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Pescado Loco

$$ - $$$
Seafood, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
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next to El Velero Hotel, Playa Hermosa 11502, Costa Rica
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Rollinsford, New Hampshire
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61 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 helpful votes
Reviewed 29 April 2014

From the outside, this looks like a hole in the wall. Inside though you will find a nice dining area with excellent food. My fish dish was moist and tasty as was my wifes selection. The staff didn't speak a lot of english but the menu was in english and they tried their best to be accomodating. Definitely recommended

Thank enochNH
New York, New York
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76 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 April 2014

My wife and I wandered into Pescado Loco on night, and we were the only tourists there. However, within minutes, we felt like we were home. Despite our limited Spanish, Floribeth communicated wonderfully with us, and recommended some of the best Mahi Mahi that we had in Costa Rica. She was friendly and welcoming, and even brought us back behind... More 

Thank jphmoney99
New England
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28 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 21 March 2014

We chose this place because it seemed popular with the local Ticos. From the time we ordered until we were served, it was over one hour. Meanwhile there was one table of four who were eating, two other tables had already been waiting before we ordered. No one spoke English, but with our little Spanish we understood that one of... More 

2 Thank Oobydooby
Moose Jaw, Canada
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157 reviews
113 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2014

This place is in the dusty back alley of the El Velero Hotel with vintage furniture and ambiance High prices during Tourist season and be prepared to drink lots of beer to wash down the dust generated by the traffic.

Thank frannie1155040
Alexandria, Virginia
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82 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 April 2013

Upon entering this small eatery, you feel you're in the kitchen of a close friend. Locals flock here, always a good sign. The folks in charge greeted us warmly and were patient with my Spanglish. Home-style cutlery and glasses add to a comfortable feel. The food was nice. I was surpirsed by the high prices for seafood, so we had... More 

Thank psullivan904
Playa Panama, Costa Rica
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27 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 March 2013

Way over priced. Supposed to be a "soda". Either this place has two menus or they have only one with really inflated GRINGO pricing. BTW, I live here and will never set foot in there again.

1 Thank RT P
Calgary, Canada
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93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 March 2013

Very authentic food and the owners were very patient with my limited spanish. Ricardo sat down with me and talked up a storm! Had lunch and dinner here it didnt disappoint!

Thank JLS4Mex
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32 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 January 2013

Had the opportunity to eat at this lovely local restaurant twice while staying at the Condovac resort. This restaurant is delightful and the fish is some of the freshest I have had in some time. The whole red snapper was well-prepared as were the local side dishes. If you want to get good local cuisine and are a fan of... More 

Thank fatyth
North Carolina, United States
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 20 December 2012

When deciding to vacation in Costa Rica, I did not want American Food. I can get that at home. I wanted to eat what the locals eat. The food at Pescado Loco was authentic, fresh and delicious. The owner Florabeth was gracious with my broken Spanish. Thank you for all five meals, see you next year!

Thank Ilisa M
Dallas, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 September 2012

Playa Hermosa is quite after dark. So if you are looking evening cocktail or two, try the Pescado Loco next the Velero Hotel. Tell the owner, Florabeth, that “baile Tomas” sent you. You may get a big smile and stronger drinks.

Thank JauntaroundTom

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Local cuisine
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: next to El Velero Hotel, Playa Hermosa 11502, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Hermosa

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?