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El Rancho de Nelson

$$ - $$$
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, South American
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10. 070447519367683,- 84. 31355224945618, Grecia, Costa Rica
+506 2494 1515
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Fresno, California
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

We visited on a tour of Grecia. Our guide throught enough of this restaurant to take us here. Food was very good. But I wouldn't say great.

Thank Kendall B
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437 reviews
119 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 487 helpful votes
Reviewed March 21, 2017

The food was over priced and it was not flavoured well. Also the portions were small. I did not finish my meal because I felt the food was not fresh.

1 Thank Tl D
Quebec, Canada
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107 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 170 helpful votes
Reviewed February 26, 2017

Came here for dinner, not expecting much as this place has an outdoors setting which is quite dark and even a little bit gloomy in the evening. Ordered fish and was not disappointed: fresh, tasty and well executed. The waiter (maybe the owner?) was both efficient and caring, and he even took out a map to help us with directions... More 

Thank Marc M
Greenville, South Carolina
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25 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed January 2, 2017

If you like authentic Costa Rican food you cannot beat Nelson's. It has a great atmosphere and the selections are plentiful. Sounds strange but they have one of the best hamburgers in town. Trey

Thank georgemaynard3
Grecia, Costa Rica
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed August 24, 2016

Of all the restaurants in Grecia, I bet I have eaten here the most times. It is the best "typical" Tico restaurant in the area. Always reliable, good service and large menu. I didn't give it 5 stars because of its lack of diversity in their cuisine. That may be unfair on my part because it does not pretend to... More 

Thank mermade7
San Jose, Costa Rica
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22 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed August 22, 2016

I order the sirloin everytime I go. Other food taste good but I would recommend the sirloin and the mashed beans

Thank Ken S
Naperville, Illinois
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed August 4, 2016

We live part of the year in Grecia, Costa Rica, and often eat at Bar Rancho Nelson (which is its actual name). The food there is simple, good "Tico" food at very reasonable prices.

Thank DonaJudy
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
Reviewed August 3, 2016

I've eaten here at least a dozen times. Everything is consistent. The portions are enormous. I've tried several items on the menu and never had a bad meal.

Thank istanbulSavannah
Grecia, Costa Rica
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88 reviews
75 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed May 22, 2016

I ate here regularly for over 2 years. The last 3 trips in the service was horrible at best. I recently had lunch here with 3 friends and after we all ordered drinks and food it went downhill. Three of us had our food before the other friend#4 even got her drink. I asked the server, Miguel, where her drink... More 

Thank Bill B
Grecia, Costa Rica
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed May 13, 2016

Nelson's casados are the best I've ever had in Costa Rica, and I've lived here 5 years. They also have great nachos, ceviche, arroz, and steaks/seafood. Nelson's has a great variety of delicious foods for low prices. You can get beer there. We like to sit on the porch to eat at Nelson's.

Thank soup S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 10. 070447519367683,- 84. 31355224945618, Grecia, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Grecia
  • Phone Number: +506 2494 1515

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