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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

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

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Visitor rating
  • 108
    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
Fine cuisine in an open air setting -- not to be missed!

Our family of 4 (parents with two teens) stayed at the Arenas del Mar Hotel in which this restaurant is located, so we had the chance to have dinner here two nights in addition to breakfast all week long. Let's just say that if you want fine cuisine consisting of healthy, high quality ingredients... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed April 11, 2015
ReillyPas
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Los Angeles
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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Los Angeles
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015 NEW

Our family of 4 (parents with two teens) stayed at the Arenas del Mar Hotel in which this restaurant is located, so we had the chance to have dinner here two nights in addition to breakfast all week long. Let's just say that if you want fine cuisine consisting of healthy, high quality ingredients with beautifully simple presentation, then make... More 

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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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Cayuga S, Manager at El Mirador Bar & Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear BeenThereDC, thank you for lettinig us know about your experience at our restaurant. It is never pleasant to receive negative feedback, but we try to turn a negative into a positive and make sure that what happened to you, does not happen to future diners. First of all, please accept our sincere apologies that the celebration you were looking... More 

Barrington, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

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
9 helpful votes 9 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
Top Contributor
95 reviews 95 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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
3 helpful votes 3 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
13 helpful votes 13 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
48 reviews 48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 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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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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?