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El Mirador Bar & Restaurant

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$$$
Vegetarian, Costa Rican, International
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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
Breakfast/Brunch
Dinner
Reservations
Delivery
Late Night
Dessert

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Visitor rating
  • 95
    Excellent
  • 22
    Very good
  • 7
    Average
  • 2
    Poor
  • 0
    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
Most recent review
Can't Get Enough

We have stayed at Arenas del Mar a couple of times, and each time when we plan to leave to check out other restaurants we end up staying to dine at El Mirador. We cannot get enough. The menu is amazing from appetizers to desserts. The service is what sets it apart. The wait staff is friendly... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 25, 2015
Michael C
Good for:
  • Local cuisine
  • Entertaining clients
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Delivery
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 25, 2015 NEW

We have stayed at Arenas del Mar a couple of times, and each time when we plan to leave to check out other restaurants we end up staying to dine at El Mirador. We cannot get enough. The menu is amazing from appetizers to desserts. The service is what sets it apart. The wait staff is friendly, attentive, and always... More 

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Nyack, New York
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23 reviews 23 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015 NEW

Top notch restaurant and very good service. Our waiting lured us into some unusual cocktails we had never heard of and we were not disappointed. And our food was great. They even had gluten free bread for my daughter. The only this that left a bad taste in my mouth (pardon the pun) was the value/pricing on one of the... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio, United States
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15 reviews 15 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015 NEW

Visually the place is stunning, easy to find but amazingly secluded. GInger, lemonade rum cocktail, unbelievable crispy chicharrones appetizer with plantains, sopa negra served with finesse and unbelievable taste. Tuna entree with lentils - perfectly breaded, melted in your mouth. Casado pescado with perfectly slightly grilled mahi mahi. Service from host to front desk helping to get a ride back... More 

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Flossmoor, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

We came here for breakfast for a change from the hotel where we were staying. The menu choices, food, view and service were all exceptional. The resort is in a jungle setting and we saw more wildlife there than Manuel Antonio park! Our waiter Alan was very attentive and gave us helpful information for getting back to our hotel. I... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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31 reviews 31 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

El Mirador is a restaurant within the Arenas Del Mar Beach and Nature Resort. Normally, I am not overly thrilled with hotel restaurants, but this restaurant will not disappoint you for any meal. We ate breakfast here every day as it was included with the hotel stay, but it was not your typical buffet breakfast. It was off the menu... More 

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New York City, New York
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232 reviews 232 reviews
79 restaurant reviews
75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The hotel put a huge TV screen so we could watch the superbowl. They had a special menu for the superbowl and you could order drinks from the bar.We had the nachos which were great and Pina Colada's. Next to the bar is the restaurant where you eat breakfast. It's located near the reception are and one of the pools... More 

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Deerfield, Illinois
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

El Mirado is located inside Arena del Mar hotel and resort in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica. You cannot go wrong dining here for dinner whether you are a guest of the hotel or not. If you are a guest of the hotel, you have free breakfast. We ate one dinner there the night we arrived at the hotel because we... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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19 reviews 19 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2015

For the record we did not stay at Arenas Del Mar but our personal concierge at Tulemar recommended El Mirador for a couples dinner ...... and it did not disappoint !... The atmosphere is wonderful and the food was outstanding .... Before dinner we walked down to their lower bar / restaurant for drinks right at sunset and the drinks... More 

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Glasgow, Virginia
2 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

This was the most beautiful and romantic restaurant with absolutely amazing food and service. Each dish is prepared to order and the beautiful presentations were a delight to look at and to eat! I never ventured from the hotel for dinner because I could not believe that anywhere else could be as wonderful.

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Houston, Texas
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14 reviews 14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

Best meal in Costa Rica with a view from the pool deck that was to to die for. Costly but they all are.

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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: Vegetarian, Costa Rican, International

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?