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Restaurante El Rancho at Villas Rio Mar

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American, Fast Food, International, Costa Rican
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900mtrs to the right at the Dominical entrance, passing under the bridge, along the baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
+506 2787 0052
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Lovely Dinner place a short drive from Dominical

We returned to El Rancho because we had enjoyed the food here in 2014 and thought we would give it another try. The road along the Baru River has not improved, but that added to the adventure of the evening. We were greeted upon arrival and were quickly seated in the restaurant. It was busier... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 28, 2015
Bilyss2
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Canada
Good for:
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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25 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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Canada
Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We returned to El Rancho because we had enjoyed the food here in 2014 and thought we would give it another try. The road along the Baru River has not improved, but that added to the adventure of the evening. We were greeted upon arrival and were quickly seated in the restaurant. It was busier than last year, but the... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015

The service was amazingly great! Our waitress was great, and I hate to write this review but we are in Dominical for only three nights its a shame we wasted one dinner with crappy overpriced food. Half our table order the Argentinian churrasco, but we didn't get a churrasco I'm pretty sure they served us pork. It was pink hard... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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59 reviews 59 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Four of us had dinner here in December 2014. It was a Sunday and a little later in the evening...around 7:00 pm. There were a reasonable number of diners in the restaurant when we arrived but not crowded. We were seated right away and had good service all during our dinner. I followed the advice or our waiter who recommended... More 

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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9 reviews 9 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

getting a full sized plane on the mountain had to be a quite a feat! Good food! Can't wait until they get the airplane completed.

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Fenton, Missouri
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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013

My wife and I stayed at these villas as part of a small scale tour. The other resorts' restaurants were disappointing, yet the food here would be a stand-out in the States. Nevertheless, the food has a Central American Twist. I had Tuna Timbale for lunch and Salmon for dinner: both were excellent. My wife had an actual blt for... More 

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Orlando, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Not only was the staff friendly and helpful and polite and humble the food was delicious. The salmon was great! The smoothies are delicious, the breakfast buffet is amazing. Overall a great experience.

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We stayed at the Rio Mar and loved this restaurant so much we ate there 3 times during our stay. Not only was the food delicious but the staff was outstanding. What service!

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Monterey, California
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23 reviews 23 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2013

We stayed at the hotel. Since we didn't have our own transportation this was our restaurant. The meals were excellent. We watched a humming bird while we relaxed and ate our food. The staff was excellent. Prices were good too.

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2013

Went to Restaurante El Rancho at the Hotel Villas Mar the other day for lunch while visiting friends in Dominical.I had a tuna sandwich which was a fresh piece of tuna,lettuce,tomatoes,avocado on a fresh crusty role. It was awesome!!! The wait staff was fast,friendly and efficient,you could not ask for more!!!

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We've been eating here a few times and all the meals we've had were great and I had some good cocktails! The service was very good thanks to the incredibly friendly people that work here. I find it always very important that you don't have to wait too long for your food. This was the case here, even when the... More 

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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Restaurante El Rancho at Villas Rio Mar, responded to this review

Dear Friend Thank you for such a nice comments, we are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and food with us. Hope to see you back soon. Pura vida Villas Rio Mar staff. More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 900mtrs to the right at the Dominical entrance, passing under the bridge, along the baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Dominical
  • Phone Number: +506 2787 0052

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 7 - 23
  • Cuisine: American, Fast Food, International, Costa Rican

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