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“Mucho beuno!”

The Papaya Lounge Restaurant
Ranked #5 of 19 Restaurants in Mal Pais
Price range: $4 - $18
Cuisines: Seafood, Costa Rican, Contemporary
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Good for: Special occasions, Bar scene, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Breakfast, Reservations
Reviewed January 5, 2018 via mobile

We went here several times over our last two trips. It is WELL worth the trip up the stairs to appreciate the incredible panoramic sunset view on the horizon. Food is sooo tasty and service is impeccable.

Thank Dyell86
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Reviewed April 25, 2017

We went here one evening for dinner, it was quiet and we were uncertain. We were so pleasantly surprised. First of all, the view is second to none. For sunset, you will be in for such a beautiful, romantic scene. Then I had the nachos. Not like western nachos! I added fresh prawns to them and couldn't stop eating them. Returned several times for the exact same thing. The traditional Costa Rican food was also some of the most flavourful food I've ever had. Price point....also amazing.

Thank Dyell86
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Reviewed September 22, 2016

Spectacular view and a lovely setting! Can be very romantic as well :)

If the manager is working the bar, ask for the "Mexican Mojito." Not on the menu, but the best drink I had during our entire stay in Costa Rica!!

Breakfast: Gallo Pinto is great here! Also, the jugo de cas.

Note: there isn't any signage by the front of the property telling if the restaurant is open or closed. It's a HIKE up to the restaurant (which is why the view is so awesome!), but it sucks to climb all the way up only for it to be closed :/

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1  Thank pranheim
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Reviewed May 2, 2016

We stayed at moana lodge for 3 nights, papaya lounge is the hotel restaurant.
The first night we had dinner at the restaurant, the ocean views are amazing (high climb to the restaurant but 100% worth it!).
The frensh bartender makes delicious cocktails and does a great job!
Happy hour is from 4 till 6 perfect for watching the sunset!
The food is oké, but little pricy, its a tapas concept so you can taste a lot of everything.
Some or better then others, we loved the fresh calamari with home made sauce.
The food itself was overall too salty. I self use a lot of salt while cooking at home, but the food in papaya lounge was really toooo much salted. Otherwise the dishes were perfect!

The 2nd and 3th night of our stay the restaurant was closed, which was not so pleasant while we had no transportation. I couldn't understand because breakfast was served in the morning! it couldn't be that hard to make something for a few couples, if you can bake eggs in the morning you can improvise a little menu too!

We enjoyed the food in town more, and for the same money you get better food!

For cocktails tough its 100% recommended !

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Thank sarahYjan
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Reviewed March 27, 2016 via mobile

Very good food with an amazing view. Actually staying at the hotel to which this restaurant belongs. Had dinner and breakfast and both very good. The view is incredible.

Thank Josef Z
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