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El Arado

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Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American
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Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0928
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12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Roseville, California
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4 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2016

The food was amazing and very fresh. We enjoyed the nacho starter and then various snapper dishes and saltin (a specialty). All,portions were generous and we left with happy smiles on our faces. Off the beaten path so it was not crowded. This is a hidden gam. Strongly recommend. Ana is a wonderful chef. We can't wait to visit this... More 

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Thank CaliAmyW
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 25, 2016

The food and hospitality is excellent and very well priced. One of our favorite places. Apparently they are on the old road to Manuel Antonio from Quepos so you need to take a side road across from Hotel California.

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Meridian, Mississippi
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2016 via mobile

Having had seven different dining experiences in Manuel Antonio and Quepos I would have to say El Arado was my favorite. Very authentic and the family who owned or worked there were fantastic in getting our food ordered and prepared. Everything was wonderful. I had the whole grilled red snapper pictured. They call it barbecued. Definitely make this one of... More 

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Thank medicaprx
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25 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2016 via mobile

Fantastic, affordable, delicious food and service. They do not speak English, but that does not hinder your ordering! Nice folks, nice atmosphere and you will feel right at home.

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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2016

We tried El Arado primarily because we were staying just a couple of doors away and were looking for a convenient dinner spot. The reviews we read recommended the whole fish, and they were absolutely right. We had the whole fried snapper and it was absolutely delicious - probably the food highlight of our time in Quepos. Even if you're... More 

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Braselton, Georgia
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5 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 26, 2016

We went to El Arado with a guide we hired after a mangrove tour. El Arado is owned by his sister and her husband who run the place. The food was excellent, and they also made up a very refreshing watermelon "slushy" (which is my description, not theirs) for a drink - which was delicious. My husband ordered the fish... More 

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Columbus Junction, Iowa
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22 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 24, 2016 via mobile

I took the fish I caught to Ana, on the recommendation from the owners of Coyaba B&B, and she did a fantastic job of cooking them for us. She fixed each of the 3 kinds of fish 2 ways, and both were delicious. She has a great place to hang out like a local, have some very tasty appetizers and... More 

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Neuchatel, Switzerland
1 review
1 of 5 stars Reviewed January 20, 2016

We waited for more than one hour just to get some sandwiches, after that they overcharged us and when we asked for explanation they didn't even recognized their mistake and had racist comment. Afford this place, the owners are not correct, unpolite and the worst behaviour we ever experienced in many months of travel in central america. Don't forget that... More 

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Sedro Woolley, Washington
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2016

El Arado is a small place tucked away on a dirt road, off the main highway to the Manuel Antonio Park. It is run by a family that has a farm northwest of Manuel Antonio, where they grow most of the vegetables in their cooking. Their menu is simple and authentic, focused on local-caught mani-mahi, red snapper and prawns. n... More 

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London
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 3, 2016 via mobile

The lack of other customers was odd given the reviews. We had a fun evening here with a couple of pals but that was in spite of the very average food and wine. The service was friendly and our friends thought their food was alright, hence 3 stars rather than fewer. The ribs I had were just fat, the ceviche... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $20
Cuisine
Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American
Meals
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Monday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Tuesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Wednesday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Thursday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Friday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Saturday
12:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 0928
Description
If you are looking for an Authentic Costa Rican meal El Arado is your place! We have no hamburgers or pizza on the menu. Only traditional home cooked meals.

Tell your taxi driver we are located on the old road to Manuel Antonio 100 meters south of the hotel Villa Teca.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?