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US$6 - US$14
Seafood, Mediterranean, European, Spanish
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
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Reviewed 27 February 2020 via mobile

This is not a meal, it’s a unique culinary experience. There is great food in Cahuita, but this is on another level. The chef is gracious and makes you feel as if you’re visiting an old friend and being served in his home. The setting...is intimate and the open air seating and open kitchen lovely. Great dinner music and charming to hear the chef singing along as he cooked (we may have sang along to a few as well). Our meal was prepared based on our food preferences and the freshest food available at market today. We’re pescatarians so had a fresh veggie appetizer, two perfectly prepared fish dishes with a huge variety of vegetables, and a lovely light dessert followed by a digestive. Exceptional hospitality, food and wine; a very memorable experience! Notes: - As there is no set menu and the chef owner prepares food based on your preferences, you must book in advance. I was unsure what the cost would be since there is no menu, but it was very reasonable for the quality of food (less than expected). - It is cash only - either colones or USD. As it was our last night in Costa Rica we had no cash remaining and I had to run to an ATM. The owner was very gracious about it and trusted us to return (which we of course did).More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 16 February 2020

In our recent trip to Costa Rica we booked a table in Domingo´s Restaurant and got more than we expected. The setting is romantic and intimate, because there are only a few tables and so the service is very personalized. Lit with candles and soft...lights you sit looking out into the garden from an open terrace. The food was exquisite: we shared a palmito salad, followed by fresh tuna filets. Dessert was pear in red wine reduction, all very tasty. Domingo is originally from Spain and has been living in Costa Rica for 28 years or so. His menu reflects his roots as well the influence of his new homeland. We can whoelheartedly recommend his place for dinner ,and perhaps we are lucky and he has one of his cabañas available for rent the next time we plan a trip to this lovely place on earth. TODA VIDA!!!!More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 3 January 2020

We had our best dinner in Costa Rica, maybe our best dinner ever. Domingo was a very friendly, courteous and warm host. We ate fish and lobster - a delicacy! Fresh, perfectly prepared, simply delicious! We can warmly recommend Villa Amapola. The ambience, the food...and the hospitality exceeded all our expectations, it was just perfect! Thank you very much!More

Date of visit: January 2020
Reviewed 31 August 2019 via mobile

Can you imagine a private place sorrounded by tropical forest made with reef columns, and the most amazing service by Domingo, you definetly can taste the love in The food, the exotic flavors mixed with spanish taste is just amazing!!! . I had to make...a reservation first then i realized why... and its just because they dont Cook for everybody... They Cook specially for you!!! Ant tha's priceless.More

Date of visit: August 2019
Reviewed 5 July 2019 via mobile

This little open air restaurant is beautiful and the carefully prepared food is wonderful. You need to reserve and order in advance. It's also cash only. Beware of the mosquitos and try to go after 7 in the evening when they aren't so active. Be...sure to leave room for dessert!More

Date of visit: July 2019
Reviewed 1 May 2019 via mobile

Upon recommendation from a friend, we had dinner here one evening during our honeymoon. We made a reservation ahead of time and the owner communicated with us regarding menu options, suggestions, etc. It was very helpful as we speak very little Spanish so he explained...things thoroughly. Honestly, the entire experience surpassed our expectations. The food was out of this world, in flavor and creative presentation. Ambience, unlike any other dining experience we have had. The place is very cool and private, great dinner music, and we got a chance to get to know the owner a little while after. We will definitely be back and bring our family and friends next time!More

Date of visit: April 2019
Reviewed 28 January 2019 via mobile

This place is a MUST if you want great ambiance and a delicious meal prepared specifically for you. The chef and proprietor Domingo only accepts a small number of reservations. He will discuss the options available for that evening and arrange a time as there...is very limited seating. You will be served a wonderful meal that is cooked perfectly and spiced delectably. Our generous portions of fish were accompanied with four different vegetable medleys that were works of art. This chef knows his passion! We loved his selection of tunes that played in the background. The entrance to this gem is hidden from view on a busy route but is accurately depicted on Google maps. Remember to call well ahead of time to reserve.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed 25 January 2019 via mobile

Domingo is a wonderful host who cooks with so much passion, heart and knowledge. He uses best quality products and arranges his dishes beautifully. Very private and beautiful atmosphere in the little restaurant. Highly recommended, we can't think of when we have eaten such good...food.More

Date of visit: January 2019
Reviewed 2 January 2019

Villa Amapola is well deserving of being TripAdvisor’s #1 restaurant in Cahuita! Domingo is an incredible chef and host. We feel so lucky to have gotten a reservation and to have had this dining experience. It is very private and personal since there are only...a few tables; a very special night we shared as a family. All of the food was delicious, meticulously prepared, and beautifully served. We loved the sirloin steak - it was cooked perfectly. The fish and seafood paella were also delicious. Domingo brought us an amazing fruit dessert at the end. Highly recommend eating here while you are visiting Cahuita! Reasonable prices and high quality food. Tip: This restaurant is reservation only, so make sure to contact them a few days in advance; we sent a Facebook message to make the reservation and they responded within a few minutes. When you make the reservation, you will be given the list of food offerings for that night and you will place your order in advance.More

Date of visit: December 2018
Reviewed 1 January 2019 via mobile

The service was very nice and very friendly , the food was excellent too, i ordered the best paella I’ve ever eaten in my life.

Date of visit: December 2018
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20 April 2018|
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Villa Amapola is about 0.5 mile or less from the park entrance in Puerto Vargas. It is not open for lunch, and dinner is by reservation only.
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  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5