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El Restaurante Guanacaste

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Costa Rican
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Barrio Mercedes, Atenas, Costa Rica
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner
Description: One the best restaurants in Atenas. Only La Trocha compares.

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Big meal!

I got the sampler platter and it was too much food for me. Of the meats included I think I liked best what they call

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 15, 2015
Charlie D
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Atenas, Costa Rica
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chicago, il
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62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

After reading the reviews, we decided to visit this restaurant. It has a nice covered parking area. It was very difficult to find, as there is no sign, and it is in a residential neighborhood. My husband had the large rib platter, and I had a variety of tapas plates. The ribs were tough and dry. I would not eat... More 

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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69 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2015

I got the sampler platter and it was too much food for me. Of the meats included I think I liked best what they call

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Oakville, Ontario
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29 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

Amazing ribs! I've never had ribs that big, tender and with a taste that reminded us of bacon. How can you beat that!

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Atenas
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015

Guanacaste is an open sided typical Costa Rican restaurant and bar. With the many big screen TV's and the regular attendance of many locals it is a place with good food (I LOVE the smoked pork ribs) and almost a jovial friendly atmosphere. We choose to eat here at least every other week.

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Ottawa, Canada
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56 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 26, 2015

Food was good but the atmosphere was just blah. No view and and you feel like you are sitting in a parking lot.

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Recommended by one of the local folks. This place is a gem in the jungle. We enjoyed local dishes that were delicious. Service is friendly, tables are clean (not sticky), Seems lots of locals are regulars at this restaurant. Great menu with something for everyone. I would recommend eating here

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

This is one of our regular places for a great meal at reasonable prices. The service is always excellent. The food is typical Tico, and always good. The weekends will find the place crowded with families out enjoying a meal. Great ceviche, ribs and corvina. Nice view too.

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Chicago, Illinois
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2014

This restaurant is off the main road a bit, but certainly findable (TripAdvisor map was off). It was very reasonably priced. We found that the locals definitely frequent this place, and we see why. The beef and short ribs were very good!

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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32 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The Guanacaste has been my favorite Atenas restaurant for along time. Their costilla is the best in Costa Rica - unless you do not like smoked ribs. In that case, order the ceviche. I typically order a couple of bocas. You guessed it, the ceviche and the costilla. Guanacaste also consistently has cas. If you do go for a costilla... More 

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south Louisiana
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29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2014

We ate dinner at this restaurant one evening in July.Our taxi driver recommended it as one of his favorites. It is just outside of Atenas and is open on three sides which is good because you will get the occasional breeze. I ordered the sea bass which was pan fried and delicious, it was served with grilled vegetables and the... More 

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Additional Information about El Restaurante Guanacaste

Address: Barrio Mercedes, Atenas, Costa Rica
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Atenas
Cuisine: Costa Rican

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Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Barrio Mercedes, Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Atenas

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Costa Rican

Description

One the best restaurants in Atenas. Only La Trocha compares.

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