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“An oasis in the jungle” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Exotica

Exotica
Main road into Ojochal | 32km south of Dominical, Ojochal, Costa Rica
506-2786-5050
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Ranked #1 of 17 restaurants in Ojochal
Price range: $8 - $26
Cuisines: European, French, Polynesian, Thai, Vietnamese, International, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romance, Doing business, Special occasions, Entertaining clients
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night, Dessert
Description: 32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O
Brentwood, Tennessee
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“An oasis in the jungle”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We enjoyed a delightful dinner at Exotica last night. Very creative menu with a broad spectrum for all different kinds of taste.

You have to endure a little street noise and dust but the atmosphere is quite pleasing. We'd definitely hate to have missed this one.

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Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Calgary
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14 reviews 14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“What a find in the jungle.”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2013

A recommendtion from the locals was definetly a hit. Lucy was busy and an efficient gracious hostess. Always had time for a greeting.
Mixed seafood/french bistro style.
We had the fresh tuna perfectly seared.
Nothing else comes close to this one. This would be a top restaurant in any city but in the middle of the jungle its a precious gem. When in Ojochal . . .

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto, Canada
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 5 cities Reviews in 5 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“great dinner... great service!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

I wish the French could populate kitchens across Costa Rica at least temporarily until all aspiring chefs, cooks and food preparers can learn how to make great food. Tasty entrees, great hospitality, delicious desert and pleasant ambiance- the folks at Exotica know how to bring it. The only thing I could find wrong were the plastic chairs which I was prepared to overlook.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Wantage, United Kingdom
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103 helpful votes 103 helpful votes
“Hybrid Thai/French menu - simple food cooked very well.”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013

This was our best meal to date during our stay on the Pacific coast.

This restaurant is one of a cluster of venues found down some narrow rough tracks on the edge of Ojochal.

It has an eclectic menu, with Thai and French influences the most obvious. A blue cheese salad was simple but well executed. Mains included a Thai style fish curry that was very well received, and a chicken breast in an oriental peanut sauce which was a lot nicer than it sounds. They have an extensive dessert menu, and our choice of passion fruit sorbet was a winner.

Service is courteous and prompt, with the female owner acting as a very pleasant host to all guests. Seating is outside is a sheltered garden area.

  • Visited January 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 4 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Cleveland, Ohio
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“Perfect!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2013

We were a group of 9 celebrating my sister's birthday in Costa Rica and made reservations at Exotica based on an enthusiastic recommendation by our villa hosts. We booked about 2 weeks out because of the popularity and intimate size of the cafe. I am so glad we didn't miss out on this beautiful and delicious evening! Lucy makes you feel like she has invited you into her own home for dinner and wants nothing more than to see you happy. Choosing an entree when they all sounded amazing was indeed difficult but we shared bites of each other's meals so we could experience the incredible flavors of these delectable combinations. At the end of the evening Lucy gave us hugs-a wonderful finish to a memorable birthday dinner!

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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