My girlfriend wanted a place to dine by the beach that wasn't a bar and served something more high-end than street food. We wandered to El Hicaco and it turned out pretty well. They had a trio playing on the beach (flute, guitar, and hand drums) that was rather outstanding and certainly added to the experience. About all I can say for the food, wine, and service was that it was all pretty decent quality and met our expectations.
It was about what we'd expect from a similar style restaurant on the beach in northern California, both in terms of quality and price. That is to say, expensive and quality somewhere between "good" and "very good." It definitely seemed more oriented toward tourists. But for what it was, it fit the role perfectly. The beachfront location made up for any shortcomings.
We returned twice for coffee the following days in the afternoon. Again, price and quality were around what we expected (not cheap, but not a rip-off). Service quality during the daytime when things are slower takes a steep dive back down to normal Latin American levels where the customer is basically forgotten after the order is delivered. You pretty much have to flap your arms wildly to get noticed and ask for the check two or three times (doesn't matter if in Spanish or English).
Basically if you've dined at a reasonably-priced restaurant on a beach in the US you can expect a familiar experience here, only with worse service during the day. Still I give it an extra point for being in a lovely setting and having great music in the evening.
- Also Known As:
- El Hicaco Costa Rica/Jaco