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“Italian dining in a tropical setting” 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 33 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
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16 reviews 16 reviews
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“Italian dining in a tropical setting”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 1, 2013 via mobile

We find out about this pace by mouth. Than we checked TA and felt a strong need to go. the setting of the restaurant is idyllic, tables arranged under massive trees offering full privacy. The view over the beach and Pacific Ocean is stunning, it can't be more tropical and romantic. The owner is a very charming Italian lady who hosts the restaurant with the typical Italian flair. The rest if the staff is very friendly and is professional. The food is the biggest surprise: in chocolate dipped large shrimps on a bed of avocado mousse is like an explosion of taste in your mouth. You wish it came with many more shrimps.... The gazpacho with shrimps and couscous is another starter you have to try! As a main we had a whole barracuda, grilled with fresh thyme, a light crispy skin and soft and juicy meat; it cannot taste better. The menu offers the most beautiful choice: fondant of chocolate, made of Costa Rican chocolate in a clay pot, a must try. Whenever you visit the area, book a table and live in a dream for one evening!

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Montreal, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“No better dining experience in Montezuma!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2012

Hands down the most romantic setting and dining experience in Montezuma. Food is so fresh, creative, and delicious and you will want to go back time and time again! Doesn't have to be expensive if you get a bunch of appetizers and try a little bit of everything. However, the main courses are often too temping to pass up! Decisions decisions...

Visited December 2012
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Jupiter Florida
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“Love this place”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

The food in Montezuma is fantatsic, and this restaurant is no exception. The menu changes often. and the quality of the food and the selection would fit in beautifully at a restaurant in NYC or San Francisico--excpet here you have the surf lapping near the table and and sand underfoot. One of Montezuma's best!

Visited November 2012
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Raleigh, North Carolina
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“Whole barracuda? Yes please!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 11, 2012

What a beautiful atmosphere! I love that the menu changes daily based on what the chef finds fresh locally. I had a whole barracuda wrapped around grilled bell pepper, with polenta colored with squid ink and a green sauce. For dessert was the chocolate blackberry torte. My main dish was $20, so this is probably one of the priciest places in town, but definitely worth a visit!

Visited December 2012
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louisville, ky USA
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19 restaurant reviews
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“Best restaurant in costa rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2012

playa de los artistas was the best restaurant i experienced while in costa rica. the food and service were impeccable. the atmosphere was incredible. the look, the design, the bathroom, the outdoor fireplace, the outdoor pizza oven, the fresh fish, the view, the art, the bathroom, the artist created menu cover and hand printed daily menu combined to create an incomparable experience. Though i listed the restaurant as a casual sit down (because it is a casual dress laid back place), the price is not casual. Price for 2 with drinks was approximately $70 US.

  • Visited November 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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