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El Restaurante Guanacaste

Costa Rican, South American, Central American
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Barrio Mercedes, Atenas, Costa Rica
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Saint Louis, Missouri
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28 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2016 via mobile

Here for lunch & the food is very good! Lots of choices & all that we had was very good. We will be back! Used the WAZE app to get here & it was very easy.

Thank NYE2015
Atenas, Costa Rica
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27 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2016

surroundings are so so, you are surrounded, circled by the cars parked around the restaurant, no true decoration the service is agreeable and 'tranquilo' the menu has ups and downs: spaghetti tasteless and full of water, fabulous smoked porc, chicken meat over cooked and stone hard, fantastic and enormous salad with shrimps (a wee bit of salad sauce or olive... More 

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Benicia, California
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15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 13, 2016

The food is great and the parking easy. The restaurants in Atenas and its suburbs are very small and parking is a nightmare. However, El Restaurante Guanacaste is a rarity. The restaurant is located behind another building but there is a sign that indicates you've arrived. Just drive up the alleyway. You won't regret the fact that street names are... More 

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Des Moines, Iowa
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37 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 14, 2016

We went for dinner last night. After a full 2 months in several different areas of Costa Rica I can safely say two things: This is the best meat (pork and beef) that we have had and this was the only time I saw a Tico restaurant really full. We were there on a Sunday evening, and by the time... More 

Thank Catherine T
El Paso, Texas
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 4, 2016 via mobile

Based on the reviews I expected it to be hard to find but that's not the case; well marked by a big sign on the main road. Went there for lunch recently and absolutely loved the place. We had ceviche, fish soup, ribs and chicharon....all very good.

Thank RayandNat
Cadillac, Michigan
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100 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 60 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is close by to where we are staying. So the first night we went because of convenience. Driving into it makes you think that you're going into a drive-in but the open air restaurant is a delight. The food was good, the price is reasonable and the staff is friendly. The soccer game with all the TVs in... More 

Thank phantom_49601
Belmont, California
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015 via mobile

It's about 3.5 miles off the 135 in a residential neighborhood. The pork ribs and chicken were delicious. It's a busy local restaurant. We loved it.

Thank tiffihiss
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23 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 28, 2015

Nice little restaurant off the beaten path. A little hard to find, but worth it. Very good Costa Rican food at a reasonable price. It you go, tell Manuel (the waiter) that Dan sent you.

Thank Dan H
Costa Rica
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2015

Food and service were good. I had the fish, which was tasty. This is a great restaurant that has been around a while, but there are a lot of great restaurants popping up in Atenas. Based on other restaurants I have been to in the area, I rate Guanacaste average.

Thank TamaraMian506
chicago, il
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81 reviews
62 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2015 via mobile

After reading the reviews, we decided to visit this restaurant. It has a nice covered parking area. It was very difficult to find, as there is no sign, and it is in a residential neighborhood. My husband had the large rib platter, and I had a variety of tapas plates. The ribs were tough and dry. I would not eat... More 

Thank skacian

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Costa Rican, South American, Central American
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Dining on a budget, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Barrio Mercedes, Atenas, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Atenas
One the best restaurants in Atenas. Only La Trocha compares.

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