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Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club

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$8 - $15
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Seafood, Costa Rican
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Lunch, Dinner
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Reviewed July 27, 2020

Have eaten here each visit and all the meals are delicious. They have barbecue and kabobs that are excellent.

Date of visit: July 2020
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CliffH642, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

Your comments and support are much appreciated, we hope to see you again soon.

Reviewed April 13, 2020

A big thank you to Cliff for your friendly hospitality this season. We greatly appreciated you allowing us to access our “beach happy place” then stopping by for a beer and snack on the way out. Your food and great service was always appreciated. Here’s...hoping that COVID-19 doesn’t affect your business for too long. We are “optimistically” looking forward to seeing you all next 2021 season. Stay safe and healthy! Linda and Bill 🇨🇦More

Date of visit: March 2020
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CliffH642, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

Thank you for your comments Linda, sorry just giving reply I had not noticed it back in April. We hope to see you in 2021

Reviewed March 24, 2020

Not only do you enjoy a delicious meal when you visit Villa Leonor, but you can spend the day relaxing on their beautiful beachfront (a great place to ride the waves and enjoy sunset), strolling the grounds, taking a refreshing dip in the pool, and...sipping tropical drinks at the bar. Families and pets are welcome to join the fun. The tables are placed in the sand overlooking the garden. Even your car will be happy in their secured parking area. Most likely the friendly owner will come to your table and visit with you while you wait for lunch to arrive. On Sundays they have a special BBQ menu – I enjoyed shrimp and vegetable skewers while my dining companions had various whole grilled fish cooked in banana leaves – how unique! Now the food is cooked to order, and they were busy the day we visited, so be prepared to wait a while. But in a place this nice, there's no need for you to be in a hurry. And the icing on the cake? Watching (and listening to) the howler monkeys frolicking in the trees. They also have a hotel, so you can come and stay a while.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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CliffH642, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

Thank you for your comments we hope to see you in Ballena again and apologies for being late to reply.

Reviewed March 21, 2020

A casual restaurant with a private beach that the public can use, but please support the restaurant and buy some food and drink. Cliff the owner greets each guest and checks on the food and service. You can dine in your swimsuit under the big...top if you like or enjoy a more covered venue near the bar. Pinchos de Camarones (bbq schrimp skewers) are my favourite. Beer is cold and there is music at least one night a week.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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CliffH642, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

Much appreciated Jim, sorry for delay in catching up on replies. We closed shortly after your review, open again now on limited basis, hope to see you again .........

Reviewed March 10, 2020

Service was slow, food was mediocre, and they didn't take credit cards. After reading the great reviews, it was disappointing. The only low point in an otherwise terrific visit to Costa Rica. That said, however, the pina colada was good as were the views from...the nearby beach. And one of my sons really liked the sauce that accompanied his chicken fingers.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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CliffH642, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 11, 2020

Very sorry you caught us on an off day. The reviews you refer to indicate your experience was not our norm, good to hear you enjoyed parts of the day and your visit to Costa Rica in general.

Reviewed February 14, 2020

We were here in July & August 2019. They have an excellant Sunday brunch, and afterwords, go to the secluded beach that is walking distance from the restaurant.

Date of visit: July 2019
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Reviewed February 14, 2020

This is an excellent location to eat and visit the pool and the beach. Here you can find everything! Fresh fish, fresh salad just a great menu in general! The staff is kind and hard working. Definitely don't miss this!

Date of visit: February 2020
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CliffH642, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

Your comments are much appreciated, apologies for long delay in my reply. Take care wherever you are

Reviewed December 18, 2019

Waited over an hour for food that was mediocre at best. Read all the reviews before going here with great expectations to only be let down. Go somewhere else.

Date of visit: December 2019
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CliffH642, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded December 22, 2019

Our apologies for whatever reason we did not perform to our normal standard of service and product. Your feedback is appreciated and should you choose to try us again, we will do our utmost to provide a pleasant experience.

Reviewed December 6, 2019

I went with coworkers to eat fresh tuna. Cliff and his staff did a great job as always. Everything was great

Date of visit: November 2019
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CliffH642, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded July 31, 2020

Saludos and comments greatly appreciated, sorry just catching up on reply

Reviewed November 9, 2019 via mobile

Great place with excellent food! We ate fresh fish lunch here twice it was so good. Cliff the owner is a great guy and Manuel the service staff person was awesome!! After lunch (or even just a drink) you have access to a pool or...in our case a long beautiful beach that we had virtually to ourselves. Truly a great experience. Don’t miss this place!!More

Date of visit: November 2019
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CliffH642, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded November 10, 2019

Very glad you enjoyed your visit and comments greatly appreciated. Hope we see you again

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Ali A
August 17, 2016|
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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
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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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