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Exotica

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Main road into Ojochal | 32km south of Dominical, Ojochal 60504, Costa Rica
506-2786-5050
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5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Houston, Texas
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80 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

First of all, the journey here is quite bumpy, but so worth the journey. You enter into this lovely space that the owners have so lovingly decorated. There are candles everywhere and then you are greeted by the lovely gracious Lucy who makes you feel like you are her best friend. I don't think that I have ever had such... More 

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Thank AffieMom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Food and service were great. Spent a very cozy and romantic time with my chéri there. I recommend the chocolate cake with pimiento!!

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Thank Maite D
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

The food at Exotica was absolutely delicious, a mix of local, French and world cuisine served very beautifully. The hosts were friendly and the atmosphere very intimate. Would absolutely recommend although need to make a reservation in beforehand!

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Mono, Canada
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stayed in Ojochal and visited this restaurant on a Saturday night. Three out of four of us are vegetarian (2 teen boys) and we all had great meals and the desserts were divine. The atmosphere is beautiful, very soothing and quiet and the hosts are very friendly and attentive. We discovered that the hosts are fellow Canadians from Quebec!... More 

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Thank LK_GS
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25 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I don't know where to start - I was greatly impressed by the ambiance, the service, and most of all, the pairings of flavors at Exotica. I was first impressed by the kindness and welcoming nature of the owners. They were quick to respond to my reservation inquiries (which I would definitely recommend doing - you can email or call... More 

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Thank Katrina G
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016 via mobile

Make reservations before you travel for this one. They have a small number of tables and stagger seating so that you enjoy a relaxed, delicious dinner, celebrating local flavored french cuisine. Lucy the owner has been serving quests and making each feel at home in her space for years. I enjoyed a pork tenderloin with port reduction sauce, paired with... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2016

We stumbled upon Exotica quite by accident when we became lost in the dark on our way to our nearby hotel. Exotica's charming owner, Lucy, was so helpful and welcoming that we promised ourselves to return for dinner! We were glad we did... from the lovely terrace that seemed lifted out of the French countryside, to the scrumptious and imaginative... More 

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Sarasota, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2016

Well before we arrived at Exotica my Mother in Law (who owns a home in Ojochal) spoke of Lovely Lucy's. It was the one spot I knew we'd be at during our trip. When we drove by to make our reservation (yes, make one!) Lucy ran out to the car and, having learned of my son's birthday the day we'd... More 

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Thank StephKnightSRQ
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 3, 2016 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful grounds, service, and food! When I told some locals we were staying in Uvita they all said we HAD to come to Exotica! I am so glad we did! The owner is phenomenonal, she truly is passionate about her work, and her food is heavenly! Thinking about her and our experience at Exotica will always bring a smile... More 

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Thank Blaire K
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2016 via mobile

A night to remember! After an e-mail reservation we arrived at 6 pm. We were greeted at the door by the lady of the house and led to our table. The ambience of the restaurant is casually elegant, with beautiful artsy lanterns giving a soft light, surrounded by greenery. Since it is an outdoor situation the "noseeums" descended on me... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $26
Cuisine
French, International, European, Thai, Fusion, Vietnamese, Polynesian
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main road into Ojochal | 32km south of Dominical, Ojochal 60504, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Ojochal
  • Phone Number: 506-2786-5050
Description
32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?