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El Arado

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South American, Costa Rican
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Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0928
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Reservations
Description: If you are looking for an Authentic Costa Rican meal El Arado is your...
If you are looking for an Authentic Costa Rican meal El Arado is your place! We have no hamburgers or pizza on the menu. Only traditional home cooked meals. Tell your taxi driver we are located on the old road to Manuel Antonio 100 meters south of the hotel Villa Teca.
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Like having dinner with a local family

We asked our hotel for a local food restaurant and this place was spectacular. We felt like we were eating dinner at someone's house. There were only 3-4 items on the menu, but they really did them well. We went for the fish stew and whole snapper. We had the whole red snapper most nights of... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed August 9, 2015
Jamie G
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Orlando, Florida
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Orlando, Florida
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12 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

We asked our hotel for a local food restaurant and this place was spectacular. We felt like we were eating dinner at someone's house. There were only 3-4 items on the menu, but they really did them well. We went for the fish stew and whole snapper. We had the whole red snapper most nights of the trip and here... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

El Arado is definitely worth looking for. It's a bit off the beaten path, but once you arrive, you will find a lovely restaurant, very nice people working there and excellent food! We had the grilled whole fish and the jumbo shrimp. Both were absolutely delicious. Wish that we had more time to come back and eat again.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

The people here are so nice and the grilled whole fish was delicious! One of the better, and less expensive meals we had in Manuel Antonio.

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Boston, Massachusetts
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

Tired of eating over priced and below average food at the restaurants in Manuel Antonio (mostly these are hotel restaurants with hotel food at hotel prices) we stumbled on El Arado. The menu is small with some typical Costa Rican food and whole fish either grilled or fried. We sampled the whole fish both ways. Both were really good. I... More 

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Castle Rock, Colorado, United States
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015

A great off-the-road side restaurant. Cold beer and a delicious full BBQ'd sea bass to eat! It was the perfect compliment to a day at Playa La Macha. If you enjoy time with the locals a little off the beaten path this is your place. So good we went back for cerveza a couple of days later.

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Montreal, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

After reading the previous reviews, I can only confirm was has already been written. A small, no frill restaurant serving typical Tico cuisine. The whole snapper wrapped in foil and baked on barbecue is by itself largely worth the visit. A nice change from the fancy, pricey restaurants on the main road.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Had dinner at this restaurant during stay near Manuel Antonio. The owner and staff are very friendly. The whole red snapper is the reason to go to this restaurant. It's cooked perfectly on an outside grill. This is the restaurant for typical Costa Rican food and if you want to feel like a local.

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Nyack, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 23, 2015

Had a great and affordable meal here that was so good we went back again two days later. I hadn't read the reviews before going, but I stumbled across the whole red snapper and it was delicious. We also had jumbo shrimp, and beef and all were very good. A little off the beaten path but happened to be 100... More 

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Northampton
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 14, 2015

This place is just off the beaten track but well worth a visit. Our group favoured the red snapper and all agreed it was fantastic value for money. We all had a fish that covered the whole plate. Cooked on what looked like a home made barbecue it was nevertheless excellent. Perhaps lacked some ambience but the food made up... More 

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North Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2015

El Arrado dished up the best meal we've had in Costa Rica. The ambiance and warm and welcoming service made this an outstanding experience. We had the whole red snapper and fish and calamari in a tomato with spices sauce, and rice. Delicious! Would highly recommend. The authentic Costa Rican menu does not include appetizers or dessert - and you... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 0928

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 20
  • Price Range: $ $
  • Cuisine: South American, Costa Rican

Description

If you are looking for an Authentic Costa Rican meal El Arado is your place! We have no hamburgers or pizza on the menu. Only traditional home cooked meals. Tell your taxi driver we are located on the old road to Manuel Antonio 100 meters south of the hotel Villa Teca.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm

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