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El Gran Escape

Marina Pez Vela, Quepos, Costa Rica
25199094
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Ranked #18 of 53 Restaurants in Quepos
Cuisines: Seafood, Costa Rican
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert
Restaurant details
Good for: Families with children, Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Takeout, Late Night, Dessert

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Cartago, Costa Rica
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3 reviews 3 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
3 helpful votes 3 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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69 reviews 69 reviews
53 restaurant reviews
19 helpful votes 19 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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Kerrville, Texas
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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 19, 2014

It seems like I wind up here most every day. It's in one of two new 3-story buildings recently constructed on the beautiful Marina Pez Vela. The owner, Marsha, throws a big Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings. Great happy hour with snacks. The waiters & waitresses are efficient & really friendly. They have great hamburgers & seafood. I haven't... More 

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Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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55 reviews 55 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014

El Gran Escape has been an icon in Quepos since 1981. But you won't find them in their old location if you've been there before. They've moved to the new Marina Pez Vela and changed their name to the Runaway Grill. Marsha Bennett is still managing it. I was just there for lunch celebrating a friend's birthday. The seafood chowder,... More 

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Ridgefield, Connecticut
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8 reviews 8 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

After a long day of enjoying the beautiful beaches of Manuel Antonio... a great well deserved seafood feast. The whole fish snapper was a treat. GO!

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Houston, Texas
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287 reviews 287 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
106 helpful votes 106 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Rated well and in a new development at the marina - we were hopeful. Unfortunately service was not attentive and food was at best "OK". One of our few dining disappointments in CR.

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Aiken, South Carolina
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68 reviews 68 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 3, 2014

Top quality seafood while overlooking a very nice marina, relaxing open air with friendly staff; This is a must when visiting Quepos or manual Antonio costa Rica

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Scottsdale, Arizona
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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

This restaurant recently moved from the heart of Quepos to the new Marina shopping area. It is owned and operated by the same woman who had it in town. However since I was there last year, the prices of doubled. While the food is still great, it appears to be a restaurant that is catering strictly to the Tourist trade.... More 

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Fort Myers Beach, Florida
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4 reviews 4 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 9, 2014

Getty up Marsha. Missed you last time in town but had the food and it was great. Lots of memories and good times still had at your place. I recommend it to anyone passing threw Quepos.

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

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