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“Desserts are fantastic!”
Review of Restaurant Exotica

Restaurant Exotica
Ranked #1 of 26 Restaurants in Ojochal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $41
Cuisines: European, French, Polynesian, Thai, Vietnamese, International, Fusion
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Restaurant details
Good for: Romantic, Special occasions, Business meetings
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: 32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O
Minnesota City, Minnesota
Level 6 Contributor
149 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
“Desserts are fantastic!”
Reviewed April 4, 2013

I liked the desserts the best at this restaurant. The hostess/waitress/owner was extremely friendly.

Expect to pay $20-$30 pp for a meal and dessert.

I don't think they are open on Sunday's. Also reservations are a must during peak travel times.

  • Visited March 2013
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Boston
Level 2 Contributor
7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“The best food in Ojochal rivals Paris.”
Reviewed April 3, 2013

Many years in Paris have made me skeptical of "French" food. Exotica offers the food of the world, with a strong French influence. Real good, and yes, it rivals the wonderful food I have eaten in Paris.

This is a small rustic place run by a very charming French Canadian couple. Be prepared to spend a nice long evening with great food, wine and desserts. (The Chocolate Cake had the addicts swooning.) Savor each sip and bite. The food is individually prepared and delivered to your table when it is ready, not when you are ready, so don't plan to rush through. Relax. Enjoy your friends and family. This dinner is a fantastic treat to top off your visit to Ojochal.

  • Visited March 2013
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Thank BosguyBoston
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Burlington, Canada
Level 6 Contributor
104 reviews
93 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Haute Cuisine In The Most Unlikely Place”
Reviewed March 17, 2013

Awesome food, very good wines, great hostess, good service and nice ambiance. Are we in Toronto, Dusseldorf, New York???? No way. We are talking about Exocita located in Ojochal. Were in the world is Ojochal? Approximately 170 kilometres south-west of San Jose, Costa Rica in the southern Pacific zone of this great country. 19 kilometres south of Uvita, this jungle oasis continues to impress us every time we come back on our annual visit to the area. Lucie (the hostess with mostess) and her husband Bob continue to offer "world class" meals in a tiny village were interestingly enough there is a large established base of very good restaurants. French, English and Spanish is spoken here. Make sure you leave room for desert (either the devil's fork or the passion fruit is to die for). Lucie, a prochaine année!!!

  • Visited March 2013
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Escazu, Costa Rica
Level 3 Contributor
15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

After hearing so much about this place, my family ventured down from Uvita for great meal. The waitress (who I believe was the owner) welcomed us so warmly and had a table ready for us. We all had a salad to start. Either blue cheese, or just a garden salad. The blue cheese salad was definitely better, as the garden salad's dressing didn't have much flavor. For an entree I got the shrimps in the banana curry sauce. It was to die for. The sauce was so delicious! Other members got the fish in the banana curry sauce, the jumbo shrimps in the garlic butter, and the filet. The lest favorite of the four was definitely the beef. We also finished off with one of their homemade brownies. It was served warm with ice cream and was so delicious! Would definitely recommend if you are in the area! Our biggest complaint about the place was how hot it is. They definitely need to add some more fans/ventilation to keep the temperature down a bit. I live in Costa Rica and I understand most restaurants in Costa Rica are open air, but this one felt exceptionally hot to me!

  • Visited February 2013
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Chippewa Falls, Wisconsin
Level 5 Contributor
65 reviews
45 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Deserves to be #1”
Reviewed March 11, 2013

Exotica (cuisine du monde) deserves its reputation and rating as the best (or one of the best) restaurants in Ojochal. The atmosphere is tropical and serene with subdued lighting and lovely decor. The menu features a range of entrees that are thoughtfully inspired such as sea bass with banana curry. The French Canadian owner greets and serves guests with unparalleled graciousness.This is a perfect place to enjoy world cuisine in a relaxed, beautiful setting.

Visited February 2013
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Thank Katherine R
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