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Picante Restaurant and Bar

Certificate of Excellence
Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, South American
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at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
506 2670 0109
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant was a favorite thus far. The service was awesome and he offered to make sure to have red snapper for my husband on our next visit back as he was out when we went. I had the Mahi Mahi and it was delish to say the least as it left me speechless. My son had the child's fish... More 

Thank marcie b
Heredia, Costa Rica
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15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nice place located at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort with a beautiful view and a good weather. The food is very good, I recommend the fresh shrimps...

Thank jorgmora
Wichita, Kansas
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 22, 2016

1st, it is easier to find than I thought. However, if you are driving, after you enter the resort just keep going and follow the signs. I like the hidden places with beautiful atmosphere and great food. We walked down to the beach dinner. Clean black volcanic sand. Wow. I hope you don't go here because I would like to... More 

Thank Robert R
Denver, Colorado
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20 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

We ate here a couple times during our stay, mostly because it was convenient! The food wasn't bad, but seemed a bit overpriced. Nice atmosphere at the pool, overlooking the ocean. Good service, but every time we went there it was pretty empty.

Thank ksdolphin
Fremont, California
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2016

We ate at the Picante twice. Once right after we had been traveling all day and secondly for our daughter's birthday. It was equally delicious both times! The menu was kid friendly and had English translation. The setting was absolutely stunning with a view of the beach from the restaurant.

Thank tayhigh5
Olympia, Washington
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47 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 27, 2016 via mobile

We ate there on our first night staying at Bahia Pez Velas after traveling all day. I had a the tropical salad with grilled chicken. It was delicious. Fresh lettuce, mango, cashews, feta, and tomatoes with a strawberry sauce. Just what I needed after a day of travel. The kids hamburger was plenty with fresh leaf lettuce and tomato and... More 

Thank sandyss77
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2016

This restaurant is right next to the pool at Playa Pez Vela. It is also steps from the secluded beach on the property. The restaurant has a peaceful atmosphere with great food. I liked the Sopa de Mariscos (fish soup) and the tropical drinks. The people working there were also very friendly and helpful.

Thank pimbucat
Dillon, Montana
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2016 via mobile

After a hike from Ocotal beach, the cocktail, cooling breeze off the ocean, and wonderful dinner were delightful. We would recommend an evening there.

Thank patriciajeanhartz
2 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2016

We traveled all over the area for the last week, and this place is the best. Excellent food, prices, and people! No need to go anywhere else.

Thank Jen M
Temecula, California
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2016

We stayed at the resort and ate at the terrific Picante several times. The service is excellent, the restaurant is so pretty and the food is always delicious. The menu changes depending on the fresh fish, but I highly recommend the ginger lemon sea bass. Also, you can never go wrong with their casado for lunch. We have been diners... More 

Thank AKRM

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    5 of 5 stars
Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Families with children
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: at the Bahia Pez Vela Resort, Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Ocotal
  • Phone Number: 506 2670 0109

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