On the road just north of Playa Panama is Abbocato Restaurant. We had passed this development many timers, and were always struck by the stunning setting of the property. Perched high above the Gulf of Papagayo, this "find" will impress anyone still with a pulse.
The restaurant itself is in what had originally been designed as a clubhouse for a large development that stalled in 2008. The ambiance is relaxed but stylish, and the attentiveness of the staff is unparalleled.
Start off just before sunset on the terrace over looking the bay and enjoy one of the best views in the area. For those adventurous spirits, I am told that the jalapeño margarita is world class, and worthy of a second round.
The tapas, which we had that evening, were inventive, creative and delicious. Using largely local ingredients in an Asian-fusion style, they brought idle conversation to a halt.
Both times we were there, the head chef came out to talk to us, explained some of the dishes, and asked for honest feedback.
There is a prix fixe menu that we are looking forward to trying very soon, and it changes daily based on what is purchased that day.
Drinks run around $6-7, tapas are $5-8' and the prix fixe (before tax) is $45 pp.
If you are looking for something special, check this place out.