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Playitas Restaurant and Bar

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$$$
American, Fast Food, South American, 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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  • 7
    Very good
  • 2
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Great setting, but food disappointing

The setting is exceptional and has great, friendly wait staff. I found the food overall to be disappointing given the cost. I would have tried everything on the menu, which was excellent but I stopped after two.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 27, 2015
Diane F
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015

The setting is exceptional and has great, friendly wait staff. I found the food overall to be disappointing given the cost. I would have tried everything on the menu, which was excellent but I stopped after two.

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South Salem, New York
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16 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2015 via mobile

Great food, especially appetizers. Great variety of unique drinks. The restaurant is on the beach. Very attentive stuff. Little pricey.

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Doylestown, Pennsylvania, United States
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

Tough day... Surf and sand, but the kids are getting a little hungry. Steps away from the beach the kids jump in the pool after ordering smoothies( did they really have to order 4 different kinds of fresh fruit?? No problem at Playitas. Served to them within 10 minutes) ) Fresh fruit plates then served before our delicious lunch arrives.... More 

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Montclair, New Jersey
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2015

We stayed at Arenas del Mar for 7 days and we ate all of our meals there. We had lunch each day at Playitas and we were always thrilled with our options. They have the freshest fruit and vegetables around. Smoothies are delicious, the pineapple gazpacho amazing, the ceviche and Tuna Poki is SO good. French fries delicious too! Vegetable... More 

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Flower Mound, Texas
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Lunch on the beach is always appealing, but delicious food and drinks under the beautiful almond trees, while watching the waves roll in is sensory overload. My favorites on the menu were sea bass ceviche, shrimp quesadillas, french fries (yes, they were amazing) and the frozen fruity drink "Monkey Business." We ate lunch here several days while on our vacation... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We also enjoyed the food and beverage services, and we noted a major increase in quality here - truly excellent food! Since our last stay, a few years back, we are impressed.

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Colorado Springs, Colorado
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10 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2015

We had some very good beach food here. Their cocktails are very diverse and not to be missed. The ceviches and tuna were spectacular.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 26, 2015 via mobile

Good food , nice and attractive place , pool nearby really nice, the beach not that great but kids enjoyed the huge waves . Make sure to take repellent

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Dallas
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12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2015

While staying next door at the Hotel Parador, we decided to drive over to the Hotel Arenas del Mar for lunch one day. Oddly, you must drive up the hill from the Hotel Parador to drive down the very steep drive to the Hotel Arenas lobby. From there a staff member drove us in a golf cart further down the... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015

We went to breakfast at El Mirador Bar & Restaurant and as we were leaving they told us about their lunch location on the beach so we had to come back. I didn't think anything could beat breakfast.. then we had lunch! We started off with Bahama Mama's and they were amazing, we tried to recreate them at home and... 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, South American, Costa Rican

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