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El Coconut

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, International
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Main Street | Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0086
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Closed now
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Tue - Sun 10:00 am - 10:00 pm
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3 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago NEW via mobile

Adequate food. Norwegian Matre D/ owner was a total scammer. They offered a 30% discount for paying cash. The dinner cost 40% more than any other restaurant in Tamarindo for similar food. $550 for dinner for 11 people for a 3 star dinner

Thank Jeffrey M
katharina_elcoconut, Propietario at El Coconut, responded to this review

Dear Jeffrey Thank you so much for taking your time to write this review. There are a couple of things that I would like to clarify though. There is no general discount of 30% for cash payement in my restaurant. You where on Friday the 25th of November - BLACK FRIDAY. It was stated on all promotional material that the... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Had a fantastic Thanksgiving dinner with my family, with a not so easy to please group of 16. Terrific service and seafood. Thanks

Thank Hunter J
Phoenixville, Pennsylvania
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We ate here twice because it was so good. The food and service are top notch. One of my favorite places in Tamarindo!

Thank Whitney S
Wayland, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Our Norwegian hostess was friendly, helpful, and understanding of the newborn and wandering 3 year old sister. The wait staff also. Food was good, particularly the tuna/avocado stack appetizer. My gazpacho was very good; the shrimp filled avocado appetizer also very good. My fish was tender and juicy. A really good meal, but interrupted by a meltdown of the 3... More 

Thank ScooterM52
Calgary, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 18, 2016

It was recommended that we try this nice restaurant in Tamarindo, so we did and it was very good. A little on the pricey side, considering other options available in the area, but the food was nice and the atmosphere was very appealing - open-air dining off of the main street. We came during low tourist season so we were... More 

Thank JHL321
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 28, 2016 via mobile

We decided to eat downtown for our last meal and the food here was fantastic! We ordered the chicken with the mushroom sauce and bacon wrapped filet mignon. Awesome! And!! They employ local women to cook the restaurant's menu. Love it!

Thank Julie M
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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 12, 2016 via mobile

My boyfriend and I were watching the sunset across the street and a storm was coming. We had seen this restaurant on this app, so we decided to check it out. We are 2 of 3 people in the restaurant, so we made of 66%. It took a while for my boyfriend to get a second beer, the food was... More 

Thank Angela D
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 via mobile

This place had the best food I had in all of tamarindo. The drinks were awesome , the food was amazing and the service was excellent. You have to try the curry chicken in peach sauce, it sound sketchy but it's really good. I only gave them a 4 because it gets really hot there during lunch time, but if... More 

Thank Haydeekarina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 27, 2016

We always eat at El Coconut when in Tamarindo, and we've not been disappointed in 12 years! The service is first rate, and the food is creative, beautifully presented, and tasty! If you are in Tamarindo and want a fine dining experience, go to El Coconut!

Thank mbahr
Kansas City,
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3 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 24, 2016 via mobile

The food I ordered was good, and they were very accommodating of my son's food preferences. My only criticism, which is fairly minor, is that the food took a long time to come. However, it did taste very fresh and was exactly what we ordered.

Thank Laurel W

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, International
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Local cuisine, Special occasions, Romantic, Business meetings, Families with children
Open Hours
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street | Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo
  • Phone Number: +506 2653 0086
This setting could just as well be in LA or Paris; beautiful teak terracing, all handmade wood furnishing and the shining cobber from the bar and the lamps give that warmth and good feeling we all enjoy. The wait staff takes pride in being members of Team Coconut for years. It is their personalized attention that permits them to remember each client and their likings. Nowhere else will you feel as Welcome and Well attended as here. Every day the same words are repeated "The Client is the King". At El Coconut you will also find a truly professional kitchen where the main ingredients are "Heart & Soul". Who could be able to resist an Avocado filled with sauteed Shrimps, A Tropical Lobster prepared with fresh pineapple, raisins and ginger or not to forget the Surf & Turf even big enough to satisfy the hungriest surfer. Where else in Costa Rica would you find a temperate wine cellar of almost 1000 bottles? Nowhere that we know of. Our wine selection goes from the easy drinking Latin American table wines to finer selections such as Chateau Neuf du Pape, Penfold 389 and many more. Our seating capacity is more than 100. We are used to and truly enjoy arranging your special events; be that "The President's Club", incentive dinners, rehearsal dinners or weddings. Let us make your night that special night.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?