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“Average at Best” 2 of 5 stars
Review of El Hicaco

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El Hicaco, Jaco, Costa Rica   |  
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Ranked #28 of 50 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
Miami, Florida
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Average at Best”
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2013

The food was very good, unfortunately the service was awful. And awful would be an understatement. Great ambiance, but I can't reiterate enough how bad the staff treated our party. As far as the food is concerned would definitely recommend the lobster, sea bass, shrimp combination.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 stars Service
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 stars
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3 of 5 stars
  • Cleanliness
    4 of 5 stars
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Very well appointed and situated. Dine as the Pacific tides in, feet from you, with light accents and music pumped onto the beach. Best food from our time in Jaco. A seafood place of class. Service kurt. That's a shame. Tip in cash required.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
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40 reviews 40 reviews
10 hotel reviews
Reviews in 16 cities Reviews in 16 cities
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 8, 2013

I can't say enough good things about this restaurant - the service is great, waiters are attentive and speak Enlish very well (which is something I would never expect or ask for, but truly appreciate and respect), the food is GREAT, and the location is THE BEST - half of the dining room consists of an open air deck on the beach overlooking the ocean. It is truly the perfect location in Jaco. I appreciated that the restaurant was fairly upscale (compared to most others in the area) but that the prices were very reasonable and well worth the food, setting, and service. We never felt rushed or hurried. I wish I had tried more menu items, but I can vouch for the lobster, beef tenderloin, ceviche, and margaritas - all perfectly prepared and super tasty. My husband visited the restaurant earlier in the week for their all you can eat lobster buffet and said it was awesome. If you get the chance to visit El Hicaco, definitley do it - it's a wonderful place to eat, drink, relax, and enjoy the beach and fresh air.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

This place it great for a nice meal and elegant dining. The food is a bit pricey for what you get, but the atmosphere is worth it if you're craving a nice outdoor beachside spot. While a couple other restaurants may have better food, this food is quite good and no others offer dining beachside or with a high end style.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 5 of 5 stars Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 6, 2012 via mobile

Had late lunch here while visiting Jaco. Very modern and nice on the beach. Service was excellent, menu was good and food was tasty. Menu was more for dinner but we had no trouble finding a variety of dishes. Waiters all spoke good English. Would definitely eat here again! The view is outstanding of the ocean and surfers.

Stayed December 2012, traveled as a couple
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Denver, CO
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55 helpful votes 55 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2012

We had so many great meals on our trip, but this was not one of them. It s not that the food was bad, it was just nothing great. For the price, you want more. However, the playground and chicken fingers were a hit with our kids. Would I come back? Well, maybe for an app and cocktail at sunset. The kids just really enjoyed it

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled with family
    • 2 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Location
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2012

We had a wonderful dinner - four of us ate four different entrees and all were delicious. We sat ourside - had a ceiling fan - watched the sunset and enjoyed this dining experience a lot. Restaurant was clean and well appointed - and food delicious

  • Stayed November 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Address: El Hicaco, Jaco, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
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Ranked #28 of 50 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
Also Known As:
El Hicaco Costa Rica/Jaco

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