Ylang Ylang Restaurant and Juice Bar

  • Veg-options Veg-options
    ( 4 reviews )

Puntarenas, 700 meters North of the school, Montezuma, Costa Rica

Serves meat, vegan options available. Montezuma is a small quaint village at the tip of the Nicoya Peninsula. This restaurant is part of the Ylang Ylang Beach Resort, and it offers dining on the beach with ocean view. The menu includes vegan, raw food, and vegetarian sections. No red meat (has fish and chicken). Uses mainly organic produce. Will accommodate special diets with advance notice. Located 15 minute walk north on the beach from town.

Categories: Vegan-friendly, Lacto, Raw, Western, Juice bar, Non-veg

4 Reviews

First Review by AbbyM

very nice place - Edit

Go before it's dark because you have to walk along the beach to reach it. Very beautiful terrasse and view. Good food and service.

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Ocean front dining - Edit

My son and I loved this place so much we went twice. The atmosphere can't be beat- a candlelit dinner right on the ocean.

To get to the restaurant you have to walk up the beach 15 minutes from Montezuma. We loved walking home afterward and listening to the waves. I love that it is away from the numerous cars of Montezuma.

I enjoyed the blackened tofu. It normally comes with mango sauce but they were out so mine was made with a delicious passion fruit sauce.

The nachos were outstanding. The guacamole was perfect and the chips extra thick and crispy.

My son said his passionfruit smoothie was the best he has had in Costa Rica.

The teriyaki tofu with rice was also amazing. The sauce was creamier than I expected and not the teriyaki I am used to but it was delicious.

The prices were a bit higher than other places we've eaten in Costa Rica but the other places weren't sitting right on the ocean. We paid about $50US for two including drinks but without dessert.

I would give this place 5 stars if I could.

Pros: Gorgeous location and atmosphere , Veg items marked on menu

Cons: Bit pricey

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A Slice of Paradise - Edit

We stayed at Ylang Ylang for 3 nights and wish it was so much longer!

Aside from an amazing hotel and spa (you must get a beach-front dome if you stay here!) they have a fantastic restuarant catering for guests and visitors alike.

Our room tariff included breakfast (one item off the menu plus a juice) and also dinner (one main course plus one soft drink).

The breakfast choice consists of a reasonably sized menu with fantastic vegetarian options such as the Typico (Gallo Pinto, cheese, egg and tortillas) and french toast. I found the labelled vegan options a bit restrictive (Tofu Scramble) but they were very open for me substituting tofu scramble into the Typico instead of egg and cheese. The quality is top notch and portions sizable. The view at breakfast is sensational - a tropical beach just feet away!

Dinner is where this place comes into its own! The menu us huge, diverse and well thought-out. Much of the menu is a fusion of Latin American and Asian cuisine with dishes as diverse as sushi, teryiaki and nachos (to name a few).

The menu consists of meat, vegetarian, vegan and raw vegan. Veg dishes are dotted throughout the menu but there are dedicated vegan and raw sections. The vegan menu consists of 5 appetizers and 8 main courses with dishes such as Baked Thai Teriyaki Tofu, Vegan Latino Nachos and Blackened Tofu Steak with Mango Sauce (all of which I tried - Yum!!)

The food is of the highest quality and the portions are more than generous. This is very much at the higher end of Montezuma dining and a main course will set you back between $12-$20 (this will be included in your tariff if you stay at the resort).

The setting is divine, right on the beach, surrounded by palms, listening to the breaking waves.You can choose to sit in the covered bar area or out on the patio amidst candlelight and the sounds of the jungle.Get there between 3pm-6pm and enjoy a delicious Happy Hour cocktail - we enjoyed watching both Howler and Capuchin monkeys around the pool area during our Happy Hours :)

If you do come here for dinner and don't stay at Ylang Ylang, it's worth bringing a flash light - the walk along the beach is only about 10min but beware of sand crabs darting around in the dark!

Pros: Fantastic Food, Great Location and Hotel, Good Service

Cons: Not wholly Veg

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Worth the walk! - Edit

This restaurant is a 10 minute walk on the beach from the cute funky town of Montezuma. It's so worth it though! The views are beautiful, the happy hour is great, and the food is to DIE FOR! There are raw options, vegan options, and vegetarian options. Yum!

Pros: great location, great food, great service

Cons: short walk away from town on the beach

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