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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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Dining options: Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Takeout, Waitstaff

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  • 67
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  • 9
    Very good
  • 2
    Average
  • 0
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
I have lunch here every day!

We stay at Arenas Del Mar and have lunch everyday at Playitas. You cannot beat the scenery, service or quality of the food. We have been doing this for 7 years in January. You can eat under the pavilion or outside under great shade trees. They also have service to your beach chairs. Good food... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
fnct
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Succasunna, New Jersey
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Succasunna, New Jersey
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273 reviews
156 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 112 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stay at Arenas Del Mar and have lunch everyday at Playitas. You cannot beat the scenery, service or quality of the food. We have been doing this for 7 years in January. You can eat under the pavilion or outside under great shade trees. They also have service to your beach chairs. Good food choices and all fresh. No... More 

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2 Thank fnct
Buenos Aires, Argentina
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Both the food and service where exquisite. The menu had many options and during my stay at the hotel I got the chance to taste many of them: each one better than the other. The type of food is basically local gourmet (for example, it doesn't get very oily like in the rest of Costa Rica). Though there is a... More 

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2 Thank BelenCa2020
Evergreen, Colorado
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Fantastic food while listening to the waves on the beach! It's a casual place, but the food is amazing. I loved the Mahi Mahi Gallos so much that I had them twice during my stay, but everything was wonderful. You can't go wrong with eating at Playitas.

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2 Thank GypsyGirlTeri
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family has to eat gluten-free due to Celiac Disease and recently stayed at the resort and ate nowhere but the resort for 5 days/nights. What a treat! A real vacation!! The food was absolutely delicious and everyone in my family stayed perfectly healthy. The staff is so friendly and knowledgeable. The octopus salad, tuna steak sandwich, and mahi-mahi tacos... More 

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2 Thank Lisa R
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6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This spot is simply fantastic. A great water side location, fabulous food, tasty drinks, and friendly service. This restaurant is a wonderful way to get lunch after a morning adventure, or if you just need a snack while lounging around a enjoying the sun. Try the burger!!

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3 Thank Michael C
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was perfect after coming out of the sun and water. The service was impeccable, the food was varied and delicious and the setting: AMAZING.....I could eat there for days on end....

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1 Thank RCvdP
NYC
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14 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had the pleasure of staying at Arenas Del Mar and dining here for lunch at least 3 times and I can tell you it's the perfect spot for families, since parents can have drinks while kids frolic and enjoy the beachside, barefoot setting. The options for kids was plentiful with the pizza being a standout and cooked in its... More 

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Thank TravelWriterNYC
Elkins Park, Pennsylvania
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Lunch doesn't get better - fresh, delicious, lots of choices.... and the setting is amazing. How wonderful!

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1 Thank Judy Z
Edinburg, Virginia
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant was amazing. The setting, to eat on the beach, with an espectacular view was truly breath taking. The staff was caring, professional, simply fantastic. We want to thank everyone for an amazing experience. We will be back for more delicious food, and extraordinary virgin piña coladas. Gracias amigos, PURA VIDA!

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4 Thank Fabiana F
Los Angeles, California
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6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2015

my favorite restaurant in manuel antonio--- mind blowing red snapper and yucca chowder, the best, most juicy tenderloin with chimmichurri i've ever had, super creative and beautiful ceviches, fantastic bbq night with a salad bar appetizer that is so gourmet and locally inspired i am still dreaming about it. super cool gazpacho (changes all the time). super healthy options-- lots... 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

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Bar scene, Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?