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Km. 4 Carretera Principal de Manuel Antonio | Byblos Resort & Casino, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
506 2777-0411
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Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations
Description: The relaxing poolside Bistro Restaurant & Pizzeria is the perfect setting...
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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  • 12
    Excellent
  • 6
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 2
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  • 4
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Happy Birthday Celebration

This Bistro was right across from our hotel. Our tour guide had a delicious cake waiting to celebrate my 67th birthday. I wanted a frozen Margarita but their blender was on the fritz. The waiter made me a coconut margarita on the rocks with the best tequilla I have ever tasted. He put coconut... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed January 31, 2015
LindaMarita
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Galena, Ohio
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Carmel, Indiana
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015

My family and I went to this restaurant for 5 days in a row. They had good food and it was low priced until... the last morning we ate there they tried to cheat us $300 until we caught it on our visa. They are currently being investigated by visa so we can try to get our money back. Be... More 

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Zionsville, Indiana
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

While shocked at the lack of food at ANY grocery store in the entire country, our family of six was amazed at the food quality here. Once we found this place, we ate three meals a day here. Breakfast included complimentary juice and a pile of fruit with the pancake platter. Lunch and dinner featured a variety of pastas, the... More 

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Palm Springs, California
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14 reviews 14 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015

We recently were staying in Manuel Antonio and discovered this poolside restaurant. We ordered a pizza and some appetizers. The service was attentive and friendly, and the pizza was quite good with a crispy crust. I would definitely come back.

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Galena, Ohio
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28 reviews 28 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 31, 2015

This Bistro was right across from our hotel. Our tour guide had a delicious cake waiting to celebrate my 67th birthday. I wanted a frozen Margarita but their blender was on the fritz. The waiter made me a coconut margarita on the rocks with the best tequilla I have ever tasted. He put coconut on the rim of the glass... More 

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Atlanta, Georgia
Top Contributor
256 reviews 256 reviews
112 restaurant reviews
146 helpful votes 146 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

We wanted to eat here being ovo-vegetarian so we eat dairy but no eggs, and this place had no option for us - all their breads had eggs in them, even their pizza crust! We asked them if they could make something vegetarian for us, and they said they could steam some vegetables! Oh come on, a restaurant chef cannot... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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11 reviews 11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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
134 reviews 134 reviews
97 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 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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6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 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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63 reviews 63 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Km. 4 Carretera Principal de Manuel Antonio | Byblos Resort & Casino, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: 506 2777-0411

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
  • Cuisine: Pizza

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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