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Buena Esperanza

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South American, Costa Rican
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between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Buena Esperanza

Another visit to Martina's and Martina even joined us. Great food, Great Drinks, Great Place. The tuna was prepared perfectly and enjoyed by all. The local surfers dropped by for a beverage and a bite to eat. Always fun!

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
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Edmonds, Washington
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Edmonds, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Another visit to Martina's and Martina even joined us. Great food, Great Drinks, Great Place. The tuna was prepared perfectly and enjoyed by all. The local surfers dropped by for a beverage and a bite to eat. Always fun!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

ABSOLUTELY LOVED Martina's. I was staying in the surrounding area and visited this bar/restaurant for 3 nights out of the 5 I was in the area. The tuna steak meal is divine, so is the Mahi mahi. So fresh and delicious. Cooked to perfection. It is what bought me back every time. The ambience is great. Nice and chilled. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Buena Esperanza is one of a kind bar and restaurant. Its a great stop on your way to Carate or when you visit the Osa. Firday nights are mostly packed and a DJ is playing music for a good mix of locals and visitors from the surrounding lodges and houses. Great food and cold drinks. Just an easy place Food... More 

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Charlotte, Vermont
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

This is the perfect spot to grab a beer and watch the local scene. Everyone meets at Martina's. No visit to the Osa is complete without at least one Friday night at this landmark by the sea.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was the only place to watch Costa Rica play the Netherlands in the World Cup. It was a lot of fun. Adults, kids and pets all crowded around 2 -- 32" televisions to watch the game. Martina sells 2 kinds of beer--Imperial and Pilser. She had soda pop and wonderful ice cream for the children, and water bowls for... More 

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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We went to Martina's with a group of 6 adults and 8 young adults. I took the order for our group as nobody else showed up to do so. I placed and served the drink orders and I took and served the food. The owner was drunk or high and wanted to get into the pants of her cutie bartendress.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Overpriced, but where else are you going to go to eat if you're in this area? It's the only restaurant around. Delicious fresh food in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. On Fridays it's market night so the crowds come out - it's a fun party vibe on this night, and you have to be very patient in waiting for your dinner.... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2014

My family and I visited Cabo Matopalo a couple weeks ago, and hit up Martina's one night after it looking like a fun scene. We've never written a bad review before but we agree this encounter is worthy. The food was phenomenal. The service was TERRIBLE. The bartender/server was so rude, it was almost unbelievable, like we were on a... More 

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Francestown, New Hampshire
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2014

We have been coming here every year for 4 years food is amazing drinks are cold people are friendly kids are welcome even in there underwear lol we have a three year old who danced the night away and played with there hula hoops of what fun he had the open air market is just amazing and the homemade ice... More 

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Guelph, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

We really enjoyed relaxing over cold cervezas at Martina's. So much so that we came back a second time for dinner. The food was really good - we had some killer mahi mahi, tune and smoked pork chops. So tasty.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Osa Peninsula

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American, Costa Rican

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