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“Fantastic coupe with food and ambience to match” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abbocato

Abbocato
Road 254, Km. 8th, | Hacienda Del Mar Project, Playa Panama 297-1005, Costa Rica
+506 2672 0073
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $5 - $55
Cuisines: Mediterranean, Asian
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Good for: Scenic view
Dining options: Lunch, Dessert, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Late Night, Outdoor Seating
Description: To define Abbocato is to talk about a family that will welcome new friends in our home to create an unforgettable experience and to give an elegant and professional service in a distinguished environment with the best view of “Golfo Papagayo”.Our goal is to convey a sense of satisfaction on the client through an eno-gastronomic journey of high level, with luxurious and cozy surroundings with large windows and a wonderful terrace where you must enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in the Pacific Ocean.The style of cuisine that Restaurante Aboocato offers can be defined as “author”. On a daily basis Paola and Andrea, both highly experienced chefs, organize next day’s menu according to the main ingredients, based on freshness and quality to bring out the best flavors on all the dishes prepared.You can enjoy every night, one of two choices from our menu. It can be mediterranean or asian. They both include an entree, a soup or a second entree, a main dish and a dessert.For those who want to experience a less formal meal, we offer a “tapas” gourmet menu. It includes meat tapas, chicken tapas, vegetarian tapas, and more. We will satisfy any taste you desire.For lunch, our menu represents our compromise to our clients. We have a "a la carte menú" and different daily specials presented in our unique and original way with all of our authentic flavors.In addition we have a great beverage selection, from our original cocktails to exotic drinks. Our wine list offers organic and biodinamic options like our house wines, which are labeled from different parts of the world with a very high quality-price realation. To these wines we add a very personal selection of unique bottles in Costa Rica, for those wine lovers and wine experts that like to experience a unique tasting.There is no need to mention, that all of this would be impossible without the collaboration from our staff; they are well prepared, professional and experienced, with an extraordinary attitude towards your experience, so that you will remember it for the rest of your life.We will be waiting for you!If you have any questions or would like more information, do not hesitate and contact us!
New York City, New York
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22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
“Fantastic coupe with food and ambience to match”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2011

Wonderful experience about 25 minutes from peninsula papagayo. Talented couple who came from four seasons blend local charm with Asian and Italian inspired food, all set in a small but delightful house. Wonderful opportunity to experience high quality food and ambiance away from the resorts!

    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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“Amazing food... we had the best dinner ever!!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2011

My husband and I have the opportunity to dinner at Abbocato a couple of weeks ago, and we just cant stop thinking about the delicious food we ate... and cant wait for our next visit!!! The restaurant has a great ambience, with a river aside and you can actually see and listen to the monkeys! Personalized service, just great to have a romantic dinner with your couple. We had a degustation of 4 different dishes choosen by the chefs, and was the best food ever! Is a gourment fussion food, fantastic! Dont miss it!

  • 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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Minneapolis
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1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
“Please do not miss this gem!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2011

We just returned from a week on Peninsula Papagayo and I can't stop thinking about Abbocato! Our hosts Paola and Andrea were enchanting. Both are chefs, Paola is a Costa Rican native. Andrea is a native of northern Italy. Each has a unique background so dinner has Italian, pan Asian, native Costa Rican influences. All ingredients are as fresh as can be imagined. As a couple they work flawlessly to guarantee that every element of your experience will leave you dreaming of your next meal with them. The restaurant itself is a charming, tastefully renovated century old home in a haven of fragrant trees. You are greeted at the entrance by one of the owners as you pull up in your car. They have been waiting for you! Dinner reservations are staggered so they can get to know you, and share the story and philosophy of their restaurant as you settle in.

But wait! Andrea and Paola draw you in, but the food stands alone. It is spectacular. We are fortunate to have eaten our way around the world, but this was some of the best food we have enjoyed. Andrea reviews his hand written notes of the menu at the table. Fish was selected that morning at market and menu is driven by freshest available ingredients. Two prix fixe options are available. Our dinner offered seafood and meat. My carrot soup with seared tuna and grilled sesame shrimp was so beautifully simple, but I can still taste it. Fresh snapper and grouper with greens. Dessert was creme brulee Yes, I can hear it...boring. But you couldn't be more wrong! The custard was dense and textured in a way that enhanced the flavor. At the bottom of the dish was carmelized ginger and pineapple. Unbelievable.

My husband had two dishes that were "knock your socks off" amazing. First was a lasagna with spinach pasta, hand-made and so delicate. Perfectly constructed, the flavors were melded but distinctive. After a few moments rest, came the pièce de résistance: a lamb gyro and rack of lamb. Even if you didn't like lamb, I venture to say you would be converted after these dishes. The gyro itself, homemade, served flat with smoky, spiced ground lamb atop. Yum! The rack of lamb so tender, eaten with a fork. Mouthwatering. Savory. Simple. Served au jus. Paola and Andrea shared that 18 hours of low temperature roasting led to this exquisite dish. I love lamb. This was, quite simply, the best lamb I have ever tasted. My husband requested seconds! For a restaurant this tiny, who bases the portions on the number of reservations that day it was a gamble, but one they cheerfully accommodated! Voila! Out popped Andrea with two more small racks for my husband. His only concern was if we considered his portions small. On the contrary, for a prix fixe meal the portions are very generous.

The wine list is small but carefully considered. We allowed Paola to assist us with our Chilean white wine and it had a perfect acidity to suit both my fish and my husbands lamb.

By American standards for similar quality our meal was quite reasonable, not inexpensive, but worth every colon! I simply cannot say enough about this place. If you are any where in the region, put this on your dinner schedule. Paola and Andrea are uniquely gracious hosts. But, as I said, the food stands alone.

  • Visited November 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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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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“A Wonderful Dining Expereince”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2011

We heard of the place through word of mouth and found it to be a wonderful experience. The food was exceptional as was the experience. This is not the usual type of restaurant where you get your food, eat and move on. Eating is an experience that must be cherished with good conversation and good company. They clearly love creating a multiple course dining experience for their guests. Highly recommended.

  • Visited November 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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restaurants42, Owner at Abbocato, responded to this review, November 29, 2011
Gracias!! It´s wonderful to known that you appreciate our cooking and philosophy, hope to have you back in Abbocato!!
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Louisville, Kentucky
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“Best Dining Experience of the trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 25, 2011

We had Paola and Andrea to our rental home at the suggestion of our guide (Leslie Sanchez of Tropical Comfort Tours) and they arrived on time and cooked up the most outstanding meal of the trip. We had numerous courses that blended local flavor (a pumpkin flower stuffed with cheese and then fried, ahi tuna, halibut with pesto, and more) with our favorites and served to perfection. They even chose and brought the wines, which were perfect matches for every course. We loved the food so much that we went to their little restaurant the last night and they outdid themselves once again. Both are so friendly and welcoming and it is a real pleasure to have them to your home as well. Don't think it is too outrageous to have them come to your home and cook -- we all thought it was reasonable (split by four couples). Don't visit the area without booking a night here.

  • Visited November 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 4 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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