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The Papaya Lounge Restaurant

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Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary, South American, Costa Rican
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Mal Pais, Mal Pais 000, Costa Rica
00506 26400230
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Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Dinner, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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What a view!!

Best ceviche in Mal Pais ! Tapas were excellent, good service, ambiance is great, would go back anytime.

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Quebec City, Canada
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Quebec City, Canada
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18 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Best ceviche in Mal Pais ! Tapas were excellent, good service, ambiance is great, would go back anytime.

Thank Tommy007bond
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65 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate at Papaya Lounge twice. We are so happy that they have reopened! The restaurant is totally worth the hike up the stairs as it grants you a sweeping view of the coastline. When the moon is out, you have another fantastic view. The tapas choices are varied and it is fun to share. Service can be a bit... More 

Thank DebbietheTraveler
Missoula, Montana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great food, great staff! Can't say enough about it. Lobster was 5 stars and so were the cocktails! Enjoy the amazing sunsets and howler monkeys!

Thank Ryan S
Asheville, North Carolina
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13 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Tapas were ok, not the best we've had, but definitely enjoyed the dining experience at papaya. The best one was the fresh caught fish tapa, a white fish. Delicious. Steer clear of the calamari, we tried one bite and couldn't eat it. Gambas were tiny little shrimps but the sauce was tasty. In sum, they have 2 for one cocktails... More 

Thank J W
Olympia, Washington
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2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2016 via mobile

My husband and I ate here our last night in Mal Pais and we were sad we didn't try it earlier. We ate octopus and a white fish that was to die for! All the tapas were so very delicious!!!

Thank cassylundblad
Missoula, Montana
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015 via mobile

The papaya lounge is an amazing place to watch the sunset. The food here is also top notch. Camilla and Carla can whip up some amazing drinks. Ask for the Gringo Andy.

Thank MarshallTaylorMT
San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We ate breakfast here for the 3 days we stayed at Moana Lodge Hotel. The food was great and the ocean view was awesome.

Thank GustavoMC
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42 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 6, 2015

We went to Papaya to enjoy the view with a good cup of coffee. We went up a long a hill and after I don't know how many stairs, we found out that the place is only open for breakfast. There are no signs that indicate this. The managing staff should warn you.

Thank jose b
London, United Kingdom
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26 reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2015

It was my boyfriends bday, and they so very kindly agreed to serve breakfast even if we didnt stay there. Really lovely service, great people, but the food was just average, compensated by a great view, of course;)

Thank Olga F
Mont Tremblant, Canada
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6 reviews
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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!

Thank Marie_Claude583

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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, Spanish, Contemporary, South American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?