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Buena Esperanza

$$ - $$$
between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good19%
  • Average1%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“salad” (2 reviews)
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Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 12 November 2017

Cute place, small menu, hangout for locals, pricy but worth it. Just don't, expect any compassion from the grumpy, chain-smoking, tattooed german lady that runs the place. Therefore it's ok to smoke inside the Bar and Restaurant. So frankly it's awesome.

Thank 806axel
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Also known as Bar Martine by the locals, this is the place to be on Friday nights. The craft fair is fun and there are some good finds there. Get some hot sauce for your travel if Becca is there. The food is good every...More

Thank EatSantaBarbarian
Reviewed 16 May 2017 via mobile

Wow this place could be great! Fun, jungle atmosphere with great food and fun environment. At this unique place - locals mix with tourists for a fun night. Also the craft fair on Friday's is really nice. Great place until you meet the rude and...More

Thank andrew_branham
Reviewed 7 April 2017

We had 2 meals here during our Osa stay and both were delicious. My kids played ping pong and colored while we were actually able to relax....what more could we ask. Hope to be back someday. Pura Vida!

Thank carrieand4
Reviewed 18 March 2017

Buena Esperanza is a trendy yet approachable bar and restaurant. Located on the road to Carate near Matapalo, it's the place where locals comes for some good food, drinks, the intimate Friday farmers market, DJ music and an outdoor ping pong table means there is...More

Thank Martin R
Reviewed 3 March 2017

We had heard of the Friday night market and street style party on site so decided to visit. When we arrived we were shocked by what a great and happening little spot it truly was. The market had lots of locally crafted items, even vegan...More

Thank Littlemisskid
Reviewed 24 February 2017

We were pottering down the Osa peninsula and decided to stop here for lunch. We ordered "Ensalada Pesardo" which was absolutely delicious and one of the best meals we had in Costa Rica. As we left, we saw a sloth in a tree in front...More

Thank Jill S
Reviewed 30 January 2017

We went to eat at Buena Esperanza on a Friday evening, expecting to hear the band. Unfortunately no music that night, despite the crowd of tourists, 2 days before Christmas. The food was good, but Martina is a very mean person, very rude and you...More

Thank Frederique C
Reviewed 30 December 2016 via mobile

Me and my husband had lunch there. The menu had only a few options for a super expensive prince. Tourists from around the world could think that it was fair, but we live in Costa Rica and we know the general prices for food, and...More

1  Thank Fernanda H
Reviewed 13 April 2016

We were excited to go to Martina's for dinner during our stay in this area - after all, it was touted as being "World Famous" When we arrived, we were told we couldn't order food until 6:00 pm, although it wasn't posted anywhere - maybe...More

Thank fanjema
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Costa Rican
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Osa Peninsula
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