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Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club

$$ - $$$Seafood,
Km Marker 170, Costanera Sur, Ballena, Costa Rica
+506 2786 5380
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  • Excellent66%
  • Very good28%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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“white fish” (4 reviews)
“tuna steak” (2 reviews)
“salad” (4 reviews)
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Seafood, Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
Km Marker 170, Costanera Sur, Ballena, Costa Rica
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Reviewed today

Luckily, this place is not on everyone's "Lonely Planet" list. It was recommended by a local expat for its great tuna steak - and how great it was indeed. Smoky, melty, grilled to medium-rare perfection. There's many things you can do wrong with that seemingly...More

Date of visit: December 2018
Thank Robert W
Reviewed October 2, 2018

I brought some house guests for lunch at Leonor's We arrived a bit early but Cliff, the owner took our orders and suggested we take a walk along the beach just beyond the garden and pool restaurant. We walked past a lagoon to the beach...More

Date of visit: June 2018
Thank ivyoak
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded October 4, 2018

Thank you for taking time to tell others of your experience and we look forward to your return to the beach.

Reviewed August 15, 2018

Villa Leonor is the perfect casual getaway. The restaurant serves delicious fresh, local food. I had the best tuna steak dinner followed by a long walk on a beautiful secluded beach. The staff is friendly and attentive. The atmosphere is laid back and the beer...More

Date of visit: December 2017
1  Thank daver1712018
Reviewed July 25, 2018 via mobile

You can conveniently park, take a lovely walk to the beach and come back for a bite and a drink. And there’s a swimming pool! Very casual setting, exceedingly friendly and helpful staff and delicious food.

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank cgonzale
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded July 30, 2018

Very glad you enjoyed your visit to Ballena and Muchas Gracias for your comments

Reviewed July 12, 2018

Our love affair with Costa Rica has finally brought us here for good. Before picking our spot to settle, we decided to visit an area we had not previously explored: The Southern Zone. We drove along the main highway south of Uvita to Playa Ballena...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank mary k
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded July 16, 2018

Thanks for the great recommendation and we look forward to seeing you often. Saludos from Ballena

Reviewed February 27, 2018 via mobile

We had big expectations, but this place is a dump. Really faded glory. The pools where dirty. This place can not call itself a beachclub. The food was good though and the waiter very friendly. The beach is Beautiful. So if you Go here ,...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Sandravdlee
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2018

Sorry to have disappointed Sandra, sounds like she may not be familiar with the typical "Rancho" type construction and caught us on an off day with the pools ..... granted this time of year we get inundated with leaves and seeds from trees in the...More

Reviewed January 29, 2018

We loved the food here and came back multiple times. Super reasonable pricing too makes it very appealing. Cliff the owner was a gem as well. After lunch you walk onto a beautiful private sandy beach! There were only a few other people there so...More

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank Mariah K
Reviewed January 2, 2018 via mobile

Our hotel restaurant was closed for the night and the owners reserved dinner for us at Villa Leonor which was nearby and on the beach. The owner Cliff and his staff are very friendly and welcoming as were all the local people seated around us....More

Date of visit: December 2017
Thank Diane C
Reviewed August 4, 2017 via mobile

Recommended by our hosts Lani and Leon. First visit was the Sunday BBQ day. The food was fantastic and the staff is excellent. The owner Cliff is super nice and friendly, full of local information having been in Costa Rica 20+ years. Came back on...More

Date of visit: August 2017
Thank lgp3
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded August 8, 2017

Great to get to know you George & Rebecca, good to hear you're already thinking of the next return. Saludos from all at Villa Leonor

Reviewed March 22, 2017

We were passing through and heard about this place. Stopped in to check it out and are glad we did. We loved the view, the people and most of all.. the food was fantastic.

Date of visit: March 2017
1  Thank R3706FUheatherh
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2017

Thanks for stopping in ..... hope you pass by again one day. Saludos

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Questions & Answers
Ali A
August 17, 2016|
Response from CliffH642 | Property representative |
Hi Ali, You can contact me about the home, it is two levels but someone may have recalled it as three. It is in the Perla Ballena Community, on the mountain above Hotel Cristal Ballena. I see this format will not allow my... More
Jennifer R
July 24, 2015|
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Response from CliffH642 | Property representative |
Hi Jennifer, Cliff here, Yes you can be comfortable with leaving your car for lunch and visit Playa Ballena. We never have had an issue (knock on wood) when parked close in to the restaurant in the parking lot, if the lot... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$8 - $15
Seafood, Costa Rican
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Kids, Local cuisine, Families with children, Romantic, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Km Marker 170, Costanera Sur, Ballena, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Ballena
  • Phone Number: +506 2786 5380
  • E-mail
We are a bit of a Hideaway in front of Playa Ballena. A place for a comfortable environment to visit the Ballena Coast; a coast that the owners, Ana Herrera who was born in this area, and Cliff Hulbert who has known this coast for the past 20 years or so, invite you to share a special ambiance. Restaurante Villa Leonor offers Seafood and Traditional Costa Rican plates. Please Note: Hours for June, available until 7:00pm by Reservation
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