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Chao's Paradise

$$ - $$$Caribbean, Seafood,
Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
+506 2755 0284
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  • Excellent39%
  • Very good33%
  • Average13%
  • Poor8%
  • Terrible7%
Travellers talk about
“pata negra” (6 reviews)
“snapper” (5 reviews)
“salad” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Caribbean, Seafood, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
$$ - $$$
Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 9 April 2018

I wound up at Chao's looking for fish, and I was not disappointed. I had the snapper with Caribbean sauce. Between the sound of the waves from the beach across the gravel road, and the Latin urban music in the background, it made for a...More

Thank RudiB877
Reviewed 2 April 2018

We walked down to the restaurant from our treehouse and were pleasantly surprised with the great food. Prepared while we waited and delicious food. Server was also very pleasant and helpful.

Thank HawaiiAloha777
Reviewed 28 March 2018

The problem with Chao's is that is is an open air restaurant--just a rail and some posts separate the dining area from the outside. There are a number of Europeans who dine there who seem to think that cigarette smoke enhances the dining experience. They...More

Thank Quincho Q
Reviewed 22 March 2018

We stayed in Cahuita for twelve days and from our first visit here it became our 2nd favorite place to eat. The shrimp and octopus in particular are delicious and the chef turns out a mean plate of grilled veggies!! Staff are friendly and fun.

Thank Greta2516
Reviewed 15 March 2018 via mobile

We stayed just up the road from this restaurant and it was obvious after our first meal this was the place for us to get an exceptionally fresh and delicious home cooked meal. I was a huge fan of their fresh octopus dishes not to...More

Thank Phil R
Reviewed 1 March 2018

We loved it here. We were in Cahuita 4 nights, and ate here 3 of them because the food was that good. Every restaurant we tried was excellent, but we preferred it here. The salad was gorgeous, very fresh. You could get french fries or...More

Thank Kari D
Reviewed 6 February 2018

Went for lunch and the selection for what I feel is lunch food is small. Meat, chicken, tuna sandwiches and salchipapas. Salchipapas is describes as sausage and fries, which I interpreted to be a sausage and fries or a hot dog. Nope, it’s deep fried...More

Thank laxjunkies
Reviewed 5 February 2018 via mobile

Take it from a local (expat), you will not be disappointed in any meal you order off their menu. The beer is cold and the service extraordinary. Had another great meal and drinks all while watching the super bowl. Priceless!!!

Thank onenana5
Reviewed 22 January 2018

We really enjoyed the fresh quality of the food here and the prices were reasonable. You can sit and watch the waves and we recommend the Arroz con Pollo and the chicken sandwich.

Thank lorishop
Reviewed 3 January 2018

The food was excellent, even if the restaurant was not filled. Off season and weather not perfect for many travellers, but still lovely.

Thank stewart_page
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Drinks
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Groups, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Negra, Cahuita, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Cahuita
  • Phone Number: +506 2755 0284
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