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Mary's Restaurant

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Mal Pais de CobanoPuntarenas | Costa Rica, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
2640-0153
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Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Tasty and Fresh

Very fresh veggies and pork dish and I try to eat only organic so this place was one of my favorite places while visiting. We had to take a cab to this spot from the Hotel Tropico Latino, but it was worth the ride.

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 20, 2015
Lynnette B
Good for:
  • Bar scene
  • Local cuisine
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2015

Very fresh veggies and pork dish and I try to eat only organic so this place was one of my favorite places while visiting. We had to take a cab to this spot from the Hotel Tropico Latino, but it was worth the ride.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

While staying at Hotel Moana down the road, we had two great dinners at Mary's. They offer a great variety of local seafood and fresh vegetables grown right at their farm next door. The location is a bit inconvenient if you don't have a vehicle (we took a taxi), but it's worth going out of your way.

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Berlin, Deutschland
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6 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We start with the bad thing: I had the ceviche as a starter which I got food poisoning from. It knocked me out one whole day. The other dishes looked great and tasted good but I would never go back again. The service could improve as well. They mixed up all of our orders and even forget some of them.

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ojochal costa rica
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16 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

you would think it would be hard not to have unreal fish (the wharf is down the dusty road a few hundred yards!). my dorado was really marginal at best. the other items (especially the fresh greens and vegetables were as good as advertised. worth another try. i would recommend it. just be really clear about what you expect on... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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88 helpful votes 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015

Mary's gets great marks in the big two -- great food and very good service. It's as much a local's hang-out as a tourist draw. That's always a good sign. As other reviewers have noted, it's not a "cheap eats" kind of place, but it's certainly not pricey either. We had large portions of great food at a reasonable price.... More 

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Manassas, Virginia
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41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Recommended by the surfing staff, this was a wonderful place to dine. In the middle of the jungle with a homey touch. Decent service but the food stood out. Everyone was happy with their meal (10 of us). Great appetizers and drinks. Agree......Go Here!

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Wow. Foodie heaven right in Malpais village. Just incredible food, with daily changing specials and profoundly local. Charming service. So good that we came twice in four days. GO HERE.

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Bretagne
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

Mary's is a restaurnt adjacent to an orgnaic farm. The only restaurant we went to in the area where the veggies were abundant and well ( not over!) cooked. The fish ( yellowtail tuna) was also excellent.

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Harrison, Idaho
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Not a budget meal, but worth every penny! I highly recommend this restaurant that features locally organic grown vegetables and greens.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014

As my Grandmother (a tasteful fine dining food connoisseur) used to say when she found a restaurant she loved, of which there were not many, "Lets eat our way through the whole menu." That is how I feel about Marys my favorite restaurant in all of Costa Rica. The food: Lets start here... Ingredients don't get any fresher, most of... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Mal Pais de CobanoPuntarenas | Costa Rica, Mal Pais, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Mal Pais
  • Phone Number: 2640-0153

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic

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