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Makako Restaurante at El Mangroove Hotel

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Hwy 159 and Hwy 254 Intersection, Costa Rica
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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Good food

We had two nights dinner, and one lunch. The food is very good and creative. The shrimps ceviche was excellent, the combination between the mango orange juice and the shrimps was amazing. The only thing they have to improve , in my opinion, I ask for a crab meat that was served with corn mousse... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 23, 2015
Yael K
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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San Jose, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had two nights dinner, and one lunch. The food is very good and creative. The shrimps ceviche was excellent, the combination between the mango orange juice and the shrimps was amazing. The only thing they have to improve , in my opinion, I ask for a crab meat that was served with corn mousse , but didn't eat it... More 

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Santa Fe, NM
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 26, 2015

Stopped in and eat outside late afternoon early evening and enjoyed the resorts lovely beach scene. Pool is to the side and does not distract from the view. Ate simple fish tacos and had a beer. Nice way to close down another day in paradise.

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Chesterfield, Missouri
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2015

For dinner I ordered the beef burger with a beetroot, micro greens, feta salad with pistachio dressing. It was all delicious. The burger was cooked medium well throughout. The meat, eggs and vegetables come from the local farms in the area. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Sitting under this large canopy I had a great view of the... More 

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Liberia, Costa Rica
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3 reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2015

The food portions here are MINUSCULE. I thought it was a joke. I kid you not, the $23 cheeseburger took 4 bites to eat the entire thing and they tried to gip me out of my fries (which were supposed to be truffle fries, but were normal fries). The short rib was seriously delicious, but also minuscule and cost $35!... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2015

My alarm annoyingly screamed 9:30 a.m. After too many hours flying and trying to make any sense of the Universal Studios Harry Potter in crack immigration line in Costa Rica, my body felt number than Sleeping Beauty post comma. I managed to shut the alarm off without breaking my cell phone, sort of brushed my teeth by gargling with chunks... More 

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Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015

The luxuriously zen MaKako restaurant at the El Mangroove Hotel in Playa Panama totally outdid themselves with this year's Valentine's menu! Creativity, quality, and service were evident throughout the evening with the reasonably fixed priced Valentine's night menu... Amuse Broche of Mozzarella Fresca, Entrada of Prosciutto de Pato, Principal of Rack de Cordero or Salmon Cocinado and Postre of Torta... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 11, 2014

We had an all inclusive, but the food was amazing. Dont forget to check out the little mini shakes each morning (and the sweet plantains are amazing!)

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014

Nice place and ambient, courteous staff, however food was not good, fish had no flavor and hamburger way too salty, did not finish either plate.

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Brooklyn, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 14, 2014

this restaurant is located in the super hip new el mangrove hotel, and like the rest of the resort, it has a modern, relaed yet very stylish vibe. the menu is ambitious and sophisticated and the food is delicious--the short ribs were the best i've ever had, and all the dishes we tried, from the pasta with duck ragout to... More 

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Portland, Oregon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 12, 2014

We had a great meal here. There is a formal, white tablecloth indoor restaurant which looked lovely but was not in keeping with our idea of a vacation meal. We had the same food outdoors, overlooking the pool and ocean.

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  • Address: Hwy 159 and Hwy 254 Intersection, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Gulf of Papagayo

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