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“Amazing melon frappes!!!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of La Cantina BBQ

La Cantina BBQ
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: Barbecue, South American, Costa Rican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Large groups, Bar scene, Local cuisine, Families with children, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Auckland Region, New Zealand
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21 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“Amazing melon frappes!!!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 17, 2013 via mobile

Really nice atmosphere, staff were great, food and prices were average but overall we had a good night. Also be sure to have the melon frappe while you are there, they are made with 100% melon and are delicious, do not miss it!!!!

  • Visited April 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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Centreville, Virginia
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558 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 195 helpful votes
“Nice place, lovely setting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 13, 2013

Very nice setting in the jungle, just across the road from the hotel. It’s all outdoors on a huge balcony and they have live music most nights. We enjoyed our meal of quesadillas and pineapple chicken and fish salad - everything was very fresh and well-prepared. The staff was very nice, too.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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Broomfield, Colorado, United States
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12 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“New Chef makes the difference - do not miss!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 12, 2013

We stayed in the 727 fuselage room at Costa Verde and La Cantina was just across the road from the hotel/room. I picked it the first night (March 29, 2013) due to the location, fire grill, and live music. While the service was good but not fabulous, the food was outstanding! My children ordered the shrimp and steak skewers and they were cooked perfectly. My husband and I also ordered obligatory skewers and I was really happy that the accompanying grilled veggies were fantastic! The steak was so good, I couldn't believe they could make it melt in your mouth like that - and I'm a filet snob! The drinks were good as well for both adults and children. My husband even danced with our 9-year old daughter in the open air 'dance' floor and it was a great moment. So the next night as we decided where to go, it was a unanimous family decision to return. To our delight, the new chef was in attendance and made the night beyond fabulous!!! My husband remarked how I loved the grilled pineapple on the skewer and the chef made me a unique pineapple & mango skewer (ADD this to the menu!!!). Oh heaven! The food was still delicious, the atmosphere was so relaxing (romantic for me and the hubby yet fun for the kids), and the chef - he makes the difference! He was so attentive and so was the staff. I HIGHLY recommend La Cantina! Disregard the previous reviews - it is COMPLETELY different with the new chef! My husband received a degree in culinary arts and had a great discussion with the chef. Even before this conversation happened, the new chef was attentive to all of us and even took the kids on a 'behind the scenes' tour of the kitchen!!! They were so excited to see it and that they got to see it without Mom and Dad.

GREAT service, EXCELLENT food, and fabulous atmosphere for the entire family. I would go back with or without the kids - it is family friendly yet romantic as well. GO and ENJOY!!! I relied heavily on tripadvisor recommendations for our first visit to Costa Rica and I know how much others rely on these recommendations and that is why I am giving La Cantina 5 stars. Kudos to the new chef and thank you for making our visit so memorable!

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Laura M
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Hotel_Costa_Verde, Manager at La Cantina BBQ, responded to this review, April 26, 2013
WOW! We are so pleased to hear such compliments from satisfied guests! Thank you so much for taking the time to share the details of your experience. We are very excited to have our new chef, Fabricio, in the house. We know he's doing a great job, but it is important for our guests to hear it from you. Please follow us on Facebook if you'd like to hear and see more about the changes that Fabricio is implementing at La Cantina. We hope that you return again one day for more of that tender filet and another father daughter dance. Thanks for making Costa Verde and La Cantina part of your Costa Rica getaway. Pura Vida
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Guelph, Canada
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Good food, great service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 6, 2013

We had very tasty food here on both occasions we visited. Service was very good (although we were there very early at dinner time and there were few other guests). Waitresses were incredibly sweet to our 2-year-old. The chef came to check in with us on both visits and was very friendly.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Arlington, Virginia
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115 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 127 helpful votes
“Food was mediocre and service slow.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 2, 2013

The barbecue was dry and chewy. The waiters had too many tables and overall just not a great meal. No view as you are right on the road. the construction of the place is impressive and the barbecue smelss great right up until the time you bite into it.

Visited March 2013
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Thank rob b
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Hotel_Costa_Verde, Manager at La Cantina BBQ, responded to this review, April 3, 2013
Thanks for your review. We certainly don't like to hear that anyone has had a poor dining experience with us. The good news is that we are currently in the midst of a management change at La Cantina and in the process of making some improvements both on the menu and with service. Our new Executive Chef from Argentina has created new dishes and is providing culinary and service training to the whole staff! Our new Ribeye has been getting two thumbs up from many guests!

We'd like to hear more about the details of your visit if possible as we are trying to put some quality controls in place. If you could send us a private message at karen@costaverde.com we'd like to know the date of your stay and the meals that you ordered so that we can work loop back with the team to make sure that every dish is right, every time.

We appreciate your feedback and the nod to our construction. There's no ocean view, but having a visiting sloth or monkey during dinner can be fun, too!

Thanks again,
Hotel Costa Verde Management Team
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