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El Rancho Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Costa Rican, South American, Central American
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Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0481
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4 reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

They broought us sea food smelling very bad and when we told the waiter about it, he was very agressive to us,we thought he will put us out of the restaurant. Then another guy came and was friendly, we just ordered something because we felt very bad. That was bad.

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Thank Jerjir
Kempten, Germany
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63 reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Very bad service, food has nothing to do with prices. The menu is very limited. I prefer real restaurants in Manuel Antonio.

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Thank Hanzbeer
Upland, CA
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33 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 12, 2016 via mobile

Our family (myself, husband and 2 sons 21 & 27) had dinner here last night. Oh my! I had the fresh fish of the day - a red snapper that you had your choice of preparation - I opted for the fresh crab meat and garlic butter and was not disappointed. Seriously, one of the best fish dishes I've ever... More 

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Thank whiningyapper
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 13, 2016 via mobile

Small and intimate outdoor restaurant attached to a hotel. Service was exceptional and the open kitchen is a nice feature. Menu is quite small, but the food was great.

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Thank Andrew W
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173 reviews
82 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed March 29, 2016

Very nice restaurant with great food and great atmosphere and great service. Prices are reasonable. I really enjoyed the food and the experience at this restaurant

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Thank andresworld
Porstmouth, NH
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 23, 2016 via mobile

We would have never found this place if we weren't staying at the hotel. We talked to the owner who was prepping earlier in the day and he told us what the fresh fish of the day would be (red snapper) and he told us the 3 different ways he could prepare it. We were sold and also pleasantly surprised.... More 

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Thank recoveringshopaholic
Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 22, 2016 via mobile

The place was a little hard to find. We wandered outside for a bit trying to figure out how to get in. Eventually a worker cam by and entered a gate and we followed her and we were in the restaurant. The restaurant looked like it had a full bar and was right next to a pool with a bunch... More 

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4 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 19, 2016 via mobile

Great ambiance, great service and great food. Worth every penny. My husband had steak with shrimp and I had the Ranchero shrimp salad. Steak was perfect and the shrimps were massive. Salad was very large and fresh and my shrimps were just as big. Friendly attentive staff and the restaurant itself is gorgeous. Sorry we missed out on it last... More 

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26 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 3, 2016

We stumbled upon this place while staying next door at Si Como No. This was our last stop on a two week tour of Costa Rica and it was the best meal we had in all that time. I had the tuna steak which was fresh and succulent and my husband had the grouper with crab and garlic sauce. I... More 

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North Carolina
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14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 26, 2016

We were staying at this hotel (the rooms arre nice but kinda pricey). We were looking for restaurants and ended up eating here when we could not decide where to go. It actually was very good. We loved the ceviche and tuna.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Costa Rican, South American, Central American
Meals
Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 0481

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