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“Best place in Drake Bay”

Drakes Kitchen, Casa El Tortugo
Ranked #3 of 15 Restaurants in Drake Bay
Certificate of Excellence
Cuisines: American, Costa Rican
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: Our restaurant is a beutifull rustic place with ocean view and very good food prepered by a professional chef. We want you to come and enjoy our meals. we have vegetarian meals as well. Regards, Teresa y JuanCarlos
Reviewed 22 April 2014

We spent 3 nights in Drake Bay and we had a fabulous meal at Drake's Kitchen. Not everything is a hit but the whole fish is a must have!
Given the "off the beaten path" location of Drake Bay, the quality was phenomenal. The whole Red Snapper was exceptional. Fresh, properly spiced and cooked especially given the usually lackluster quality of food in Costa Rica. Service was great and the beer was poured into chilled glasses to help fight the heat.
I have to say that the other things we tried like the garlic shrimp or ceviche were nothing special, however the whole fish definitely made dinner memorable.

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Reviewed 14 April 2014

Spent 4 days in Drake, ate here 3 times. Teressa and her husband Juan Carlos provide service and food that is truly unbelievable for the price. As a backpacker, I thought I'd never be able to afford 5 star restaurant quality while traveling but this place IS IT! Getting there involves a bit of adventure (like everything in Osa Peninsula) but it's worth it. Never too busy, fresh ingredients, vegetarian friendly, and AFFORDABLE. Drake Kitchen (Casa El Tortugo) is the first place I'd recommend eating in Drake.

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Reviewed 12 April 2014

Food was perfection in taste freshness and presentation. Atmosphere was lovely and unpretentious. Service was better than any five star I've been to anywhere else. They actually enjoy their customers and welcome them like they are friends.

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Reviewed 6 April 2014

Everyone in Drake Bay will advise visitors to visit El Tortugo for a meal. We decided to make the 30+ minute walk from our hotel one night. It is quite out of the way but worth the walk. We had very tasty grilled red snapper with salad and Teressa, our waitress & spouse of the chef is absolutely darling. She speaks perfect English; she is chatty, friendly and very knowledgeable about the area since she was born and raised in Drake. We enjoyed her company as much as our meal.
The only thing we struggled with was how unbearably hot and humid it is because of the restaurant's location nestled in a treed area very much below the main road so there is absolutely no breeze that can reach you and the candles burning on the tables only made things worse. I would suggest that an investment in ceiling fans would be well worth it for the comfort of diners. The tree-stump seating is quaint but not the most comfortable if you sit for a lengthy dinner.
Overall, we enjoyed our food and would recommend El Tortugo to folks in the area - perhaps for a daytime meal if you don't like walking in the dark.

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Reviewed 2 April 2014

Dinner at Drake's kitchen was the best we had in Cista Rica. Fresh red snapper was very well made. I must agree with other travellers that Teressa was really friendly and served us perfectly. Highly recommended.

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