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  • In Playas del Coco, Luscious Cuisine with Local Flare has Found a Home

    May 8, 2012

    The Cultureist

    An explosion of heat and light emanated through the kitchen window, crackling through the dense night air and delivering wafts of salient aromas. The chefs were in overdrive as the restaurant was abuzz with a flurry of activity on the late April night. It was a welcomed sight for the crew as the high season in the Costa Rican beach town had come to an end two weeks prior, resulting in predictably sparse crowds. Yet, that night it felt as if the town was awash with tourists as colorful watermelon martinis, luscious wines, and an array of carefully crafted dishes found their way to eager guests. And even though the population in Playas del Coco may have been diminished, Citron Restaurant seemed to attract those remaining in the seaside town.

    In the Northwest province of Guanacaste, Playas del Coco is situated on the picturesque Golfo de Papagayo. The dry tropical forest of the area is home to hundreds of exotic birds, rambunctious howler monkeys, and yearlong pleasant weather. The warm waters of the Pacific Ocean are a fisherman’s delight with the occasional migratory humpback whale providing moments of diminutive realization. The Gulf provides the locals with plenty of seafood options while the nearby ranches and farms of the interior of the country offer beef, pork, and chicken. The nutrient-rich volcanic soils of Costa Rica also enable bountiful produce. Yet, despite the variety, not too many restaurants in Coco have taken chances with innovative recipes or methods of presentation. The typical beach fare of pizza and burgers are readily available with Mexican and BBQ options interspersed. Some venues have taken advantage of the fresh, local ingredients but few have attempted the refinement on display at Citron.

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  • Comida wok se luce en la costa

    February 18, 2011

    La Nacion - Viva - Buena Mesa

    Si usted se encuentra de viaje por el golfo de
    Papagayo, no puede perder la oportunidad de escaparse una noche por el
    restaurante Citron, que se ubica en los locales de The Pacifico Retail
    Village, en playas del Coco, Guanacaste.
    El local se caracteriza por poseer un ambiente similar a
    los restaurantes de la ciudad. Muestra una tendencia minimalista, con
    paredes de mármol y techo de caña brava. Además, el local se divide en
    dos secciones: una con aire acondicionado y la otra situada en una
    terraza, en un entorno natural.


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  • I hope Citron has a branch in heaven

    February 12, 2011

    Trip Advisor - Customer from Chicago

    I hope Citron has a branch in heaven because I want to eat there forever. Citron Restaurante is that rare kind of place that makes you question whether your mom's cooking really would be your last meal.
    food is fresh, delicious and perfectly put together. The combinations
    are unexpected but flawless. Every ingredient is there for a reason. You
    can tell the chef took out anything that didn't go towards making it

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  • The Le Cirque of Costa Rica

    January 22, 2011

    Trip Advisor

    A satisfied customer was kind enough to write a review of Citron Restaurante in We are grateful for his/her comments.

Pacifico Retail Village, Route 151
Playas del Coco, Guanacaste +506 2670 0942



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