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El Arado Restaurant

Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0928
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  • Very good14%
  • Average4%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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Seafood, Latin, Fusion, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Reviewed March 24, 2012

Located on the old road to Quepos, this little restaurant is a treasure. Yes some of the servers have limited English, but you are in Costa Rica. It kind of adds to the experience! There is a white board with a menu in English but...More

1  Thank RQH123
Reviewed March 19, 2012

Authentic Costa Rican faire! Delicious and staff were very courteous and accomodating.

Thank Debbie G
Reviewed March 18, 2012

It was not fancy, located off a dirt road, it did not have an extensive menu, did not speak much English or publish prices, wine list was basically non existent, but it was our favorite dining experience and we ate at all the top ones...More

Thank Chandler52
Reviewed March 16, 2012

I have been in Manuel Antonio for 1 month now and have tried almost all the restaurants. This place not only has excellent service but is kept impeccably clean. The ladies in the kitchen ( which is open to the dinning room) take great pride...More

1  Thank hairhomo
Reviewed March 12, 2012

Not sure why this place gets such great reviews...yes, it's authentic, but so were a variety of other Sodas throughout Costa Rica. And, yes, the food we got was really good, but also really limited. No appetizers listed, no desserts, no prices, no real descriptions...More

Thank KentheEnchanter
Reviewed March 1, 2012

Just go...personalized service from this family owned restaurant, amazing food. Ask what is being served that day and you won't be disappointed. And like everywhere in Costa Rica, the juices are amazing because of all the fresh fruit.

Thank Chris O
Reviewed February 29, 2012

We ate here twice and loved it - a very pleasant dining experience. It's in a quiet spot, off the main road, and has a large smoke barbecue out front. The dining room is basic but atmospheric. There is no menu (just a whiteboard) and...More

Thank ben_gale1
Reviewed February 29, 2012

The food was fantastic! We liked it so much that we went there twice during our stay in Manuel Antonio. Nice atmosphere, reasonable prices & delicious Food!

Thank Ouajdi1
Reviewed February 24, 2012

We heard about El Arado on Trip Advisor and decided to give it a try as an alternative to the expensive and not so good restaurants in Manuel Antonio. It's a casual environment, but it is a very pleasant outdoor restaurant. Don't expect anything fancy....More

1  Thank laurag007
Reviewed February 20, 2012

We enjoyed the staff and the food was fantastic. We had a burger with fries and we also went their another evening and enjoyed the seafood. Great meal. Our waiter was super and remembered us when we returned.

Thank Carol36
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Gesselle M
December 24, 2014|
Response from CachoMartinez |
HI Gesselle, It´s about 6 or 7 hours driving! Forget it. Late at last!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$7 - $20
Seafood, Latin, Fusion, Central American, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi
Good for
Families with children, Kids, Large groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
8:00 AM - 10:00 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 0928
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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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