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Punta Uva Beach, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
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Vancouver Island, Canada
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122 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 86 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 September 2016

We went here for lunch today. The waitress was very indifferent to serving us. I asked what drinks she had and she said beer, pop... I asked if there were mixed blender drinks and she said no. Then I see on the board Pina Coladas. So I asked if she had those and she says yes. Why not tell me... More 

Thank Duncan6
Cincinnati, Ohio
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108 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

This is the only restaurant located on Playa Arrecife, serving typical local dishes. We watched as fishermen delivered their catch straight from their boat to the kitchen. The operating hours are inconsistent. Sometimes they're open and sometimes they're not.

Thank BlueBassBoat
Vancouver, Canada
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14 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2016 via mobile

Great service and great food with large potions. They make a Yuca babito like a croquette made with cassava. Went back twice and when I got home we remade these tasty tasty snacks❤️

Thank Laurie M
Stockholm, Sweden
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2016

We did not hear very good thngs about this restaurang, but that was because the people we were talking to didn't know that there is a new owner since a couple of month ago. We ate there several times during our stay in Punta Uva and the food was always good as well as that extra touch at the service.

Thank Åsa J
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 January 2016 via mobile

I had rice and beans with fish caribean style. It was very tasty. If you are at Playa Uva it's a great stop for lunch. Be aware that it takes a very long time for them to prepare the food. If you're just biking by and want to make a quick stop for a bite, this is not the best... More 

1 Thank Meliganza
Houston, Texas
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44 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 July 2015

The food here was pretty good. it wasn't super memorable, but was still good. The bill for lunch (2 plates and 4 beers) was around 50 USD. Steep for the Caribbean. Especially for a beach bar type place.

Thank theworldawaits1979
Calgary, Canada
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23 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 March 2015

Awesome beach bar and restaurant we found a couple of years ago for ice cold beer. The fish tacos are simple but amazing, served with a dill sauce and fries. Ask for their home made hot sauce if it isn't already on the table. I'm not one for spicy but it's a must in my opinion as it has wonderful... More 

Thank TravelBugJenn
Portland, Oregon
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31 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 February 2015

This place was very close to our lodge and right on our favorite beach, so we spent a good bit of time here on our vacation. Staff were friendly overall, if sometimes absent, and the food was pretty good. It was a bit inconsistent though. Portion sizes and preparation of the same meal varied by day (or perhaps cook?). For... More 

Thank JamiHo70
Zurich, Switzerland
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2015

This was a great simple restaurant located on the beach in Punta Uva, Puerto Viejo. We had great fish and lobster. Laid back location. Price - value is very high. Highly recommended!

Thank Jarl H
White Salmon, Washington
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48 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2014 via mobile

We stayed a very short walk from this place, and it was so good we returned a second time. I highly recommend the local dishes called casado. That's rice, beans, veggies, and a meat.

Thank HunterSprouhl

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Central American, Spanish, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff
Good for
Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Punta Uva Beach, Puerto Viejo de Talamanca, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?