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Maxi's Restaurant

Main road, Manzanillo, Costa Rica
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Ranked #5 of 9 restaurants in Manzanillo
Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Good for: Families with children, Bar scene, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Entertaining clients, Dining on a budget
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
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Toronto, Canada
Senior Reviewer
7 reviews 7 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Before going to Costa Rica I read a review that said if you are in Manzanillo that we should try the Red Snapper at Maxi's. Let me say they were right. We had it prepared "The Jamaican Way". (it wasn't spicy). It was so good that we went back a second time for the red snapper. The restaurant is a... More

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Seattle, Washington, United States
Top Contributor
50 reviews 50 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2014

It’s overpriced and greasy. Ordered the snapper, which was not anywhere near as good as the Calm and Cool Café, it was just ok. Also had the vegetarian plate, which evidently means onions and a few red peppers, which I thought was a bit strange and unsatisfying. It's not terrible, just seriously average.

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Little Current, Ontario
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40 reviews 40 reviews
28 restaurant reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2014

We expected to be rather underwhelmed by the food because of other ratings on Tripadvisor, but were pleasantly surprised. We visited nearly every day for a beer and to watch the world go by. No better place to get the "flavour" of Manzanillo and not a bad place to eat either!

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Northampton, United Kingdom
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19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 9, 2014

Upstairs restaurant overlooks the beach and sea. Good choice of food and service was efficient. Also has a separate ground floor café.

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Canada
Senior Contributor
38 reviews 38 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2014

Had such a great meal at this place last week. I had the vegetable grill which was delish - grilled eggplant, zucchini, potatoes, and carrots with rice and a salad. It was really flavourful and super yummy. It was a really nice meal and I would recommend this restaurant to people. It was expensive compared to other restaurants in Manzanillo,... More

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San Jose, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014

Excellent dishes, great red snapper with caribean rice and beans! The bad part is that they take time to serve you, so go no so hungry.

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Los Angeles, California
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33 reviews 33 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is exactly what it sounds like. A cheap beach roadside no-frills seafood restaurant. I still dream about the fried red snapper and the vinegar sauce that went with it. It was cheap and yummy. Service was HORRIBLE but that didn't matter because the food was good.

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Madison, Wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2014

We rode our bikes down from Puerto Viejo, so were pretty hungry when we got there. Maxi's is front and center so you can't miss it. It has this weird mix of Bob Marley/Barca football (soccer) fan bar--wasn't quite sure what they're going for. We got the grilled red snapper and it was really good. Everything else seemed super overpriced.... More

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Denver, Colorado
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9 reviews 9 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The food was okay. As in mediocre. But the atmosphere was weird. Our waitress was super nice and the little girls playing in the restaurant adorable. But there were people wandering around here and there, a couple of men, who just seemed messed up. Like they had had a super hard life and were down on their luck. One man... More

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North Wildwood, New Jersey
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

My companion and I only partook of beer on a couple occasions, and were pleased with the atmosphere upstairs. (comfortable seating, tv) However, upon feeling a bit celebratory over a Seattle win over San Francisco, we chose to toss a couple tequilas...Wrong decision! Perhaps a howler monkey had straddled the glass, prior to our being served it! Went quickly back... More

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