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“Another Unexpected Gem” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Cafe El Manglar - CLOSED

Cafe El Manglar
2-3 Blocks North of Town Center, Brasilito, Costa Rica
2654-6070
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Cuisines: Costa Rican
Dining options: Reservations
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Dining options: Reservations
Los Angeles, California
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57 helpful votes 57 helpful votes
“Another Unexpected Gem”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 26, 2012

Nice upscale sort of soda. Excellent service and well prepared food. On a dirt road in the village with nice outdoor seating. Had steak casado for $7. Can't beat it.

Visited April 2012
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Playa Conchal, Costa Rica
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24 reviews 24 reviews
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“The Taste of Costa Rica”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2012

Sure, there are bigger restaurants; and yes there are fancier restaurants; and then there are restaurants that have walls, windows and maybe even a front door. But if you are looking for pura vida and the taste of Costa Rica, go no further than Cafe del Manglar [mis-spelled above] in Brasilito. Located on the unpaved coastal road, just off the beach in the pure-tico El Precario neighborhood about three homes north of Don Brasilito's, Cafe del Manglar is a gem. Chef Victor and host Jorge will treat you to a personal dining experience that you just can't get in the tourist spots. We have had dinners there with from 2 to 17 people and they never disappoint. And the breakfast is fabulous. OK, the menu is on a chalk board, and the dogs chase away the cats and the chickens chase away the bugs, but isn't that what Costa Rica is all about? We love it, and if you aren't uptight, you will too.

  • Visited April 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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“Warm, friendly spot”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

I've been living in Brasilito for the last seven months and Cafe de Manglar is a perfect place for a cup of coffee, a great meal and for meeting wonderful people. The restaurant is cool and fresh with plants and natural decorations. The owners and staff are genuine, bilingual and welcoming to everyone. Also useful for free wi-fi and public computer if needed, some books and helpful advice from the owners and staff. It is a must stop in Brasilito.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Toronto
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“My favourite restaurant in Brasilito”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2012

During a month-long stay in Brasiltio this became the spot I gravitated to most days. The space between two buildings has been transformed into a lush and comfortable patio. Filled with plants, art and books, fans turning gently overhead, you can sit across from the ocean and while away the hours. The owners are unfailingly friendly, whether you're ordering water or a three course meal, and truly make you feel at home. Jorge, who takes care of the customers, speaks fluent English and takes a genuine interest in everyone who comes. Funny, patient and compassionate, he helps customers with anything from stories about Costa Rica, tips on accommodations, or even the loan of a bicycle pump!

After a few lunches I believed the food was a tasty version of the local fare, with a few North American dishes added for those who want familiar food. However, I went for dinner with some friends and discovered a new level of delight - fresh seafood and fish in delectable sauces. Victor, the chef, keeps the menu short and simple, but the dinner specials are just that - very special.

I would highly recommend Cafe El Manglar to any visitor looking for a genuine Costa Rican meal in a pleasant, relaxing atmosphere.

  • Visited March 2012
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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bologna
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“A beautiful corner along the beach”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2012

I discovered this beautiful garden bar/restaurant while I was strolling down Brasilito beach.
It caught my attention for the book exchange sign, which was the purpose of my exploration. Apart from the books, I was impressed by the excellent deco, created with local handicrafts, plants, nice wooden structure, joined with fresh made food and drinks.
The owners are local very open to share their interests, we had a great chat and ended up swapping music with books!
I wish them a great success, and I warmly suggest visitors to pass by for a taste of welcoming tico culture.

    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 4 of 5 stars Food
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