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$7 - $30
Caribbean, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Read the reviews and we were hoping to get a delicious meal but I would say it was just OK. Service was good and very friendly but the food was average. Lobster grilled with garlic sauce was delicious but there was not much of it....My husband got the red snapper. It was fried and was over cooked and a little tough. Not the restaurants fault but there was a massive truck parked in front that was very loud and disruptive which didn’t help.More

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

La Nena was recommended to us by our driver and after reading the reviews, chose to have dinner here. The Chicken Caribbean was greatly praised and so we ordered that along with the Shrimp Caribbean style. The chicken was very good, but the shrimp was...amazing! Lots of shrimp in a spicy sauce with onions and peppers. It was delicious! The best meal by far of our visit.More

Date of visit: April 2021
Francesco B., Propietario at La Nena, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago

Thank you very much for your kind words and for taking the time to share your nice experience with us! We are much grateful you liked our food and we look forward to your next visit! Cheers

Reviewed March 17, 2021 via mobile

My husband and I have eaten here three times. Once last year on a trip and twice since we have been on this trip. Very good food, great little spot with many choices. The guacamole, ceviche, and Caribbean chicken we fabulous! Cold beers! Happy tico...family run.More

Date of visit: March 2021
Francesco B., Propietario at La Nena, responded to this reviewResponded March 18, 2021

Thank you very much for your visits! We are very happy that you had a nice experience with us. Cheers from all La Nena staff!!

Reviewed February 10, 2021 via mobile

To experience the best of Caribbean food simply go to La Nena! Every dish we tried (went twice) was super fresh and totally delicious! While the same dishes are offered in most Caribbean restaurants, some prepare it better than others. I felt La Nena was...a notch above! Best ceviche we tried on the coast! Really wonderful red snapper! Even the passion fruit dressing was great! And portions are very generous. To top it off cocktails and service were great!More

Date of visit: January 2021
Francesco B., Propietario at La Nena, responded to this reviewResponded February 13, 2021

¡Many thanks for your nice words from all La Nena Staff!!

Reviewed March 26, 2020

The staff are friendly, helpful and genuinely caring. The kitchen staff make some incredible eats. The plates are bountiful and tasty. The atmosphere is casual and welcoming and EVERY meal that we had at La Nena was delicious, flavourful and memorable. We wish we could...have eaten there more often while we were in Cocles - it was our favourite place to eat!More

Date of visit: March 2020
atleticopaco, Propietario at La Nena, responded to this reviewResponded August 4, 2020

Hola Celia and John. We loved to read your experience. Thank you so much for take your time to write that! Looking much forward to your next visit! Sincerely, La NENA Staff

Reviewed March 24, 2020

We ate a late lunch here and were impressed by the very generous servings. Everything we saw (and could smell) coming out of the kitchen looked incredible. We enjoyed our casados. It is a very casual atmosphere and appeared as though many locals also eat...here which is typically a good sign!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 18, 2020

We had dinner here our first night in Puerto Viejo and were very happy with our choice out of several local restaurants which all came highly recommended. Nice casual walk from several of the hotels and lodges in the area and the food, drinks and...service are all excellent. The mojitos are handmade, the ceviche is fresh and full of flavor and the vegetable burritos are stuffed with fresh local vegetables - all delicious as is their fabulous passion fruit dressing which compliments several of their local dishes. Prices are very reasonable and portions are very generous. Definitely a good choice!More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 16, 2020

La Nena was recommended by our hosts at Hotel Caribe Town and we had lunch and dinner here several times during our stay. It's not a fancy place at all but the food was always good and the service friendly. Nice cocktails and smoothies as...well.More

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 12, 2020

Simple menu but wide choice of Costa Rican food. Atmosphere very relaxed and friendly. Portions huge, very tasty and very reasonably priced

Date of visit: March 2020
Reviewed March 4, 2020

Nice atmosphere, good food, moderate prices. Enjoyed eating here. The tropical chicken with Casado was the best dish we tried.

Date of visit: March 2020
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  • La Nena is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travelers:
    • Food: 4.5
    • Service: 4.5
    • Value: 4.5