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All 15 Mal Pais Restaurants

Caracolas

Near Pachamama, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
2640 0189
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Ranked #1 of 15 Restaurants in Mal Pais
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Costa Rican
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch
Description: It may be a newer establishment, but one of the best Tica places in Mal Pais, maybe even Costa Rica.

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Fort Wayne, Indiana
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2014

We visited 2x during our week long visit to Malpais. All 3 factors were excellent 1) food 2) atmosphere 3) service. I especially enjoyed the whole red snapper and the margarita with fresh lemons. If u are in the area, it's worth a visit.

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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Me and my girlfriend stopped by Caracolas on our way back to Cabuya, and boy were we surprised. We had seen the restaurant several times before, but had always thought it was just a "typical small soda". We could not have been more wrong, the view was amazing (right on the beach) and the good was amazing (and cheap!) I... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2014

The fish and chicken casados were perfectly seasoned with fresh herbs and juicy. The black beans were cooked with celery, which added a cool flavor. Add a michelada and you're in heaven!

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Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 6, 2014

We ate here one night while in Mal Pais. I had the coconut curry fish and my husband had shrimp skewers. This may have been some of the best food we had while on our trip. Delicious and great views of the beach if you go a little earlier before it gets dark.

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2 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

Right across the road from Pachamama. Great cervichi and calamari! the service was great and after our second visit we were treated as family.

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Atlanta, Georgia
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014

My wife and I fell in love with this place in December of 2013 and returned again in May of 2014. We think that it provides one of the best if not the best views we have ever experienced at a restaurant. Hang out in a hammock by the beach while you wait on your drink, appetizer, or meal. This... More

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Redmond, Washington
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

Highly recommend Caracolas for a romantic dinner on the beach. The food is excellent and the ambiance is incredible. Super friendly family! The caracolas casado was the best fish my husband has every had at a restaurant. Great prices and huge helpings. It was our favorite meal in the week we were in Mal Pais.

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Virginia Beach, Virginia
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

This place was amazing. My wife and I almost never go to the same place twice on vacation, we went here twice and considered a third trip. The food is excellent, fruit smoothies are great, its on the beach, and the price was unbeatable.

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Miami, Florida
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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 19, 2014

I stayed in Cost Rica almost two weeks and this place had the best meals. I had the Caracolas Casado and it was amzing. We also had the guacamole and chips...amazing. We went back the next day for lunch before we left the area. The lady there was very nice, she allowed me to use the phone to call a... More

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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

Right up on the beach. Hammocks everywhere, friendly staff and great food!! They also rent houses that looked very cute..

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