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The Papaya Lounge Restaurant

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Costa Rican, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary, South American, Pacific Rim
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Mal Pais, Mal Pais 000, Costa Rica
00506 26400230
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tuscaloosa, AL
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4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2013

We stayed in the adjacent hotel and ate breakfast here everyday. Enjoyed lovely fresh juice and hot coffee while watching the iguanas sun on the top of the rainforest trees. If you're looking for a place for breakfast with a great view and tasty food this is it. They also serve great tapas in the evening, the octopus was my... More 

Thank cypressinntusc
Sainte-Foy, Quebec, Canada
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9 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2013

The atmosphere and the view/sunset were excellent. One of the best steak I ever had. The service was good. Was there from 5 to 8. Great place.

Thank Jeff C
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2013 via mobile

We made reservations for 5 p.m as to not miss the sunset. We didnt leave until close to 9 p.m. We were entertained for hours by marvelous cocktails and fab views. We had 5 tapas later in the evening which we shared. My favorites-octopus and tuna stack. Don't miss out, you'll love it.

1 Thank Nalainafrica
Falmouth, Massachusetts
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

Papaya Lounge is one of my favorites and well worth the many steps you have to climb to get there. Once up top you are overwehlmed with the amazing view of the ocean and the top notch decor. You leave all the dust behind and enter a world of Luxury , good food and people. Michael makes a killer mohito... More 

Thank Mariiann
Washington, D.C.
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 31, 2012

A wonderful spot with great food and delicious drinks by the two Mikes. They don't serve lunch but have great breakfast and dinners.

Thank OldElizabeth
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 30, 2012 via mobile

We did not stay in he hotel, but we went for the sunset drinks and a dinner. Set on top of the hill, heavy climbing of lots if stairs, but once you are on the deck of the lounge / restaurant, you feel like being in the most beautiful place in the world. A beautiful open air lounge with comfortable... More 

Thank minvielle
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2012 via mobile

Just the best place to see the magical sunset over the Pacific ocean. Serves great cocktails, and very good tapas. A bit pricy.

Thank Gerok72
Decatur, Georgia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2012

If you want to witness the most incredible sunsets while sipping a cocktail this is the place to do it! The lounge is so funky yet comfortable. The service fantastic and the bocas (tapa type food) were excellent. This is my favorite sunset place and I recommend it to anyone visiting Santa Teresa/Mal Pais!

Thank minimere
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2012

from breakfast to dinner gourmet, from service, to the beautiful rooms and the incredible panoramic view of the Pacific Ocean, not to mention the sunsets in moana lodge feel in paradise. We hope to return soon.

Thank luiggi c
New York City, New York
1 review
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2012

Stunning view, lovely food, wonderful staff. Highly recommended. We arrived very late to our fist night in Mal Pais and was still treated to a wonderful dinner combining local flavors and tradition with cosmopolitan sophistication. We came back a few days later to enjoy best ever coconut cocktails while watching the sun set...

1 Thank trippin572

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$4 - $18
Costa Rican, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary, South American, Pacific Rim
Breakfast, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Scenic view, Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mal Pais, Mal Pais 000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Mal Pais
  • Phone Number: 00506 26400230

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