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Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club

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$$ - $$$
Seafood, Costa Rican
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Playa Ballena, 150m South Of Km 170, Triangle Shape Sign, Turn Toward Beach, Final de la Calle, Ballena, Costa Rica
+506 2786 5380
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Istanbul, Turkey
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168 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 October 2016 via mobile

Found by surprise I was amazed with the quality and the fair price. Fish soup is a must. The atmosphere and the view are great. Not to mention the abundance of space between the tables.

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Thank Istanbulapt
Florida
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 September 2016

Wonderful food and service, very nice and helpful folks, with a really beautiful beach. The fish and other seafood is the freshest - often just off the boat and prepared to order (but you can't go wrong with house recommendations). Also excellent knowledge of the area and a great information and advice resource for visitors.

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Thank Roger W
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Ana puts a lot of effort in keeping fresh product in the kitchen for the cooks to work with. Always appreciated to hear it is noticed. Look forward to the next visit. More 

Houston, Texas
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161 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 September 2016 via mobile

This place is not a fancy one but the quality of the food and the service sure are better than any fancy restaurant.

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Thank Negroycanche
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Thanks for your comments and glad to hear the ambiance for "come as you are" to the beach is comfortable More 

Silver Spring, Maryland
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 August 2016

I visit Villa Leonor whenever I'm in Southern CR. The place is great. Great food, a pool, a tree lined empty beach, jungle setting. My kids love coming here. They can swim , run around the property, explore the beach while I enjoy a meal in peace. There is a shower to rinse off from the beach. The owner is... More 

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Thank Borntomecassidy
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Such compliments are always greatly appreciated and we will do our best to continue getting them. We all hope to see you back soon. More 

North Conway, New Hampshire
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51 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 July 2016

For a wonderful day at a beautiful, uncrowded beach, go to Villa Leonor between Uvita and Ojochal. Park at the restaurant, have lunch, then walk down the tree lined path to a broad, sandy beach with gentle surf. It’s sort of a private beach club, but the owners welcome you and allow you to enjoy the beach if you have... More 

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Thank LinnieSP
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Thanks for the generous praise we are pleased we could provide a good experience for your visit to Costa Rica. Our place is a shared ownership beach facility with associates who have properties in the area. The restaurant is always open for anyone to join us for lunch or dinner and enjoy the special ambiance of Playa Ballena. Saludos, hope... More 

Tucson, United States
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 28 June 2016

Great food and great service! Wonderful atmosphere. We had a group of 27 people and they were able to handle us with no problem.

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Thank Jason H
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and comments. Your group was a pleasure and fun to serve. Hope to see any and all of you back. More 

Southbury, Connecticut
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 March 2016

Menu was limited because of the holiday. Although still a lot of choices. The tuna was fresh catch of the day... superb!! The snapper filet was fantastic! The service was attentive. Prices very reasonable. One of the 'must try again' choices.

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Thank Shelly L
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Thank you for your visit and pleased we did OK in the busy week of Semana Santa. Hope to see you visit again. More 

Manitowoc, Wisconsin
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24 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 March 2016

Excellent food! The calamari in garlic sauce was so tender and delicious! Staff very kind and friendly. Nice setting.

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Thank Traci H
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

The calamari has been one of our long specialties, next time give the tuna a try as well. We're pleased that you enjoyed the experience with us. More 

MA
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41 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

Cliff and family run a tight operation Gorgeous access to Playa Ballena, really good basic food Such!! Nice people nothing else matters BBQ every Sunday is great Really recommend for simple food and wonderful setting

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Thank Rocko44
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Very glad you enjoyed the setting, its ambiance makes it a pleasure to be here and serve our guests like you, hope for a return one day. More 

Ontario, Canada
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20 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2016

We went for an early dinner. The food was excellent. Friendly casual place with live band on Saturday afternoon.

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Thank AnnaGrise
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Sunset and dinner at Playa Ballena is always great, nature takes care of the sunset and glad we held up our end. Please visit again when you can. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
USD 8 - USD 15
Cuisine
Seafood, Costa Rican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Waitstaff, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, Romantic, Groups, Local cuisine, Bar Scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Ballena, 150m South Of Km 170, Triangle Shape Sign, Turn Toward Beach, Final de la Calle, Ballena, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Ballena
  • Phone Number: +506 2786 5380
Description
We are a bit of a Hideaway in front of Playa Ballena. A place for a comfortable environment to visit the Ballena Coast; a coast that the owners, Ana Herrera who was born in this area, and Cliff Hulbert who has known this coast for the past 20 years or so, invite you to share a special ambiance. Restaurante Villa Leonor offers Seafood and Traditional Costa Rican plates.

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