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“Search for best food in Costa Rica stops HERE!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Abbocato

Abbocato
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $55
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Restaurant details
Good for: Scenic view, Business meetings, Families with children, Romantic, Special occasions, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Late Night, 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!
Palos Verdes Estates, CA
Level Contributor
3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Search for best food in Costa Rica stops HERE!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2013

We came here for my son's 17th birthday celebration with another family on July 10, 2013. The cook Andrea and his wife Paola were so receptive and accommodating, the place was very elegant & had very good ambiance; there was a scenic view of the ocean just outside our table. The night started with Andrea (who was trained in Italy) explaining what they had prepared for us for the evening, a choice between a steak and fish dinner...either way, you can't go wrong! The food WAS EXQUISITELY PREPARED & VERY DELICIOUS!!! We stayed @ the Four Seasons Resort in Papagayo, but the food there doesn't even compare. After some disappointing food experiences elsewhere in Guanacaste & Liberia, this was one memorable dinner! A little pricey, but it was all worth it! Thank You Andrea & Paola for a great culinary experience!

  • Visited July 2013
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Los Angeles, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“One of the best foodie experiences in my life!!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2013

My son and I visited Abbocato on our July vacation to Costa Rica. I had previously read about this fantastic restaurant and planned to go for dinner. Unfortunately, we only had the rental car for our first night at the Four Seasons and checked in too late. Having to turn the rental car in by 4 PM the next day we decided to head over for lunch.

The location is about 25 minutes from the Four Seasons. We were the only guests dining which made our experience special. As others mentioned, the poolside view is incredible to enjoy drinks by. Paola and Andrea are so personal and made incredible drinks. We ordered the caesar salad, special octopus appetizer, halibut ravioli, osso bucco, and desert. The food was prepared perfectly! Paola takes personal pride in his cooking and wants to ensure his guests enjoy what he prepares. Let me tell you, this personal experience only adds to his amazing cooking skills!

We really wanted to enjoy a second meal here but transportation issues prevented it. After eating this wonderful meal nothing the Four Seasons compared. If you are in the area, and can get transported there, be sure to make this restaurant a priority. You will remember it forever!

  • Visited July 2013
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Tampa, Florida
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41 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
“Simply The Best”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

We went with a group of six and had by far the best meal of our trip. You can't find more sincere people wanting you to have a great experience. The restaurant is incredible outside and the outdoor patio is amazing for a nice cocktail. Every course was prepared perfectly and the chef Andreas made sure everyone was happy. If you are in the area do yourself a favor and book this early in your trip. Chances are you'll go back, it's that good.

  • Visited August 2013
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Dallas, Texas
1 review
“Spectacular dining experience”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2013

We spent our last two nights dining at Abbocato, and it was by far the best dining experience I have encountered. We arrived the first night and were greeted by the owners and chefs (Husband and Wife if I understand correctly) who explained the menu and ushered us in. We had drinks on the patio while watching the sunset and waiting for the food to begin. For those interested, the chef creates two set of 4 courses, 1 meat based, and 1 seafood. My wife and I split the two choices between us, and nothing touched our mouths that we did not enjoy, love, or want to have more of. The starting appetizers were wonderfully flavorful and surprising combinations that would be indicative of the remainder of the night. The next course is a soup that is poured over the choice of meat, or a grain based dish (ravioli, risotto, etc). The soups were always combinations of spices and bases that really deeply layered the taste excellently, and the grain dishes were some of the richest and strong flavors of the night. The following main dishes were extremely full flavored and wonderfully prepared meats with touches of excellent sauces and paired veggies, culminating the palate some of the most exquisite food we have tasted. After a brief respite we had dessert, which is open to choice as opposed to pre-determined like the rest of the meal. The cheesecake was my favorite and the creme brulee was excellent.
This entire 4 course experience was only $45 a person (excluding drinks) and we could not have been happier with all aspects of the time we spent dining here.
If you are any where near papagayo during your stay in Costa Rica, making Aboocato a stop on your journey is highly recommended and you will not be dissatisfied.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank TnZ_Malone
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Chicago, Illinois
2 reviews
“Best Meal of our Trip”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2013

My husband and I came here for dinner during our Honeymoon. I had read the reviews on this site, and decided that we should give it a try. We were not disappointed! We arrived for sunset and enjoyed a glass of wine while watching the sunset over the Peninsula. Afterwards, we had an absolutely delicious meal. The menu changes daily, and you have the option of a meat or fish based dinner. I took the fish and my husband had the meat. The flavors and quality were outstanding. The folks at the restaurant were so attentive and kind. The owners had worked at the Four Seasons and have managed to surpass the experience we had there (which was also terrific). I highly recommend this restaurant.

  • Visited August 2013
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Thank CJ_H234
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