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Chao's Paradise

$$ - $$$Caribbean, , Seafood
Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
+506 2755 0284
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  • Excellent34%
  • Very good38%
  • Average13%
  • Poor9%
  • Terrible6%
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“red snapper” (6 reviews)
“shrimp” (6 reviews)
“camarones” (3 reviews)
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Caribbean, Costa Rican, Seafood
$$ - $$$
Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 48 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food was excellent, even if the restaurant was not filled. Off season and weather not perfect for many travellers, but still lovely.

Thank stewart_page
Reviewed December 1, 2017

This is a nice little spot sitting across the road from the beach with a view, great sea breeze and good food. The staff is warm and welcoming but between their limited English and my rough Spanish we managed to end up with a meal...More

Thank Douglas B
Reviewed November 29, 2017

I just had lunch at Chao's--a burger with a salad. The burger came with fries, but it was no trouble to substitute a salad. It was more than adequate. There's an interesting beach scene in front of the restaurant--great people watching. I would go back.

Thank Quincho Q
Reviewed September 12, 2017

The lobster was excellent! This spot has an ocean view. The service is pura vida so have a little patience. But well worth the wait.

Thank badikis
Reviewed February 14, 2017

I think that this is the best Caribbean food on the coast! They are fast and friendly, and orders come out hot and correct every time!

Thank hotelmagellaninn
Reviewed February 3, 2017

Ate here twice. Good meals both times. Cheerful service, once by a waitress who bustled all over the restaurant and somehow kept pace alone because a second was sick. Relaxing atmosphere just off the beach. Ate seafood and rice, and enjoyed it.

Reviewed January 28, 2017

about 1 km outside of Cahuita, in the centre of many of the small boutique hotels. Good place for a brew or meal. Basic costa rican food that is tastier than most. Right across the street from the ocean so you can sit at the...More

Thank RockyMJ
Reviewed October 22, 2016

I've discovered a new vice in Chao's Sopa de Mariscos. Plentiful local shell fish swim agsist a coconut broth and rising tide of octopus, crab, langosta, y camarones. Succulent and not rubbery or overcooked. Perfectly spiced and fragrant, filled with fresh veggies too. Service is...More

Thank Rachel C
Reviewed August 8, 2016

I ate here with a group of 12 people and the food was delicious. I got a perfectly prepared red snapper and the salad with shrimps and avocado was also more than delicious. The owner is a very hospitable caribean man who makes you feel...More

Thank Annet S
Reviewed June 21, 2016

This restaurant was our local. A 2 minute walk from the hotel, and run by pleasant and charming Norman, the food was pretty much Italian but with a twist of Caribbean and or local. Had 2 very good meals. Spaghetti with shrimp was delicious. Meat...More

Thank Ceejayrose
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Caribbean, Costa Rican, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Families with children, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Cahuita
  • Phone Number: +506 2755 0284
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