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Ylang Ylang

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Calle de las Estrellas, Ojochal, Costa Rica
+506 2786 5054
17:00 - 21:00
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St. Louis
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44 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 72 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This excellent restaurant is only open 4 months, WED-SAT I believe. They only take 12 diners a night, and the start times are nicely staggered to accommodate everyone. The menu is very interesting. They only do a handful of things, but they are done very well. Everything was delicious and exotic with an Asian twist. Ambiance is excellent and mellow.... More 

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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Christine and I ate here one night and it was one of our better dining experiences while in Costa Rica. Caroline is in love with her cooking and it shows in the expertly blended and married complimentary dishes she and her husband Hans presents.

Thank bruce p
Wildwood, Missouri
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43 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Make reservations. Only 12 people served each night. Unusual choices bursting with flavor. Great appetizers too. Unique setting. We will go back again. Try something different!!!

Thank Wulfanite1
Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017

Caroline and Hans cook and serve a special selection of aromatic dishes representing the many tastes of Indonesia. A treat for the palate and so nice to spend the evening with such welcoming hosts

Thank dhlc416
Toronto, Canada
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50 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2017

This Indonesian restaurant tops our list of favorite places to dine, ANYWHERE. Hans the Dutch host is very welcoming and funny in a serious way while his wife Caroline, prepares the dinners in the back, custom made from a selected menu, all original.

Thank JohnRBuller
Vancouver, Canada
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25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 February 2017

Ylang Ylang's chef/owner Caroline is extremely talented! Every bite was an explosion of flavour in your mouth, truly amazing! Beautiful view and very romantic. Highly recommend.

Thank LisaLyttle
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
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50 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2017

This was our first time trying Indonesian cuisine and absolutely loved it. Every dish was bursting with flavor and goodness, and so beautifully presented. The atmosphere was peaceful and romantic. The owners are lovely hosts that you can tell have a passion for what they do and go to great lengths to ensure their customers have a one of a... More 

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Victoria, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 January 2017

What to say, nothing short of a taste sensation. This is the first time that my wife and I experienced Indonesian food and we were definitely positively surprised. Chef Caroline and Hans cooked and served up a meal rich in spices and flavour. Adding to the experience was Caroline's visits to the table to discuss the food, process used to... More 

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Asheville, North Carolina
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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 January 2017 via mobile

Wonderful meal! This is a small restaurant, I believe they seat up to 12 people nightly, and is not open year round but if you are here when they are open it is a delightful dining experience! Very personal service from the owners... she cooks and he takes care of the guests. Reservations required. Excellent!

Thank J W
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24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 January 2017

A very welcome change to the sometimes monotonous Costa Rica foodculture. This Indonesian restaurant is run by a Dutch couple, which is not as strange at it might seem; Indonesia used to be a Dutch colony, and in this case the chef was born there. Ylang Ylang is situated on a gorgeous spot on a hill overlooking Ballena bay, truly... More 

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Hans V, Owner at Ylang Ylang, responded to this review

Hi Anouk, Thank you for your review and giving me the opportunity to tell something about the concept of our restaurant. The restaurant is indeed located on one of the most beautiful Ocean Front properties, this to give our guests the opportunity to overlook Playa Tortuga, Cano island, Rio Terraba and a part of Osa. In your review you are... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 15 - US$ 35
Asian, Indonesian, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Restaurant features
Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Buffet, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Romantic, View, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
17:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Calle de las Estrellas, Ojochal, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Ojochal
  • Phone Number: +506 2786 5054
Small, 10-12 pax, Indonesian restaurant with pacific Ocean view, authentic cooked Indonesian fare. Reservations only, visit our FB page Ylang Ylang Restaurant and use the BOOK now Button. We serve dinner (make your reservation) We cater at your house or rental (please contact us) We cater your party with Indonesian style tapas (please contact us) We do Chef at Home (please contact us) We do Cooking classes 1 or 2 persons max. (please contact us)

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