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“Best meal in Costa Rica”
Review of Abbocato

Abbocato
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $5 - $55
Cuisines: Italian, Central American, Seafood
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Good for: Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Special occasions, Scenic view, Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Late Night, Dinner, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, 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!
Freeland, Michigan
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Best meal in Costa Rica”
Reviewed April 12, 2014

This was really a nice time. Both of the owners (husband and wife) were there and were very attentive to all of their guests. Like others, we arrived in time to watch the sunset (see photo) and it was absolutely awesome. Dinner was very good and they took special care to create dishes for our gluten-free daughter. Everything was unhurried, relaxing and comfortable.

  • Visited April 2014
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English first
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135 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
“Great food, Sopranos decor”
Reviewed March 30, 2014 via mobile

This was rated as the top restaurant in the area, and the food was in fact excellent: Italian using local ingredients. Great cocktails as well. The only thing I didn't like was the decor--it's done like a 1990's-style Italianate country club in the US suburbs. High end finishes, just very blasé and lacking in character. They have a lovely terrace with a stunning view, yet everyone was eating indoors, which wasn't what I'd expected while in Costa Rica. Having said that, the cooking was among the best I'd had on my 10 day trip in this country, so if you're not as obsessive about vibe as I probably am, this place is worth a visit. Seems perfectly suited for sunset drinks as well, since the view over the bay is absolutely spectacular from the outdoor terrace.

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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8 reviews
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“Great sunset”
Reviewed March 29, 2014

Paola and Andreas are sweet kind people, who make dinner a complete dining experience. We had drinks on the patio over looking the sunset, and even saw the only howler monkeys of the trip! The food was excellent, pricing was a little high... overall I would recommend.

Visited March 2014
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 59 helpful votes
“worth the drive”
Reviewed March 23, 2014

This remote spot is well worth the trip. The husband and wife owners are lovely people and so amazingly welcoming. You feel as if you are going to their home for dinner. The building is beautiful, not what you would expect in the Costa Rican beach area but still fairly casual as is all of Costa Rica. You can choose from the nightly tasting menus or a la carte. Our family of 4 did a bit of both. We had the fish and meat tasting menus as well as 2 a la carte meals. All were exceptional. The desserts were spectacular. For people who dine out quite regularly, this was an amazing meal, something you would expect in any fine dining in the US.

Visited March 2014
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Vancouver, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Consistently Amazing!”
Reviewed March 16, 2014

A visit to Costa Rica is not complete, unless we have at least one visit to Abbocato! Whether a first time diner, or a frequent one, you will be warmly greeted by Paola and husband Andrea, and will be treated to a most memorable dining experience, from the outdoor patio with cocktails at sunset, to the warm ambiance of the restaurant inside. The presentation is exceptional, service impeccable , and the food, divine. Only the freshest ingredients are used, and it becomes evident as one samples each dish. The menu is constantly changing and chef Andrea informs you personally what the evening's choices will be, complete with explanations of their preparation. This time, we were fortunate in having dined there twice, and then I had the good fortune of being in chef Andrea's kitchen as an attendee of his cooking class. He makes it "hands-on" and in-depth and personalized, answering questions patiently and expertly. Adding to that, Paola brought us wine, and we later enjoyed what we had "helped"to prepare, which of course, was delicious!

  • Visited March 2014
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