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El Gran Escape

Seafood, Costa Rican
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Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Costa Rica
25199094
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Good for:
Families with children
Large groups
Local cuisine
Special occasions

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  • 104
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  • 77
    Very good
  • 40
    Average
  • 22
    Poor
  • 14
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Best in downtown Quepos

It is of the few restaurants located in the more local oriented town of Quepos. They serve delicious burgers ( huge ) and extra fresh Sushi ( Yellowfin Tuna )

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 25, 2015
Natalia V
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St. Petersburg, Russia
Good for:
  • Families with children
  • Large groups
  • Local cuisine
  • Special occasions
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Takeout
  • Late Night
  • Dessert
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257 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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St. Petersburg, Russia
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

It is of the few restaurants located in the more local oriented town of Quepos. They serve delicious burgers ( huge ) and extra fresh Sushi ( Yellowfin Tuna )

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Chesapeake City, Maryland
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 25, 2015 NEW

Restaurant very nice with great views of the harbor and fishing fleets. Food was very good and staff excellent. A great spot for casual as well as fine dining.

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Doral, Florida
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7 reviews 7 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

The Burgers are incredible. Huge, juicy, delicious… We went there twice during our stay in Manuel Antonio.

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New York City, New York
Senior Reviewer
6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

This popular restaurant has moved to the beautiful new Marina a short distance away and even has a new name. However it remains a top restaurant with excellent food and a location with beautiful water views. Excellent seafood but everything seems good.

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Bigfork, Montana
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16 reviews 16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2015

It was sad to see a place I had spent so much time in the past empty but the new grand escape (Runaway) at the marina is really beautiful and the food and drinks the same. Marsha is still there making sure everything runs smoothly.

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Fort Myers, Florida
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 23, 2014

Once a great spot to have your fish cooked for you as well as Coffee in the morning, but it is now being torn down and rebuilt. When it will reopen I don't know.

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Palm Springs, California
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2014

Wife and I went here for sea food. Staff were very nice, location on the Marina was nice, breeze was perfect! Food was OK. Wife loved the fish tacos (I tasted it, was good). I had the 'catch of the day', a Grouper filet. Nice size, fresh filet of Grouper was made with too much garlic (that burned on it)... More 

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Cartago, Costa Rica
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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2014

If real madrid is playing against barcelona, you mute let it go and put the match. Not act confuse of why someone is asking you that. Also horrible cocktails, not natural lemon.

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Toronto, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

For over ten years now, I have been visiting Quepos but never spent much time at El Gran Escape. Last year, I starting making it a daily routine to visit The Runaway Grill bar during sunset. Great place, wonderful staff, and fish stories that no one should believe. The bars' best asset is still Marsha Bennett. I will be back... More 

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Vancouver, Washington, United States
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74 reviews 74 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Having been to El Gran Escape a few years back, we were looking forward to a return visit. The name has changed (The Runaway Grill) and they've moved from right downtown to over at the new marina - Pez Bela. You'll see signs for restaurants and shopping and a security guard - head in there and you'll find it on... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Quepos
  • Phone Number: 25199094

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: Seafood, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions

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