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Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club

₹₹ - ₹₹₹Seafood,
Km Marker 170, Costanera Sur, Ballena, Costa Rica
+506 2786 5380
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Overview
  • Excellent67%
  • Very good29%
  • Average2%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“ribs” (5 reviews)
“calamari” (4 reviews)
“seafood” (2 reviews)
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CUISINES
Seafood, Costa Rican
PRICE
₹₹ - ₹₹₹
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LOCATION
Km Marker 170, Costanera Sur, Ballena, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 58 reviews

Reviewed 5 August 2017 via mobile

Recommended by our hosts Lani and Leon. First visit was the Sunday BBQ day. The food was fantastic and the staff is excellent. The owner Cliff is super nice and friendly, full of local information having been in Costa Rica 20+ years. Came back on...More

Thank lgp3
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 9 August 2017

Great to get to know you George & Rebecca, good to hear you're already thinking of the next return. Saludos from all at Villa Leonor

Reviewed 22 March 2017

We were passing through and heard about this place. Stopped in to check it out and are glad we did. We loved the view, the people and most of all.. the food was fantastic.

1  Thank R3706FUheatherh
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2017

Thanks for stopping in ..... hope you pass by again one day. Saludos

Reviewed 21 March 2017

We ate here three times during our stay in southern Costa Rica. I can speak from experience, having traveled to the area 5 times now, that you cannot beat the freshness of the ingredients and the fair pricing at this quaint on-the-beach little hideaway. Family...More

Thank kat m
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 24 March 2017

Thanks for your visits with friends Kat, we look forward to seeing you again and the place you stayed down the beach is unique and good memories over the years. Saludos, Cliff

Reviewed 28 February 2017

Great family run restaurant on the beach. great tasting fresh food & well priced. Cliff and the gang will treat you well!

Thank Magic70
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 2 March 2017

Muchisimas Gracias for your comments, we will strive to keep that service and ambiance and hope to see you again in Ballena. SALUDOS

Reviewed 15 February 2017

We should have read the website a little closer. We got there just before the kitchen closed and I suspect the ribs may have been cooked an hour or so before. That being said they were very flavourful if a little dry. We ordered some...More

Thank MOTU
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 28 February 2017

Thank you for your comments and we will note to watch things coming off the BBQ late in the day to maintain our quality. Glad the Calamari arrived fresh and even though a mix up on the order, you would not have experienced the special...More

Reviewed 24 October 2016 via mobile

Found by surprise I was amazed with the quality and the fair price. Fish soup is a must. The atmosphere and the view are great. Not to mention the abundance of space between the tables.

Thank Istanbulapt
Reviewed 10 September 2016

Wonderful food and service, very nice and helpful folks, with a really beautiful beach. The fish and other seafood is the freshest - often just off the boat and prepared to order (but you can't go wrong with house recommendations). Also excellent knowledge of the...More

Thank Roger W
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2016

Ana puts a lot of effort in keeping fresh product in the kitchen for the cooks to work with. Always appreciated to hear it is noticed. Look forward to the next visit.

Reviewed 31 August 2016 via mobile

This place is not a fancy one but the quality of the food and the service sure are better than any fancy restaurant.

Thank Negroycanche
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 12 September 2016

Thanks for your comments and glad to hear the ambiance for "come as you are" to the beach is comfortable

Reviewed 24 August 2016

I visit Villa Leonor whenever I'm in Southern CR. The place is great. Great food, a pool, a tree lined empty beach, jungle setting. My kids love coming here. They can swim , run around the property, explore the beach while I enjoy a meal...More

Thank Borntomecassidy
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 26 August 2016

Such compliments are always greatly appreciated and we will do our best to continue getting them. We all hope to see you back soon.

Reviewed 14 July 2016

For a wonderful day at a beautiful, uncrowded beach, go to Villa Leonor between Uvita and Ojochal. Park at the restaurant, have lunch, then walk down the tree lined path to a broad, sandy beach with gentle surf. It’s sort of a private beach club,...More

Thank LinnieSP
Cliff H, Owner at Villa Leonor at Ballena Beach Club, responded to this reviewResponded 15 July 2016

Thanks for the generous praise we are pleased we could provide a good experience for your visit to Costa Rica. Our place is a shared ownership beach facility with associates who have properties in the area. The restaurant is always open for anyone to join...More

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Ali A
18 August 2016|
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Response from Cliff H | Property representative |
Hi Ali, You can contact me about the home, it is two levels but someone may have recalled it as three. It is in the Perla Ballena Community, on the mountain above Hotel Cristal Ballena. I see this format will not allow my... More
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Jennifer R
25 July 2015|
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Response from Cliff H | Property representative |
Hi Jennifer, Cliff here, Yes you can be comfortable with leaving your car for lunch and visit Playa Ballena. We never have had an issue (knock on wood) when parked close in to the restaurant in the parking lot, if the lot... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    Service
  • Value
    Atmosphere
Average prices
US$ 8 - US$ 15
Cuisine
Seafood, Costa Rican
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Reservations, Waitstaff
Good for
Local cuisine, Groups, Romantic, Child-friendly, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Km Marker 170, Costanera Sur, Ballena, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Ballena
  • Phone Number: +506 2786 5380
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Description
We are a bit of a Hideaway in front of Playa Ballena. A place for a comfortable environment to visit the Ballena Coast; a coast that the owners, Ana Herrera who was born in this area, and Cliff Hulbert who has known this coast for the past 20 years or so, invite you to share a special ambiance. Restaurante Villa Leonor offers Seafood and Traditional Costa Rican plates. Please Note: Hours for June, available until 7:00pm by Reservation
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