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Sunspot Bar & Grill

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| Makanda by the Sea, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777-0442
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Dining options: Dinner, Reservations

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  • 7
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  • 5
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  • 3
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
One of the Best Views, but the restaurant is not as good as it used to be

We were here 3/2010 and had one of the most memorable meals of our lives. At that time, there was luxurious purple canopy booths for the seating, looking out to the water, and at sunset it was simply amazing. The food was 5-star and the service was the most professional, friendly waiter we've... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 19, 2015
DrJustino
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Aurora, CO
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We went for lunch. Beautiful place with lovely view of the sea but food not up to standards. The baguettes are not that real baguettes. Shrimps do not mix well with the baguette.

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London, United Kingdom
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2015

We arrived for a drink at 930 on a Thursday night at this well reviewed bar only to be made feel very unwelcome. We were aware it was last orders but the waiter clearly wanted us gone as soon as possible. The poolside area is nice and the cocktails were very good. But considering a family of four had just... More 

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Aurora, CO
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2015

We were here 3/2010 and had one of the most memorable meals of our lives. At that time, there was luxurious purple canopy booths for the seating, looking out to the water, and at sunset it was simply amazing. The food was 5-star and the service was the most professional, friendly waiter we've ever had (he had mad skills with... More 

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Cleveland, Ohio
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We had a wonderful dinner and lunch at this restaurant. The seating was outside, poolside in a private community. We weren't staying in the community and had to let the entrance guard know that we were going to Sunspots. We had great service and our dinner was very good. The menu wasw limited, but offered a sufficient seafood selection. There... More 

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memphis, tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2014 via mobile

The Sunspot is an intimate outdoor venue associated with the boutique Makanda By the Sea. While it is a poolside bar & grill during the day, it has an upscale menu in the evening. My family and I enjoyed two wonderful meals under the cabana tents. Service was crisp and efficient. The onion stuffed whole calamari was such a good... More 

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Los Angeles
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 28, 2013

We are staying at Makanda Hotel where Sunspot if located. We were out fishing all day and landed four Sailfish (catch and release) but I was really hoping to catch a Dorado (Mahi Mahi). Luckily I landed one and brought the filets back to the property. Javier and Fabien knew exactly what to do and took our prize catch. A... More 

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San Francisco, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2013

We ate here twice and two very different experiences. The first night that we ate here we all had amazing meals. We all especially liked the risotto and the seared tuna. The chocolate lava cake we also a hit. We returned a few nights later and everything was good, but didn't wow us like the first night. Portions were a... More 

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Montgomery,AL
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2013

WE stayed at the hotel, and ate at the restaurant one night. THe service was great, and the grilled fish, which was the special, was the best fish I had in Costa Rica. Actually, everything about the meal was excellent.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2012 via mobile

The food is pretty good, but not really Costa Rican. It's also not exactly cheap! The service and view though is pretty good.

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San Antonio, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2012 via mobile

We had dinner and watched the sunset from sunspot bar and grill a few nights ago. The tables are set out by the pool in purple tents with white lighting and candles. We were the only people there for about an hour which was nice. We both got the catch of the day mahi mahi. It was excellent!

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: | Makanda by the Sea, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: +506 2777-0442

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American, Costa Rican

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