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Picante Restaurant and Bar

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South American, Central American
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at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
506 2670 0129
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Elegant dining with a beautiful view to match!

We ate here twice. Both times we had the lunch fish of the day special. One time it was sautéed mahi mahi and another time it was grouper. For $10 it came with rice/beans, salad, and fried plantain chips. We also enjoyed ceviche but I should have asked for the mix ceviche which would have come... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 2 days ago
Jrpatterson
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We ate here twice. Both times we had the lunch fish of the day special. One time it was sautéed mahi mahi and another time it was grouper. For $10 it came with rice/beans, salad, and fried plantain chips. We also enjoyed ceviche but I should have asked for the mix ceviche which would have come with a variety of... More 

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Thank Jrpatterson
Sarasota, Florida
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited Picante several times during our stay in January 2016. The restaurant continues to provide the best food, service and ambience in the area. The shrimp soup/bisque is loaded with fresh and succulent fish served in a perfectly seasoned cream base soup. The sea bass sambuca is a unique dish, full of sweet and savory notes that perfectly complement... More 

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Thank Minnetristagirl
Sonoma Valley, California
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

The food was fantastic. The views are beautiful. Great selection for a family. Service was great and friendly. would recommend to anyone staying at the Bahia Pez Bela resort in Playa Ocotal. Or for anyone looking for a good meal in the area.

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2 Thank Shannon K
Ferndale, Washington
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42 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2015

The hotel we stayed at recommended this as a dining choice, took us a bit to find it in the dark but we found it. We were a little concerned that no one else appeared to be dining there but that did not deter us. The food was actually very good and the staff was attentive. It was certainly not... More 

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1 Thank Gerg2003
Montreal
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 133 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2015

This little gem of a place became part of our daily routine when coming to the beach here...the restaurant provides free parking and when dining here, you have access to the beach chairs and pool as well. Part of Bahia Pez Vela resort, this restaurant has everything you would need or want; a great ocean and infinity pool view, super... More 

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1 Thank wolf55
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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62 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 14, 2015 via mobile

We originally were driving here to experience Rica Bruja but they were closed due to new ownership and remodelling so we stoped to ask a local Canadian who suggested Picante...so we followed the up and down curvy beach cliff road to find this hidden beach front resort and restaurant. I had the Chipotle Jumbo Shrimp and my husband has the... More 

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1 Thank Swedehill
Billings, Montana
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2015

We had three meals at Picante's while in Costa Rica. We enjoyed every meal and the wait staff was always very friendly and helpful. We felt that the variety of food provided good choices for the entire family of seafood, steak, chicken, and pasta. The outdoor atmosphere is beautiful and peaceful.

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Thank sle406
Sarasota, Florida
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41 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

We enjoyed several fabulous meals at Picante Restaurant in early November. The beach front location and gentle breezes make this a great place to visit for lunch or dinner. Service is EXCELLENT -- bi-lingual, attentive without being intrusive, and knowledgeable. Your water glass will not go empty and your drinks will be refreshed, if you'd like, promptly. The food is... More 

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Thank Minnetristagirl
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216 reviews
161 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015 via mobile

Been a half dozen times. Owner also owns a seafood distribution company, a good sign. Very fresh salads too. For a laugh, order a hamburger. As elsewhere in CR, you will get a burger patty on a bun with a slice of ham atop! Pura vida.

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Thank westlakeh
Chicago, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2015

Great destination place for lunch or dinner. I would recommend taking an afternoon to go there, for either lunch, drinks or dinner to get away from hub bub of Coco.. use the beach and pool in a secluded beautiful setting. The place had diners but not crowded (although off season). Great bar with fantastic drinks. Can sit at bar or... 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: South American, Central American

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?