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Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0928
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Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $7 - $20
Hours:
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you want authentic, true Costa Rican cuisine, El Arade (meaning the plow) is the restaurant for you. All of the owner/ head chief, Doña Ana's recipes are passed down hundreds of years from Her family that live locally in the quepos/aquirres area. All of her fish and meats are fresh and caught fish almost daily. And all of her... More

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Our first night in Quepos, we didn't feel like going far. We saw this little place on the way to where we were staying. Don't let the emptiness of the place put you off as it almost did us. The Saltina was fantastic. We went back for breakfast the next morning and then had them prepare some red snapper that... More

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East Norriton, Pennsylvania
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3 reviews 3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

Off the beaten track but close to Arenas del mar. The owner of the restaurant was friendly and helpful as well as an outstanding chef. Looking forward to making a trip here again.

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6 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2014

Asked the hotel concierge at Gaia where to go for some great authentic Costa Rican Cuisine and his immediate response was El Arado. Got the ribs with potatoes with sour cream and i was definitely not disappointed. Not the best ribs ever but pretty damn good. The owner was very friendly and the service was amazing. She even brought out... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

The restaurant was empty when we pulled up, but I, sure it's normal for the rainy season. A very friendly man welcomed us and we ordered some wine. We were on a mission to eat fish, so we ordered the whole fish and the chicken and rice. The guy fired up the grill just for us and cooked this amazingly... More

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Oswego, Illinois
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2014

We went in the off season (mid-May) and I got the whole snapper barbeque style (grilled over an open flame wrapped in aluminum) and it was nothing short of AMAZING!!!! My boyfriend got the saltinas, mahi mahi in a light tomato sauce, and it was amazing too. Bring your bug spray if you are going in the evening, and pay... More

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Los Angeles, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

We did all of our restaurant research on Trip Advisor and this restaurant (and it's positive reviews) were accurate. We ordered the Saltin (my favorite of our meal, the closest thing I can compare it to is ciopinno but it's not eaten as a soup, but like a ceviche) and whole fish (bbq grlled). Both were fantastic! We went on... More

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New Rochelle, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014

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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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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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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Additional Information about El Arado

Address: Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
Phone Number: +506 2777 0928
Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
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
Average Prices: USD 7 - 20

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