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Travelers' Choice2022
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PRICE RANGE
$7 - $30
CUISINES
Caribbean, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed October 24, 2022

This is a lunchtime hotspot - on the day we went it was full 5 minutes after we sat down and no wonder. The Caribbean food here is excellent. The Caribbean chicken was fantastic - cooked for hours until the sauce was thick, and umptious,...and made you want to go back for more. The portion was enormous and we ended up taking home half of our food, provided a great snack later.More

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed October 19, 2022

This restaurant is a local legend. We were recommended to go by locals for the authentic Caribbean food and it did not disappoint. The best beans and rice by far! The chicken was so tender and tasty. It was busy but well worth the wait.

Date of visit: October 2022
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Reviewed September 12, 2022 via mobile

Good restaurant simple if you want to eat carribean food we took the lobster The rice beans was not so tasty We are better but it was good Service is also good

Date of visit: September 2022
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Reviewed August 15, 2022

Empty when we arrived at 6 pm, but within 15 minutes the place was heaving, with punters queueing up outside ! The service was attentive and the food delicious - I enjoyed the prawns and rice, and the kids had burritos and chips. Everyone happy...!More

Date of visit: August 2022
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Reviewed July 17, 2022 via mobile

We were ready to step away from Puerto Viejo and the bustle and this was a wonderful find. It's only a mile south of town and right on the road but you'll see why it's a locals favorite. Best ceviche ever, rice and beans, Caribbean...style sauce with shrimp for me, sea bass for her (highly recommend)More

Date of visit: July 2022
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Reviewed June 26, 2022 via mobile

We had a delicious dinner here. It was the best meal we had in the Puerto Viejo area. The food was plentiful and cheap. We both had leftovers for the next day. Service was friendly and efficient. The atmosphere is casual and it is good...for family dining. I do not believe alcohol is served here. I had rice and beans with caribbean chicken. It came with salad and fried smashed bananas. My partner had a chicken burrito with French fries. I highly recommend eating here.More

Date of visit: June 2022
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Reviewed March 23, 2022

Excellent Food at affordable prices. Best to go here when you're hungry as the portions are not for the faint-hearted.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 11, 2022

OMG...if you love food, this is the best ever. The chicken was falling off the bone and so delicious; the sea bass was sooooooo tasty. We got here at 5:30 which is early enough to get seated without a wait. Even though people were lining...up waiting to get in, we never felt rushed. Food in general is so much better on the Caribbean side of CR.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 9, 2022 via mobile

Fresh and delicious food, always busy! A must try restaurant while visiting Puerto viejo. Won’t disappoint. The staff works 6 days a week and none stop, and they are always happy to serve you.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed March 4, 2022

The food is amazing and the people are really nice! Definitely go there! We went twice! First the red snapper and the second time the lobster!

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 28, 2022 via mobile

We came here for lobster and it was amazing !!!! Highly recommended with garlic sauce! The price and portion - perfect! Would be happy to come again.

Date of visit: March 2022
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Reviewed February 26, 2022

We had chicken fajitas for dinner tonight at La Nena. They were so good, I asked the waiter if he would ask the chef to give me the recipe. :-) Large portions, very reasonable prices, polite, friendly staff. Don’t miss La Nena!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 24, 2022 via mobile

We ate dinner here tonight after reading other reviews. The food was very tasty; the service was great too. Sorry. I didn’t have a kitchen so I could take home the remainder of my rice and the wonderful sauce.

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 24, 2022

We love La Nena because the food and service is great, and the portions are huge! Beautiful view of monkeys playing in the trees across the street don't hurt!

Date of visit: February 2022
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Reviewed February 10, 2022 via mobile

We took the advice of our car rental place and stopped here for a late lunch while passing through on our way back to our hotel after visiting Manzanillo. Wow! The food is amazing here and plentiful. Try the fresh juices here. OMG. The passion...fruit was wonderful as was the carribean drink. I had the whole snapper with Caribbean sauce. Delightful! The passion fruit dressing on the salad was refreshing as well. It must be a popular place, because when we left there was quite a line waiting to get in. We must have timed it just right!More

Date of visit: January 2022
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  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5