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“Absolutely terrible” 1 of 5 bubbles
Review of El Hicaco

El Hicaco
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El Hicaco
Ranked #37 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
Brooklyn, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Absolutely terrible”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 3, 2014 via mobile

I dont usually write reviews but this is necessary for everyones sake. DO NOT GO HERE!!

1) Overpriced
2) Lobster is NOT FRESH BUT FROZEN CHUNKS OF SOMETHING
3) FISH NOT LOCAL
4) ALL alcohol is watered
5) server insulted my wife on two occasions
6) LOUSY service

Do NOT eat here ! 0/5

Stayed January 2014, traveled as a couple
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Rating summary
  • Location
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Sleep Quality
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Rooms
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Service
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Cleanliness
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • French first
  • Italian first
  • Spanish first
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English first
Wading River, New York
Level Contributor
3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 2, 2014

This was a fantastic ending to our fantastic trip to Costa Rica! The atmosphere was beautiful as we sat beachside and enjoyed a wonderful, authentic Costa Rican meal. The sounds of a saxophone player that rivaled Kenny G added to the beautiful atmosphere at this beautiful restaurant. I would highly recommend!

  • Stayed December 2013, traveled with family
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank Ronnie M
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Avalon, New Jersey
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 5, 2013

I are there twice on my trip. The food quality was awesome, the ambiance was great and the service was excellent. I was shocked about the prior reviews. I think management fixed the issues. I will certainly go back again.

  • Stayed December 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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Thank KevinInAvalon
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Miami, Florida
2 reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 22, 2013

The food was very good, unfortunately the service was awful. And awful would be an understatement. Great ambiance, but I can't reiterate enough how bad the staff treated our party. As far as the food is concerned would definitely recommend the lobster, sea bass, shrimp combination.

  • Stayed April 2013, traveled with friends
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 1 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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2 Thank Drawretsim
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common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 21, 2013 via mobile

Very well appointed and situated. Dine as the Pacific tides in, feet from you, with light accents and music pumped onto the beach. Best food from our time in Jaco. A seafood place of class. Service kurt. That's a shame. Tip in cash required.

  • Stayed April 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
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1 Thank ExpatCIO
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Tampa, Florida
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91 reviews
24 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 8, 2013

I can't say enough good things about this restaurant - the service is great, waiters are attentive and speak Enlish very well (which is something I would never expect or ask for, but truly appreciate and respect), the food is GREAT, and the location is THE BEST - half of the dining room consists of an open air deck on the beach overlooking the ocean. It is truly the perfect location in Jaco. I appreciated that the restaurant was fairly upscale (compared to most others in the area) but that the prices were very reasonable and well worth the food, setting, and service. We never felt rushed or hurried. I wish I had tried more menu items, but I can vouch for the lobster, beef tenderloin, ceviche, and margaritas - all perfectly prepared and super tasty. My husband visited the restaurant earlier in the week for their all you can eat lobster buffet and said it was awesome. If you get the chance to visit El Hicaco, definitley do it - it's a wonderful place to eat, drink, relax, and enjoy the beach and fresh air.

  • Stayed February 2013, traveled as a couple
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
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Thank GWARnachos
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15 reviews
3 hotel reviews
common_n_hotel_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 24, 2012

This place it great for a nice meal and elegant dining. The food is a bit pricey for what you get, but the atmosphere is worth it if you're craving a nice outdoor beachside spot. While a couple other restaurants may have better food, this food is quite good and no others offer dining beachside or with a high end style.

  • Stayed July 2012, traveled as a couple
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
      Value
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Location
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Cleanliness
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Service
Helpful?
Thank Laura R
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Property: El Hicaco
Address: El Hicaco, Jaco, Costa Rica
Location: Costa Rica > Province of Puntarenas > Jaco
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Ranked #37 of 67 Specialty Lodging in Jaco
Also Known As:
El Hicaco Costa Rica/Jaco

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