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“Great vibe, great food” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of Buena Esperanza

Buena Esperanza
Ranked #29 of 55 Restaurants in Osa Peninsula
Cuisines: Costa Rican
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Restaurant details
Good for: Bar Scene
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Guelph, Canada
Level Contributor
39 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“Great vibe, great food”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 February 2014

We really enjoyed relaxing over cold cervezas at Martina's. So much so that we came back a second time for dinner. The food was really good - we had some killer mahi mahi, tune and smoked pork chops. So tasty.

  • Visited February 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank Beth_Amy_K
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  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Mason, Wisconsin
Level Contributor
6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“good food, relaxing atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 February 2014

On our recent trip to the Osa we went for a drive and on the way back we stopped at Martina's for drinks and something to eat. The quesadillas were delicious! Two other couples came in while we were eating and ordered the Casada (smoked pork chop meal). My husband thought it looked so good that we decided to go back the next day and try it. We were not disappointed! That day we had the pleasure of meeting Martina, a really nice lady, who also ended up being our neighbor while we there! We went back our last night on the Osa and had dinner. It was excellent! Absolutely make this a stop!!! (Martina, I wish I had your black bean recipe.)

  • Visited January 2014
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
      Food
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Thank rayandtara
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Dominical, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
“Great find”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2013 via mobile

A very comfortable place to lounge and enjoy a drink and some grub. Wednesday pizza nights are not to be missed also. Martina is the owner and is a lovely lady. After a day of surf this is my new go to place. When in town come check it out for yourself .

  • Visited December 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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1 Thank IngridAnders0n
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Merritt Island, Florida, United States
1 review
“please dont stop here , were having too much fun , JUST THROW $”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 October 2013

If you ever find yourself in this part of the world , hot , thirsty , a bit overwhelmed by the enormity of the rainforest and just how small of a footprint you leave in the world out here, and you happen upon this place, GOD must love you !!! With a smile and a beer(you might need water first)you will find yourself in a place that may be thousands of miles from YOUR home, but more at home you will never feel ! If I say anymore , I might not be able to find a seat next time I pass little Germany on my way to an absolutely terrible place to surf ! Yea on second thought , not a good place to stop and eat ,drink &be merry, OR near any descent surf !!!!I ITS THE BEST PLACE TO DO ALL THE ABOVE(first 3 anyway,wink,wink)!!! Lastly, DO NOT UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES GO TO THIS PLACE ON NEW YEARS EVE !!! They r closed

  • Visited December 2012
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Brian F
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Puerto Jimenez, Costa Rica
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
“uber affen titten GIEL!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 August 2013

you gotta understand what martina and crew have to accomplish to bring euro style killer grinds, alaskan cold cerveza and top shelf cocktails with a dance till you drop sound system. this unique joint has grown from candles and a boombox to THE place to be on the osa especially on pizza night (wed) and farmers market (fri). but on any night there could be cause for fireworks, belly dancers, talented musicians, ping pong tournaments, guest DJ's, or an intimate chat with the legend herself, doña martina. her support and involvement with community/school fundraisers is as long and polished as the hardwood bar top. a matapalo landmark!

  • Visited August 2013
    • 4 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 3 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank EVRYFKNDY
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