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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We were passing through and heard about this place. Stopped in to check it out and are glad we did. We loved the view, the people and most of all.. the food was fantastic.

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Thank R3706FUheatherh
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Thanks for stopping in ..... hope you pass by again one day. Saludos More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here three times during our stay in southern Costa Rica. I can speak from experience, having traveled to the area 5 times now, that you cannot beat the freshness of the ingredients and the fair pricing at this quaint on-the-beach little hideaway. Family owned and operated, you are sure to find Cliff or one of his family members... More 

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

Thanks for your visits with friends Kat, we look forward to seeing you again and the place you stayed down the beach is unique and good memories over the years. Saludos, Cliff More 

Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great family run restaurant on the beach. great tasting fresh food & well priced. Cliff and the gang will treat you well!

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Thank Magic70
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this review

Muchisimas Gracias for your comments, we will strive to keep that service and ambiance and hope to see you again in Ballena. SALUDOS More 

Oakville, Ontario
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

We should have read the website a little closer. We got there just before the kitchen closed and I suspect the ribs may have been cooked an hour or so before. That being said they were very flavourful if a little dry. We ordered some calamari as well, thinking we were getting an appetizer size. Nope, full size dinner order.... More 

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

Thank you for your comments and we will note to watch things coming off the BBQ late in the day to maintain our quality. Glad the Calamari arrived fresh and even though a mix up on the order, you would not have experienced the special flavor from the BBQ as an appetizer. Please come back and remind me ...... the... More 

Istanbul, Turkey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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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Florida
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 August 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 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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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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 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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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 

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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
US$8 - US$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, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Bar Scene, Groups, Romantic, Cheap Eats
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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