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El Velero Restaurant

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Playa Hermosa Beach, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food, great staff

Since we were staying at this hotel, we ate here a lot. The food was always good. Ingredients fresh, portions not too big, just the right size. The arroz con pollo was one of my favorite lunch dishes. And the frozen drinks were fantastic.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 14, 2015
Dianne S
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015 NEW

Since we were staying at this hotel, we ate here a lot. The food was always good. Ingredients fresh, portions not too big, just the right size. The arroz con pollo was one of my favorite lunch dishes. And the frozen drinks were fantastic.

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New Mexico
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58 reviews 58 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015 via mobile

what a delightful spot for brunch! The view was awesome, the setting on the beach under the trees pretty perfect. And the service and food were all top- notch. I had the steak and eggs, and the meat was quite tender and flavorful, and a good size. It came with toast and pineapple jelly, as well as 2 eggs and... More 

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Stacy, Minnesota
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5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 3, 2015

My wife and I ate here several times. Breakfast normally consisted of a ham and cheese omelet with potatoes and toast. Potato portions, received, varied from day to day. Normally, after you receive your 2nd cup of coffee you had to pull teeth to get your cup refilled (the cup is small to begin with). For lunch I enjoyed Fish... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 2, 2015

Great location just on the beach! Clean and spacious rooms, small pool but great to cool down in the afternoon. Good restaurant with standard fare and great staff.

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Victoria, Canada
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

The food here was very good and the prices were in line with what you got. The service was consistently attentive.

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Calgary
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42 restaurant reviews
33 helpful votes 33 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We went down for the BBQ which they have on Wednesdays and Saturdays. Although very friendly the service took awhile however that seems to be Costa Rica and it was busy with only two servers on. Once things got ordered they moved fast enough. All in all the BBQ was ok. Nothing was exceptional about the food. It was standard... More 

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Indianapolis, Indiana
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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

I come here with my husband every morning for breakfast. The food is great and vibrant and the coffee is delicious! The patio seating offers a great view of the sun rising on Playa Hermosa and the staff treat you like you're family. It is moderately pricey, but well worth it.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Food at this restaurant is very good and reasonably priced. the breakfasts are amazing (e.g. Tico breakfast and the continental as well as the omelettes). You want to make sure that you reserve a table early in the day for the special evening meals (BBQs on Wednesday and Saturday and Taco night on Tuesday).

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Newington, Connecticut
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19 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2015

El Velero is a great restaurant. The food is tasty, the nachos are delicious, the staff is friendly, the prices are reasonable, plenty of free parking, the barbecue special on Thursday(?) and Saturday nights is not to be missed (remember to make reservations...its that crowded), clean bathrooms, and a shower/footwash to wash off the sand at the end of the... More 

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

We went for the advertised BBQ night and had very mixed results. My wife had Tuna Steak which was cooked to a nice medium. Its flavor was good but not special. I had the St Louis ribs which tasted like they were boiled and quickly finished on the grill. There was not any dry rub used and the side of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Playa Hermosa Beach, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Hermosa

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: American, Steakhouse, Seafood

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