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Picante Restaurant and Bar

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Picante Restaurant and Bar
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at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
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at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
506 2670 0129
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  • 29
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  • 14
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  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Picante Restaurant and Bar

Very quiet and peaceful. A beautiful setting to a private beach.Food was great! Would recommend to all!

5 of 5 starsReviewed December 25, 2014
James B
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Vancouver, Canada
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Vancouver, Canada
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014 NEW

Very quiet and peaceful. A beautiful setting to a private beach.Food was great! Would recommend to all!

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Ottawa, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014 NEW

Nothing particularly memorable other than the slow service. Our group was only 9 people but the staff semed to be struggling to manage. One meal was forgotten altogether so our friend ended up eating after the rest of us were finished. Food was ok. Maybe just an off night.

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Marietta, Georgia
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20 reviews 20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014

This is a wonderful place to enjoy a meal or a drink while overlooking the pool and the beautiful black sand beach beyond. The seafood dishes were very good.

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Portland, Oregon
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29 reviews 29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2014

The only concern we had is this is located in Bahia Pez Vela resort. While the food was good, and the view absolutely beautiful, it was too quiet for us and too far from Ocotal. Pretty much need a 4WD to get there, and then you realize that this is the "White Zone" -- the only Tico's you see are... More 

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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 13, 2014

Sitting by the pool,overlooking the ocean... Leave your troubles at home. The resort community restaurant has the perfect setting. Service was superb. Loved the Batten Verde, a blended mojita, yummy! Fish tacos were terrific! I stayed at the resort for four days and ate there three times, two afternoon snacks by the pool and one dinner. Not open for breakfast.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

the restaurant was awesome the food is good ocean view pool everthing is incredibly. good place to go on a weekend whit your family i recommend you guys to try it out.

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Temecula, California
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11 reviews 11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2014

Picante has really raised the bar! Delicious food, great cocktails and excellent service! We enjoyed many delicious dishes at Picante, but the Casado and the Tuna were outstanding (be sure to order it medium rare). Thank you to Cesar and his staff for making our all our dining experiences at Picante so deliciously fun!

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upton
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14 reviews 14 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

We arrived at Picante after they closed but server checked with cook and decided to stay open. Glad they did as food and service were excellent. I had the sea bass which was fantastic. The view was great. Could only imagine view during day/ sunset as we went after sunset. Wife and kids enjoyed meals too as did friends we... More 

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2014

Great food and the bar staff was really nice. Great view of the beach and you can get your food poolside.

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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

Caesar you rock! thank you for such excellent service! We enjoyed our stay at Bahia Pez Vela. Typical day hanging out pool after our daily outting for coctails and a swim. We were able to stay for dinner two evenings. Ice cold Imperial's, pina colada's, wahito's (mojito margarita). The food and preparation are upscale. Delicious ceviche, Mahi, Lobster. I will... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Ocotal
  • Phone Number: 506 2670 0129

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Central American

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