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Restaurante Mar y Tierra

South American, Costa Rican
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Santa Elena, Santa Elena 2761-1603, Costa Rica
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  • 33
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  • 15
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  • 9
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  • 3
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Nice friendly restaurant

We both enjoyed a delicious meal here in a lovely atmosphere and served by very attentive staff. Before our food arrived the waitress asked if we would like to swap table as she new a group of 9 was about to arrive and thought we might like a quieter table. Could not fault anything about our... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 4 weeks ago
upthedale2015
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Heathfield, United Kingdom
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Knoxville, Tennessee
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53 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

With little signage and on a second floor, this is easy to pass by. Do so. Although the couple on staff were friendly, their 3 year old son was omnipresent on a motorized tricycle, NASCARing his way among the tables the entire time we were there. He was briefly joined by his slightly older sister on a scooter The menu... More 

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Thank ssmynkint
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19 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had lunch here on the recommendation of some friends and weren't disappointed. The service was very attentive and friendly. Although the small is fairly small, it was clean and we grabbed a window seat with great views of the street from our second-floor perch. The Azteca soup was amazing! A tomato soup with lots of chicken, avocados, cheese and... More 

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Thank Alice W
Pasadena, California
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7 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our first visit to Costa Rica and we struck gold in finding this restaurant in Santa Elena. With its location on the second floor, you have a great view of the happenings on a busy corner in this tiny cloud forest locale. The food was homemade Costa Rican food that was beautifully presented and tasted delicious. Service was attentive. Loved... More 

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Thank R W
South Bend, Indiana
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We went here based on the recommendation of our hotel and what a good one! Our waitress was very friendly and attentive. All of our food was amazing. This is a must visit place.

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Thank paddlehead
London, United Kingdom
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16 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After several nights of (admittedly delicious) casados in budget sodas we decided to treat ourselves and were delighted with our choice. My wife and I both ordered steak and it was delicious. The restaurant is beautifully decorated and the owners are very friendly and do all the cooking and waiting themselves. It's not cheap by Costa Rican standards, but worth... More 

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Thank Harrisson81
Madison, Wisconsin
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Run by a nice couple, good selection of wines and premium liquors. The food was good! Tried their arroz con pollo which came with really good french fries (thin, a bit crispy on the outside). Nice atmosphere. Not a large place but accommodated our group of 10, no problem!

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Thank Jessika P
Heathfield, United Kingdom
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53 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We both enjoyed a delicious meal here in a lovely atmosphere and served by very attentive staff. Before our food arrived the waitress asked if we would like to swap table as she new a group of 9 was about to arrive and thought we might like a quieter table. Could not fault anything about our evening here. The fish... More 

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Thank upthedale2015
Phoenix, Arizona
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015 via mobile

Atmosphere was quaint and bistro essence. Service was excellent. Food was amazing! We will be eating here again before our trip ends. My husband rated their fajitas de pollo as better than the best restaurants in La Fortuna and Guanacaste. Portions mucho generous!

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London, United Kingdom
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34 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2015 via mobile

Had dinner here last night and it was ok, wife had the garlic chicken that she felt was a bit dry and too garlicky for her. Generally the portions did also seem a tad on the small side. However more irritating was we finished dinner, plates were removed and nobody spoke to us again for ~10/15 mins despite us trying... More 

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Thank safarm_uk
Salt Lake City, Utah
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2015 via mobile

Delicious and fresh salad and house dressings. Veggie fajitas tasty. Good service. A family owned and friendly place. Glad van driver recommended it. Get a 10% discount with Sky adventures.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: Santa Elena, Santa Elena 2761-1603, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Monteverde  >  Santa Elena

Price and Cuisine

  • Cuisine: South American, Costa Rican

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Families with children

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?