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Picante Restaurant and Bar

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Central American
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at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
506 2670 0129
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  • 35
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  • 15
    Very good
  • 3
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  • 1
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Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Beautiful View and Good Food

We ate here three times during our stay in Coco. The food and the service was very good. The restaurant overlooks the pool and the beach, a beautiful setting.

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 14, 2015
FrankLeigh
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Dundas, Ontario
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Dundas, Ontario
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

We ate here three times during our stay in Coco. The food and the service was very good. The restaurant overlooks the pool and the beach, a beautiful setting.

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Elmwood, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015

Best meal we had in Costa Rica ! Great service and beautiful setting. We had sea bass and coconut shrimp. There are new signs showing the location but make sure you have gps or have directions.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

My friends and I stayed at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort over New Years. We ate many meals at Picante because of the delicious home cooked meals, fun cocktails and excellent service. I am dreaming of my black bean dip and guacamole, fresh fish and shrimp dishes, chicken fajitas and even a spicy curry! Yes, we really did eat most... More 

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Rogers, Arkansas
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32 reviews 32 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2015

We traveled to CR during high season between Christmas and New Years Day. By far we felt the seafood at this restaurant was the best we ate while there. We tried a few other restaurants but while Picante had great service since is off the beaten path, the others had poor service. We ended up eating in most of the... More 

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Johnson City, TN
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69 reviews 69 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2015

We had a great lunch here. Very reasonable pricing. Lunch for 4 was about $45. Kids loved the smoothies.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2014

Caesar and company are excellent and very accommodating. The views are beautiful of the pool and a few steps down to the ocean. The best time to go in early evening right before the sun goes down. As you descend to the restaurant you can stop and see the ocean from the mountain and capture the sun hitting the rocks.... More 

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Vancouver, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2014

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

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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30 reviews 30 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 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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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

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  • Cuisine: Central American

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