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Buena Esperanza

$$ - $$$
between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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  • Excellent67%
  • Very good17%
  • Average3%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible5%
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“quesadilla” (3 reviews)
“tuna” (3 reviews)
“gnocchi” (2 reviews)
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Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

We are travel bloggers and get to see many places. Its a fun spot on fridays but despite the vibe the food is absolutely fantastic! Be sure to have the best plate of food (its pricey $15) for sure!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank Stefan H
Reviewed August 3, 2018

If you are in the area, you are likely staying at a beach house for a while. If you don't feel like cooking you come to Martina's. Luckily, the food is really good and the beer is really cold. Friday's there is a farmers market...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Matt K
Reviewed July 17, 2018

This is the first time ever that I am writing a negative review, but need to share our experience at Martinas. We arrived around 4pm and were the only guests. Wanted to order but were told by the incredibly unfriendly waitress (who did, to begin...More

Date of visit: July 2018
Thank Antje R
Reviewed April 28, 2018 via mobile

We were staying around the corner at an AirBnB and were lucky enough to have a mere 5-minute walk to amazing food at Martina’s Bar Buena Esperanza. Had the tuna (which they cooked exactly the way I requested), the red snapper (which they advised me...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank JosieBoston
Reviewed March 11, 2018 via mobile

Arrived at this bar and restuarant before the 6pm dinner time. They agreed to serve us chicken casadillas and a tuna salad. 8 casadillas, 1 tuna salad, 8 mixed drinks, 74,000 colonies, about $140. Food ok, service a bare minimum. Remember, your privaledged to eat...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Bbaker3608
Reviewed February 17, 2018

We spent a couple of weeks in the Osa Peninsula just south of Puerto Jimenez. We found this gem while cruising the roads near Matapalo. The food (changing menu) and staff ( Paul, Lilianna , et al) are top shelf in this laid back jungle...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Janet V
Reviewed February 2, 2018 via mobile

In such a amazing wildlife area is this bar / restaurant defintly a wrong place !!! They like to play such a loud music in this peacafull natur, that i can not believe, that people really like this place !?!

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank archundb
Reviewed November 12, 2017

Cute place, small menu, hangout for locals, pricy but worth it. Just don't, expect any compassion from the grumpy, chain-smoking, tattooed german lady that runs the place. Therefore it's ok to smoke inside the Bar and Restaurant. So frankly it's awesome.

Date of visit: June 2017
Thank 806axel
Reviewed July 28, 2017 via mobile

Also known as Bar Martine by the locals, this is the place to be on Friday nights. The craft fair is fun and there are some good finds there. Get some hot sauce for your travel if Becca is there. The food is good every...More

Date of visit: July 2017
Thank EatSantaBarbarian
Reviewed May 16, 2017 via mobile

Wow this place could be great! Fun, jungle atmosphere with great food and fun environment. At this unique place - locals mix with tourists for a fun night. Also the craft fair on Friday's is really nice. Great place until you meet the rude and...More

Date of visit: May 2017
Thank andrew_branham
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Costa Rican
Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Outdoor Seating, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Large groups, Kids, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Osa Peninsula
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