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El Castillo

| Across from Hotel Bahia Del Sol, Playa Potrero 50304, Costa Rica
+506 2573 4233
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good22%
  • Average8%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
Travelers talk about
“ribs” (25 reviews)
“cheesecake” (14 reviews)
“cashew chicken” (13 reviews)
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American, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
| Across from Hotel Bahia Del Sol, Playa Potrero 50304, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

I counted about 10-12 Americans there for early Happy Hour. The owner greeted us, the drinks were good, and we enjoyed the food. Simple gut very good Blackened fish and vegetable. More than I could eat. It is worth the stop. Check time on opening...More

Thank dickkeyser
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I had a take away Chickpea Curry that came with rice and a perfectly cooked soft yolked egg. It was the perfect balance between flavour, spiciness (i don't like too hot) and a slight sweetness. A really great tasting dish definitely worth repeating!

Thank divechic2
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

the chef/ owner came out and talked to us. he recommended the steak and eggs which was one of the best things I have ever ate.

Thank ed e
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Eating in Costa Rica is an eye opener, and you need to plan on spending a fair amount of money for food if you're eating out often. If you try and cheap out, you will not be able to experience some of the truly wonderful...More

Thank mad m
Reviewed August 17, 2018 via mobile

Good atmosphere. Seemed like everyone knew everyone. I had the mahi mahi with garlic which was very good. The masked potatoes were homemade! Boyfriend had the special of the night: ribs. They were very tender. He really liked the scalloped potatoes.

Thank seeled
Reviewed August 15, 2018

If you must eat one dinner in Playa Potrero then El Castillo should be your choice. Costa Rica is not a place for spices and flavors but Harlan's food goes against the grain - it's really good! Somehow he sells soup when it's 100 degrees...More

Thank Jon P
Reviewed August 8, 2018

Over the course of our stay in Playa Potrero we went to El Castillo four different times because it was the best restaurant in town, and I'm writing this review now because I'm back at home craving their food. Everything we ate was delicious; the...More

Thank SickofHome2018
Reviewed August 7, 2018

I reviewed El Castillo some time ago and have changed my mind since that review . Then I said this was a very good restaurant with normal bar food and excellent specials . NOW with a menu change El Castillo has hit a GRAND SLAM...More

Thank TravelingMan058
Reviewed August 4, 2018

After a week of trying all the restaurants in town, we went to Castillos’s tonight. I had seen the portions in prior reviews, so my husband and I decided to share a house salad and the cashew chicken. The salad was the average greens, etc....More

Thank Sue V
Reviewed July 27, 2018

If you stay in Potrero, it is a must go, the food is really good, the ribs are to die for, and so is the signature dish and the burgers. Pasta is average. Been a few times and on one occasion we heard at a...More

Thank SunriseSki
Harlan C, Owner at El Castillo, responded to this reviewResponded July 27, 2018

Well, I'm glad you enjoyed your food, that really is the important part for me. I'm not sure what my signature dish is, so if you happen to make it in again, please let me.know. :) Now, as far as my being "sensitive", what you...More

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Devon R
June 27, 2018|
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Response from Kathleen R | Reviewed this property |
There are lots of adaptable items on the menu for vegetarian options. And Harlan will fix you whatever he can. It’s a very accommodating place.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $15
American, Bar, Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Special occasions, Large groups, Families with children, Bar scene, Kids
Open Hours
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Across from Hotel Bahia Del Sol, Playa Potrero 50304, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Potrero
  • Phone Number: +506 2573 4233
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