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£8 - £33
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French, European, Central American
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

What a lovely setting, in our case - Dinner. Myself and husband had a lovely meal and the plates were cleared!! The lovely lady who served us was attentive and on the go the whole time . Only positive comments for the food and drinks....Parking at front of property and we messages to double check open with quick response. Have to say, every travel book I have read, (4) it was mentioned in each. Did not visit due to that, we visited as closest restaurant to the property we stayed in . It was worthy of being in these main publications books.More

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Wow! Visited on 4/92024 food was amazing and the service was lovely, if you are staying in the area and do not visit you are missing a fantastic experience!!!!! Thank you Exotica x

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Another restaurant with great reviews. Our family of four had four different meals. The signature dish of "chicken exotica" was good; the other three meals were nothing special. The fact that reservations were highly recommended and the hostess was "unsure" when we arrived without reservations...if it would be okay to seat us, made us feel unwelcome when showed up, even though there was not a single person present at the time. The prices for the meals were high, even for ojochal. There are so many options for restaurants in the area that this is one I would say is ok to skip. The hostess was nice, and the ambiance was okay.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The most romantic and serene place to dine in all of Costa Rica! Every aspect of this restaurant is first class and expertly done. Upon entering you are greeted by a zen garden and beautiful lighting and the most gracious hostess! Have the avocado salad...and the surf and turf! Don’t leave without the espresso or and after dinner liquor. Every dish is Devine but also plated in an artist way that makes you feel so special. The music is fabulous. We are living 45 minutes away after moving from Guanacaste and it is still not too far away for us! This is #1 of 6 for us so far!More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 8 March 2024

Very nice restaurant. A little expensive, but worth it. Service was excellent and the dishes were very tasty. Will come back.

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 24 February 2024

The whole front of the house was staffed by the owner. The service was top notch and the food great. The restaurant is also very romantic. Low lighting and interesting music. The place is down from another restaurant called Citrus.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 16 February 2024 via mobile

I have nothing bad to say about Exotica. This was our 3rd visit over 10 years and it is STILL the best restaurant in Ojochal. We went on Valentine's Day with another couple and we all enjoyed our meals. Mine was the pork tenderloin. I...don't know how they make their rice so deliciously complementary to the food. The bananas flambe was heavenly. The service was excellent with just the right amount of attentiveness. Our picture was taken when asked from 2 different angles. Totally in focus. The decor is beautiful but amped up for Vakentine's Day. Heart balloons, candles, bright red sugar sprinkles in the drinks. You can tell this family really loves to provide an experience and I wish them years of success.More

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 26 August 2023 via mobile

The atmosphere was intimate with just a few tables. Red lanterns and fairy lights lit the interior and we sat alfresco surrounded by nature and a cozy ambiance. Fabulous European cuisine was served to us by the owner and the service was so professional, very...top notch. The menu included French favorites such as cognac liver pate' and an excellent duck breast in orange sauce. Desserts were homemade including the Devil's Fork flourless chocolate cake with a hint of chili pepper or the refreshing passion-fruit ice cream with a blackberry coulis. The presentation was artistic with garnishes of flowers and sprigs of greenery. The more we dine out, the more we are starting to understand why Ojochal is considered the Culinary capital of Costa Rica. This was our favorite meal on the trip not because the food was delicious because it WAS but the service and the ambience made the experience memorable. We highly recommend Restaurante Exotica.More

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 16 July 2023 via mobile

Our dinner was beautiful! Our lovely server, Maite, was so attentive and friendly. She has a lovely story to share about her family’s history and the restaurant! She is also very knowledgeable about the beautiful floral garnishes and their unique importance. Everyone enjoyed our entrees....The sea bass in the garlic butter sauce exceeded my expectations! For dessert, I recommend the Chocolate Chiffon Cake! The after dinner coffee drinks are also fantastic!More

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 13 June 2023

Everything about our evening at Exotica was special and memorable. It was truly one of the best meals that my family has ever experienced. The ambience, the customer service and the quality of the food were all exceptional. Very attentive to special requests as we...had one vegetarian and one dairy intolerant in our party. We were totally accommodated with attention to the dietary restrictions. The drinks were also fabulous...I just can't say enough about this charming jewel. I hope that we get to return, it was that special!More

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 3 May 2023 via mobile

Sauntering into this quaint yet captivating restaurant brings you a sense of belonging. Nestled off the Main Street in the village of Ojochal, Restaurant Exotica’s unassuming curb appeal hides its conglomerate of natures beauty and fine international cuisine, delivering a delicious knockout punch to your...pallet with a veritable cornucopia of flavors that will have you floating in a transcendental state for days. In our two trips to enjoy the journey through their culinary offerings, we experienced a wealth of variety. Their menu is awash with the tastes and techniques of the far flung reaches of every point on the gastronomic spectrum. Each bite feels as if it’s part of a culinary sonnet, waxing poetic about that particular dishes long held provenance. The entire experience feels like a pilgrimage through a tapestry of tantalizing dishes meant to leave your tastebuds in an utter state of euphoria. This is one of the few establishments I’ve encountered where I would personally fly from anywhere on the planet back to them for the sole purpose of experiencing their food once more.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 14 April 2023 via mobile

I chose this restaurant based on this online menu for a birthday dinner. They did not disappoint. The food was perfect and artistically plated. The wine and drink menu was also excellent. The wait staff were attentive and service was great. It is a small...but beautiful venue so be sure to make a reservation.More

Date of visit: April 2023
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Reviewed 29 March 2023

Lovely evening out! Casual yet elegant. Not over+priced , delicious food and excellent service. We will definitely put Exotica on our favorites list and bring our friends! One heck of a spicy margarita!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 22 March 2023 via mobile

Exotica for my wife and I is a very special place, very romantic, the service is wonderful and the food is exceptional. The Chicken Exotica and the Thai Pot are incredible! Highly recommend!!

Date of visit: March 2023
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Reviewed 21 February 2023 via mobile

Every time we visit Costa Rica we make this a mandatory stop! 5 Star service and food quality, atmosphere is perfect and Leo the wiater is 2nd to none. The owner and her husband do an unbelievable job giving you a one of a kind...food and dining experience! An absolute must!More

Date of visit: February 2023
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I agree. A small quiet dog would not likely be a problem here. Dogs are generally much more welcomed in Costa Rica restaurants than in many other countries. They respond promptly to questions sent to their facebook page... More
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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
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Restaurant Exotica is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5