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Chao's Paradise

$$ - $$$Caribbean, , Seafood
Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
+506 2755 0284
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good32%
  • Average12%
  • Poor11%
  • Terrible6%
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“red snapper” (7 reviews)
“shrimp” (9 reviews)
“pata negra” (6 reviews)
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Caribbean, Costa Rican, Seafood
$$ - $$$
Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was edible but overpriced compared to other places in the area. I also found the staff quite rude. Be careful if paying in dollars because they charge an aggressive conversion rate, fortunately we had colones.

Date of visit: November 2018
Thank FoodieTravelling_135
Reviewed October 5, 2018 via mobile

What a perfect seaside surprise! After checking in late to our hotel (having been stranded on the 32 for 4 hours during an unprecedented & partially illegal protest) we were relieved to have been suggested this heavenly carribean oasis by our wonderful hosts. The lovely...More

Date of visit: October 2018
Thank Truth B
Reviewed October 1, 2018

Food was not bad which is why I gave it 2 out of 5. We were the only people there. There was 4 of us. It was about 2ish. They were not interested in helping us. This was the first and only experience in Cahuita...More

Date of visit: September 2018
Thank Cblaz1212
Reviewed April 8, 2018

I wound up at Chao's looking for fish, and I was not disappointed. I had the snapper with Caribbean sauce. Between the sound of the waves from the beach across the gravel road, and the Latin urban music in the background, it made for a...More

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank RudiB877
Reviewed April 1, 2018

We walked down to the restaurant from our treehouse and were pleasantly surprised with the great food. Prepared while we waited and delicious food. Server was also very pleasant and helpful.

Date of visit: January 2018
Thank HawaiiAloha777
Reviewed March 28, 2018

The problem with Chao's is that is is an open air restaurant--just a rail and some posts separate the dining area from the outside. There are a number of Europeans who dine there who seem to think that cigarette smoke enhances the dining experience. They...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Quincho Q
Reviewed March 21, 2018

We stayed in Cahuita for twelve days and from our first visit here it became our 2nd favorite place to eat. The shrimp and octopus in particular are delicious and the chef turns out a mean plate of grilled veggies!! Staff are friendly and fun.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Greta2516
Reviewed March 15, 2018 via mobile

We stayed just up the road from this restaurant and it was obvious after our first meal this was the place for us to get an exceptionally fresh and delicious home cooked meal. I was a huge fan of their fresh octopus dishes not to...More

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Phil R
Reviewed February 28, 2018

We loved it here. We were in Cahuita 4 nights, and ate here 3 of them because the food was that good. Every restaurant we tried was excellent, but we preferred it here. The salad was gorgeous, very fresh. You could get french fries or...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank Kari D
Reviewed February 5, 2018

Went for lunch and the selection for what I feel is lunch food is small. Meat, chicken, tuna sandwiches and salchipapas. Salchipapas is describes as sausage and fries, which I interpreted to be a sausage and fries or a hot dog. Nope, it’s deep fried...More

Date of visit: February 2018
Thank laxjunkies
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Caribbean, Costa Rican, Seafood
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Kids, Child-friendly, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Cahuita
  • Phone Number: +506 2755 0284
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