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The Papaya Lounge Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Costa Rican, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
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Mal Pais, Mal Pais 000, Costa Rica
+506 2640 0230
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Dallas, TX
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 May 2013

This restaurant was divine! We enjoyed several tapas dishes (the tuna tartar can't be beat) while lounging on the patio overlooking the sunset on the water. The decor was just perfect--beachy, yet modern.

Thank SharKD
Pleasant Prairie, WI
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3 reviews
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 May 2013

My husband and I went here because of the reviews of the tapas, but we were not very impressed. The food was average at best, and a bit pricey. Maybe the disappointment was because of the several other GREAT restaurants in the area, and I have had much better tapas in Chicago. I will say thought the drinks were great,... More 

Thank AdventureTraveler_12
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 May 2013

Excellent food at a good price with an amazing view. Best place to eat in Mal Pais for sure. Good selection of dishes and wine.

Thank RKsloths
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2013

We tried a number of restaurants while in the area and this was in our top two. Great food, service and a view to die for. Up high with monkeys, birds in trees nearby and surf off in the distance. A great spot for a romantic meal.

Thank KandJSeattle
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

Some may find the hike up the steps difficult but the food, the view and the service make the trip well worth it! We went at sunset and enjoyed 5 or 6 beautifully executed tapas dishes and cocktails. The cuisine is creative and the chef is obviously very talented. The atmosphere was magical. A truly memorable experience.

Thank Jonathan G
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38 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 30 March 2013

A really stylish place with a welcoming atmosphere. Great restaurant with an inventive menu, wonderful views and lovely cocktails. We also stayed here at Moana Lodge - highly recommended. Breakfasts are really good too though fairly pricey if not staying as guests. If you are not a dog fan let Aidan know and he will keep the lively pair away... More 

Thank PerfectFootprint
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

My friends and I were in town for one night and we definitely picked the best place to eat! All the tapas were delicious and Aiden the owner was a super great host! As a fellow Costa Rican chef/owner of a restaurant- I know how hard it can be and Aiden's food and service were far above par for CR!... More 

Thank Jamieson V
Santiago de Puriscal, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 March 2013

The climb to get to Papaya was unexpected but the food, drinks and ambiance more than made up for it. We had a few glasses of wine, five different dishes. Views are wonderful. Great experience. 😋

Thank VivianLeslie10
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 March 2013

Fantastic views , good food, beautifully presented. Nice place to sit on the terrace and enjoy a drink while watching the sunset.

Thank Wendy H
London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 February 2013

The view from this restaurant will blow you away, you must visit! The cocktails are superb, try the lychee or limoncello, We ate there 3 times and tried pretty much every Tapas, really good!! Compared to some of the other higher end restauarants in Mal Pais this was reasonably priced hence going back! Service was great and on one of... More 

Thank Charlotte T

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$4 - US$18
Costa Rican, Seafood, Spanish, Contemporary, South American, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Full Bar, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, View, Bar Scene, Romantic
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Mal Pais, Mal Pais 000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Mal Pais
  • Phone Number: +506 2640 0230

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?