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Top Restaurants in Manuel Antonio & Quepos

One of the highlights of Manuel Antonio is its gastronomy. (For you Americans, that means ‘food’.) There are more good restaurants in Manuel Antonio than you can hope to sample during your vacation. Whether your taste is macadamia-crusted mahi mahi or a ‘Big Ass Burger’—there is something to suit every taste.

One interesting dichotomy in Costa Rica is the difference between a ‘restaurante’ and a ‘soda’. A ‘soda’ is basically a local diner, serves Costa Rican food, and is inexpensive ($5-8 / plate). Once you’ve seen one soda menu, you’ve seen them all: arroz con pollo (rice with chicken), casados (customary Costa Rican plate with rice, beans, salad, mixed veggies, fried plantains, and an entrée), sopas (soups), sandwiches, and a variety of snacky foods.

Restaurants, on the other hand, are just that—restaurants with varying menus and pricing. In Manuel Antonio, entrees range in price from around $8 - $25. Not surprisingly, they all tend to have one commonality: seafood. With the world-famous fishing port town of Quepos at its doorstep, fresh seafood is a given at almost any restaurant. Yellow fin tuna, red snapper and mahi mahi are the most popular dishes.

Agua Azul

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Cuisines: Fusion & American.
Open: L-D
Events: None
Phone: 2777-5280
Agua Azul is the perfect lunch spot. A central location, open-air ambience, and great views provide a perfect escape from the mid-day heat. Tables are limited, however--so try to get there before the rush. If you can't palate a 'Big Ass Burger', go for the sauteed calamari with capers! (Closed Wednesdays)

Barba Roja

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Cuisines: Fusion & Sushi.
Open: L-D
Events: T - Live Music (Latin) 6:30 - 9:30, W - Ladies Night 5:00 - 8:00), F - Live Music (6:30 - 9:30pm)
Phone: 2777-0331
The Barba Roja (aka ‘Red Beard’) is perhaps the most iconic bar and restaurant in all of Manuel Antonio. With a great menu, a central location with sunset ocean views, and a lively ambience, the Barba Roja is sure to knock your skivvies off! It’s also the only place we know where people actually applaud the sunset. Whet your appetite with the famous Barba Roja nachos, or try the banana leaf mahi mahi!

El Avion

Price:$$
Cuisines: Mixed Grill.
Open: L-D
Events: None
Phone: 2777-3378
One of the most curious sights as you drive through Manuel Antonio is the huge C-123 cargo plane, cloistered in its restaurant hangar. This is 'El Avion'--aka 'The Plane', and Manuel Antonio's largest restaurant. The plane itself has a dicey history, though the restaurant is a good one. With a great location, great views and a warm dinner ambience, El Avion is a big hit. Try the Tuna 'El Avion'!

El Patio de Café Milagro

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Cuisines: Fusion.
Open: B-L-D
Events: None
Phone: 2777-2306
El Patio de Café Milagro isn't just a great coffee shop--it's a great restaurant, as well. Not only do they roast, package and blend their own coffee--but they serve it with a smile. Its central location, garden dining area and yummy menu make it a great option for breakfast, lunch or dinner. If you're feeling adventurous, try a 'Mono Loco' (banana and coffee)!

Emilio's Cafe

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Cuisines: Fusion & Mediterranean.
Open: B-L-D
Events: Call for info
Phone: 2777-6807
Emilio's Cafe is one of the newest restaurants in Manuel Antonio--but is certain to become one of the long-standing gems in the area. With a fantastic location & view, a great menu of Mediterranean & fusion cuisine, and a diverse array of pastries, coffees and teas--it is a place where the gustatorily-evolved can go to sate their palette, enjoy the atmosphere, and indulge in some savory desserts.

Kapi Kapi

Price: $$$
Cuisines: Fusion.
Open: D
Events: T - Live Music, Happy Hour: 4:00 to 6:00pm
Phone: 2777-5049
Kapi Kapi has perhaps the most romantic setting of any restaurant in Manuel Antonio. How can you beat a menu described as: 'Internationally inspired creations, influenced by the flavors of Costa Rica'? It's the place you go for that one, 'special dinner' of the trip. Then again, the food and service are so great that you'll probably want to come back. Try the macadamia nut crusted mahi-mahi!

Ronny's Place

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Cuisines:
Mixed Grill & Costa Rican food.
Open: L-D
Events: None
Phone: 2777-5120
Ronny's Place is one of those iconic local restaurants that feels like a new discovery. Located down an unlikely bumpy dirt road, it has spectacular ocean views, and a rural feeling. The food is good--but the atmosphere is great. The house specialty: sangria. A great place to go and get drinks, sit outside by the view, and plan your next day's activities!

Falafel Bar

Price: $
Cuisines:Israeli, vegetarian & Mediterranean.
Open: L-D
Events: None
Phone: 2777-4135
The Falafel Bar has a great, open-air atmosphere and central lo cation, and is a perfect laid-back lunch spot. Owned and run by an Israeli couple, the food is fantastic, and the prices are good. Great place to treat yourself to a healthy lunch after your treatment at Spa Holis!

Victorias

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Cuisines:
Pizza & Italian.
Open: D
Events: None
Phone: 2777-5143
Victorias is the most expensive pizza in town for a reason. They also have some great Italian dishes, and an inviting atmposphere. Try a frozen margarita... And then follow it with a hot margarita!

Gran Escape

Price: $$
Cuisines:Seafood & Fusion
Open: B-L-D
Events: None
Phone: 2777-7850
The Gran Escape is a landmark in Quepos, and a fisherman's gastronomical heaven. With a location right on the 'malecon' (ocean promenade), it is unequivocally the top restaurant in Quepos.

Z Seafood & Grill

Price: $$$
Cuisines:Seafood & Steak.
Open: B-L-D
Events: None
Phone: 2777-6948
The Z Seafood & Grill restaurant is the centerpiece at the new Pez Vela Marina in Quepos--and for good reason. With a chic, open-air atmosphere, and a succulent menu, Z is some of the finest dining in the area.