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Makako at El Mangroove

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Playa Panama, Playa Panama, Costa Rica
4701-0000
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  • 5
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Most recent review
Good food - not great

We dined here almost every night of our stay at El Mangroove. The first night we didn't get anyone to even get our beverage orders till 20 minutes- and there were only 2 other tables seated. All in all, the food is good. I was put off by the cavatelli dish however as there really shouldn't be a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 28, 2015
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New York City, New York
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10 reviews 10 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015 NEW

We dined here almost every night of our stay at El Mangroove. The first night we didn't get anyone to even get our beverage orders till 20 minutes- and there were only 2 other tables seated. All in all, the food is good. I was put off by the cavatelli dish however as there really shouldn't be a cream sauce... More 

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Kirkland Lake, Canada
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

went there last week with for a birthday dinner, for one of the two friends i was with. The restaurant and bar area was less than half full, yet we where told that there where no tables available. I felt that they simple didn't want our business.There is nothing I enjoy more than eating at nice restaurants, the atmosphere was... More 

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LaSalle, Canada
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56 reviews 56 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Lovely setting, great staff, good menu, small servings,but well presented, excellent dishes, prices very reasonable, good wine selection....

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Stamford, Connecticut
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29 reviews 29 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015

Nice dinner. I had the scallop appetizer. I love pine nuts and there were a lot of them! For dinner I had the short ribs and they were Very good! I only eat meat about 5 times per year and I was happy to enjoy these ribs. We sat outside and the breeze was so nice! We skipped dessert so... More 

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Texas
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62 reviews 62 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
36 helpful votes 36 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

We stayed here last week and had complementary continental breakfasts included in our room rate. The fruit and crossaints were terrific and I very much enjoyed the homemade jelly for the toasts and the fresh juices. The pancakes and french toast were sub par in my opinion, as were most of the warm breakfast items. The dinner we had here... More 

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South Windsor, Connecticut
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19 reviews 19 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 1, 2015

Beautiful view, good service, reasonable menu that never changes. Would benefit from some daily specials. Staff is very friendly and accommodating. Fish is well prepared. Meat courses are very pricey.

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New York City, New York
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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 24, 2015

The wait staff is very good and friendly. The seating is right off a beautifully lighted pool. The food is OK but not memorable.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2015

My wife and I stayed at El Mangroove for 5 nights, and we ate dinner at Makako twice. Service was spot on both nights, and we both enjoyed our meals a lot. If they had more vegetarian options for my wife we probably would have eaten there a third time.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015

Wonderful food, we called right before coming and they accommodated us! Excellent tasting food for great prices , the guacamole and the mahi, short rib and tuna were excellent . Best cocktails we had on our trip too! We will be back!

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8 reviews 8 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

Its a good restaurant,good ambiance.Food is very good, service also. I didnt visit other restaurants in the area to compare, but this one is good.

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  • Address: Playa Panama, Playa Panama, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Gulf of Papagayo  >  Playa Panama
  • Phone Number: 4701-0000

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