Review of Andaz Papagayo Restaurants

Review of Hyatt Andaz Papagayo Restaurants in Costa Rica

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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort Reviews of all 3 Restaurants: Rio Bhongo, Chao Pescao, and Ostra

We stayed at the beautiful Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica this summer for a romantic anniversary celebration. This Hyatt Andaz resort on the Gulf of Papagayo is one of the best places to stay in Costa Rica on the beach. Read all about this Hyatt Papagayo resort that is nestled in the tropical forest in our extremely thorough Andaz Papagayo review. Check out all the incredible things to do in the Guanacaste province of Costa Rica. While staying at this luxurious Papagayo resort, we dined in all three of their restaurants which feature delicious Costa Rican cuisine. The Andaz Papagayo menu does not disappoint. Here’s our experience dining at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort. Just to warn you, our Andaz Costa Rica reviews of the restaurants might make you hungry or start salivating. Don’t worry, it happens to the best of us when looking at photos of delicious food. Our Andaz Peninsula Papagayo reviews may also prompt you to spontaneously book a vacation, so proceed with caution. Seriously though, even if you aren’t planning to stay at Andaz Papagayo, it’s worth a visit for cocktails and live music at Chao Pescao Bar or a delicious seafood dinner at Ostra. Even the Kardashians dined at Ostra during their vacation in Costa Rica. If it’s good enough for them, then you know it must be good. 😉

Ostra

Ostra is the resort’s finest restaurant and has a very romantic atmosphere with candles and strings of lights. It was designed to emulate a private residence and has views of the tropical forest and Culebra Bay. Ostra focuses on Costa Rican seafood and is one of the best fine dining restaurants in the Guanacaste Province of Costa Rica.

Hyatt Andaz Papagayo Restaurants Review

Cozy table at Ostra Restaurant at Andaz Papagayo

We had a wonderful dinner there that started with welcome cocktails served as soon as we arrived. Next we enjoyed mouth-watering ceviche, the chef’s specialty. We’ve had ceviche before, but never like this! You can pick what you want in your ceviche as the chef prepares it in front of you at the culinary station. You can choose from shrimp, octopus, sea bass, snapper, grouper, and tuna and then add different vegetables and sauces. Not only was it delicious , but it was a beautifully plated. We could eat that every day!

Fresh seafood at Andaz Papagayo Resort Ostra Restaurant

Ceviche at Ostra Restaurant in Papagayo Peninsula at Andaz Resort

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Chef Maria preparing ceviche in front of us at Ostra Restaurant at Andaz Papagayo

Our main dishes were delicious as well, although we had such big servings of ceviche that we couldn’t finish our meals. Bertaut ordered seared tuna with couscous and crustacean sauce. I (Alexis) opted for Green Curry Andino, which came with grilled sea bas, octopus, shrimp, and calamari. Everything was fresh and flavorful and the service was great. Prices are $18-20 for ceviche and main courses from $22 to $44.

Andaz menu at item at Peninsula Papagayo restaurant Ostra

Main course at Ostra- Tuna Israeli Couscous

Fine dining at one of the best Gulf of Papagayo hotels- Andaz

Main dish at Ostra- Green Curry Andino with more seafood than I could finish

Chao Pescao

Chao Pescao is a tapas and cocktail bar with live music and a mixology class on certain nights of the week. We ate there a few times during our stay and enjoyed the lively ambience, tasty food and creative cocktails. It’s the best place to socialize and mingle with other guests at the resort. We definitely think you should check it out and take the mixology class ($40 per person). Diego will make you a one-of-a-kind drink and may even bring out a torch to put the finishing touch on your cocktail. He takes great pride in his creations, which are not just drinks but works of art.

For an idea on prices, cocktails are $12-13 and small plates start at $11 and can go as high as $34 for entree size portions. This is the mid-range restaurant at Andaz and seemed very popular with couples.

Things to do in Papagayo Costa Rica: Visit Chao Pescao Tapas Bar

Closing out the bar after a night of cocktails and live music at Chao Pascao at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica

Best drinks on the Gulf of Papagayo at Chao Pescao

Learning how to make the perfect cocktail at Chao Pescao during the Mixology class

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Hyatt Papagayo serves delicious cocktails at Chao Pescao

Cocktail at Chao Pescao Tapas Bar at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Mixology class at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Just a bit of fire for the finishing touches on this cocktail at Chao Pescao Tapas Bar at Andaz in Costa Rica

Costa Rican cuisine on Andaz menu at Chao Pescao

Tapas at Chao Pescao Tapas Bar, Andaz Papagayo’s hot spot for nightlife

Rio Bhongo

Rio Bhongo is Andaz Peninsula Papagayo’s most casual and popular restaurant since breakfast is served here and it is right next to the family pool. It is an open-air restaurant overlooking Culebra Bay and the tropical forest that surrounds Andaz. We loved eating breakfast here every morning while watching the monkeys swing in the trees, hearing birds chirp, and gazing out at the relaxing view. It was even better that our breakfast was free since we are Hyatt Globalists.

Hyatt Andaz breakfast at Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica

Breakfast at Rio Bhongo, Andaz Peninsula Papagayo’s most casual restaurant

American Breakfast ($32) includes Latin Market (see menu below) options plus a bountiful buffet with everything from fresh squeezed juice, omelette station, pastries, gluten-free options, breads, meats, cheeses, yogurt, cereal and all sorts of hot Costa Rican dishes and more traditional breakfast options like waffles, pancakes, crepes and eggs. Continental Breakfast ($19) includes cold selections from the buffet and Barista specials. Or you can order off the Latin Market menu if you’re not as hungry or don’t want to spend as much on breakfast.  We tried a few options like Crispy Pork Belly Benedict and Coconut French toast with cinnamon and banana compote. They were very good and we left breakfast stuffed every morning. I don’t know about you, but buffets are dangerous for me! I always eat too much!

Andaz Papagayo menu for breakfast

Breakfast menu at Rio Bhongo for breakfast at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica

Costa Rican breakfast food at Andaz Papagayo Hotel

Eggs Benedict at Rio Bhongo at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

However, the buffet offers so much that you really don’t even need to order anything from the menu. We took pictures of everything so here it goes. Prepare to get hungry for some Costa Rican food!

Andaz of Costa Rica breakfast buffet

Fresh juice station at breakfast buffet at Rio Bhongo Restaurant at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort breakfast buffet

Fresh fruit at breakfast buffet of Rio Bhongo at Andaz Papagayo in Costa Rica

Costa Rica Hyatt breakfast buffet

Fresh juice for breakfast at Rio Bhongo at Andaz Papagayo- watermelon, pineapple, vegetable, and orange juice

Costa Rican food at Andaz resort on Papagayo Peninsula Costa Rica

Hot Costa Rican cuisine for breakfast at Andaz’s Rio Bhongo restaurant- gallo pinto, rustic potato, yuca, plaintains, sausages, and eggs

Costa Rican cuisine at Andaz Papagayo Resort for breakfast

Don’t skip the pico de gallo and guacamole- they are incredible at Rio Bhongo Restaurant at Andaz in Costa Rica’s Peninsula Papagayo

Andaz Costa Rica food

Bread station at Rio Bhongo breakfast buffet at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Hotel & Resort

Andaz resort in Costa Rica breakfast buffet

Omelette Station at Rio Bhongo breakfast buffet at Andaz Resort

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo open-air Restaurant

Milk and yogurt selection at Rio Bhongo for breakfast at Andaz in Costa Rica

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo breakfast buffet in Costa Rica

Cereal at Rio Bhongo Restaurant breakfast buffet at Andaz Papagayo Resort

Andaz in Costa Rica breakfast buffet

Meats and cheeses for breakfast at Rio Bhongo of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort in Costa Rica

Costa Rican food at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Delicious banana cake and corn tamales at Rio Bhongo breakfast buffet at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo resort breakfast buffet

Gluten-free options for breakfast at Rio Bhongo at Andaz Papagayo Resort

There’s a kids menu as well with coloring activities to keep the kids entertained, which we always appreciate.

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo restaurant kids menu

Kids menu at Rio Bhongo for breakfast

The barista makes tea and fresh coffee concoctions every morning. The coffee menu offers many options from simple roasts to naughtier options like batido divino with ice cream, amaretto, chocolate and whipped cream. We tried traditional Costa Rican coffee (which is known as some of the best coffee in the world), frappuccino, affogato, and a very rich hot chocolate that isn’t even on the menu. The barista will also blend you up a fruit smoothie.

Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Restaurant Menu

Barista menu at Rio Bhongo Restaurant at Andaz Papagayo Resort

Costa Rica coffe at Barista Bar at Andaz Papagayo Resort

Barista Bar at Rio Bhongo Restaurant at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Costa Rican coffee at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

Frozen Costa Rican coffee frappucinos for breakfast at Rio Bhongo at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

We also ate dinner one night at Rio Bhongo. It was pouring down rain during a tropical thunderstorm the night we ate there, so it was very cool to eat at the open-air restaurant and hear the storm all around us. Rio Bhongo seemed to be where all the families with kids ate since it’s located next to the family pool and is the most casual. This restaurant is the most affordable for dinner with main courses starting at $16. We enjoyed roasted sea bass with asparagus, cherry tomatoes, garlic, red onions, palm heart, and Costa Rican lemon-beurre blanc. It was delectable.

Andaz Costa Rica food

Roasted Seabass at Rio Bhongo restaurant at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Restaurant in Costa Rica

Last words on Andaz Papagayo Restaurants

By the end of our stay at Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort, we had dined at all 3 restaurants. We enjoyed all our meals and can recommend different restaurants depending on your mood and preferences. For a quiet romantic dinner and if you like seafood, go to Ostra. It’s the finest restaurant at Andaz Papagayo and perhaps the best of the Gulf of Papagayo hotels. Remember, the Kardashians went there for dinner. For a lively night out with music, cocktails and dancing, go to Chao Pescao. You just may stay until the bar closes, like we did. Better yet, have dinner at one of the other restaurants and then head there for after-dinner drinks at the bar (which we also did). The cocktails really are THAT GOOD! Rio Bhongo is a good option for a casual lunch or dinner, especially if you have kids with you. The menu has a lot of options like salads, sandwiches, fish, meats off the grill, and Costa Rican specialties. They also have weekly specials like BBQ night.

Remember to check out our review of Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort for more information about this luxury hotel that is one of the best Costa Rica beach resorts. Also check out fun things to do nearby like zip-lining and visiting an animal sanctuary at Diamante Eco Adventure Park. If you liked this post, please share it on social media and pin it for later. Sign up for our email newsletter for more travel tips and inspiration to adventure around the world.

**Thank you to Andaz Peninsula Papagayo for treating us to dinner. As always, all opinions are our own.

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