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Buena Esperanza

$$ - $$$
between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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  • Excellent70%
  • Very good19%
  • Average1%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible3%
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“salad” (2 reviews)
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Costa Rican
$$ - $$$
between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 12 April 2016

We ate here on a Wednesday night. We arrived after dark and were the only ones there, so had a very peaceful dinner. The vibe is very arty and cute, lots of lights and seating areas. I'm sure it would be very fun when filled...More

Thank LynnS_Boulder
Reviewed 19 March 2016

Our family stayed in a nearby rental in Cabo Matapalo for a week this March. We walked the 20 minutes to Buena Esperanza on several occasions for smoothies and then on Friday evening when they have a local artisan market and stayed for dinner. The...More

Thank gatoathens
Reviewed 24 August 2015

Another visit to Martina's and Martina even joined us. Great food, Great Drinks, Great Place. The tuna was prepared perfectly and enjoyed by all. The local surfers dropped by for a beverage and a bite to eat. Always fun!

Thank Rich58451
Reviewed 20 June 2015

ABSOLUTELY LOVED Martina's. I was staying in the surrounding area and visited this bar/restaurant for 3 nights out of the 5 I was in the area. The tuna steak meal is divine, so is the Mahi mahi. So fresh and delicious. Cooked to perfection. It...More

Thank Amber Y
Reviewed 9 May 2015

Buena Esperanza is one of a kind bar and restaurant. Its a great stop on your way to Carate or when you visit the Osa. Firday nights are mostly packed and a DJ is playing music for a good mix of locals and visitors from...More

Thank TobiMonothumb
Reviewed 5 May 2015 via mobile

This is the perfect spot to grab a beer and watch the local scene. Everyone meets at Martina's. No visit to the Osa is complete without at least one Friday night at this landmark by the sea.

Thank Peppy47
Reviewed 17 July 2014

This was the only place to watch Costa Rica play the Netherlands in the World Cup. It was a lot of fun. Adults, kids and pets all crowded around 2 -- 32" televisions to watch the game. Martina sells 2 kinds of beer--Imperial and Pilser....More

Thank sooner78
Reviewed 16 July 2014

We went to Martina's with a group of 6 adults and 8 young adults. I took the order for our group as nobody else showed up to do so. I placed and served the drink orders and I took and served the food. The owner...More

Thank pncboy85
Reviewed 17 June 2014

Overpriced, but where else are you going to go to eat if you're in this area? It's the only restaurant around. Delicious fresh food in a pleasant, relaxed atmosphere. On Fridays it's market night so the crowds come out - it's a fun party vibe...More

1  Thank TiffiniT
Reviewed 8 May 2014

My family and I visited Cabo Matopalo a couple weeks ago, and hit up Martina's one night after it looking like a fun scene. We've never written a bad review before but we agree this encounter is worthy. The food was phenomenal. The service was...More

2  Thank Mae P
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Costa Rican
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: between Ojo del Mar and Cabo Matapalo, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Osa Peninsula
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