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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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English first
Saint Louis, Missouri
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4 reviews 4 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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Alkmaar, The Netherlands
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 14, 2014

We did not stay at the resort but went here te see the beach. Ended up staying there the whole day enjoying the beach, the pool and the drinks and a delicious lunch :)

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Washington, D.C.
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72 reviews 72 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2014

We had an opportunity to try Picante again after a two year absence. They've expanded the menu and it is even better. It reflects a good mix of Costa Rican but also global cuisine. The service was great and, as always, you can't beat the outdoor ocean view setting. The Thai Curry was particularly great as are their creative salads.

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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

what a joy to discover how fabulous this restaurant was. Cesar is absolutely the best bartender / waiter we have seen in ages. So friendly and helpful. Food was incredible. Creative dishes with lively taste.

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Senior Contributor
26 reviews 26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2014

We really enjoyed the salads and the offerings from the bar. The service was also very good: polite and attentive.

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Jaco, Costa Rica
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2014

Delicious food. We went twice. The place is beautiful. Food variety is perfect. Food quality outstanding! Service is good. Price is right. Treat yourself and go. We had the ceviche, red snapper, burgers, margaritas etc everything yummy!

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Columbus, Ohio
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8 reviews 8 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2014

Delicious food on the beach. I loved the mahi-mahi. Expensive but worth it. I would definitely eat there again.

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wisconsin
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16 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2014

We got yelled at for coming from pool to bar all wet. All our food was good though not great. Laura was a great server and explained a lot to us about all kinds of places. We always looked for her.

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Atlanta
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23 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2014

We went with our 2 small daughters and had a lovely evening. We just ordered a carribean style ceviche and another type of ceviche served in an avocado, both of which were excellent. The carribean style was some of the best I've had. Our girls split a spaghetti and were very happy. The best part, though, was the 4 man... More

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