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“Wonderful location, disappointing experience” 3 of 5 stars
Review of Playa de los Artistas

Playa de los Artistas
| Across the street from Los Mangos hote, Montezuma, Costa Rica
26420920
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Ranked #6 of 36 Restaurants in Montezuma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $8 - $20
Cuisines: Seafood, Costa Rican, Mediterranean, South American, Central American
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Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Texas
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83 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Wonderful location, disappointing experience”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2012

After seeing the reviews of Playa de los Artistas as one of the best restaurants in Costa Rica, along with being recommended by the locals, we decided to check them out. Each day the hand-written menu changes. We arrived prior to sunset and the surrounds were wonderful. The ambiance is definitely romantic. The wooden chairs were a welcome change to the plastic chairs found in many of the other local eateries. The beach-side location definitely adds to the ambiance. The service was good, yet the meal was not what we were expecting. After having all the hype, we felt let down. The food was decent, but definitely not 'the best in Costa Rica'.

  • Visited August 2012
    • 3 of 5 stars
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    • 3 of 5 stars
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Delicious and Romantic!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2012

We were staying at Amor de Mar a few doors down, and were eager to try this place (it was highly recommended in my guidebook). This little gem did NOT disappoint! All of the tables are on the beach (your feet are actually IN the sand), candlelit with perfect ocean views.

We shared 5 courses of the day and all were fantastic, and incredibly fresh. Do NOT miss this place!

Visited August 2012
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Seattle
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9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
“Beautiful location and amazing food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

This restaurant had easily the most romantic location of any place we ate at on our honeymoon in Costa Rica. Right on the beach with lots of beautiful hand made wood furniture and fixtures. We had drinks and appetizers as we got there just as they were opening and it was a little early for dinner. Food was great and the service was top notch. The menu was all hand-written (I was told they menu changes every day) and our server took the time to go over ever single item on the menu in detail for us. Highly recommended that if you are in the area that you make it a priority to have a meal at Playa del los Artistas!

Visited July 2012
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New Orleans, Louisiana
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“Completely Unlike the Rest of Montezuma”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2012

Our dinner experience: set way back through a dark gate and unlit walkway, you'll find a hidden oasis of candle-lit chunky wooden chairs and tables all nestled in the sand under a canopy of dark wooden beams and vines. Oh my god. Beautiful.

While the rest of Monetzuma is zooming around on ATVs on a dusty, loud, stinky road, we were here in this tranquil place where the menus are hand written (beautifully), the staff perfectly attentive, and the vibe was exactly what we needed. Did we walk through some kind of wormhole to get here?

The food was excellent. All items on the menu were clearly made with intention and attention to detail. And yet the price for this 5-star food was the same as the food at the other (and some even very crappy) establishments.

In a nutshell, if you want creative food (not classic meat & potatoes), vegetarian options, and an atmosphere that makes you think you're very privileged to be there, then this is the place for you.

  • Visited October 2011
    • 5 of 5 stars
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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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“a place to eat and linger....”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2012

loved the location, the food and the fact that we could linger on the beach... a must-do in Montezuma!

Visited October 2011
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