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Buena Esperanza (Martina's Bar)

between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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Ranked #16 of 43 Restaurants in Osa Peninsula
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Costa Rican
Dining options: Late Night
Most recent review
- Jul 16, 2014
Restaurant details
Dining options: Late Night
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  • English first
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English first
Edmond, Oklahoma
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
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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47 reviews 47 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
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
Top Contributor
60 reviews 60 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
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
2 reviews
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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49 reviews 49 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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12 reviews 12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
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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Mason, Wisconsin
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2014

On our recent trip to the Osa we went for a drive and on the way back we stopped at Martina's for drinks and something to eat. The quesadillas were delicious! Two other couples came in while we were eating and ordered the Casada (smoked pork chop meal). My husband thought it looked so good that we decided to go... More

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Dominical, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2013

A very comfortable place to lounge and enjoy a drink and some grub. Wednesday pizza nights are not to be missed also. Martina is the owner and is a lovely lady. After a day of surf this is my new go to place. When in town come check it out for yourself .

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Merritt Island, Florida, United States
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 10, 2013

If you ever find yourself in this part of the world , hot , thirsty , a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of the rainforest and just how small of a footprint you leave in the world out here, and you happen upon this place, GOD must love you !!! With a smile and a beer(you might need water first)you... More

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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2013

you gotta understand what martina and crew have to accomplish to bring euro style killer grinds, alaskan cold cerveza and top shelf cocktails with a dance till you drop sound system. this unique joint has grown from candles and a boombox to THE place to be on the osa especially on pizza night (wed) and farmers market (fri). but on... More

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