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El Sano Banano Restaurant

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Organic, Cafe, International, Vegetarian
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Across from the Park | Next to the Supermarket, Montezuma, Costa Rica
+506 2642 0638
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7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: Located in the heart of Montezuma with a great outdoor patio. We serve...
Located in the heart of Montezuma with a great outdoor patio. We serve vegetarian, vegan, sushi, pasta, chicken, fresh seafood and much much more...
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  • 128
    Excellent
  • 65
    Very good
  • 29
    Average
  • 6
    Poor
  • 1
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
I liked my food, friend didn't like hers

Popped in for lunch, we sat outside and were quite bitten. My tostadas were really tasty, but my friend ordered a salad. It was basically just leaves, no real substance and it cost $10 so she was expecting a bit more. I would definitely come again, I'm not sure she would.

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 25, 2015
Lucy S
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015 NEW

Popped in for lunch, we sat outside and were quite bitten. My tostadas were really tasty, but my friend ordered a salad. It was basically just leaves, no real substance and it cost $10 so she was expecting a bit more. I would definitely come again, I'm not sure she would.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is the 5th time in 2 visits to Monezuma that we have come back to this restaurant for breakfast. The banana pancakes are truly the best and my husband would disagree with me and says that the huevos rancheros is the ultimate. The outdoor seating and the magpies that sit waiting for your leftovers add to the charm of... More 

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Hagerstown, Maryland, United States
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015 NEW

We stopped by the El Sano Banano for lunch. It was a very relaxed and laid back environment. They have indoor and outdoor seating and the back area is very pretty to sit and eat. We really enjoyed the green smoothie with spirulina! YUM! The food was also great and the service was good! Overall, we had a good experience.... More 

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Pearl River, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2015

We went with a large group on movie night. We had thee kids with us, so we were happy they were showing something they were interested in. Food was good and they had something for everyone.

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Halifax, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 27, 2015

We stopped here for dinner one night during our stay in Costa Rica and we really enjoyed the food! This place was recommended to us by one of our local tour guides who said this was the best place to eat in Montazuma, he was right!

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Birmingham, Alabama
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

It's a fun place, and they show movies, but the food is poor. Like your average chain Mexican restaurant in the States.

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Houston, Texas
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

We come here every summer to have breakfast in the outdoor area and it is always a delight. The birds will approach your table for handouts, but we find this amusing and entertaining rather than a nuisance. The service, the food and the tropical surroundings are a lovely way to start your day!

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 5, 2015

as an overall rating. it confounds me as it's neither average nor very good but closer to the former. we ate here twice but enjoyed frequent drinks on the universally mentioned patio. it's a gem and worth a visit for the lighting and sounds of Montezuma downtown. it's too expensive and portions frequently came with an insufficient amount of the... More 

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YlangYlangManagement, Manager at El Sano Banano Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Andrew W, Thank you for your honest feedback. We are happy to hear that you enjoyed your visits to us. We have taken your feedback into consideration and made some adjustments to our portion sizes, including serving a larger portion of guacamole with the chips and guacamole dish. We know how good it is, so we understand why you... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 2, 2015

On what exactly they didn't quite like about this restaurant, get a bandaid. The problem is your finger. This place has simple, healthy and very fresh food. It's unpretentious, yes. So for the pretensious, your fingers might also struggle. For the rest of the world who appreciates someone taking care to pick and prepare fresh ingredients, you will not be... More 

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Los Angeles, California, United States
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Great little outdoor patio with a nice view and some shade. The food was okay, nothing really to write home about but great for a snack or light lunch. They project movies in the bar area on Sunday nights, we didn't watch one but it seemed like a good idea.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Across from the Park | Next to the Supermarket, Montezuma, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Montezuma
  • Phone Number: +506 2642 0638

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 4 - 15
  • Cuisine: Organic, Cafe, International, Vegetarian

Description

Located in the heart of Montezuma with a great outdoor patio. We serve vegetarian, vegan, sushi, pasta, chicken, fresh seafood and much much more...
Open Hours
Sunday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Monday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Tuesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Wednesday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Thursday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Friday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Saturday
7:00 am - 10:00 pm

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?