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“Unexpectedly Wonderful Delight” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abbocato

Abbocato
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $55
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Restaurant details
Good for: Large groups, Special occasions, Business meetings, Families with children, Scenic view, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: To define Abbocato is to talk about a family that will welcome new friends in our home to create an unforgettable experience and to give an elegant and professional service in a distinguished environment with the best view of "Golfo Papagayo".Our goal is to convey a sense of satisfaction on the client through an eno-gastronomic journey of high level, with luxurious and cozy surroundings with large windows and a wonderful terrace where you must enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in the Pacific Ocean.The style of cuisine that Restaurante Aboocato offers can be defined as "author". If you have any questions or would like more information, do not hesitate and contact us!
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2 reviews
“Unexpectedly Wonderful Delight”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 29, 2013

My wife and I had a series of mediocre meals at the Four Seasons, and we wanted to find a delicious meal somewhere 'off property.' We found Abboccato, which exceeded every expectation.

Here's the breakdown: intimate dining room, charming and attentive service, world class cuisine, and they opened bottles of wine that weren't 'by the glass' for me to pair with different courses. Desserts were not an afterthought, either. They were delicious and well composed.

The chef, who is Venetian, has training in several Michelin starred restaurants, and has worked across Europe, Asia, and Central America. He was a one-man show for us when we visited. He was the maitre d', the server, and the chef. His wife, who is also a chef, was not there that night. He is a very sweet, earnest man who is very committed to putting out the best quality food possible. Abboccato is hospitable, personable, and sophisticated.

They do two different three course menus each night, one fish and one meat. You can mix and match courses from the two menus.

Romantic. Recommended by this Los Angeles foodie.

  • Visited May 2013
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Denver, Colorado
1 review
“WOW..Do Not Miss!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 11, 2013

First off, let me just say that you do not have to be a 'foodie" to enjoy this restaurant. Anyone who wants great food, impeccable service, beautiful location, and a night to remember will enjoy this spot. We dined at Abbocato in their old location and loved the charm. This new spot is a whole different level. From the moment you enter, you will notice the elegant interior. Then you walk through the space out onto the terrace for an unbelievable view of the Papagayo Gulf. With an infinity pool overlooking the ocean, cocktail in hand, and sun setting over the ocean, it is already a great night.
Then comes the food. Let me just say that Chef Andrea is a master in the kitchen. We went with his recommendation of the prix fixe menu with a meat and seafood for each. My wife and I had to share absolutely everything because each dish is spectacular. Every course is elegantly displayed and melts in your mouth. I could go on to describe each course but words could not really do it properly. You have to experience the wonderful creations he presents.
To top it all off, the service is amazing. He and his wife Paola each have a deep background in the industry and their attention to detail shows. Along with their knowledge is a passion for excellence that you rarely see. Everything about the restaurant, and the dining experience, is well thought out and truly not to be missed.
Make this a must stop on any visit to Guanacaste!

  • Visited May 2013
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Bologna
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“Beyond the food...”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2013

Enjoy an aperitif by the pool while the sun gently melts into the water (drinks were fantastic) and as the sky explode in a pinkish glow go inside and get ready to enjoy a fantastic meal. The chef will let you choose between two menus, meat or fishm the first with a mediterranean flavour and the latter with an asian taste... or you can pick few of the several tapasa that vary every night... Pick your wine, the selection is incredible. The chef italian will walk you through the all menu in order for you to enjoy an experience that goes beyond food.

  • Visited March 2013
    • 5 of 5 stars
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Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
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“The best formal restaurant in Playa del Coco greater area”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2013

Restaurants in Playa del Coco, Playa Hermosa, Playa Panama and Ocotal are spoiled by tourists and command high prices without giving much in return. This place is very different! I must warn you that the prices are very high, but it is worth it. Fist of all they are located in a development that sits on the edge of a cliff overlooking Playa Panama. The view from the patio is breathtaking, but so is the building itself. I would imagine it is a great place for a wedding or a very special occasion. Just look at the pictures to judge for yourself. You are given 2 choices for a prix fixe menu: seafood or meat. The meal is 3 courses of haute cuisine dishes. The restaurant can easily compete with any NYC establishment, but you can not get this view in NYC! Make sure to come right before sunset - you will get amazing pictures. If you are celebrating a special occasion be sure to make a reservation there. I have also visited them for lunch and it was perfect!

  • Visited November 2012
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“What a treat!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I made a reservation by noon (as recommended) and looked forward to our dinner all day. When we arrived, the chef and staff provided personalized service. The food was impeccable, and the pride in the food and service was unmistakeable. The chef also have our toddlers a private tour of the kitchen to our toddlers as he was preparing the ice cream we had ordered, oh my, the excitement on their faces! Thank you!!

  • Visited May 2013
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Thank design8r
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