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Picante Restaurant and Bar

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at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
506 2670 0129
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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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
Nice view, people and food.

Seating overlooks the infinity pool and grounds. You can hear the ocean and almost see the sunset from your chair. The service is nice, the food is nice. I had a lobster tail covered in local seafood that had been sauteed in butter and garlic. Obviously that was good. Prices a the same as in Canada.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 13, 2015
Janet T
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Toronto, Canada
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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2015

Seating overlooks the infinity pool and grounds. You can hear the ocean and almost see the sunset from your chair. The service is nice, the food is nice. I had a lobster tail covered in local seafood that had been sauteed in butter and garlic. Obviously that was good. Prices a the same as in Canada.

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Saskatchewan, Canada
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2015

This is a great little restaurant, food was great, staff were a lot of fun, and the view was also great, black sand beach to see also

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Corvallis, Oregon
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13 reviews 13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 30, 2015

We had four people at dinner and everyone's meal was great. We started our meal with patacones (which came with some black beans), and ceviche pescado. Everything was delicious and beautifully presented. Three of the four of us ordered fish for dinner, everything was perfectly cooked. Each of them came with a lovely sauce. The fishes were slightly over salted,... More 

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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

We had older family members who had different tastes. What a great place and venue! The meals were fantastic, from shrimp to beef and more. It is very relaxed looking over the ocean. The staff were fantastic. It is a little bit out of the way, but not for us who live here. What a great relaxing evening. It is... More 

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St. Catharines, Canada
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

My wife's filet was excellent and my local lobster, although small and not as amply structured as an east coast Maine lobster was prepared properly, served hot, and tasty. The creamy shrimp soup before the entre was decadent! All was proceeding well until we asked for our check. After 30 minutes, I went to the bar to ask for the... More 

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Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Picante is a wonderful small restaurant in Playa Azul just west of Playa Ocotal. Good food, great service and a wonderful small beach to enjoy the evening.

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Madison
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2015

This was our second (and successful) attempt to dine here. Tried the previous evening but they are only open until 9 pm, so when we got to the gated area to enter, the guard informed us it was closed (about 8:40 pm). Understandable, sure they don't want to rush the meal. The restaurant is in a serene ocean setting, with... More 

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Dundas, Ontario
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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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
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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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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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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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