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“Excellent and simple food” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Gringo Curt's Seafood & Vistor Center

Gringo Curt's Seafood & Vistor Center
Center of Drake Bay, Drake Bay, Costa Rica
+506 6198 5899
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Ranked #1 of 12 Restaurants in Drake Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $7 - $14
Cuisines: Seafood, South American, Central American
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Good for: Families with children, Scenic view
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating
Madrid, Spain
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112 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 80 helpful votes
“Excellent and simple food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014

We went twice for dinner at Curt's restaurant. He is charming, and he gave us so many advices about the region. It was great having him telling us interesting things while we eat his delicious dishes. If you ask for one dish, two persons will eat. Try the banana-pineapple- papaya rhum shake... Amazing!

Visited May 2014
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Groningen, Groningen, Netherlands
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2014

Food is really good. Catch of day the day, prepared deliciously. Only three things on the menu, they are all good. The spaghetti isn't really a spaghetti, since its prepared the same as the fish with the same seasoning - but still nice.
Friendly owner and a lot of birds close by to watch.

  • Visited January 2014
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Richmond, Virginia
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17 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“Friendly folks and delicious food!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

Curt is located pretty much in the center of Drake Bay and has a Trip Advisor sign on his building, so he is hard to miss. We visited him based on all of the great reviews that I had read and we were not disappointed! The place is tiny, but please don't be put off by the few tables, limited menu and nearly invisible kitchen, as the food was absolutely delicious and the conversation may have been better! Curt and his current volunteer, Joe, are very personable and the kind of folks I would hang with if I lived in Drake Bay. They are both from Idaho or Iowa... one of the I states... and are very down to earth. The best part about Curt was that he knows how lucky he is to be living his dream and he LOVES this amazing natural environment as much as any Tico. He is also extremely knowledgeable about Drake Bay and happily shares this knowledge with his visitors. This is also some of the most flavorful food that we have eaten in CR, fresh from the sea and freshly prepared to order. Portions are huge!! Good job Curt! Hope to see you again one day!

Visited May 2014
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Northampton, United Kingdom
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43 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Great Seafood”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2014

This is a small restaurant at the top of the hill but well worth the walk. The menu depends on what has been caught that day and the fish cooked in banana leaves with spices is marvellous, plenty for two people to share. Bring your own beer and wine and Kurt will keep it in the fridge for you. Excellent place to eat.

Visited March 2014
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Ottawa, Canada
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82 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 50 helpful votes
“Just average”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Any place that serves good food in Drake Bay deserves a medal and the food at Curt's is definitely above the Costa Rica average. The portions are HUGE. No I'm not kidding, and Curt is not kidding either. One portion can easily feed 3 people... Also the boozy cocktails are really boozy, might I say a little too boozy (not that I'm complaining :)). Dish #1 is significantly better than the second and third option on the menu which is why this place is only getting an average review. Even dish #1 could have been executed better. The piece of fish was quite greasy, salty and on the drier side.
Don't get me wrong, it was a good meal but it should have been executed better. However if you spend a few nights in Drake Bay, definitely give Curt a try!

Visited April 2014
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