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US$15 - US$25
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Caribbean, Seafood, Sushi, Healthy, Fusion
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We were recently on Big Corn for the first time and ate at Darinia’s twice, once for a late lunch/snack and the other time for the special 4 course dinner that we planned with her the day before. Both times the food was excellent, well...prepared with fresh ingredients and with a great view of the prettiest beach on Big Corn. My recommendation is if you are on the island somewhere to definitely not miss it and even plan a day swimming at the small quiet beach and enjoying a meal at Darinia’s. We loved her enthusiasm for food and wish we had more time on the island to try a few more items from the menu but we will be back!More

Date of visit: February 2021
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Reviewed 4 January 2021

We just spent the past week in the Corn Islands and one thing on our "must do" list was a meal at Darinia's. She was very responsive messaging on WhatsApp, as there are some restaurants that aren't open at the present time. We were thrilled...to learn that she was open for business and she was just a few minutes away from where we were staying. The location is easy to find, roadside in the Sally Peachy area of Big Corn. Beautiful view from the outdoor dining patio of the sea and the reef. Darinia was super-engaging as she described some of the options available from her menu. Since it's in-season, she had fresh lobster so we went all out with lobster ceviche, lobster and rice with red curry, and lobster pad thai. All were excellent and delicious. Hard to imagine that such incredible food can be found in a small roadside restaurant on a small Caribbean island off the coast of Nicaragua. But trust us (and the many other reviewers here) - make sure to plan at least one meal with Darinia. You won't regret it. Thanks for an incredible meal, Darinia. See you next time we're out to the islands.More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 16 December 2020 via mobile

I’ve had the opportunity to eat at Darinia’s a few times now. I reside on Corn Island, and have eaten at pretty much all the restaurants numerous times. Darinia has moved over to Big Corn Island now, and we are better off for it. Great...food, great atmosphere, great people. A must while on Corn Island 🏝🦞🐔🐟🥕More

Date of visit: December 2020
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Reviewed 31 March 2020

First off, it is important to note that the food I had at Darinia's Kitchen was fantastic. I had a five course dinner which included shrimp, lobster, and filet mignon, as well as salad and desert. All of this took place on the beach during...sunset. It would be tough to duplicate that atmosphere anywhere else, and certainly impossible at home. However, what truly made this experience one of the best meals I've ever had was Darinia herself. Darinia is a delight to experience. I have never met someone who truly enjoyed making people happy more than Darinia. It is as if she lives to make great food just to make you happy. And it is impossible to leave her establishment without a hug and huge, infectious smile. To me, Darinia is what truly made this location a must on Little Corn Island. I want to make sure I'm not downplaying the quality of the food. Even without Darinia's effervescent and joyful personality, this would be a great location to eat. Each course was both visually stimulating and tasted fantastic. If you go to Little Corn Island, be sure to try Darinia's Kitchen. Also, be sure to stop by and make a reservation! A reservation is absolutely critical in this instance, and Darinia will sit with you and get your input on the menu. Enjoy!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 18 March 2020

Darinia is a passionate, vibrant person who wants to share her cooking with others. We had an adorable candle lit dinner on the beach. Her meals were delicious, unique and high quality. Pricing is in alignment with the quality of the food. Service was great.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 15 March 2020 via mobile

Darinia's cooking is simply sublime, she mixes influences from Japan, Thailand, Europe and Central America with her own endless creativity and her own fresh ingredients from her garden to bring you the best culinary experience, every time. Our group had to go eat at Darinia's...kitchen for three nights in a row because we loved the food and the great ambience at the restaurant. What was great too was that she is a very talented chef as well as a passionate one, after our meals, we were very welcome to stay seated and chat with her for hours about her life, her experience as a chef, Little Corn Island's history and much more! I am not the type of person that writes reviews but I really felt like I owed it to Darinia for all the great food, and the great energy that she shared with us! If you are traveling to Nicaragua and are a food fanatic, I strongly recommend Little Corn Island for Darinia's restaurant. I will definitely be following her and coming back to Little Corn someday to taste her incredible food again as much as to see this amazing and inspiring woman again!More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 15 March 2020

Darinia’s Kitchen is simply a must when visiting Little Corn Island. Not only is the food amazing but so is the cook. Darinia cooks with loads of love and passion with her only purpose being to make you feel and understand the richness of the...island. With an amazing combination of fruits and vegetables all grown in her own little garden, Darinia’s cooking will bring you to heaven with every bite. Her menu is moslty comprised of her own recipes and creations. This self-taught cook also makes international meals but always makes sure to add her own little twist to it making the dishes feel and look unique to her style and the island. You cannot find any restaurant on Little Corn that even arrives at the knee of her cooking. Everything on her menu is fresh and exciting ranging from local food to Thai and Japanese. To give an example, I had never tasted ramen soup with lobster tails and I can’t remember ever having lobster sushi with small bites of pineapple or watermelon exploding with flavors. These are only a few examples of the variety of creations that you can find at Darinia’s Kitchen. In addition, the Rondon, a local dish from the island mixing all the seafood found in the ocean all around, topped off with a fresh coconut sauce and a mix of fresh vegetables, is a dish that I will never be able to forget. All of this is found in a little cosy ocean front restaurant where you can see Darinia dancing while cooking in her kitchen as if you were in her home. To say the least, after going for supper at her restaurant for the first time in the middle of our trip to Little Corn, my group and I had to go back two more times because we had the urge to taste every creation she had to offer. I am not the type to usually write reviews but I had to absolutely recommend this amazing place to any food fanatic going to Little Corn Island. Finally, I recommend one last thing, after your meal, stay seated and she will come to you and share her stories and her insight about the island making the overall experience delightful and don’t be scared to give in to the urge of giving her a hug at the end of it all, she will be waiting arms open, smiling and grateful that you have given her the chance to fill your mind with this culinary experience.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 11 March 2020 via mobile

Darinia is a world class chef on Little Corn Island. So happy she greeted us as we walked by and looked at her varied and fresh menu. She told us that she would make us anything we would like and she was right! My husband...said it was the best ceviche he has ever had. My lobster pad Thai was excellent and my daughters fish curry was so good. She makes everything fresh so relax and enjoy the good views while she and her team are kitchen. She also offers cooking classes that we hope to take next time.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 10 March 2020 via mobile

Very good food ! Darinia is the best, she really want us to feel welcome at her place and she cooks food with her heart! A lot of choice and fresh vegetables and seafoods. Perfect place for dinner !

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed 6 March 2020

We had the most amazing meal with Darinia. Each course was creative and delicious. She uses ingredients sourced locally so the menu always changes. The seafood was caught that day and the vegetables, picked fresh from her gardens. The seasonings and pairing were genius and...the presentations artistic. Darina is such a lovely person too. She is warm, welcoming and grateful to cook for her patrons. Doesn't she know we are the lucky ones?More

Date of visit: January 2020
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