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Hotel Restaurant Mauna Loa

Cabinas Mauna Loa, Main Road, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
+506 8302 3217
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  • Excellent82%
  • Very good16%
  • Average2%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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Italian, Pizza, European, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options
$$ - $$$
Cabinas Mauna Loa, Main Road, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
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Reviewed September 1, 2017 via mobile

Mauna Loa is an oasis within the jungle. It is by far our favorite restaurant in Costa Rica. Stefano and Ilaria pour so much love and passion into their regional Italian cooking, and it shows. Everything is delicious from their pizza, homemade pasta, salads and...More

Thank nicolelunstrum
Reviewed July 26, 2017

Restaurant Mauna Loa is owned by an Italian couple from Rimini. It's located in the middle of nowhere and it took us quite some time to get there from the JW Marriott, due to the bumpy road and non existent pavement. Be careful driving the...More

Thank lellieu
Reviewed July 14, 2017

Twice this week a group of friends and I who are visiting the area have had dinner at Mauna Loa. We were astonished to find such a good Italian-style restaurant here and had two lovely meals. The bruschetta and antipasto are outstanding. We loved the...More

Thank kencowan
Reviewed July 8, 2017 via mobile

Unfortunately the recommended Mauna Loa was closed during our vacation in Playa Avellanas (end of June thru July 5th). According to their website they are now only open November 15- May 15.

Thank Deanne S
MaunaLoaCrew, Proprietario at Hotel Restaurant Mauna Loa, responded to this reviewResponded July 10, 2017

Hello, i'm sorry you found the restaurant closed, we were on vacation after the last season. We are now open for the next 11 months. Just the hotel will be closed until Sept 15 th for manteinance thank you

Reviewed May 26, 2017 via mobile

I did not eat at this location. I would just like to advise that this restaraunt is closed for one month contrary to their times. My rating is not accurate.

1  Thank Nathan G
Reviewed April 24, 2017

Have to say I did not stay here but stopped by after someone recommended the gift shop as the woman hand makes jewelry for you- walked in and was amazing by the quaint but fun oasis that this place is, you don't really see it...More

Thank Mary Ellen J
Reviewed April 16, 2017 via mobile

This was a cute spot near the JW Marriott. The owners are Italian and very friendly. The food was great and the setting was quiet and lovely - not on the beach but a very homey feel. There were not a lot of people there...More

Thank Sarah B
Reviewed April 15, 2017

Fabulous Italian food made by the friendliest Italian people! Great breakfast, dinner and desserts. This is a must try in Playa Avellanas and not a bad drive from Tamarindo either. Try the homemade pasta, bruschetta, pizzas, tiramisu or cheesecake if they have it. You won't...More

Thank npcg828
Reviewed April 10, 2017

What a beautiful setting for a delicious meal. Authentic Italian food is the fare of this restaurant. You will not be disappointed if you choose to have a meal here. The service is wonderful. The wait persons are attentive and friendly. Even if you aren't...More

Thank Kristy63
Reviewed March 31, 2017 via mobile

Drink your morning coffee while watching the chefs make the pasta for that night's dinner. every meal was amazing. The owner/chefs are are as charming as they are talented. All this in a magical setting. Not to be missed if you are anywhere near Playa...More

Thank jamie92014
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$5 - $15
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Serves Alcohol, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Accepts Credit Cards
Good for
Romantic, Families with children
Open Hours
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
7:30 AM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Cabinas Mauna Loa, Main Road, Playa Avellanas, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo  >  Playa Avellanas
  • Phone Number: +506 8302 3217
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We are located in Playa Avellanas, 30 minutes driving from Tamarindo in Guanacaste Region. The hotel is about 15 minutes walking distance from the beautiful and quiet beach of Avellanas, in a tranquil area where monkeys & birds sing along. Mauna Loa is made of 7 colourful bungalows, very comfortable, spread in the garden and around the pool to enjoy privacy during your vacation. Our large pool with a paddling section for kids is great to relax and enjoy the surrounding nature. The hotel counts with an italian restaurant, and also an outdoor shared kitchen for our guests who prefer to cook! You can find local handcrafts & handy things in our pretty little Boutique, convenient as there is not so much around! Our reception team is here to help you discover this beautiful area and organize activities nearby. Not only surfers can have fun in Avellanas, there is something to do for everyone!
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