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Restaurant Exotica

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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitizer available to guests & staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
  • Single-use or sanitized menus
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Updated 10/02/20 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
"International Flavors" restaurant , located downtown Ojochal de Osa. Since 1998, we offer to our clientele several original culinary creations from Thailand, Vietnam, California, France, Tahiti, Italy and Costa Rica. Ojochal is part of Costa Ballena, the South Pacific coast of Costa Rica, one hour South from Quepos, 30 minutes South from Dominical and 15 minutes South from Uvita on the Costanera highway. We are proud to be part of the Pura Vida Costarican Family Bon appétit!
$10 - $41
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Late Night
French, European, Central American
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We have been coming to CR for 8 years and have tried many restaurants. Exotica always surpasses our expectations and is #1 in our book ! If you are in the area, you must try this restaurant! The hostess and chef are amazing people and...do an excellent job at making sure your meal is perfect ! We typically get the filet mignon and anything with their banana curry is exquisite! You will not be disappointed!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Reviewed December 29, 2020 via mobile

The food is amazing and very thoughtful. The hostess/owner was so gracious while working on Christmas Eve. She provided a festive and elegant atmosphere with an amazing 3 course Christmas menu. Each course was amply sized and tasted amazing from the bread to appetizers to...entrees to dessert. We were full after our entrees and had to take dessert to go. Can’t wait to go back and try the regular menu. Delicious.More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed December 29, 2020 via mobile

This sweet spot in a quaint village is such a treat!! Be sure to get reservations as they are small and highly sought after! They are very responsive via email and 100% worth the trip from Dominical or Utiva!!! From the minute we walked in...we were welcomed with exceptional service! The setting is beautiful and food is delicious!!! My very picky daughter devoured her fish!!! Can’t wait to be back!More

Date of visit: December 2020
Reviewed November 30, 2020 via mobile

Maite and her husband are the perfect hosts! Every trip we take to Costa Rica we enjoy this amazing restaurant! One of the BEST French onion soups I’ve ever had! Every meal is delicious and you can tell it’s made with pride! The ambiance is...perfection! If you are in the area this beautiful restaurant is a MUST HAVE!More

Date of visit: November 2020
Reviewed October 21, 2020

I called ahead and booked, I was treated by a fabulous woman who was wearing a face shield and mask, they provided a QR code option for the menu which worked very well. (I did have a local SIM from Kolbi). The restaurant is easy...to find with Google maps or Waze, and it feels like you are in the middle of the jungle. This place has been here for 23 years and was handed down to grandchildren from their grandmother! Look at the photos I uploaded for the fabulous looking food, and wonderful edible red flowers.More

Date of visit: October 2020
Reviewed September 13, 2020

What an extraordinary experience! The cuisine is perfectly executed and offers a diverse, international flair. The owners are a lovely couple, committed to carrying on the excellence of a family-owned business with passion and integrity. They accommodated our vegan dietary needs with adjustments to their...Gourmet menu. Our meal was amazing. The best food we have experienced in Costa Rica! Support them as they struggle through this Covid nightmare with grace and resolve. We will return every chance we get.More

Date of visit: September 2020
maitel827, Propietario at Restaurant Exotica, responded to this reviewResponded September 15, 2020

Thank you very much for your beautiful comments, we are delighted! We wait for you with much affection !! See you soon

Reviewed March 25, 2020

We were referred to Restaurant Exotica from our Uvita dive shop. We were celebrating my in laws anniversary and wanted to make sure we went to a nice restaurant. This place was the perfect find! Set amongst the jungle, there is a beautiful ambiance. Every...dish we tried was amazing was fresh local ingredients, even the kid's pasta dish was made with a fresh tomato sauce! Definitely worth a visit if you are in the area.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

Always terrific food, been there 5 times in the last three months and thoroughly enjoyed every visit. Main courses and deserts are all delicious, large portions, no need for an appetizer. Be prepared for a relaxing two hour dinner as this is not a fast...food restaurant. Very reasonable pricesMore

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed February 10, 2020 via mobile

Best steak I’ve ever had in Costa Rica!!! I loved the lady who owned the place . She was charming and very welcoming !! The ambiance was extremely romantic !!! Loved it !!!!!

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed February 5, 2020

This restaurant was highly recommended by someone we met at another restaurant. We were not disappointed. The atmosphere is lovely and the staff is very attentive. But best of all - the food was outstanding. Four of us had excellent appetizers - the pate was...especially knock-your-socks-off. The three men all ordered filet mignon and they all loved it. I had the duck breast with port & pineapple sauce. I often order duck and have had many excellent duck meals - especially in upscale US restaurants and in France. But I have to say, this was literally the best duck meal that I have ever had. It was very tender and the sauce was absolutely delicious. We all also had wonderful deserts.More

Date of visit: February 2020
maitel827, Propietario at Restaurant Exotica, responded to this reviewResponded February 7, 2020

It was nice to meet you and have you in our restaurant, how nice to hear such good comments. Thank you so much. You are lovely. See you again.

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October 13, 2018|
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Response from lesshaze | Reviewed this property |
I agree. A small quiet dog would not likely be a problem here. Dogs are generally much more welcomed in Costa Rica restaurants than in many other countries. They respond promptly to questions sent to their facebook page... More
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December 8, 2016|
Response from Bernardo B | Reviewed this property |
1:45 (hour and forty five minutes)
November 23, 2016|
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Response from Heide U | Reviewed this property |
Dear Mike, Since Exotica is a high end restaurant you probably won't see too many families with small children there but I am sure they would be happy to accommodate you. I would suggest to ask them when you call to make a... More
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