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“The view was amazing”
Review of La Finisterra - CLOSED

La Finisterra
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: International, Mediterranean, South American, Central American
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Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups, Local cuisine, Families with children
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: The "tropics" has its own style of enjoying food and refreshments outdoors. Lighter Meals and casual snacks (bocas) while relaxing in the delicious tropical environment seems to be a basic part of the lifestyle here."Hotel La Finisterra's" open air restaurant and viewpoint patios have all the ingredients to make this pastime not only possible but something you will remember. We do with panache! There is no other nearby restaurant with the panoramic, ocean and beach views that compares with the incredible views from "Hotel La Finisterra" the perfect place to take in a tropical sunset in paradise.This year "La Finisterra" presents one new menus and a new direction in our cuisine and restaurant style. Our cuisine is individually prepared using the freshest local ingredients by our professional chef and kitchen staff. Guest services are available in any of our dining area locations.
Sydney, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“The view was amazing”
Reviewed January 19, 2011

A couple recommended this restaurant to us and it was just up the hill from our hotel. The view was absolutely amazing - the beaches, the ocean, the houses in the hillsides etc. As soon as we arrived we were greeted by the staff, shown around and were served drinks outside while we looked at the views. We never felt rushed and the staff were incredibly friendly and helpful.

When choosing a wine with my dinner we were shown into the cellar to look at the selection. The service was amazing, very attentive and we weren't pressured to hurry and leave. The meals were a generous size, nothing spectacular but quite good. The only downfall was the price - expensive, especially when compared to other restaurants in the area.

If you don't want to eat there (which I probably wouldn't do in hindsight), I would definitely recommend a few drinks during the day or at sunset - the view and service is amazing.

  • Visited November 2010
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CA
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35 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“The best restaurant that we came across during our trip”
Reviewed December 29, 2010

We had delicious breakfast there and when the waiter, Laibe, found out that we are vegetarian, he asked his chef, Mario, to talk to us and plan a special dinner. What a spectacular dinner! We can't remember the last time we enjoyed a vegetarian meal in a restaurant that much, including the mean we had at Chez Pannise! Beyond meal, service was outstanding. The views of the ocean and the hillside were gorgeous. I heard the hotel is also beautiful to stay in. If this is how they treat their retaurant patrons, then they much treat their hotel guests even more special!

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Toronto, Canada
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130 reviews
85 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 243 helpful votes
“It's a WOW!!!”
Reviewed November 16, 2010

Had discovered this restaurant on Trip Advisor and am so happy we did! The service was incredible, always there but never in the way, very attentive without being obtrusive. As for the food...exquiste, delicious, well presented and very generous servings! The view was certainly breathtaking especially being there at sunset! And ohhhh so very romantic!!!! The wine cellar well stocked with a broad variety. How nice to be invited in to choose our wine! This is certainly a dining experience that will never be forgotten and it truly is a gem not to be missed in Playa Hermosa!

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Atlanta, Georgia
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9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“amazing meal prepared by a chef with a passion for food”
Reviewed August 3, 2010

After a trip toward Liberia to find a restaurant, we decided to give Fodor´s a chance. We drove up the hill to a small hotel and restaurant which was empty, but gave us the most pleasurable meal of our trip. Forget the dirt roads and the trek to get there, this is one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica and a restaurant which could easily hold its own in a big US or European city. The ceviche was an explosion of flavor, the tuna tartar prepared Peruvian style was excellent. Some of the combinations on the menu raised our eyebrows, but once tasted, the artistry was evident.

Don´t miss the hotel here as it does not seem to be listed on TA. It offers lovely rooms which are clean, well appointed.

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Kingman, Arizona
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24 reviews
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“One of the best restaurants in all of Costa Rica”
Reviewed July 17, 2010

If you want to be stunned by incredible views and then have absolutely fantastic food to go with, La Finisterra is one stop you may want to make more than one stop at... I'm fortunate to have had lunch here a couple months ago and finally found a great steak in Costa Rica. I am now living nearby and eat here many times a week. The food is always presented to impress and the taste and quality is equally impressive. Come before sunset and bring your camera, you'll be glad you did...then enjoy some of the best food you'll ever eat.. great service, friendly and thoughtful staff, all who speak english that you can easily understand... I give La Finisterra 5 stars...

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