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El Arado

Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0928
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Certificate of Excellence 2013
Price range: $7 - $20
Dining options: Reservations
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.
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
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.
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New Rochelle, New York
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12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The food was authentic, the prices are great and it was one of the best meals so far on our trip! Such a nice change from the pricier hotel options with predictable offerings. There is a lot of variety on the menu, including for the picky eaters among us, and we each had something different. This casual, very clean and... More

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Harrisonburg, VA,USA
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

We returned to El Arado for an evening meal this trip. We enjoyed meeting the new owner Bo and being served his delicious food. The whole snapper was a huge hit at our table. Everyone was pleased with their menu choices and the fact that the beer was really cold. Thanks for a great evening.

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chicago
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 7, 2014

Enjoyed an absolutely delicious grilled whole Red Snapper. Simply prepared but oh so tasty. Very fairly priced and friendly, efficient service.

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Honolulu, Hawaii
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48 reviews 48 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

We wanted to try a locals' favorite. We all thought the food was OKAY. I had the steak fajitas. They were something I could have gotten at a Taco Del Mar....not bad. The rest had the ribs. Everyone thought the sauce was COLD on the food. They also tasted OKAY. I saw another couple having the whole fish....that looked good.... More

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Beau M, Owner at El Arado, responded to this review

Well thank you for your review. We do appreciate all reviews. As hard as we may try, I am sorry you thought your food was just OKAY. The Chef is Costa Rican and she only uses family recipes. We cook every plate to order and do not reheat to serve. We do work very hard so that all of our... More

Lemont, Illinois
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46 reviews 46 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2014

This restaurant was recommended by one of the staff at the hotel we were staying at. Owner is a guy named "Bo" from Montana!! Really a very charming guy and greets you as you enter the open front to this small little restaurant. I had ribs and they were really good. Bo enjoys visiting with folks and obviously loves his... More

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Beau M, Owner at El Arado, responded to this review

Muchos Gracias!!! Thank You for a great review! So happy you enjoyed your Ribs Pura Vida More

Beaumont, Texas
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

We like eating where the "locals" go and enjoy "their" food. This place has great atmosphere and local flavor. Most astonishing...American owned. Great story so talk to Bo, he's always there. Went there twice while in the area. Red snapper was incredible as were the ribs. Stop reading and just go!! It's typical open air so dress appropriate.

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Beau M, Owner at El Arado, responded to this review

"Stop reading and just go!! It's typical open air so dress appropriate." Gracias mi amigo! Mucho Gracias! Thank you for a wonderful review! As we have a wonderful climate here in CR our restaurant is open air like most all "Typical" Restaurants. All our recipes are Costa Rican, all of our ingredients are farm fresh. We are pretty laid back... More

Toronto, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
124 helpful votes 124 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 20, 2014

Second visit and better than the first. Food is delicious, like home cooking. My whole red snapper was so yummy. A good family restaurant. Prices are reasonable considering the rest of the area's prices have skyrocketed in the last two years. I highly recommend.

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Beau M, Owner at El Arado, responded to this review

Thank your wonderful review! We are happy you found us again! We try very hard to keep our prices affordable for everyone to enjoy. Pura Vida!!! More

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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 12, 2014

Great restaurant and friendly staff! We really enjoyed both of our meals there and appreciated the service and attention we received! Top picks were the whole grilled fish, which is barbecued to order! And the fish was freshly caught that day!

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Beau M, Owner at El Arado, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review! We do buy our Red Snapper fresh every morning, we ar so happy you enjoyed your visit with us so much! More

delaware
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2014

Enjoyed the food and service. We went the first night in town and did not know that tip and taxes included in bill, so paid an extra tip. Was not happy next day when discovered that all resturaunts include tip and taxes in bill.

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Beau M, Director General at El Arado, responded to this review

We are so happy you enjoyed our food and service. And I Hope you had wonderful time in Costa Rica. Yes all of our prices on the menu include the 13% sales tax that is implemented on all sales in Costa Rica. And on all of our checks we add a 10% for the waiter and is listed as "Servicio"... More

Menomonee Falls, Wisconsin
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5 reviews 5 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 1, 2014

This fairly small and unassuming restaurant served up fantastic food. We ate here twice and everything was good. However, the wood grilled snapper was absolutely fantastic.

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Beau M, Director General at El Arado, responded to this review

Thank you for a great review! We often find our guest return time and time again as you did! Our Red Snapper is a very popular and we a very happy you enjoyed it so much! Thanks again and we hope to see you next time you find yourself in Manuel Antonio CR More

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