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Playitas Restaurant and Bar

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American, Fast Food, Costa Rican
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Playitas Beach | Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest Resort, Manuel Antonio National Park 311-6350, Costa Rica
506-2777-2777
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Dining options: Lunch, Reservations

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  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
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The best place for a late lunch or dinner. If you feel like having a great meal at the beach this is the place. A little overpriced fir the quality of the food but the setting is a dream spot.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 12, 2015
Lara V
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51 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Houston, Texas
Top Contributor
99 reviews 99 reviews
66 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 17, 2015

If you like the feeling of sand between your toes while you eat, this is the place. Part of the Arenas del Mar hotel complex. The food is good but overpriced for what it is. The setting is terrific as you can sit in the shade while the Pacific Ocean thunders just a few away. I had a tuna sandwich... More 

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Cayuga S, Manager at Playitas Restaurant and Bar, responded to this review

Dear David, thank you for your review about your lunch experience at Playitas. We agree with you that the setting just a few meters from the Ocean under Almond and Palm Trees is very special and it is a real privilege to have lunch while feeling the sand between your toes. While we are happy that you enjoyed your food,... More 

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15 reviews 15 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

The best place for a late lunch or dinner. If you feel like having a great meal at the beach this is the place. A little overpriced fir the quality of the food but the setting is a dream spot.

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Los Angeles
Top Contributor
88 reviews 88 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
74 helpful votes 74 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

We stayed at Hotel Arenas del Mar all of this past week and had lunch several times at this restaurant. The tables are located under shady trees (bugs weren't a problem at all) and you're treated to a beautiful view of a secluded sandy beach with a mesmerizing view. The waiters are all so friendly and eager to please, and... More 

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Bellevue, WA
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 2015 via mobile

First, let me get logistics out of the way because I expect that many people miss this gem because it is tricky to find. Not far from all the other action in town, just well-hidden. I am no expert at driving in Manuel Antonio, so perhaps management will have better directions as a reply to this review. First, tell Google,... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2015

Two families of experienced holiday travelers with children from 9-14, a couple finicky foodies, who still respect the value of a dollar were all blown away by the experience. Costa Rica is amazing and this portion of the country is by far the best and the opportunity to have beachfront accommodations in an remote feeling, pure nature environment and still... More 

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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 16, 2015

No better place to have lunch in Manuel Antonio Playitas Restaurant is part of the Arenas del Mar Hotel. It is not easy to get there, but totally worth it. We were staying at a house and heard about the option of having lunch there. Your table is set in the sand just a few feet from the Ocean. No... More 

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San Jose, Costa Rica
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Since the moment we arrived to the hotel, we liked, it's so green. My family and I went to Playitas restaurant for lunch. The staff was so kind (they make you feel like home). The tables are between the trees, so you are surrounded by nature. The food: was delicious, we ordered what the waiter recommended and it was an... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

My husband and I just returned from an amazing and relaxing "baby-moon" at Arenas Del Mar in January. Ever since we returned, all we have done is reminisce about our lunch at Playitas surrounded by the beautiful Costa Rican nature. The food is all locally grown and fresh, the service was incredibly attentive and we even saw white-faced monkeys and... More 

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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 February 27, 2015

Lunch on the beach between the ocean and the pool! Can't get any better, but it does! The food is excellent. Kids are happy with pizza, chicken tenders and the best smoothies they've ever had. The adults feast on ceviche, sashimi, and fresh, crisp salad. Adult smoothies round out the experience. Helps that the staff are friendly, warm and welcoming!

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Washington DC, District of Columbia
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3 reviews 3 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2015

We really enjoyed both of the restaurants at Arenas del Mar and the beach side Playitas restaurant was a daily favorite for me! As a sun lover, I enjoyed spending my days soaking in as much sun as possible at the beach. It was great to take a break and grab a relaxing and delicious lunch/snack there. It's a casual... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Playitas Beach | Arenas Del Mar Beachfront & Rainforest 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 - 40
  • Cuisine: American, Fast Food, Costa Rican

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