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Sunspot Bar & Grill

| Makanda by the Sea, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777-0442
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Cuisines: Costa Rican
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memphis, tennessee
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18 reviews 18 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
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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62 reviews 62 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
21 helpful votes 21 helpful votes
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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52 reviews 52 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
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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10 reviews 10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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4 restaurant reviews
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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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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
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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Staten Island, New York
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22 reviews 22 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2012

Based on other Trip Advisor (and other reviews), we made a reservation for what we expected to be a romantic dinner for our last night in CR. Reservations were "highly recommended" but when we arrived, there were only 2 other couples there -- quite empty. The restaurant is small, few tables and is pool side for the hotel. It's nice,... More

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New York City, New York
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4 reviews 4 reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2012

I came here with my fiance hoping to experience what we had heard offered a spectacular ambiance coupled with a stellar menu. Unfortunately, we experienced neither. Our waiter, Jorje, was extremely rude from the beginning of our evening. After Jorje unapologetically screwed up our drink orders, he presented a dish that we could not cut through with a knife despite... More

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Ojochal, Costa Rica
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65 reviews 65 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
102 helpful votes 102 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2012

I love Makanda and love the Sunspot. I would love it more if they had an actual restaurant, but okay... It is poolside, but the food is amazingly good. I would highly recommend it. They should really let the public know how to eat there. I don't think anyone but the guests know. Seek it out. The food is worth... More

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Toronto, Canada
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23 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 4, 2011

On a recommendation from one of my travel books, my boyfriend and I decided to try Sunspot at Makanda By The Sea. The restaurant is beside the pool and most of the tables are in these silk-like tents with candles and white lights. The food was absolutely delicious!! I have eaten in many places in Manuel Antonio over the last... More

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