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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
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch
CUISINES
Costa Rican, Fusion, South American
FEATURES
Takeout, 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, Table Service
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Reviewed 1 week ago

Stopped at Ballena Bistro for lunch on our way to Uvita beach. We felt welcomed as soon as we stepped in as if we had arrived home. They offer great menu to satisfy any gastronomic preferences, and food did not disappoint. Homemade coconut icecream is...a must to include in your order. Vanessa (Hostess) generously shared great information on the local attractions which are not in the tourist guides. The bistro is conveniently located right off the road yet it did not get noisy (from passing by traffic). We enjoyed the food and ambience so much that we came back again couple days later. And we had an amazing experience once again. Thank you so much Vanessa and Liz!More

Date of visit: September 2021
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Reviewed July 26, 2021 via mobile

Stopped in for lunch since it was in our list of places to visit and it did not disappoint. The food is delicious and the hostess super accommodating and friendly. I had the almond crusted chicken and there was nothing left on my plate.

Date of visit: July 2021
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2021
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Muchas gracias por la reseña y sobre todo por la visita, pura vida!

Reviewed July 2, 2021 via mobile

Excellent food and service! Highly recommend! The bistro has a variety of menu options and the homemade ice cream is delicious!

Date of visit: July 2021
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded August 2, 2021
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Muchas gracias por la reseña y más por visitarnos, es un placer poder hacerlos sentir bien, pura vida!

Reviewed May 9, 2021

Not only is the food amazing, especially the fish sandwich, but Liz is an incredible proprietor. She, plus the food, make this a gem in the Osa Pennsula.More

Date of visit: May 2021
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2021
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Muchas gracias por tan linda reseña, nos motivas aún más para seguir haciendo las cosas bien y siempre con amor....More

Reviewed May 2, 2021

I've been to Ballena Bistro quite a number of times now and every time has been a delightful experience. The food is absolutely delicious, great vegetarian/vegan options, and Liz as well as the rest of the staff are super friendly. Ballena Bistro is one of...my favorite restaurants in the area and I highly recommend visitingMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded May 17, 2021
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Muchas gracias por la hermosa reseña y por siempre visitarnos, saludos y te esperamos pronto.

Reviewed April 4, 2021 via mobile

Discovered Ballena Bistro a few years ago and it’s one of our absolute favorites in Costa Rica ! Liz and her staff are so amazingly sweet and kind with huge welcoming smiles as soon as we walk through the door. They make us feel like...we’re part of her family! It’s such a pleasure to dine here because every single thing we’ve tried on the menu is tasty, fresh, delicious, and prepared with so much care and love. This restaurant is a glowing jewel on the beautiful Pacific coast......The setting, warm ambiance, and food make Ballena Bistro and true delight and treat for my friends and me to visit ! Thank you Liz !! David, Mark, and MicheleMore

Date of visit: April 2021
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2021
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David muchas gracias por tú reseña, cada una de tus palabras nos llenan de orgullo y amor, ese amor con...More

Reviewed April 3, 2021 via mobile

Ballena Bistro is a cute cafe with great food! We had a hamburger, fish burger, shrimp pasta, quesadillas, smoothies, iced coffee, and ice cream for dessert. All was great and the servers were very friendly. Definitely recommend!

Date of visit: April 2021
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2021
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Muchas gracias por la reseña, es un placer poder recibirles con mucho amor. Saludos.

Reviewed January 3, 2021 via mobile

Ballena Bistro will never ever disappoint!! What a great place! You’ll be greeted with a big smile and a warm welcome from one of the friendliest people in Uvita. She’s a DOLL, Lizeth!!! Such a friendly place to spend for lunch!! The food is prepared...with LOVE from the unbelievable chef, Priscilla!! And talk about home made ice cream!!!! OMG! Do not pass this restaurant by. It’s a must!!!More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded April 5, 2021
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Muchas gracias por tan hermosas palabras, nos hacen muy felices, aquí te esperamos siempre con los brazos abiertos.

Reviewed March 30, 2020

We loved our time there. Beautiful and cosy. The food is great. Thank you so much. We recommend the place.

Date of visit: March 2020
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AnjaS429, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded March 31, 2020
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Muchas gracias por la reseña, esperamos estén a salvo, pura vida!

Reviewed March 23, 2020

We ate here before the trek to Playa Arco and LOVED everything we had. It's the coolest open air building and the food was awesome!

Date of visit: March 2020
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AnjaS429, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded March 25, 2020
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Muchas gracias por la reseña, gracias por disfrutar la visita y apreciarnos, pura vida!

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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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Yes, Ballena Bistro offers takeout services.

Ballena Bistro is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5
  • Atmosphere: 5