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El Restaurante Guanacaste

Barrio Mercedes, Atenas, Costa Rica
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Ranked #9 of 30 Restaurants in Atenas
Cuisines: Costa Rican
Description: One the best restaurants in Atenas. Only La Trocha compares.
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Description: One the best restaurants in Atenas. Only La Trocha compares.
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south Louisiana
Senior Contributor
29 reviews 29 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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Atenas, Costa Rica
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2014

I decided to try this restaurant out after hearing about it from several friends here and reading a few reviews. the food was good but no better than many other places I've been in Atenas and it cost a bit more. The chocolate batido I had was the best so far in Costa Rica and the portion of chicken I... More

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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

Guanacaste has a cabana like setting allowing you to eat outdoors yet protected from the rain and sun. I had a ceviche tapas which was excellent. Their french fries (which have become a Costa Rican obsession) were perfect and plentiful. Tico, not gringo prices. Only downside is that it's about a mile out of town so you'll need a car... More

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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13 reviews 13 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 25, 2014

I wasn't expecting much, but was pleasantly surprised. The atmosphere was really great, tucked away off of a busy road. Their mixed drinks were delicious and food as well. I would recommend.

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Atenas
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12 reviews 12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 11, 2013

Guanacaste is one of our favorite restaurants in Atenas. It features excellent Tico food at very reasonable prices in a very nice environment. In addition to full meals, the menu contains quite a number of "bocas" or small portions, which are really not that small. I usually order two bocas when I want a full meal and since they cost... More

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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48 reviews 48 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2013

fairly typical tico (with some American) type food - very plentiful, esp. the casados. Nice outdoor atmosphere (with a roof) with plenty of parking. Prices are reasonable and the service was friendly and responsive.

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London
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65 reviews 65 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2013

Make the effort, to find this restaurant, it was a fun place to be. All open air ( with a roof) as you'd expect, with cars parking round the edge. Service was fine and the food was tasty.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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5 reviews 5 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2013

A little out of the way but worth it. The food was wonderful and prices were good. Staff is very friendly and the atmosphere is very relaxed. The sea bass is out of this world! Highly recommend it!

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Atenas, Costa Rica
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2013

Our group of five adults visited this restaurant on the late side of Valentine´s Day. It was packed but we were able to find a table. The service was remarkably good considering the hour. I ordered Filet of Corvina (Sea bass) and it was absolutely delightful - perfectly cooked and with lemon on the side. The tenderloin smothered in onions... More

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Pass Christian, Mississippi
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2013 via mobile

Mario and team have a great Tico restaurant. Their fish dishes are exceptional, the pork the best in Atenas!

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