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Caribbean, Healthy, Cafe
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Dinner, Lunch, Brunch
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Reviewed February 9, 2021 via mobile

If you like nature, hummingbirds and great vegan food made with rich caribbean flavours then cafe mariposa is the place to be. I visited this restaurant with my significant other for my birthday and I fell in love with the different varieties of hummingbirds I...saw. I never knew Trinidad had so many species of hummingbirds. The owners were very hospitable and are great cooks. I enjoyed how they infused cocoa in most of their dishes and I was amazed at how all the flavours came together. Overall, I enjoyed my time at cafe mariposa. To top off the great food and beautiful scenery, the owners sang "Happy birthday" in spanish and english. It was a pleasant surprise. I recommend cafe mariposa to persons that enjoy great food and nature.More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Marcia Guerrero, General Manager at Cafe Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded February 11, 2021

Dear Risa We thank you for choosing Cafe Mariposa to celebrate your special day and sharing about your experience. It was our pleasure to be of service. We look forward to seeing you in the future. Best regards

Reviewed February 2, 2021

Our family brunch at Cafe Mariposa was a truly exceptional experience that I recommend for everyone! The menu was very creative, which included a lot of unique flavours that you can't find anywhere else. We chatted with one of the owners between courses, while she...cooked over the Chula and explored the garden filled with hummingbirds. While we bought some dark chocolate on our way out, the whole family came out and put on a beautiful parang performance. What made our experience so memorable was the warmth that we received from everyone and the unmatched customer service. We can't wait to return and support this family business!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Marcia Guerrero, General Manager at Cafe Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded February 4, 2021

Dear Laney, it was our pleasure to host you and your family at last Saturday's Brunch. Your natural curiosity and desire to learn about our Cafe and Lopinot made it easy for us to respond to you all. We are certainly looking forward to welcoming...More

Reviewed January 15, 2020

Off the beaten path but certainly worth the trip on a narrow curving road. The gardens are lovely and the hummingbirds plentiful and varied. There was no menu and no prices listed. It is expensive but the food and service is wonderful. We started with...cocoa tea, then plantains with chocolate. The main course was chicken rice breadfruit salad vegetable salad and finished with mango ice cream. We also had a citrus drink. All of this while we watched the birdsMore

Date of visit: January 2020
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947marciag, General Manager at Cafe Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded February 5, 2020

Thank you for choosing Cafe Mariposa and for taking the time to review your experience! We appreciate your positive feedback and your kind words about the environment. We are glad to hear that our food quality met your expectations and it's a pleasure to know...More

Reviewed January 8, 2020

Visiting Cafe Mariposa for lunch while on a Calico organized excursion was a highlight of our birding trip. Combining birding, nature, culture, agriculture with a delicious inventive meal centered on cocoa made for a most satisfying afternoon. Our group of 14 was catered to by...the dedicated Guerrero family, serving scrumptious local foods, educating us on local culture, cocoa and singing traditional Parang songs. As we sipped their smooth invigorating home-made cocoa tea we searched for and located the bird we were in search of, the Ruby Sapphire Humming bird. This bird was no at ASA Wright so it was a real treat! After tea but before lunch we had time to walk the beautiful grounds. As we sat on their veranda humming birds fed at the feeders. Lunch was delicious followed by home made desert prepared with local ingredients. I especially enjoined the avocado ice-cream. It was slightly sweet very smooth and oh so satisfying.More

Date of visit: December 2019
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947marciag, General Manager at Cafe Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2020

Thank you Gershwin12 for taking the time to review our Cafe. We are always happy to welcome the groups brought to us by Caligo Ventures. The Ruby Topaz Humming Bird is one of our resident stars and a favorite with our diners and birders. We...More

Reviewed September 4, 2019

Location was away from it all...amidst the trees, birds and nature. The restaurant itself is tiny but cosy, and they make you feel like family. Only thing was the food was abit overpriced.More

Date of visit: December 2018
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58cafemariposa, General Manager at Cafe Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded February 10, 2020

Rosebud100, we thank you for visiting Cafe Mariposa and taking the time to write a review. We always appreciate honest feedback and factor that into our actions for the future. It makes us happy that you enjoyed the ambiance and family atmosphere; and wish you...More

Reviewed September 3, 2019

Well worth the drive to get here. Feels like a world apart - a magic garden almost. Peaceful, rustic setting. The verandah at the back overlooks a lovely tropical garden filled with blooms and feeders to attract 12 varieties of hummingbird, other birds and butterflies....Ingredients for the set menu are locally sourced and local cocoa is used as a seasoning in many dishes. Food is lovingly prepared and served - delicious. All services by reservation only. Highly recommended for locals and visitors alike.More

Date of visit: August 2019
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Marip0sa58, General Manager at Cafe Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded October 2, 2019

mjhtnt. We thank you for visiting us not once, but, twice in the last month! We appreciate you. Thank you for taking the time to review and recommend Cafe Mariposa. With kind regards

Reviewed June 11, 2019 via mobile

Very quiet location scenic drive 25 minutes from the Arouca junction. Beautiful view while driving narrow road a bit bumpy. Wonderful garden to walk through while you wait for lunch to be prepared birds of different varieties, Bird feeders for hummingbirds. Cocoa tea is serve...while you wait for lunch a bit sweet but pleasant. The staff is all family so there is a friendly atmosphere. A Catholic Church is there Neighbour on one side very old so a lot of history same was close today but maybe next time will visit same . Lunch is all about the cocoa. Pumpkin and cocoa soup With 2 cocoa pods in same so don’t bite into same it will change your soup taste, main course pork ribs cook with spices and cocoa,mixed rice with beets and raisins,snow peas with mango chutney and fresh salad with tomatoes pawpaw carrots spinach leaves and beets all fresh. Fresh juices of the season which was mango and lemons. Dessert was cocoa ice cream ,coconut ice cream or mango sorbet for three adults about $150.00us Nearby you can visit Count Lopinot house after lunch to exercise that meal😀More

Date of visit: June 2019
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Reviewed March 31, 2019

Marcia made a delicious vegan lunch for my me and my husband which we enjoyed while watching the antics of hummingbirds--we identified seven species. Worth the drive to Lopinot.

Date of visit: March 2019
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Reviewed March 10, 2019

We visited Café Mariposa for dinner, an overnight stay and breakfast followed by a tour of their garden and it was a really wonderful experience. For dinner, we had cocoa tea (really delicious!) pumpkin and cocoa soup followed by main course (fish for my husband...and chicken for me) then a chocolate cake for dessert. They were very accommodating for my kids. My oldest (aged 9) had beef ribs and they had some chicken strips and cassava chips for my youngest (aged 5) which suited them both and they both enjoyed the cake! The food was beautifully cooked and the service was brilliant. We stayed overnight upstairs in cabin-style rooms (2 people per room) which although they didn't have air conditioning, were equipped with fans so kept us cool. Lovely little balcony overlooking the garden and an ensuite in each room. Breakfast was delightful. We sat on the balcony overlooking the garden and were surrounded by dozens and dozens of hummingbirds. It was truly magical. We had grapefruit, cassava porridge with cocoa, pork and scrambled eggs and finally fried plantain with peanut butter, all delicious! Again, great service and eating surrounded by the hummingbirds really was the most amazing experience. We then had a short tour of the garden where we learned about cocoa followed by a demonstration on how they make their chocolate. All really informative and my oldest in particular found it very interesting. Overall it was a fantastic weekend and I would highly recommend Cafe Mariposa.More

Date of visit: February 2019
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947marciag, General Manager at Cafe Mariposa, responded to this reviewResponded February 6, 2020

HBeddow and Family, it was so wonderful to have you visit us. Your children were so curious and interested in what we were doing. Your son was so intrigued by the story of cocoa and the blushing pods. Thank you for taking the time to...More

Reviewed March 4, 2019 via mobile

My friend and I visited here for lunch n we were most certainly not disappointed. The location and ambience were great and the many fluttering birds were the best company one can ask for. Honestly I have never seen such a varietyof humming birds and...I am by no means a bird watcher but sometimes you jus cant deny the natural beauty around you. The staff were very friendly, the food was great something worth experiencing, very different n unique, the complimentary cocoa tea took me back to childhood n the milk shake was a divine. Definitely would visit again n recommend to others.More

Date of visit: March 2019
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We allow our diners to bring their own alcohol. Just let us know and we will set the table with the required glasses. Sorry to be so long in responding.
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