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Poolside Bistro

Km. 4 Carretera Principal de Manuel Antonio | Byblos Resort & Casino, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
506 2777-0411
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Price range: $7 - $20
Dining options: Reservations
Description: The relaxing poolside Bistro Restaurant & Pizzeria is the perfect setting for casual dining in a fun jungle atmosphere. Surrounded by the rainforest, the Bistro is frequently visited by exotic wildlife and colorful birds. We specialize in traditional homemade Italian-style pizza with all of your favorite toppings, as well as a wide variety of Italian, International & local Costa Rican dishes. Whether looking for a juicy hamburger and fries, a typical "casado" (rice, black beans, salad, meat, and fried plantain), genuine Italian pasta favorites, our signature thin crust pizza, or one of our International specialty dishes, we invite you to peruse our extensive wine list, taste our coffee specialty drinks, sip a refreshing cocktail, or relax with a fresh fruit smoothie while soaking up the sun at our pool! Take Out and Delivery service is available for your convenience! We look forward to hosting you at the Poolside Bistro Restaurant & Pizzeria!
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: The relaxing poolside Bistro Restaurant & Pizzeria is the perfect setting for casual dining in a fun jungle atmosphere. Surrounded by the rainforest, the Bistro is frequently visited by exotic wildlife and colorful birds. We specialize in traditional homemade Italian-style pizza with all of your favorite toppings, as well as a wide variety of Italian, International & local Costa Rican dishes. Whether looking for a juicy hamburger and fries, a typical "casado" (rice, black beans, salad, meat, and fried plantain), genuine Italian pasta favorites, our signature thin crust pizza, or one of our International specialty dishes, we invite you to peruse our extensive wine list, taste our coffee specialty drinks, sip a refreshing cocktail, or relax with a fresh fruit smoothie while soaking up the sun at our pool! Take Out and Delivery service is available for your convenience! We look forward to hosting you at the Poolside Bistro Restaurant & Pizzeria!
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English first
Huntsville, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

My family and I stopped in for a late pizza lunch because our villa was in walking distance. We were greeted and sat where ever we liked. Our server came right to us for our drink order and provided adequate time for our order. My family ordered two pizzas and was served them promptly. The World Cup games were on,... More

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Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 5, 2013

My wife and I live in the area and this was our first and last time to try this place. While it is the end of low season, as the only two people in the place for lunch, the service and food should have been spot on. We both had fish dishes and they were virtually flavourless. Presentation was good... More

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Senior Reviewer
9 reviews 9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2013 via mobile

Great place to stop in after a day at the beach. Use the nice pool, have a drink, watch the capuchin monkeys play, and before you know it, you're enjoying dinner! Would highly recommend for families with kids.

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Dallas
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59 reviews 59 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2013

There are many great places to eat in Manuel Antonio - this isn't one of them. It's okay... just okay. The pizza crust was a little hard and the toppings were a overcooked. The gazpacho was very oniony.

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DavisFromAustin, Owner at Poolside Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Travelers, We genuinely appreciate your honest feedback and will do everything in our power to make sure that other visitors have a more positive experience then what you listed. It is with your feedback that we can strive to be better each day at our popular poolside restaurant. Guest satisfaction is of utmost important to us at Bistro each... More

Fairfield, Ohio
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2012

I stopped here on the way up the hill because it was close, and was greatly surprised that the humble sign and setting held such a treat. The staff was excellent and they had some of the best food I've ever had. I returned the next day and tried the pizza, for which they use a different sauce for each... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012 via mobile

I didn't stay here, I only came to their restaurant for dinner. The service was pretty bad. First I was offered a table then told to move because the rain would fall on it. Five minutes later the same waiter seats two Ticos at the table I was made to leave. Pretty much after that I was ignored the rest... More

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DavisFromAustin, Owner at Poolside Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Freds, We sincerely regret that the level of service was not to our normal high standards the night you visited our Bistro Restaurant and that your dining experience was less than satisfactory. Upon reviewing with our wait staff what happened that night, we discovered that we had local "Tourism School" interns working as part of their residency in the... More

Long Beach, California
2 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2012

My husband and I got married just 2 days before and stopped by the Pizzeria there. We got there late about 9:30pm and they close at 10pm. We were the last customers there. I had set my purse on the chair at our table. We left for a minute and realized I had left my purse, when we came back... More

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DavisFromAustin, Owner at Poolside Bistro, responded to this review

It is very regretful to read this review posted in a public forum openly accusing one of our best long term employees (by name) of being a thief, while the poster is able to remain anonymous through it all. We live and work in a very small town, and this is very damaging to this man's reputation, as it would... More

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2012

I recently moved into a condo across the street from byblos and had breakfast here this morning. the service, food and ambiance(monkeys were sighted in the surrounding trees the entire time) was fantastic. I had the breakfast burrito, delicious. I cant wait to try their pizza, as I hear its the best in the area.

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Janesville, Wisconsin
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2012

This poolside Bistro has it all! We had such fun watching monkeys early in the morning with our coffee. The lattes and cappuccinos are delicious, and they have a nice breakfast selection. At the suggestion of the staff, we went back right before sunset for another round of monkey watching. This time we had a pizza, and a Capresse Salad.... More

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Colorado Springs Co
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3 reviews 3 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2012

Best Pizza in Costa Rica...love the poolside atmosphere while still in the jungle. Also the waitstaff is very conscientious. I also recommend the "Capresse tomato salad. Breakfasts also very good. All in all a very relaxing experience.

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