We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“delicious, elegant, if pricey fare” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Makako Restaurante at El Mangroove Hotel

Makako Restaurante at El Mangroove Hotel
Hwy 159 and Hwy 254 Intersection, Costa Rica
Website
Improve this listing
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant details
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch
Brooklyn, New York
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“delicious, elegant, if pricey fare”
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 the sirloin to the fresh mozzarella and proscuitto salad, were first rate in terms of execution and presentation. the ourdoor seating area is a bit more tropical and relaxed than the sterile looking glass box that represents the "inside" part of the restaurant though if you fear mosquitos you may want to book indoors. the service is warm and welcoming and they really seem to care about the experience you are having. it is by no means a cheap meal, more like NYC prices, but everything is done beautifully so if you have done your research and know what kind of pricing to expect, you will likely be very happy.

Visited April 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Write a Review

13 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    7
    3
    1
    1
    1
Rating summary
    Food
    Service
    Value
    Atmosphere
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Portland, Oregon
Level Contributor
10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Excellent food, beautiful setting”
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.

Visited March 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.
Quitman, Texas
Level Contributor
167 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 helpful votes
“Chic atmosphere, excellent food and service”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 27, 2014

Hubby and I had dinner at Makako last night and were delighted with this new find. The restaurant would easily be a contender in a large U.S. metropolitan area on ambience alone. Tables were beautifully appointed, and the lighting by the adjacent pool was almost ethereal with foot-tall egg-shaped orbs on the ground which emitted a soft glow and warmth to the scene. The long narrow pool, flanked by lovely wooden lounge chairs and soft white cabanas added even more to the ambience. Service was attentive without hovering. We had garden salads, sea bass, mahi mahi, creamed spinach and two glasses of wine. The fish was moist and flaky - probably prepared better than any fish we have had in a long time. Sides are ordered separately from entrees. Wine was not listed on the bar menu - had we known that two glasses would be almost $22, we probably would not have ordered wine. Bread served in a basket consisted of tiny rolls that looked almost like flower blossoms - butter was served in a tiny white ceramic "box" - very appealing visually as well as being delicious. We thoroughly enjoyed our meal and look forward to a return visit. We enjoyed visiting with server Liz, who made us feel very welcomed.

Visited February 2014
Was this review helpful? Yes 1
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Travelers who viewed Makako Restaurante at El Mangroove Hotel also viewed

Playa Panama, Gulf of Papagayo
Playa Panama, Gulf of Papagayo
 
Playa Panama, Gulf of Papagayo
Gulf of Papagayo, Province of Guanacaste
 

Been to Makako Restaurante at El Mangroove Hotel? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

If you own or manage Makako Restaurante at El Mangroove Hotel, register now for free tools to enhance your listing, attract new reviews, and respond to reviewers.