When you have friends, fellow vacationers, and locals highly recommend a place, you have to put it on your list. The restaurant has some particular dishes for which they are known including the shrimp appetizer that has a great spicy flavor without being overbearing. The lobster bisque was okay - nothing unusual about it other than they add about a tablespoon of cream to the top before serving.
The entree selection is varied. We had the grilled tuna and the mahi. The mahi was definitely the better selection of the two. As the server mentioned, they are known for the mahi's preparation.
The atmosphere was probably what draws so many. The canopy of palms embrace the dining areas so that you feel as if you are in the middle of a tropical jungle of sorts. If you wish to go here, you DEFINITELY need to make a RESERVATION in advance. Our concierge told us it was booked for two weeks, but that was not true. They have earlier and later seatings to accomodate their clientele; we found out as we stopped by around 2 pm to make a reservation in person.
The service here was the worst part that made us rank it as very good.
1. We had to ask for someone to refill our water.
2. No one checked back after serving the entreés.
3. We had to go find our server to ask for the bill. We had not seen him for about 45 minutes after the entree delivery. In all fairness, there were quite a few large parties of 6-10 nearby and that has a tendency to backlog a kitchen and its staff especially if there is a special occasion involved.
So RESERVE, go and expect a relaxed, slow evening with great food with unknown service quality. Nearby Coyaba had much better service and prices than Coco Bistro.
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