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“Surreal setting.....meager portions of intriguing food” 4 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
New Milford, Connecticut
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58 reviews 58 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
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“Surreal setting.....meager portions of intriguing food”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2013

It is almost obligatory for anybody traveling to Montezuma to dine at Playa de los Artistes at least once.. The candlelit low tables spread along the sand and set only a few feet from the ocean creates an atmosphere than one can only describe as magical. The Mediterranian inspired menu walks a fine line between being exotic and interesting vs. pretentious and snooty. What we ordered-fish sausage, stuffed calamari with white beans, red snapper was certainly unique and, on the whole, very tasty. However, the portions were little more than tapa size. After spending a very physicaly active day, my body ached for just a bit more food matter. This aside, I certainly DO recommend Playa de los Artistes, if only for the restaurant's dreamy, tropical tranquility.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 2 cities Reviews in 2 cities
“No air kisses for touristas.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2013

The setting of this restaurant is fantastic as is the food... Though you won't find a salad on the menu or much in the way of vegetables at all. The various versions of fish carpaccio are dynamite and almost everything I've tried I've really enjoyed. The dishes are inventive and tasty. The service is ok but the attention from the top verges on disdain. This is off putting. The experience is better at lunch.

  • Visited February 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 3 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Cobourg, Ontario
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
Reviews in 19 cities Reviews in 19 cities
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
“Best in montezuma”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The chef is Italian and he is not afraid to cook! The flavours are amazing! The menu changes every day.The location, on the beach, is stunning. Even the bathroom is gorgeous!

Visited February 2013
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Saskatoon, Canada
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18 restaurant reviews
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
“Wow”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2013

The setting of the restaurant on the coast is beautiful and the food was amazing. Different specials every night. Had seafood soup that was delicious and a greek chicken and broccoli pastry. Excellent. Gin and tonics are huge and tasty!

Visited January 2013
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Standard AB Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
“Beautiful”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2013

We scored the best table in the house...just the two of us enjoying and undisturbed ocean view. The food was delicious, fresh ideas and super unique. We are experienced eaters and know good quality. We loved the setting and presentation.

Visited February 2013
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