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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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Overview
  • Excellent65%
  • Very good29%
  • Average2%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“ribs” (6 reviews)
“calamari” (4 reviews)
“sunday bbq” (7 reviews)
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CUISINES
Seafood, Costa Rican
PRICE
$$ - $$$
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Service
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Value
Atmosphere
LOCATION
Km Marker 170, Costanera Sur, Ballena, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 61 reviews

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

Thank Sandra R
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

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

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

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.

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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

Reviewed March 21, 2017

We ate here three times during our stay in southern Costa Rica. I can speak from experience, having traveled to the area 5 times now, that you cannot beat the freshness of the ingredients and the fair pricing at this quaint on-the-beach little hideaway. Family...More

Thank kat m
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 23, 2017

Thanks for your visits with friends Kat, we look forward to seeing you again and the place you stayed down the beach is unique and good memories over the years. Saludos, Cliff

Reviewed February 28, 2017

Great family run restaurant on the beach. great tasting fresh food & well priced. Cliff and the gang will treat you well!

1  Thank Magic70
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded March 1, 2017

Muchisimas Gracias for your comments, we will strive to keep that service and ambiance and hope to see you again in Ballena. SALUDOS

Reviewed February 15, 2017

We should have read the website a little closer. We got there just before the kitchen closed and I suspect the ribs may have been cooked an hour or so before. That being said they were very flavourful if a little dry. We ordered some...More

Thank MOTU
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2017

Thank you for your comments and we will note to watch things coming off the BBQ late in the day to maintain our quality. Glad the Calamari arrived fresh and even though a mix up on the order, you would not have experienced the special...More

Reviewed October 24, 2016 via mobile

Found by surprise I was amazed with the quality and the fair price. Fish soup is a must. The atmosphere and the view are great. Not to mention the abundance of space between the tables.

Thank Istanbulapt
Reviewed September 10, 2016

Wonderful food and service, very nice and helpful folks, with a really beautiful beach. The fish and other seafood is the freshest - often just off the boat and prepared to order (but you can't go wrong with house recommendations). Also excellent knowledge of the...More

Thank Roger W
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded September 12, 2016

Ana puts a lot of effort in keeping fresh product in the kitchen for the cooks to work with. Always appreciated to hear it is noticed. Look forward to the next visit.

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Ali A
August 17, 2016|
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Response from Cliff H | 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 Cliff H | 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
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
$8 - $15
Cuisine
Seafood, Costa Rican
Meals
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
Large groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Romantic
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
Description
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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