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La Cantina BBQ

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South American, Costa Rican, Barbecue
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Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
011(506)2777-0584
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105 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 95 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Costa Rica isn't cheap, but the steak here certainly delivered good value for money. Melt in the mouth tender and served with some tasty vegetables. Shame that the service seemed very inattentive - even though the place was barely a quarter full

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Thank swisstony123
Naperville, Illinois
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24 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We really like this restaurant and have eaten here a number of times despite their spotty service. We visited it again this past week and had fabulous hot rolls, steaks, potatoes and salads. However we recommend going elsewhere if you are looking for seafood or good wine.

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Thank DonaJudy
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Went there after checking in at the hotel across the street. Atmosphere is ok. They had a 3 piece band playing cover songs. The trouble started when we ordered food from Danny our waiter. Our food came out Luke warm. My daughter did not get the chicken for her salad. We ordered an appetizer and it didn't come until after... More 

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Thank Tony T
Ilkley, United Kingdom
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28 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016

Good food, good service and excellent BBQ. Live music from the band who were easily persuaded to step up the tempo later in the night for some good fun dancing. With the exception of the BBQ elements, the menu was the same as L'Avion down the hill, so I suspect the same people own both. Catered for a large group... More 

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Thank KarlLavery
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4 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 21, 2016 via mobile

My family and I ate dinner at La Cantina tonight. We started out with a large bottle of water for the table. After pouring all four glasses that were already on the table full of water, my daughter noticed there were ants in her water. Not a big deal, after all, we are kinda in a jungle environment. We notified... More 

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Thank 2Flip
Rincon de La Vieja, Costa Rica
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 16, 2016

Live band playing in the background and a great steak on my plate. Great and friendly staff. Good place for steak, didn't try anything else.

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Thank bonnie68clyde
Marlton, New Jersey
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6 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2016

The waiter was very helpful. The restaurant has a fun vibe, and after 7 a band was playing. The food was ok, I had veggie shish kabobs. The Pura Vida drink was really tasty.

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Thank Heather H
Greenwich, Connecticut
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3 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 23, 2016

food average - too dark to see well what we were eating service slow nice dog to sit by your table - if you like them, staff will call dog away

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Thank metter56
West Chester, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 57 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 22, 2016

We chose La Cantina BBQ after a long day of car travel because it was located directly across from our hotel. While it was certainly convenient, the food and service were average at best.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016 via mobile

The food here was super yummy! The server was funny and very attentive. Large portions also! I got the pineapple teriyaki chicken and my husband had the chicken & rice. We would definitely recommend it!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Cuisine
South American, Costa Rican, Barbecue
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar scene, Families with children, Large groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: 011(506)2777-0584

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