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Buena Esperanza

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between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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Strathroy, Canada
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

We were excited to go to Martina's for dinner during our stay in this area - after all, it was touted as being "World Famous" When we arrived, we were told we couldn't order food until 6:00 pm, although it wasn't posted anywhere - maybe we missed that important fact? So we waited until 6:00 to order from the menu,... More 

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Boulder, Colorado
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29 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

We ate here on a Wednesday night. We arrived after dark and were the only ones there, so had a very peaceful dinner. The vibe is very arty and cute, lots of lights and seating areas. I'm sure it would be very fun when filled with people. Service was friendly and fast. 3 of us are vegetarians, so we all... More 

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Athens, GA
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2016

Our family stayed in a nearby rental in Cabo Matapalo for a week this March. We walked the 20 minutes to Buena Esperanza on several occasions for smoothies and then on Friday evening when they have a local artisan market and stayed for dinner. The décor is super fun and the ambiance is tropical and laid-back. The smoothies were incredible... More 

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Edmonds, Washington
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13 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

Another visit to Martina's and Martina even joined us. Great food, Great Drinks, Great Place. The tuna was prepared perfectly and enjoyed by all. The local surfers dropped by for a beverage and a bite to eat. Always fun!

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Auckland, New Zealand
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199 reviews
114 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 19, 2015

ABSOLUTELY LOVED Martina's. I was staying in the surrounding area and visited this bar/restaurant for 3 nights out of the 5 I was in the area. The tuna steak meal is divine, so is the Mahi mahi. So fresh and delicious. Cooked to perfection. It is what bought me back every time. The ambience is great. Nice and chilled. A... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2015

Buena Esperanza is one of a kind bar and restaurant. Its a great stop on your way to Carate or when you visit the Osa. Firday nights are mostly packed and a DJ is playing music for a good mix of locals and visitors from the surrounding lodges and houses. Great food and cold drinks. Just an easy place Food... More 

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Charlotte, Vermont
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015 via mobile

This is the perfect spot to grab a beer and watch the local scene. Everyone meets at Martina's. No visit to the Osa is complete without at least one Friday night at this landmark by the sea.

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Edmond, Oklahoma
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2014

This was the only place to watch Costa Rica play the Netherlands in the World Cup. It was a lot of fun. Adults, kids and pets all crowded around 2 -- 32" televisions to watch the game. Martina sells 2 kinds of beer--Imperial and Pilser. She had soda pop and wonderful ice cream for the children, and water bowls for... More 

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Macungie, Pennsylvania
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79 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2014

We went to Martina's with a group of 6 adults and 8 young adults. I took the order for our group as nobody else showed up to do so. I placed and served the drink orders and I took and served the food. The owner was drunk or high and wanted to get into the pants of her cutie bartendress.... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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59 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2014

Overpriced, but where else are you going to go to eat if you're in this area? It's the only restaurant around. Delicious fresh food in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. On Fridays it's market night so the crowds come out - it's a fun party vibe on this night, and you have to be very patient in waiting for your dinner.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    3.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Cuisine
Bar, Costa Rican
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?