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“One of the best restaurants anywhere” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Playa de los Artistas

Playa de los Artistas
| Across the street from Los Mangos hote, Montezuma, Costa Rica
26420920
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Ranked #7 of 32 restaurants in Montezuma
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Romance, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Montezuma, Costa Rica
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 3 cities Reviews in 3 cities
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
“One of the best restaurants anywhere”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 26, 2012

Playa de Los Artistas is a very famous place, with a tiny sign in front so most tourists walk right past it and never know what they missed. It's right on the beach so I recommend going early before sunset so you can see the water. A meal here is not just food... it's an epic dining experience that takes 2-3 hours. The food here is art and they have a new menu every day. I live in Montezuma and come here often, as does everyone who lives in town, especially for special occasions or to thrill out-of-town guests. Many people have said it was the best place they've ever eaten.

Visited July 2012
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Ithaca, New York
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 4 cities Reviews in 4 cities
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
“Best meal in Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2012

A memorable experience with innovative and beautiful food, unparalleled ambiance, and unobtrusive service. The sheer variety and quality of food is impressive for a restaurant located in the remote southern Nicoya Peninsula. Also, the quality of the kitchen staff is impressive - best grilled octopus I’ve ever had. Any seafood-lover knows that’s quite challenging.

  • Visited December 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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“Best place ever!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2012

Do not miss it, best food and amazing atmosphere!
This place has gourmet food, very clean ingredients, and is set right on a private beach.
We drove from Santa Teresa, and even if the drive was long and bumpy it was totally worth the time and effort.
We are just sorry we could not go more often!
The ambiance is very romantic and the food outstanding; I will rate this restaurant not only my favorite in Costa Rica, but one of my top in the world.

  • Visited March 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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Shoreacres, Texas
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41 reviews 41 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 17 cities Reviews in 17 cities
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
“Wonderful location, disappointing experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

After seeing the reviews of Playa de los Artistas as one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica, along with being recommended by the locals, we decided to check them out. Each day the hand-written menu changes. We arrived prior to sunset and the surrounds were wonderful. The ambiance is definitely romantic. The wooden chairs were a welcome change to the plastic chairs found in many of the other local eateries. The beach-side location definitely adds to the ambiance. The service was good, yet the meal was not what we were expecting. After having all the hype, we felt let down. The food was decent, but definitely not 'the best in Costa Rica'.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Pittsburgh
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 7 cities Reviews in 7 cities
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
“Delicious and Romantic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We were staying at Amor de Mar a few doors down, and were eager to try this place (it was highly recommended in my guidebook). This little gem did NOT disappoint! All of the tables are on the beach (your feet are actually IN the sand), candlelit with perfect ocean views.

We shared 5 courses of the day and all were fantastic, and incredibly fresh. Do NOT miss this place!

Visited August 2012
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