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“Another Amazing Dinner!!!”
Review of Restaurant Exotica

Restaurant Exotica
Ranked #1 of 29 Restaurants in Ojochal
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$10 - US$41
Cuisines: European, French, Polynesian, Thai, Vietnamese, International, Fusion
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Good for: Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Dinner, Reservations
Description: 32km south off Dominical GPS 9°4'53"N, 83°39'8"O
Reviewed 4 May 2014

Recently had the opportunity to visit Exotica again on our annual holiday in Costa Rica and as usual the meals were amazing. Lucy and Robert continue to provide unbelievable meals with superb service year after year. We've eaten at many fine restaurants around the world and Exotica still sits at the very top of our list. Small venue so make sure though that you book a reservation as the place fills up quickly night after night. Looking forward to seeing you again next year Lucy!

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Thank MarthaFaye
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Reviewed 1 May 2014

We really enjoyed our diner at Exotica.
First, our host was a very nice and welcoming lady speaking French.
But the best was the food: we took as appetizer some avocado with ananas and a light mayonnaise. It was just amazing how simple this dish was looking and how perfect the combinaison was.
Then the Surf and turf, just great and perfect. The meat was amazing, and the shrimp great.
As dessert, we have some chocolate cake with no gluten with some passion fruit ice cream. How my god!!!
The place is also very nice as you enjoy your diner on the terrace/garden in a quiet and relaxing atmosphere.
Highly recommended!

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Thank cess_venise
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Lives up to the hype! Lucy was so friendly from the moment we walked in. Super charming spot, very romantic. Blue Cheese salad was amazing and Stuffed Avocado (with Pineapple) appetizer was really unique and so light and delicious. My wife got the filet with mustard sauce and said it was the best she's ever had. I got the chicken stuffed with bacon and plums and it was pretty incredible, again a unique blend of tastes in each bite. Can't wait to go back and try some of the other dishes....it was hard to pick. We had to resist the urge to walk to the other tables and ask what they had ordered....would it be rude to ask for a small bite? YUM.

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Thank JakeBSD
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Reviewed 17 April 2014

We are living in Ojochal for 4 months, so have had numerous opportunities to savor the Exotica experience. Valentines Day, Lucy, the co-owner, met us in a full length red satin evening gown...each setting a diamond and silver mesh backdrop for the meal to follow. Three one of a kind appetizers designed to be complemented with champagne...baby scollops, fresh cool orange ginger soup... , homemade pate...choice of entree and then an trio of three of their famous desserts. The chocolate ones (from prior visits) are made from locally sourced cocoa that could give you the energy to write a novel in the middle of the night (if you were so inclined).

Reservations only...they only seat those they can serve perfectly. Saw Joan Baez here on our first night in town...double thrill.

If you are travelling in southern Costa Rica, put this place on your bucket list. The Copper Kettle in Aspen in the 60's is the only place I have been that comes close. If you have the opportunity to eat here even once in your lifetime, you are blessed. We are blessed to be celebrating my husband's birthday here the night before we return to the US.

BTW, it will not matter if Conde Nast finds this place and tries to make it a "world venue." This couple..Chef and Manager/hostess have been perfecting their craft for 20 yrs in Ojochal. Their formula: 10-12 tables, depending on the size of the group, staggered reservation times so that everyone is perfectly served and cared for.

I do not ever expect to have this experience anywhere again. I feel like every visit is a gift.

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Thank charaz
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Reviewed 15 April 2014

If you want an incredible dining experience with fabulous food, Exotica restaurant is the place. Wherever you are in Costa Rica, it would be worth your time to travel to Ojochal to enjoy one of the best restaurants in the world.

Thank Drkais
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