonable, and I appreciated the fact that they take credit - debit cards unlike the majority of places in Malpais. In my opinion, the best place in the area. If you are in Malpais, do visit this place, you won t... More 

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Port Carling, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

This is the best restaurant I have been to in Mal Pais. There is a bit of a climb getting to it. But once you taste the food, you won't regret those flights of stairs you just conquered. This fine-dining restaurant has a soup that is delightfully light and super tasty. The 7 taster's meal serves up a wide variety... More 

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Auburn, Alabama
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Great food, Great price! You won't be disappointed with whatever dish you select. Try to go at Sunset, Moana Hotel has the best view, and the restaurant has a wide, open deck-perfect for fresh air, and watching the sun go down.

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Vail, Colorado
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30 reviews 30 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

We loved waking up every morning and enjoying tea and breakfast at Papaya Lounge. We tried something new every day and my favorite was by far the banana bread french toast. The dinners there are exceptional and happy hour drinks were refreshing.

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Williamsburg, Virginia
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

My husband and I were looking for a restaurant with a great view of the sunset over the ocean in Mal Pais, and we couldn't have done better than the Papaya Lounge! This open-air restaurant and bar is situated above the canopy (be prepared to walk up A LOT of steps) and as a result has the most breathtaking view... More 

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Bellingham, Washington
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

...not the service. Ambiance and view were amazing as were the delicious happy hour drinks...once we got them. :)

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London, United Kingdom
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138 reviews 138 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2015

chic little bar and great cocktails - good music and friendly people all in all a very welcome place to start or finish an evening out in Santa Teresa on the Nicoya peninsula.

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Wenatchee, Washington, United States
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 via mobile

We wanted to see the sunset from the highest point around us and this restaurant was right next door to where we were staying. The stair climb was no big deal, easy and safe. Our problem was when we got to the top, there was no shade to be had plus the plastics seats made for a very sweaty combination.... More 

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Madison, Wisconsin
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

We were in Mal Pais for a week and had our best meals at the Papaya Lounge. It's a bit of a climb up the many stairs to the top of the slope but well worth it for the amazing view over the ocean. Our meals were excellent. We felt like we should be trying other places, but after a... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mal Pais, Mal Pais 000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Mal Pais
  • Phone Number: 00506 26400230

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 18
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Contemporary, Tapas, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?