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Restaurant Exotica

$$$$French, European,
Avenida Principal | 1 km from highway Costanera, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica
+506 2786 5050
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  • Excellent85%
  • Very good10%
  • Average3%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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French, European, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Avenida Principal | 1 km from highway Costanera, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 days ago

when we showed up without a reservation, the very friendly owner told us this was "the best place" and that we needed to book a table in advance. very self-confident, we thought, and so we booked a table for the next day. the atmosphere is...More

Thank Robert_Munique
Robert L, Propietario at Restaurant Exotica, responded to this reviewResponded yesterday

Thank you very much for your opinion, it always helps us to improve our quality and service. Now, not to mislead our friends and clients, the main course called "Chicken Exotica" does not have any coconut oil or coconut milk. Not even a drop! It...More

Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We went for supper and were lucky to get in as they only had 1 table open. We both ordered the stuffed chicken with plums. It was delicious. It came with veggies and jasmine rice. We ordered a bottle of Chilean wine which was excellent..

Thank barrshar
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Good food, wonderful ambiance, slow service. The waitress seemed to pat more attention to the regular customers.

Thank shrubbygirl
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

During our 25th Wedding Anniversary Trip to Costa Rica we discovered the wonderful hospitality of Restaurant Exotica. The owner, Lucie made us feel like we were long lost relatives as she welcomed us with enthusiasm for the occasion. She then took care of us as...More

Thank MIHappyCamper
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

currently celebratung their 20th anniversary, Exotica is one of the founding members of the Ojichal food scene. Our first meal there was in 2005 - 5 or 6 tables at a Tico house on the side of the road. And in a country where ever...More

Thank dhlc416
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had been to Exotica on a previous trip 5 years earlier, and were looking forward to returning. The welcoming owner/host Lucea informed us that everything on the menu was wonderful, and there were no bad choices. She was spot on. From the fresh fish...More

Thank Alison C
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

How this place came to be here, I do not know, but thank goodness they decided to stay. Vaguely off the beaten path but easy to reach Exotica is amazing. The food, both French and Tica, is fabulous. Family run, the service is downright familial...More

Thank lulu63
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Our close friends have a beautiful villa in Utiva and took us to this fabulous restaurant!! The drinks were delicious!! And the food was fabulous!!! Our friends told us we’d love this place and they were right!!!

Thank Karen N
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We have been here three times and every time it is a treat ! Excellent food and excellent service! We LOVE the filet mignon with the pepper sauce and also the shrimp with banana curry ....the owner is delightful and we highly recommend this exquisite...More

Thank hafletch
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The Exotic restaurant had imaginative delicious food. Each bite was exciting and different. Fish in a banana sauce had a touch of Costa Rica, with a fine French sensibility. It was hard to narrow down our choices. The ambiance was excellent. The lighting was soft,...More

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Shelby J
9 December 2016|
Response from Bernardo B | Reviewed this property |
1:45 (hour and forty five minutes)
24 November 2016|
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Response from Heide U | Reviewed this property |
Dear Mike, Since Exotica is a high end restaurant you probably won't see too many families with small children there but I am sure they would be happy to accommodate you. I would suggest to ask them when you call to make a... More
1 June 2016|
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Response from OffTrackCalgary | Reviewed this property |
I am gluten-free, dairy-free and egg-free but I do eat fish. There was not much on the menu for me but the server was very kind and understanding. She spoke to the chef and he made me a very delicious meal. This was all... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$10 - US$41
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Avenida Principal | 1 km from highway Costanera, Ojochal 60501, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Ojochal
  • Phone Number: +506 2786 5050
  • E-mail
32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O
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