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Main road into Ojochal | 32km south of Dominical, Ojochal 60504, Costa Rica
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Mon - Sat 5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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10 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday 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!

Thank Joanna B
Mono, Canada
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank LK_GS
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank Katrina G
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5 reviews
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 

Thank Rileycar
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 

Thank carolcR4463QK
Sarasota, Florida
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28 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
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 

Thank StephKnightSRQ
2 reviews
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 

Thank Blaire K
2 reviews
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 

Thank Heide U
Lubbock, Texas
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2016

My boyfriend and I visited here for dinner on our last night in Costa Rica, and we really enjoyed it! The meal was very filling and delicious. I ordered the banana curry fish, which was unlike any dish I've had before. Even better was the service. The owner was very kind and attentive to our needs. She was worried we... More 

Thank jh4391
jackson, wy
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35 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 21, 2016

Very romantic atmosphere Delicious food, artfully presented by caring, attentive mom and daughter. Do ask for the portable personal fans, for I agree with an earlier review citing a need for some air circulation.

Thank beachcomin

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$8 - $26
French, International, European, Thai, Fusion, Vietnamese, Polynesian
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Families with children, Business meetings, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
5:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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
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?