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All 4 Playa Ocotal Restaurants

Picante Restaurant and Bar

at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
506 2670 0129
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Cuisines: Central American
Dining options: Reservations
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Elmwood, Illinois
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2015 NEW

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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8 restaurant reviews
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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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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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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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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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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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21 restaurant reviews
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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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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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Address: at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
Phone Number: 506 2670 0129
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Ocotal
Cuisine: Central American

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