Fodor's Expert Review Citrus Gastro Bar

$$$ Ballena National Marine Park Eclectic Fodor's Choice

Tangy, tart, and refreshing, this ultrasophisticated restaurant lives up to its name, both in its daring decor and inventive fusion menu spanning the globe from the Far East, across the Mediterranean to chef Marcella Marciano's culinary homeland, France. The menu careens from classic French escargots and moules marinières to Japanese wasabi-spiced shrimp, to Indian chicken curry. Make a light meal of international tapas, say: Korean steamed kimchi-and-shiitake dumplings, Belgian cheese croquettes, or a duo of salmon and tuna tartare. Local seafood makes appearances as Greek-style fish fillet with almonds and caper butter or in a seafood-packed umami sushi bowl. The signature seafood platter reigns supreme with lobster, mussels, calamari, and shrimp bathed in a creamy lemon-and-garlic sauce. Craft beers are on tap, along with a wide-ranging wine list. Presentation is exquisite. Desserts are de rigueur; if you like chocolate, don't pass up the divine choco-choco flourless chocolate cake with vanilla ice cream.

In the off season (December through March), it's open only 7--10 am.

Eclectic Dinner Dessert $$$ Fodor's Choice Breakfast Lunch Brunch

Quick Facts

Plaza Tangara main road in Ojochal
Ojochal, Puntarenas  60504, Costa Rica


Known For:
  • Seafood platter in lemon-garlic sauce
  • Choco-choco flourless cake
  • Chic and romantic setting
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: Closed Sun.

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