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“Best Kept Secret in Playa Hermosa” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Bistro Restaurant at Hotel La Finisterra

Bistro Restaurant at Hotel La Finisterra
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
+1 506 2672 0227
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Ranked #13 of 20 Restaurants in Playa Hermosa
Cuisines: Bistro
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Good for: Scenic view, Entertaining clients, Local cuisine, Romantic, Doing business, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: The “tropics” has its own style of enjoying food and refreshments outdoors. Lighter Meals and casual snacks (bocas) while relaxing in the delicious tropical environment seems to be a basic part of the lifestyle here.“Hotel La Finisterra’s” open air restaurant and viewpoint patios have all the ingredients to make this pastime not only possible but something you will remember. We do with panache! There is no other nearby restaurant with the panoramic, ocean and beach views that compares with the incredible views from “Hotel La Finisterra” the perfect place to take in a tropical sunset in paradise.This year “La Finisterra” presents two new menus and a new direction in our cuisine and restaurant style. Our new focus is a more informal “Tapas” style approach with smaller dishes and a selection of lighter lower cost menu items. Our cuisine is individually prepared using the freshest local ingredients by our professional chef and kitchen staff. Guest services are available in any of our dining area locations.
Wyoming, Minnesota
1 review
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best Kept Secret in Playa Hermosa”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2014

We've visited 3 times. Happy hour once (4 attending), breakfast once (6 attending) and happy hour & a meal (6 attending). Maybe only 5-8 tables served during visits. Happy hour (5-7) is 50% of drinks and appetizers. Price for couple with 4 drinks, Steak and Sea Bass was $56 US dollars with tax plus tip (plus added another $3 tip) - comparable to maybe dinner in US (Minnesota) for $80-$95 (but cost of drinks were only $14 for 4 drinks). Steak and Sea Bass were both prepared very, very well (presentation, temperature and taste). Sunday breakfast - 5 of 6 meals very good (being 4 egg preparations and 1 fruit plate), 1 breakfast meal of waffles did not meet expectations. We think this is a very good value for your money. This is our first time in Playa Hermosa (here for 4 weeks). We plan to visit La Finisterra at least a couple of more times during our stay here.

  • Visited January 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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English first
Atlanta, Georgia
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 10 cities Reviews in 10 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Okay”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2014

We had high expectations for this restaurant given its rating. The food was nothing exceptional for the price. We did not feel the cerviche was wonderful. The cooked fish was over cooked.

Visited December 2013
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Goose Creek, SC
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43 reviews 43 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 28 cities Reviews in 28 cities
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
“Disappointing”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2014

I read great reviews about seeing beautiful sunsets from the terrace. However, when we visited in December, the sun set out of view of the terrace. Service was slow and the food was very disappointing. We also thought it was very overpriced.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 2 of 5 stars Food
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Ottawa, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
“Great view and food, excellent drinks”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2013

We stayed at Villa Ted, steps away from La Finisterra. We had a very nice lunch on the patio and went back fro drinks on Christmas eve. The view of the beach is amazing, Food is also good, very fresh and tasty. Service is friendly and professional.

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Woodinville, Washington
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16 reviews 16 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Paradise”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2013

The view of a great sunset over playa hermosa...spanish guitar playing in the background...warm breeze on the terrace...i had a delicious version of papparadelle noodles with fresh seafood, my wife had fresh calimari and a caesar salad with enormous fresh prawns...add some good chilean savignon blanc for her and some aged nicaraguan rum on the rocks for me and this all added up to one perfect night. We had heard that there was new ownership and that it was very expensive...prices were very reasonable for this type of meal with a very special ambience...wouldnt hesitate to wholeheartedly recommend!

  • Visited December 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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