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The Osa Peninsula and the South Pacific Restaurants

Sabor Español

  • 1 km (½ mile) south of Uvita BM Supermercado along Costanera Map It
  • Bahía Ballena
  • Spanish
  • Fodor's Choice

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Authentic paella, made with nutty, saffron-infused Spanish rice and the freshest seafood, is the main reason to wend your way along a rutted dirt road behind Playa Ballena to this jungle outpost of Catalan cuisine. The smallish, open-air rancho is nothing fancy, with wooden chairs and tables and a few potted palms, but the warm welcome along with the expertly executed Catalonian menu quickly dispel any qualms about the seriousness of this restaurant. There's a classic, spicy, Andalusian gazpacho for starters or tapas to share while you wait the 40 minutes for your cooked-to-order paella. Try the delicate, sweet mussels, bathed in a spicy wine sauce, or the succulent mushrooms marinated in garlic and olive oil. The list of seafood specialties includes whisky-flambéed shrimp and meat-lovers can sink their teeth into sirloin slathered with a wine-and-fresh-grape sauce. Chicken takes on tropical flavors with sauces featuring mango, rum, and curry. The pace is a little leisurely, but a pitcher of excellent sangria, studded with tropical fruit chunks, helps to pass the time enjoyably. There are only five or six tables at this dinner-only restaurant, so reservations are advised.

Restaurant Information


1 km (½ mile) south of Uvita BM Supermercado along Costanera, Bahía Ballena, Puntarenas, 60504, Costa Rica

Map It


/2743–8312; /8768–9160

Restaurant Details:

  • Closed Mon. and Sept. 15–Dec. 15. No lunch

Published 06/18/2015


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