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“Great food, good prices, nice owner/staff”
Review of Puggo's

Puggo's
Ranked #4 of 39 Restaurants in Montezuma
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $30
Cuisines: Israeli, International
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Good for: Special occasions, Families with children, Local cuisine
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Puggo's Restuarant is located just off the beach in the small town of Montezuma. The owner is a world traveler who has found her home in Costa Rica. Her menu and its flavours are a direct reflection of her life experiences. From the fresh local fish to the slow cooked osobuco and moussaka, you can taste the love she has for her food. She uses a range of ingredients, from local organic chocolate to spices she brings directly from her home country of Israel. Puggo's also has a fresh sushi bar which specializes in a range of asian inspired dishes using locally caught fish and prepared right in front of your eyes. The atomsphere is friendly and relaxed and the multilingual staff is happy to recommend not only their favourite dishes but beaches as well! .
Fort Worth, Texas
Level 5 Contributor
90 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
“Great food, good prices, nice owner/staff”
Reviewed June 13, 2013

During our 8 day stay in Montezuma we ate here several times. Along with MonteSol it was in our top 2 favorite places to eat. The lime-mint batido (juice smoothie) was my favorite drink at any place we ate. I loved it!!!! The focachia bread is wonderful. I loved the morrocan fish stew. All the dishes we had were very good. The best thing about this place was the ambiance, relaxed, nice/clean, outdoors but decorated nicely......but most of all, the friendliness of the owner/chef and her waiter. They were both super nice and made us feel welcome!

Visited June 2013
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Tallahassee, Florida
1 review
“Came back for thirds...”
Reviewed June 12, 2013

Out of all the restaurants in Montezuma, Puggo's was our favorite. Centrally located, great spot for watching locals and tourists on the street, open air, unique décor with handmade wooden chairs and gravel floor covered with thin rugs,

In Costa RIca, if you do not have colones, you must ask if the restaurant accepts credit cards. Most do not, especially in villages like Montezuma.

When we found out they only accept colones, we walked down to Chico's Bar and paid for beers with American dollars. The exchange rate at the bar was 480 to one dollar, I believe, which was about 50 colones better than the exchange at the airport. I'd suggest using this approach if you ever find yourself low on colones and there's no ATM in sight.

Armed with a fresh stack of colones, we marched back to Puggo's. They usually have one server on staff each evening, so try to get there early or expect to wait. My suggestion is: be prepared to order when your server appears at your table, because it may be a few minutes before he or she comes back around. The complementary fresh focaccia bread will surely ease your anxious mind and rumbling belly.

On the three nights we went to Puggo's we sampled many dishes and drinks and were never disappointed. Fresh fruit smoothies with vodka, beef fillets with apple chutney, fresh fish in a cream sauce, fish schnitzel, ribeye, spicy tuna rolls.

Do not leave Puggo's without trying the beef carpaccio! Don't be alarmed by the shotgun-blast of mangos crashing on the tin roof. Mango fresco!

  • Visited June 2013
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San José, San Jose, Costa Rica
Level 5 Contributor
67 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 34 helpful votes
“Great food with A twist of Israelí cuisine”
Reviewed June 8, 2013 via mobile

I first read from sources on the web that the Restaurant offers Israelí cuisine but the waitress explained me that it's not completely Israelí. The food i ordered taste great and worth the money. I would highly recommend this place.

  • Visited June 2013
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Salem, Oregon
Level 4 Contributor
37 reviews
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“Great food”
Reviewed June 7, 2013

Four of us wandered in for dinner and were not disappointed. Great smoothie cocktails, excellent fish, delicious hummus.

Visited May 2013
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“Great versatile food”
Reviewed May 31, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I heard about this place before arriving to montezuma, and didn't know what to expect.
When arrived, we met Maya, the owner who was very nice, and then looked at the menu.
Everything looked so delicious, and we ordered the noodeles and the Hummus.
The food was great, delicious, so good that we ate there the next day as well!
Second time we had the Veggie Burger which was wonderful as well.
If you'r ever in montezuma, don't miss Puggo's!

Visited May 2013
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