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Koji's Restaurant

  • 200 m north of Pranamar, near Playa Hermosa Map It
  • Santa Teresa
  • Japanese

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

North of Santa Teresa, this trendy sushi place off a dusty dirt road is currently the most popular restaurant in the area. About 30 wood tables are scattered around a gravel-bottomed, Zenlike garden, with palm trees and a stand of bamboo. The decor is mainly votive candles, flaming torches, and tin-can hanging lamps. So why the stampede to eat here? Fabulous sushi, sashimi, and tempura carefully crafted by a charismatic Japanese chef named, of course, Koji. On the daily blackboard menu, all the usual hand rolls and wraps are on offer, expertly made and artistically presented. One of the most popular dishes on the menu is the Koji roll: a double dose of shrimp and shrimp tempura, with avocado, cucumber, spicy tuna, and a "special" sauce. There's also tempura shrimp, beef tenderloin, and ginger-pork main dishes. Vegetarians can order spring rolls and steamed vegetables with quinoa, but it hardly seems worth it to make the trip here unless you are going to chow down on fish and seafood. To wash it down, there are coconut-milk fruit shakes, sake, Costa Rican craft beer, and notably expensive wine. Cash only.

Restaurant Information


200 m north of Pranamar, near Playa Hermosa, Santa Teresa, Puntarenas, Costa Rica

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Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Mon. No lunch

Published 06/18/2015


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