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Chao Pescao Small Plates & Bar

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
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Peninsula Papagayo | Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
+506 2690 1234
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New Rochelle, New York
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179 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I stayed at Andaz for 8 nights recently and thus ate here twice for dinner with my family of five. Lovely atmosphere and live music twice per week (although it will be packed those two nights and no reservations). I would have predicted before my trip that this would be my favorite Andaz restaurant but Chao left me mildly flat... More 

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Arlington, Virginia
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45 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Loved he tapas bar. Mojitos, arepas con Roos vieja and the toxo chorillos being my favorites. My wife like the empanadas.

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Thank tmountcastle
London, United Kingdom
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147 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is located inside the Hyatt Andaz resort, a place that is worth a 5 star rating as well. As such, it is a resort hotel restaurant. But unlike 99% of resort hotel restaurants this is a worthy destination whether you are on the property or not. Based on a local cuisine theme, Chao Pescao is a combination cocktail... More 

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Thank Dave H
Chicago, Illinois
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14 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food is unique and amazing. The mixologists at the bar are unlike most anywhere, akin to The Aviary in Chicago, which is a top 10 bar in the world. Cristian and Diego are amazing, I would recommend this restaurant for dinner, or just for cocktails - both would be the best option. Well done Andaz...

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Thank Love2Travel017
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77 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Food, service, entertainment. All of it was excellent. It's all outdoors, people dancing and lots of fun.

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Thank Amy E
New York City
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61 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

First, the mixologists are hands down impressive. Coming from NYC where there are speakeasies everywhere, they were just as good and almost more creative. I think they are better if you tell them what you are in the mood for, and see what they create. Their drink menu is small, but I think it's because they are better when you... More 

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Thank kzl1973
Boulder, Colorado
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 22, 2016 via mobile

This is our favorite restaurant on the property. We branched out and tried some new dishes this time and are so glad we did! The chicken and apple salad was fabulous. We also loved the chocolate cake with vanilla cream! Wow! Our favorites are the ribs, pork belly with rice and beans, and the beef and chicken skewers. The basil... More 

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Thank Tothebeach2016
Chicago, Illinois
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15 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 28, 2016 via mobile

We had eggplant and yuca dish Both were excellent Tortilla in the brown bag were outstanding. Best part was the service....they make u feel part of their world and u see a level of personal treatment that you get!! Thanks a million!

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Thank saj29
Portland, Oregon
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35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 23, 2016

We dinned at Chao Pescao two times during our stay at the Andaz. The service was fantastic and the food and drinks were great. We couldn't decide what to get, so we had the staff pick for us - boy were we glad. Definitely try the meat and cheese board, its great but huge. Also the beef empanadas are fantastic.... More 

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Thank Kelsey A
North Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 18, 2016 via mobile

We had a special occasion wedding rehearsal dinner at this most memorable spot. The food here was amazing small plate style eating with the most deliciously prepared choices. All the food was fantastic and the atmosphere and setting is beyond compare, we were all very very pleased with the service & of course Puravida!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, Spanish
Meals
Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Bar scene, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Peninsula Papagayo | Andaz Peninsula Papagayo, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Gulf of Papagayo
  • Phone Number: +506 2690 1234

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