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El Mirador Bar & Restaurant

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International, Vegetarian, Costa Rican
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Manuel Antonio National Park | Arenas Del Mar Beach & Nature Resort, Manuel Antonio National Park 311-6350, Costa Rica
506-2777-2777
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Delivery, Late Night, Dessert
Description: El Mirador Restaurant is located near Arenas del Mar's reception area and...
El Mirador Restaurant is located near Arenas del Mar's reception area and pool, overlooking Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the Pacific Ocean. El Mirador—which means “the viewpoint” in Spanish—has an open air, covered interior dining area and outdoor seating. Along with breathtaking views and gorgeous sunsets, our restaurant serves breakfast and dinner using fresh, local ingredients. Start your day with our complimentary breakfast: fresh fruits, homemade granola, warm muffins and breads, eggs, pancakes and of course, Costa Rican coffee. Our dinner menu includes highlights such as locally caught fish and other delicacies at this authentic full-service Costa Rican restaurant.
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Good for:
Local cuisine
Entertaining clients

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Visitor rating
  • 106
    Excellent
  • 24
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 3
    Poor
  • 2
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Our final meal in Costa Rica.

Make a trip here for a meal and a drink. The chicken and steak both were great quality. The view of the ocean is fantastic and the history of the building is interesting.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 29, 2015
Andrew C
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Barrington, Illinois
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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142 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
35 reviews 35 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

We chose this restaurant for my friend's birthday, and it was the worst eating experience of our trip. It all appears very upscale. you arrive by golf cart to a patio with a pool surrounded by small tables on a cliff overlooking what would have been the sunset if they opened a bit earlier. You will not be eating at... More 

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Barrington, Illinois
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015 NEW

Make a trip here for a meal and a drink. The chicken and steak both were great quality. The view of the ocean is fantastic and the history of the building is interesting.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2015

Food excellent, staff friendly and attentive and GREAT ambiance. Thumbs up!!!!! The seafood is so fresh, and my son couldn't get enough of the burgers.

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Stuttgart, Germany
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4 reviews 4 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

We read the great reviews about El Mirador on Tripadvisor and decided to go for dinner. We were not disappointed. The food was top notch and the service very friendly and efficient. We tried the Ceviche Trio, the Snook and the Filet Mignon and they were all delicious. They had set up a table for us next to the pool,... More 

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Encinitas, California
Senior Contributor
34 reviews 34 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

This is a lovely little place with good food, excellent ice cream and great beer! It was the only place I found that had local craft ales and they were wonderful!

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Portsmouth, United Kingdom
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93 reviews 93 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
44 helpful votes 44 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

My partner arranged to take me to El Mirador for our 5 year anniversary while we were in manuel antonio. When we arrived, there was some serious confusion about our reservation. He had booked a private dinner on the beach but we were shown to a regular table. They realised once we had ordered that they had made a mistake... More 

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Chicago, Illinois
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12 reviews 12 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Great food, fresh tropical fruit, and amazing drinks! Love the daily happy hour! We ate here each breakfast and two dinners, and never had a bad meal. Make sure to try it out while in Manuel Antonio!

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Senior Reviewer
8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

The service was the best we had on our trip to Costa Rica. The food was fantastic. The Mahi Mahi was perfectly cook with a nice local fruit salsa. Delicious! Also enjoyed great traditional black bean soup!

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Ann Arbor, Michigan
Senior Contributor
46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Great view, very good service. I would call the food acceptable for the price, but not five star. The view made it a worthwhile dinner.

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Punta Cana, Dominican Republic
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24 reviews 24 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

Five of us celebrated a birthday... the service was amazing and so was the food! Come at 5:30 pm and enjoy the last half hour of $5 signature cocktails, which are mind-blowing! Most of us were vegetarians, and we found decadent options - the beet 'steak', gaspacho, mushroom risotto ... the seafood is incredible as well. This place is such... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Manuel Antonio National Park | Arenas Del Mar Beach & Nature Resort, Manuel Antonio National Park 311-6350, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: 506-2777-2777

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 10 - 60
  • Cuisine: International, Vegetarian, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Local cuisine, Entertaining clients

Description

El Mirador Restaurant is located near Arenas del Mar's reception area and pool, overlooking Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, and the Pacific Ocean. El Mirador—which means “the viewpoint” in Spanish—has an open air, covered interior dining area and outdoor seating. Along with breathtaking views and gorgeous sunsets, our restaurant serves breakfast and dinner using fresh, local ingredients. Start your day with our complimentary breakfast: fresh fruits, homemade granola, warm muffins and breads, eggs, pancakes and of course, Costa Rican coffee. Our dinner menu includes highlights such as locally caught fish and other delicacies at this authentic full-service Costa Rican restaurant.

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