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Informal dining in a beautiful relaxed environment. Serving super fresh seafood, steaks and vegetarian options. Live dinner music through high season Tuesdays and Saturdays. Breakfast and dinner specials daily (best value in town!) and Happy Hour with signature cocktails and local beers 2x1 Chef Hilda Rodriguez creates signature dishes including cocounut Mahi-Mahi, lobster with mango chili salsa, fresh seared sesame-crust tuna, Thai style coconut curries, and our famous Surf 'n' Surf. We highly recommend reservations in high season.
PRICE RANGE
US$5 - US$30
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Drinks
CUISINES
Caribbean, Latin, Seafood, Healthy, Central American, Costa Rican, Fusion
FEATURES
Buffet, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music
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Reviewed 8 May 2021

We loved the open air upstairs restaurant and the attention that our waiter gave our group. The guacamole is some of the best we have ever had, and we are from Arizona!

Date of visit: May 2021
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Hilda-Brasilito, General Manager at Papaya, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2021

Thank you very much for taking the time to share your experience of your recent visit to our restaurant. I am very proud of our team and the manner in which they offer an authentic Tico hospitality, best regards Pura Vida. Javier Bran Manager

Reviewed 26 April 2021 via mobile

This restaurant has a local “feel”, and is awesome. Everything was reasonably priced and tasty. Service was impeccable.

Date of visit: April 2021
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Hilda-Brasilito, Owner at Papaya, responded to this reviewResponded 11 May 2021

Dear Chris, Warm greetings from Costa Rica, Thank you for coming to our restaurant and for your review of our place and i hope you can come back to see us again soon. Pura Vida, Javier Bran Manager.

Reviewed 12 April 2021

My wife and I had dinner at this restaurant several years ago, and I had felt strongly enough about my experience at this restaurant then, not to go there again. I remember a Seafood Tower that was under-whelming and overpriced at that time. But recently,...my wife experienced a very nice breakfast there, and so we decided that it was worth another try, this time for lunch. A bad decision... In the mood for a burger, I first inquired of the waiter about the thickness of the beef patty (to me an indicator not only of the quantity, but more importantly, the quality, of the meat). Informed by the waiter’s finger gesture, that it was a burger about (1) inch thick, I ordered a medium-rare burger. What arrived was a burger, with a pre-made patty approx. 1/4 to 1/3 inch thick, on a bun that was stale and dry. I could only eat part of it. This is only the 2nd review which I have posted on this site in over (3) years. The first of these was a very positive review of a restaurant which we discovered in Arenal. But the quality of today’s lunch compelled me to post this.More

Date of visit: April 2021
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Hilda-Brasilito, General Manager at Papaya, responded to this reviewResponded 23 April 2021

Dear Peter R Regards from Conchal Hotel and Papaya restaurant . Thank you for taking the time to post a review about your experience at the restaunrant. We take our clients feedback very seriously and use it to continue improving our offerings for our customers....More

Reviewed 13 January 2021

My two friends and I ended our trip to Costa Rica at Conchal Hotel and couldn't have been more satisfied. The ambiance of the hotel and restaurant will put you into an immediate state of relaxation and our meals at Papaya Restaurant were INCREDIBLY DELICIOUS....I will be dreaming of the Fresh Tuna Salad until I'm able to return (the ingredients and dressings paired together were out of this world!). We were also big fans of the Sesame-crust tuna, Coconut mahi-mahi, Falafel wrap, and Sesame guacamole (served with homemade flour tortilla "chips"). We wished we had time to try more!! Highly recommend!!More

Date of visit: January 2021
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Hilda-Brasilito, Owner at Papaya, responded to this reviewResponded 24 January 2021

Thank you for your nice review, we are so glad you enjoyed your stay at with us at Conchal Hotel and your dining experience at Papaya ! it really means a lot to us you finding time to leave your review and feedback and in...More

Reviewed 2 January 2021

Everything here was great. Everything. Tons of choices on the menu, traditional Costa Rican fare, on top of the hotel in this super charming little space. No glitz and glam just great food!

Date of visit: December 2020
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Hilda-Brasilito, Owner at Papaya, responded to this reviewResponded 4 January 2021

Thank you for your visit and for the positive feedback! it was our pleasure to serve you!!

Reviewed 2 December 2020 via mobile

We did not eat in, we picked up the food. They were very pleasant and timely, the food was great. Try the arroz con pollo, which is a CR specialty.

Date of visit: November 2020
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Reviewed 30 March 2020

We had one of our best meals in Costa Rica here. The portions were quite large, and the flavors were out of this world.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 6 March 2020 via mobile

We had a great time and thoroughly enjoyed the food and atmosphere. Nice local spot in a two story building overlooking a swimming pool

Date of visit: March 2020
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Hilda-Brasilito, Owner at Papaya, responded to this reviewResponded 7 March 2020

Thank you for your visit and for the positive feedback! it was our pleasure to serve you!!

Reviewed 23 February 2020 via mobile

Loved the guacamole. Ate here a lot because staying at hotel. Very tranquil atmosphere, nice decor. Felt unique and not like some of the more commercial restaurants. Stay is super friendly. Would recommend for any meal. Music on certain nights.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Hilda-Brasilito, Owner at Papaya, responded to this reviewResponded 24 February 2020

Thank you for your nice review, we are so glad you enjoyed your visit Conchal Hotel and your dining experience at Papaya ! it really means a lot to us you finding time to leave your review and feedback and in particularly for noting the...More

Reviewed 11 February 2020 via mobile

We eat here often. It has the best huevos rancheros. The ambiance is great, but they don’t like dogs, or we would go more.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Hilda-Brasilito, Owner at Papaya, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2020

Thank you for taking your time write this review and that you enjoy your breakfast during your visit. We are sorry that you left with the felling that we dislike dogs on the contrary we love animals and nature in general this is why we...More

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