La Finisterra

Member Rating 5 out of 5 by Kozikowski on August 18, 2003

Owned by another one of the self-described Canadian tax refugees, La Finisterra is arguably the best restaurant in the Playa Hermosa/Coco/Occotal area. Located in the hotel of the same name, this restaurant offers outstanding views of the ocean from its location high on a hill above Playa Hermosa. The menu each night is brief, written on a chalkboard, and consists of whatever the local fleet brought to market that day. The fish may have one or more of marlin, yellow fin tuna, grouper, dorado (mahi mahi), and others.

The night that we went the menu featured jumbo shrimp, dorado with a garlic butter, and filet mignon au poivre. The attentive, but not doting, service from the owner, his daughter, and the bartender was appreciated. A nicely prepared ceasar salad started the meal along with margaritas and pina coladas (virgin, for our kids). The main course was outstanding with one of the best steaks that I have ever eaten. Dessert consisted of a rich cheesecake with mango topping.

La Finisterra has a French chef who delivers meals with wonderful presentation and uses local ingredients with flair. This restaurant is not to be missed. As a bonus, the hotel has great rates--$65 during green season and $75 during high season, all with breakfast. The hotel is less than 5-years-old and features large rooms with queen beds and a great view.

Playa Hermosa
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
+506 672-0227

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