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“Amazing views, beautiful location, excellent service, average food, bad billing”
Review of Abbocato

Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$5 - US$55
Cuisines: Asian, Mediterranean
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Good for: Groups, View, Romantic, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining
Dining options: Dinner, After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Delivery, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Description: To define Abbocato is to talk about a family that will welcome new friends in our home to create an unforgettable experience and to give an elegant and professional service in a distinguished environment with the best view of "Golfo Papagayo".Our goal is to convey a sense of satisfaction on the client through an eno-gastronomic journey of high level, with luxurious and cozy surroundings with large windows and a wonderful terrace where you must enjoy the most beautiful sunsets in the Pacific Ocean.The style of cuisine that Restaurante Aboocato offers can be defined as "author". If you have any questions or would like more information, do not hesitate and contact us!
Reviewed August 28, 2018

The title is basically the whole review. The view from the patio at Abbocato at sunset is incredible. Supremely gorgeous and definitely instagram worthy for you ladies. The service by Paola was also excellent. She was warm and made you feel at home. The food, unfortunately, was average at best. We ordered the beef tasting menu (asian themed), tuna carpaccio, beef tenderloin, and a few other things I can't remember. All of it was nicely plated, but tasted very average. I'd say it's great for Costa Rica, but not on the level everyone on TA is raving about. The bad part was charging my credit card in US dollars when the menu was in colones and at less than prevailing "Abbocato" exchange rate. This was the only restaurant in my 6 days in Costa Rica, including roadside stands, that charged in US dollars instead of colones.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

Abbocato uses fresh ingredients and the chef has a wonderful way of combining them into food that not only looks good but is also visually appealing. The only reason it didn't get the highest marks was because they were understaffed and service was a bit spotty.

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank robertsG4764GM
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Reviewed August 13, 2018 via mobile

My wife and I went here for our anniversary dinner while in Costa Rica. We were star4ting at the El Mangroove, which was only a mile from this restaurant and made it a very convenient dining option as a change of scenery from the resort restaurants. It's in a pretty secluded area and the drive up to the restaurant itself is very cool.

The dining room itself is small but elegant, and really gives you that private, intimate dining experience. We dined at night so we couldn't see much outside, but the view outside from the dining room is supposedly wonderful. You do need a reservation in advance, so make sure you call or email ahead.

The atmosphere and food were both excellent. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. You do pay a bit of a premium if ordering champagne and you might want to ask for pricing on that before making your selection, but I feel the food is well worth the menu prices listed.

This is a great option to eat a fancier meal if staying in the northern Guanacaste region. Only about 20 minutes from the airport and as I mentioned, only a mile up the road from the El Mangroove resort.

We thoroughly enjoyed it and if we are fortunate enough to return to Costa Rica, we will return here again!

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank dicedealer18
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

This place is incredible!! We were staying at the Andaz on our honeymoon and the concierge there arranged a taxi ($100 round trip) for us to get to Abbocato. It only took 25 minutes and was SO worth it. We were the only people there when we arrived for our 5:45 reservation and the chef and hostess (a husband and wife- Paola and Andrea) were literally at the door waiting for us. We made an early reservation to see the sunset, but sadly it was a rainy day. Even with the rain, it was still beautiful! The hostess Paola offered us a glass of prossecco, champagne, a beer, whatever we wanted as soon as we sat down. Then the chef came out and explained the two pre fixe meal options - one beef and one seafood. I HIGHLY recommend this option if you are foodies/ love to try many different flavors. There is an a la carte menu as well but again I really recommend the pre fixe. My husband did the beef which was Asian inspired and I had the seafood which was Mediterranean. Both were incredible!!! Chef Andrea came out after every course to see if we were enjoying. Paola made sure our wine glasses never went empty with the delicious bottle of Pinot Noir we ordered, and kept our water glasses full! You truly feel like you’re in their living room. We each chose a different dessert which were good (not the best part of the meal but tasty!!), and they brought it out on a decorated tray which was such a nice touch. We literally didn’t want to leave so we ordered coffee drinks, a vodka soda and old fashioned to close out the night. Paola and Andrea walked us out and chatted with us for a few minutes as they thanked us many times and saw us out into our cab home. Again, if you’re traveling anywhere in peninsula papagayo- I CANNOT recommend this restaurant more!!!!!! The food is excellent but the experience is truly one of a kind. Thank you Paola and Andrea! Enjoy your trips this fall!!! We will be back!!! :)

Date of visit: August 2018
Thank annasX8725QG
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Reviewed August 6, 2018 via mobile

Excellent food , excellent service, beautiful setting. Will go again soon. They made our family feel very at home

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Sue W
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