The sun glistens reflecting boats in their slips nestled at the quiet end of the marina where the mangroves meet the sea. Ethereal music wafts through the velvet breeze as diners gather at Estudio-Cafe to enjoy the morning. On Saturdays, the scene is dotted with various artists who have each been invited to present their work along the Malecon paralleling the diners by the waterfront. Sundays gentle jazz or other local talents provide live music for all to enjoy. The family who owns this exceptional venue is that of brilliant and charming artist Federico Leon de la Vega. Wife Luli is the busy hostess greeting all with a welcoming smile and gracious reception. Her sister Lupita is the chef orchestrating the exhibition kitchen from which she creates the freshest made-to-order individual dishes that will leave such a wonderfully indelible mark on your taste buds that you will eagerly look forward to your next opportunity to experience the flavors and uniquely charming atmosphere.
Evenings (Monday – Thursday) sparkle with dancing candles and strings of twinkly lights setting the seaside scene for lovely dinner ambiance.
The added dimension to this distinctive destination is the fact that Federico’s studio is on the premises and magnificent works of art are being created right before your very eyes. Watch as he applies the beautifully bold brush strokes caressing the canvas to reveal the magic of his various subjects.
An exciting project which he is currently launching is based upon a story of brave accomplishment as a young boy sails solo on a journey that stirs the imagination and challenges everyone who hears the account. The passion and action Federico brings to life in graceful bronze sculptures cast in various sizes and angles of action is palpable. An invigorating experience for all who hear the tale and view the resulting art.
Stroll over and take a peek at the end of the marina slips and catch the dolphin and sea lions at the Dolphin Swim tanks practicing their performances!
This hidden jewel of a magical setting, exquisite food, and outstanding art is well worth the endeavor to find – a delightful treat for all the senses at Estudio-Cafe.
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Photo credit: Estudio-Cafe