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Ballena Bistro

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Certificate of Excellence2016 - 2018 Winner
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Ballena Bistro is located in a beautiful wooden building. Our fusion dishes are casual and creative and made with the freshest ingredients. Everything is homemade including our burger buns. We are dedicated to make your visit special.
PRICE RANGE
$5 - $15
Special Diets
Vegan Options, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch
CUISINES
Fusion
FEATURES
Takeout, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Accepts Credit Cards
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All reviews lunch fish sandwich ceviche falafel yucca fries trout goat homemade ice cream mango chicken pulled pork curry cakes costa rica great choice the owner top notch food is excellent
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We loved Ballena Bistro so much yesterday that we went back again today to try some more menu items. We weren't disappointed! The herbal lemonades were flavorful and not too sweet, the fish soup with coconut was fabulous, and the salads are fresh and creative....More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Cathy R
Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Muchas gracias por tú reseña Cathy, es un gusto conocer a tan hermosa pareja, espero volverlos a ver. Pura vida

Reviewed January 15, 2019 via mobile

Comfortable, cool, quality food, and excellent service! Especially recommend the ginger lemonade to quench your thirst while waiting for your healthy meal. A shade pricier than other area lunch places, but great food and service justifies it!

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank dangstadt23
Reviewed January 4, 2019

Ballena Bistro is just as trendy as any place in the States or Europe. The decor is cool, the waiter is efficient and charming at the same time, the menu contains all the usual lunch classics as well as vegan alternatives, the prices won’t scare...More

Date of visit: January 2019
Thank Mogeltoft
Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded January 6, 2019
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Muchas gracias por su comentario.

Reviewed November 18, 2018 via mobile

So happy with this restaurant! I’m vegan and I rarely see this number of options for me. My friends were also impressed with other options. The owner, Liz, is a sweetheart and I can’t wait to visit again,

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Karen D
Reviewed November 15, 2018 via mobile

We have had a great lunch at Bistro Ballena. Very good fish burger and pulled pork burger. Our waitress was Liz and she helped us perfectly! Would definateley recommend this place if you are visiting Uvita / Ballena national park.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank Ssieg
Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded November 16, 2018
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Muchas gracias por la reseña y la visita a Ballena Bistro, un placer atenderlos... Pura vida.

Reviewed October 4, 2018

My business regularly takes me to the south of Costa Rica and this delightful restaurant is my favorite lunch spot. For three years I have been able to rely on a delicious meal with the added positive of delightful service. A genuine Tico treasure.

Date of visit: October 2018
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 7, 2018
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Muchas gracias por tu comentario, siempre será un placer que nos visites.

Reviewed September 28, 2018

Stopped in for lunch while driving up the coast - what a treasure! I had the special Arroz con Pollo which came with homemade potato chips and a pasta salad. I've had this dish multiple times in Costa Rica and this was the most beautifully...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank MartiG643
Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2018
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Muchas gracias por la reseña, muy alegres de tenerles y que disfrutarán un almuerzo agradable, pura vida.

Reviewed August 7, 2018

The Bistro is very nice and the food is excellent. Liz was our waitress and she was great! The pasta with shrimp was so good! Between us we had 4 different entrees and all were great. We had the blackberry ice cream for dessert and...More

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank aire5
Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 13, 2018
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Muchas gracias por tu reseña, fue un placer atenderles y hacer su almuerzo un momento agradable.

Reviewed July 31, 2018

My husband and I went for a drive down the coast after visiting Uvita's beaches and stumbled upon this treasure. The restaurant is clean and decorated beautifully. The food was delicious and was very reasonably priced. My husband had the fish soup and I had...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Christine B
Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2018
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Muchas gracias por tu reseña Christine, un placer conocerte y a tu esposo, espero regresen pronto por el postre, un...More

Reviewed July 29, 2018

Ballena Bistro provided my best meal of this trip! Pleasent surroundings,great wait staff.The trout was excellent! The highlight of the meal was the blackberry,basil,coconut milk vegan ice cream.Best ice cream I have ever had!!!

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Greg M
Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2018
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Muchas gracias Greg, espero regreses por más helado, saludos.

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MGG25
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Response from Lizeth Q | Property representative |
Hello, we have many gluten free options. Our mango chicken curry, the fish filet in ginger sesame sauce, almond crusted chicken breast filet, fish soup, ceviche, hummus and our salads. We also have a gluten free dessert, the... More
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