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Cafe del Manglar

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2 Cuadras Al Norte Del Camaron Dorado | de el Bar Don Brasilito Media Cuadra al Norte, Brasilito 50308, Costa Rica
+506 8485 3953
11:00 am - 10:00 am
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Victoria, Canada
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15 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate here 2 days in a row and really enjoyed our meals. The pasta was surprisingly delicious, and the casados were some of the best we had on our trip. After the meal we were brought out small bowls of frozen sherbert, which was very cute and unexpected. Good value for the money.

Thank Cassandra L
Norwich, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
54 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great little place, really authentic and tasty food. They adapted dishes to our vegan and gluten-free diet no problem. Would recommend.

Thank Lara E
Oakland, California
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed April 15, 2017

Victor and the staff take their time to prepare really fresh delicious food in a congenial atmosphere. The food can take a while so order the patacones and a smoothie or a beer as soon as you sit down, and then enjoy the atmosphere and the sound of the waves while you wait for your food. The pescado casado was... More 

Thank BayAreaTraveler68
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54 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
Reviewed April 1, 2017

It's a cute little place. We ordered seafood as well as chicken. We were disappointed by the calamari and the ceviche. Both used frozen seafood--something like basa fish--when there should have been fresher options considering its location. The flavor was good and so was the service. I just wish that we could have tasted something fresher. The portions were ok... More 

Thank anna b
Saint Louis, Missouri
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289 reviews
135 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed March 27, 2017

I loved the bruschetta here....Lamb Kabobs were awesome too. We ended eating here twice because the food and service were so great

Thank got2bebiking
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361 reviews
246 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 136 helpful votes
Reviewed March 13, 2017 via mobile

Love coming here to eat and visit with Victor and Martin. They go out of their way to welcome you and give you the freshest meal possible. There always seems to be a cool breeze coming from the ocean and you truly feel the Costa Rican friendliness. Pura Vida!

Thank Toadhollowtravellers
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed March 11, 2017 via mobile

I've been in Brasilito for two weeks and kept hearing great things about the ceviche. I had the fish ceviche and a watermelon smoothie which were both delightful. But the star of the show was the patacones... epic fresh pico and beans paired with the perfect twice fried plantains. I can't go back soon enough. Also the staff was awesome... More 

Thank Jadd T
Louisville, Kentucky
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed January 26, 2017

If you want to visit an authentic Costa Rican restaurant, check out most any restaurant in Brasilito. If you want a hidden-away place that feels like you're on an island all by yourself, go to Cafe del Manglar. Down the dusty road, past a few houses and you've arrived. Chickens, cats and dogs ran around everywhere, like the rest of... More 

Thank GetSet2
Ottawa, Canada
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137 reviews
68 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed January 25, 2017

This is a gem of a family restaurant that features a father and son team (at least on our Tuesday evening visit) that take good care of you. Not fancy, but neither are the prices. Chalkboard menus list a variety of typical dishes prepared in the open kitchen by both team members. The fish casado was the best I've had... More 

Thank Shorty B
Barrington, Illinois
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3 reviews
Reviewed January 7, 2017

Great local restaurant with friendly local staff in front of the beach area. Dogs and cats allowed. Very Clean.

Thank Terri D

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$6 - $20
Latin, Seafood, International, Spanish, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Cash Only, Free Wifi, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Families with children, Kids
Open Hours
11:00 am - 10:00 am
11:00 am - 10:00 am
11:00 am - 10:00 am
11:00 am - 10:00 am
11:00 am - 10:00 am
11:00 am - 10:00 am
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 2 Cuadras Al Norte Del Camaron Dorado | de el Bar Don Brasilito Media Cuadra al Norte, Brasilito 50308, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Brasilito
  • Phone Number: +506 8485 3953
2 cuadras norte del restaurante camarón dorado frente al mar santa cruz guanacaste.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?