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“El mejor restaurant / the best restaurant” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Drakes Kitchen, Casa El Tortugo

Drakes Kitchen, Casa El Tortugo
Main Road (Gravel Road) In Front of the Beach, Drake Bay 00000, Costa Rica
+(506)27751405
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Ranked #2 of 9 Restaurants in Drake Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Costa Rican
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Reservations
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
“El mejor restaurant / the best restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2014

We have been to this restaurant in February and it was the best restaurant we met in Costa Rica! The food was so delicious and look so nice! The waitress was more than friendly and the atmosphere was a bit romantic. It is close to the beach so you can hear the waves and they put some candles on the table! If you are in Drake bay, you definitly have to visit this restaurant!!
Muchos gracias!!

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Richmond, Virginia
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15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Awesomeness”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

This little place is just on the way into or out of the tiny town of Drake Bay and let me just say that it's #1 ranking is more than justified! The food was AMAZING!!! We ate here our 2nd night in town upon the recommendation of our awesome tour guide Carlos, in addition to having read many stellar reviews on Trip Advisor prior to us leaving the US. There were many Ticos dining at the tables when we arrived, which is always a good sign, and the server took a second to get to us but was SUPER sweet when she greeted us. At this point I should say that half of the charm of CR is that things run at a slower pace... enjoy it, don't be an impatient hater. I took advantage of the hammock and when our food arrived it was freakin AWESOME!! You MUST eat here if you are in Drake Bay! I more than promise you that you will not be disappointed. The pasta with tomato cream sauce (totally American meal) was to die for and the red snapper (local fish in season) was melt in your mouth. Make the short walk from town to this hidden gem!!

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Ottawa, Canada
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76 reviews
50 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
“Best place in Drake Bay”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

We spent 3 nights in Drake Bay and we had a fabulous meal at Drake's Kitchen. Not everything is a hit but the whole fish is a must have!
Given the "off the beaten path" location of Drake Bay, the quality was phenomenal. The whole Red Snapper was exceptional. Fresh, properly spiced and cooked especially given the usually lackluster quality of food in Costa Rica. Service was great and the beer was poured into chilled glasses to help fight the heat.
I have to say that the other things we tried like the garlic shrimp or ceviche were nothing special, however the whole fish definitely made dinner memorable.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 3 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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Green Bay, Wisconsin
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Incredible”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

Spent 4 days in Drake, ate here 3 times. Teressa and her husband Juan Carlos provide service and food that is truly unbelievable for the price. As a backpacker, I thought I'd never be able to afford 5 star restaurant quality while traveling but this place IS IT! Getting there involves a bit of adventure (like everything in Osa Peninsula) but it's worth it. Never too busy, fresh ingredients, vegetarian friendly, and AFFORDABLE. Drake Kitchen (Casa El Tortugo) is the first place I'd recommend eating in Drake.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Guelph, Canada
2 reviews
“They have it down to an art”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2014

Food was perfection in taste freshness and presentation. Atmosphere was lovely and unpretentious. Service was better than any five star I've been to anywhere else. They actually enjoy their customers and welcome them like they are friends.

  • Visited March 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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