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Up the Hill in Vista Marina | Located on the Top Floor of Hotel Chantel, Playas del Coco 000001, Costa Rica
+506 8755 7246
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Price range: $20 - $50
Cuisines: Seafood, Oyster Bar
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Good for: Outdoor seating, Scenic view
Dining options: Reservations, Late Night
Description: The Lookout is a seafood restaurant and oyster bar located in Playas Del Coco, Guanacaste. We are the first and only restaurant in town to stock live oysters, to be eaten raw on the half shell or prepared in a number of other ways. We are also the first and only place in town to serve Costa Rican craft beers on tap. The view from our establishment is truly priceless and the menu showcases the freshest seafood that the Pacific has to offer. We hope to see you soon!

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Forster, Australia
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015 NEW

The Lookout has soe of the most delicious seafood dishes i ahve had in my life , i grew up in a coastal fishing town in Australia and William the head chef knows what is going on when it comes to serving up delicious seafood . I was with two friends and between us we shared at least seven meals... More 

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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015 NEW

My wife and I live about 15 minutes from Playas del Coco and our new favorite restaurant in Coco has become The Lookout. The food is terrific and Chef William is always binging new item to the menu. While the shear number of different beer selections is mind boggling, the flavored margaritas (my personal favorite) are amazing. If your in... More 

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Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada
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17 reviews 17 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

You need to be prepared to spend normal rates like you would back home. No foreign deals. However, for taste, ambiance, view, service, and for being on holidays, this was a treat and a recommendation. Don't go if you can't pay $3.00 for a fresh oyster.. So good,

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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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5 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 21, 2015 NEW

Great place to spend an afternoon, hard to beat sunset views in the area with really friendly atmosphere and very good food. Not an oyster lover myself but the spicy tuna nachos are incredible. Very good grilled cheese and lobster sandwich as well and the best selection of craft beer in the area. Not walking distance but a cab there... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

Perfect restaurant to enjoy beautiful sunsets over Coco. Casual dining. Staff was very helpful and friendly. Unique food.... Oysters were really tasty....I loved the raw ones the best. Nachos and lobster grilled cheese sandwich are to die for. Good selection of craft beers.....but my favorite drink was their margarita! I also tried watermelon mojito and it was just ok. It's... More 

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Elmwood, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 NEW

Great view, very relaxed atmosphere. Food was great and the craft beer was very good. Highly recommend.

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Moose Jaw, Canada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 17, 2015

You don't need a Sherpa guide but almost. Way up the mountain. You have to go by car. But when you get there, it's so worth the trip. Went for sunset which was poor (not the fault of the restaurant). While there it was great. Best view of the ocean and Coco. Lovely staff. Canadian Caesar's with spicy green beans.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

The view is amazing! Food very good, well done and original! Fresh oysters! The staff was great an competent! Beer was good, lots of choices but i was disapointed they did have the porter that night haha! You need to take a cab to go there but it's very cheap and it's so worth it!

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Kingston, Canada
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40 reviews 40 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

I'm really struggling with this review. I'd like to give it a good review, but they were out of so many things, I'm torn. Most of what we did have - octopus/chorizio skewer, shrimp roll, and fish ceviche were very good. They were out of many items - bacon scallops, mushrooms, coffee and even tea! how can you not have... More 

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williamtravelsworld, Owner at The Lookout, responded to this review

The Lookout is not a Starbucks, we specialize in craft beers and seafood. Coffee and tea are not listed on our menu, so to include them as items that we were "out of" when you visited is not fair judgement. With regards to the scallops and mushrooms, unfortunately our food supply truck did not show up with a delivery of... More 

St. Petersburg, Florida
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44 reviews 44 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

The Lookout is in a boutique hotel up in the hills above Playas del Coco, and oh my, what a view of the bay! We enjoyed fish (mahi) and chips in the late afternoon and appreciated the peaceful ambience away from the beach. All the servers were personable, engaging, and responsive. This place is a find, but you'll have to... More 

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Address: Up the Hill in Vista Marina | Located on the Top Floor of Hotel Chantel, Playas del Coco 000001, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 8755 7246
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playas del Coco
Average Prices: USD 20 - 50
Cuisine: Seafood, Oyster Bar

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