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“Amazing everything!”
Review of Gracia Mar Vista

Gracia Mar Vista
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$7 - US$20
Cuisines: Costa Rican, International, Central American, Fusion
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Good for: View
Dining options: Breakfast, After-hours, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: Surrounded by the beauty and stunning views of Mar Vista, Gracia restaurant offers delicious home cooked meals in an open air venue located in the hills between Brasilito and Flamingo. Owners Frankie and Stephanie Becker source local and sustainable ingredients in a Farm to Table concept to deliver simple yet exquisite dishes that display depth and layers of flavor. Gracia offers a casual lunch menu 12-4 where guests can enjoy the incredible views in the infinity pool, open air dining area and children’s playground. A more elegant dining experience is offered for dinner 5-8 where guests can take in the stunning sunsets before dining.
Reviewed June 21, 2018

We got a tip from a local to try this restaurant and I met Frankie (owner and chef) briefly beforehand as well--he went out of his way to book a reservation for us just to be sure we had a great spot and told us to come early to enjoy the pool. The entire experience was amazing! We arrived shortly after 4pm, put our things down at a table in the restaurant and ordered some drinks, changed into our bathing suits in the changing room, and enjoyed the infinity pool and gorgeous views until we were ready to dry off, change and order dinner around 6pm. We never felt rushed and were welcome to take our time with the pool and view. My husband and I asked about a tasting menu and the waitstaff and Frankie himself were very happy to oblige. Wow--the food was outstanding. So many wonderful flavors and textures--and it was beautiful too! Our kids were very happy with their choices from the kids' menu (fresh fish fingers and pasta.) We didn't know at the time, but Friday nights are "family nights" and kids eat free! It's very family friendly, but also super romantic--take your kids, or go for an anniversary dinner! We loved everything so much, we came back two days later for another dip in the pool and dinner (it happened to be Father's Day and they had a 3-course meal on special: shrimp appetizer, tenderloin 3-ways, and a freshly made brownie with whipped cream and chocolate mousse. This all came with a shot of Jack Daniels, a glass of Malbec, and a taste of port wine... at $30 per person, we felt this was a steal. We've been to other restaurants with a view and you can tell they rely on the view to fill their seats--not the case at Gracia! Frankie has a true passion and talent for what he does and the view is just the icing on the cake! Frankie personally brought each dish out to us when we had the tasting menu--he described the ingredients and a little about his inspiration. We felt like we were getting special attention, but he made sure to visit all the guests and spend some time with them. Again, I can't say enough about the all-around experience here. View, pool, and amazing, fresh, delicious food and drinks! Go!

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Thank GenevieveQ21
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Reviewed June 19, 2018 via mobile

Superb love cation and setting with a tremendous sunset view. The infinity pool adds a very unique feature. The menu selection and preparation was excellent. A few mix-ups in the menu, but they worked through it.

Thank 508barrym
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

I was in Playa Flamingo for a week in December and ate here three different times. I am heading back in three weeks and its definitely the first place I am headed for dinner. The view is incredible, perfect for sunset, but the food is absolutely delicious. Stay for dinner. I cannot recommend anything over another as everything I had was incredible. I will be trying more of the menu on my return. The owner Frankie was very excited about each preparation and came by to explain how it was made. Everything is fresh and you can taste the love he and his people put into the food. If you are anywhere near this place its worth it to head up the hill at Mar Vista and try it.

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Thank Sean K
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Reviewed June 13, 2018

FAVORITE Restaurant in area; Outstanding food/drinks. BEST VALUE around. MUST SEE Breathtaking VIEWS (worth drive from neighboring town) especially @ sunset! Cooked up the Grouper we caught - fish fingers for kids and amazing fresh local recipe for us! KID PLAY AREA beside bar had El Niño’s entertained for hours so Hubby and I could relax. Swim up pool bar and restaurant by day/elegant dining by night. Thoughtful menu - blend of local flair & fresh farm to table. NEW OWNERS. Ask for Frankie/Stephanie they were so welcoming & hooked it up for the 40th bday party beside us. Seems great for special events too. Lobster Bisque & Tuna app we’re out of this . Beef melted in your mouth. Take your fresh catch of the day... taught us how to eat it with the tastiest sauce (I don’t even like fish). Special destination Spot - 5 stars!!

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Thank Melissa R
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Reviewed June 11, 2018 via mobile

We randomly stopped here for lunch, and were so amazed by the view. Great service and great food. We would return and highly recommend.

Thank pepslittleone
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