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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, Central 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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All reviews lunch ceviche fish sandwich falafel yucca fries ice cream pulled pork sandwiches quinoa pie costa rica the owner great food and service manuel antonio ginger lemonade prices are very reasonable my favorite restaurant
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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!

Reviewed February 27, 2020

Superb in every way. From entering, being met, helpfulness without pressure, relaxing environment. Good food, all round beautiful place and excellent hostess and staff.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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AnjaS429, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded February 28, 2020
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Muchas gracias por tú reseña, eso nos motiva a seguir haciendo las cosas bien y con amor , gracias por...More

Reviewed February 25, 2020

This roadside bistro is the perfect place for lunch . Appealing open air setting. Sandwiches are excellent, we had fish sandwich and pulled pork. Both come with DELICIOUS French fries.....hand cut and crispy hot. A side of the onion rings was even better. Noticed them...as a garnish on some dishes and ordered them for minimal extra charge.But absolutely amazing! Service was leisurely, as the server was friendly and chatted with everyone making it a welcoming experience. Good value as well. A must in the area!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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AnjaS429, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded February 26, 2020
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Muchas gracias por la linda reseña, trabajamos para dar lo mejor y dejar un lindo servicio y recuerdo, pura vida!

Reviewed February 15, 2020

I was in Costa Rica for 15 days and this was the best meal I have had by far. Delicious and healthy food, the staff is especially nice and friendly, thank you, Liz! The best chicken in almonds, ceviche, vegan coconut ice cream!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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AnjaS429, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded February 25, 2020
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Gracias por tú linda reseña, nos explota el corazón de felicidad cuándo de verdad sienten el amor con el que...More

Reviewed February 14, 2020

I can not say enough about this restaurant. The service, the food with so many fresh healthy AND delicious options! The ice cream. OH my goodness don't miss it. Eat here..make the a priority. We would have eaten her every day!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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AnjaS429, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded February 15, 2020
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Muchas gracias por tan linda reseña, gracias por sentir y hacer valer nuestro trabajo hecho con amor, eso nos motiva...More

Reviewed January 29, 2020

My husband, daughter and I had lunch here and it was such a nice experience. Liz, the owner, servied us. She is so charming and bubbly. The inside of the restaurant is very pretty, and the food delilcious. We had ceviche and fish sandwiches, lemonade...with ginger, and watermelon juice. For the 3 of us, the bill was $40, very reasonable.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded February 3, 2020
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Gracias por su linda reseña, tratamos siempre dar lo mejor para que todos estemos felices, pura vida!

Reviewed January 26, 2020

We were staying close to this restaurant, and went for lunch. We were greeted and served by the owner, who is just sweet and charming. Every bit of the food was outstanding as well as the lemonade and cerviche. Members of our group went to...lunch 3 times, and were delighted each time. Very fresh fish.More

Date of visit: January 2020
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded January 27, 2020
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Muchas gracias por la reseña, muy felices por su linda visita, como siempre... Pura vida!

Reviewed January 8, 2020 via mobile

The food,service and drinks were the best things we’ve had. The owner Liz was so nice we asked for a picture and she did them great. The cabin was very very cool and it’s saves the world go there it’s so good!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Date of visit: January 2020
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded January 9, 2020
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Muchas gracias por tu reseña y visita, esperamos regresen pronto, pura vida.

Reviewed January 4, 2020

Had a great lunch here. Best food we had in the Uvita area. Service nice and helpful. Building doesn't look appealing from the road, but it's quite charming inside.

Date of visit: December 2019
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Lizeth Q, Owner at Ballena Bistro, responded to this reviewResponded January 7, 2020
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Muchas gracias por tú reseña, estamos muy alegres por tú visita, pura vida!

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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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