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The Papaya Lounge Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Costa Rican, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Mal Pais, Mal Pais 000, Costa Rica
+506 2640 0230
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 22, 2016

Spectacular view and a lovely setting! Can be very romantic as well :) If the manager is working the bar, ask for the "Mexican Mojito." Not on the menu, but the best drink I had during our entire stay in Costa Rica!! Breakfast: Gallo Pinto is great here! Also, the jugo de cas. Note: there isn't any signage by the... More 

Thank pranheim
Antwerp, Belgium
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 2, 2016

We stayed at moana lodge for 3 nights, papaya lounge is the hotel restaurant. The first night we had dinner at the restaurant, the ocean views are amazing (high climb to the restaurant but 100% worth it!). The frensh bartender makes delicious cocktails and does a great job! Happy hour is from 4 till 6 perfect for watching the sunset!... More 

Thank sarahYjan
Monterrey, Mexico
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Very good food with an amazing view. Actually staying at the hotel to which this restaurant belongs. Had dinner and breakfast and both very good. The view is incredible.

Thank Josef Z
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 27, 2016

The Papaya Lounge located in the Hotel Moana was excellent. They offered full dinner or dinner Tapas style. We opted for the tapas and were not disappointed. Each dish was beautifully presented and delicious. The view from this location on top of the hill was worth the climb. The drink menu was unique offering different flavors of mojitos and even... More 

Thank Jeanmarie J
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 18, 2016

Our food was wonderful and the view is tremendous! Very much worth the many steps up the hill side to get there.

Thank kayday1991
Ottawa, Canada
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8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 10, 2016

We had dinner here 2 evenings. A wonderful experience all around. Gorgeous setting (at least 60 stairs up to the restaurant, so maybe not for those who can't climb but worth the walk up for those who can). I had one of the best meals i have eaten in a very long time here. The tapas - and in particular... More 

Thank daisyofottawa
Austin, Texas
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 3, 2016 via mobile

This was the restaurant at our hotel and we loved it. The plantain chips and guacamole were one of our favorite things to eat in Costa Rica. You have to walk up alot of stairs. But it was completely worth it. The view is so amazing, you just have to sit there and take it in. The prices were good... More 

Thank Shi J
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 29, 2016

The view is certainly the high point when visiting this place. The food is pretty good as is the service. The space can be very hot if no breeze. They do have a few fans however that help out. The prices are a bit steep for what you get.

Thank Mike P
Olympia, Washington, United States
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 28, 2016 via mobile

Very hot and two fans were not working. Beautiful view of ocean. At dinner service was lackadaisical much better at breakfast.

Thank Roxanne L
Quebec City, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2016

Best ceviche in Mal Pais ! Tapas were excellent, good service, ambiance is great, would go back anytime.

Thank Tommy007bond

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $18
Costa Rican, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Bar scene, Special occasions, Scenic view
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mal Pais, Mal Pais 000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Mal Pais
  • Phone Number: +506 2640 0230

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?