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Essence Demo Cuisine

Arenal National Park, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 065-1230, Costa Rica
+506 2479 1131
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good12%
  • Average4%
  • Poor4%
  • Terrible4%
Mar 16, 2018
Dec 26, 2016
“Christmas dinner”
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International, Vegetarian Friendly
Arenal National Park, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 065-1230, Costa Rica
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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

Previously reviewed under hotel. Really good experience and meal. Need to check menu since it is fixed each night. Watch or help prepare the meal of items locally grown.

Thank Bestof47
Reviewed December 26, 2016 via mobile

We stopped by here for Christmas dinner. I loved the food and that the chef was a few steps away and interacted with the customers. I believe it is all vegetarian or at least or dinner was. We had a four course meal for a...More

Thank Kaili A
Reviewed December 21, 2016 via mobile

This place has everything! They are cooking typical Costa Rican food in front of you. For dinner they have special food nights, we tried the Mexican one which was wonderful. The morning yoga is fantastic! Outside under a roof but in the rain forest. We...More

Thank Sofia O
Reviewed March 28, 2015

The cuisine is awful no kindness the two other cook look always grumpie the cook look not happy and the food is not good for the price what are they waiting to fire the chef I ll be embarrassed to call that a chef The...More

1  Thank Gigififi8
Reviewed July 24, 2014

This is a great option for vegetarians and non ! It is somewhat far and off the unpaved, potholed roads of El Castio but still a great experience. We got to learn to make sushi and eat it too ! Their appetizer course of spring...More

Thank vechog
Reviewed June 28, 2014

The food was good, but expensive. The lunch for us was the best meal, the dinner was two expensive for a family. The pancake breakfast was very good. :)

Thank 255j
Reviewed May 30, 2014

Serving a breakfast that will make your day starting from 7am-9am with delicious coffee or and fresh milk ...and contining throughout the day as chef Marvin creates lunches and dinners. Each night the demo cuisine is created and cooked with love. The flavors, the presentation,...More

Thank 987mel
Reviewed May 30, 2013

We traveled in a group of 6 and rented a home in El Castillo for 3 days. Essence was a 10 minute walk away. This is a vegetarian restaurant with the dinner menu different every night. They use vegetables from their own farm. We came...More

Thank Diane D
Reviewed April 15, 2013

This restaurant was recommended to us by our B&B host and we're glad she did. The chef regularly cooks for only about 20 people per night in this very small restaurant and there were only about a dozen the night we went. There was a...More

Thank KathyandMarty
Reviewed December 23, 2012

So much fun helping prepare and cook your vegetarian delight and then enjoying the scrumptious results with a glass of wine .Awesome!

Thank Robin J
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  • Address: Arenal National Park, El Castillo, Arenal Volcano National Park 065-1230, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Arenal Volcano National Park  >  El Castillo
  • Phone Number: +506 2479 1131
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Essence Demo Cuisine is a meat free restaurant that gets everyone involved with the food. We show our international guest about local products and present them in a non-traditional way. Our chef Isaac Welivér ("Le Cordon Bleu" of Chicago) prepares 3 gourmet vegetarian dishes not only in your presence but with your participation. Unique location overlooking the Arenal volcano on its lava flowing side.
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