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La Cantina BBQ

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Barbecue, South American, Costa Rican
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Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Gainesville, Florida
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147 reviews
83 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Nice ambiance, good service and good food. Food portions are fairly large, and my dinner entree was great (had the catch of the day - grilled snook)

Thank SVG108
Los Angeles, California, United States
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39 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We just finished dinner here and I couldn't wait to review this excellent restaurant. Alejandro was our waiter and he was awesome! The food was also excellent. We ordered onion rings for an appetizer - they were so tasty and light. The perfect amount of breading lightly deep fried and served with a delious thai peanut sauce. We shared a... More 

Thank Kimberleigh C
Los Angeles, California
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21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

My husband and I ended up here twice on our trip. The steak is cooked on wood fire and taste amazing! The servers are really nice. Also they had music and candles which created a romantic environment. We loved it!

Thank Terrarizer
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24 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 12, 2016 via mobile

They had live music at night and the service and food were very good. Is a nice place to have a quiet diner.

Thank Nelamm91
St. George, Utah
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71 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 8, 2016 via mobile

Okay, so many of the menu items were expensive, and the service was just okay (you can avoid paying for the large bottle of water they offer you by asking for tap water) but I still had to give this place a 5. The chicken kebab was more reasonably priced than many of the other menu items, the kebab was... More 

Thank AdamCaldwell
Madison, Connecticut
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016 via mobile

We loved this place so much that we went back again to celebrate my daughters birthday. The service was perfect (our waiter could not have done more for us), the food was mouth watering and the atmosphere was wonderful! We loved having the band there and dancing. Thanks La Cantina for helping us make great family memories!

Thank sealuvr33
Gillingham, United Kingdom
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30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 26, 2016 via mobile

La Cantina looks amazing when you see it; big BBQ and flames and all the smells of what ought to be tasty food. That's where the good element ends. The service is average although our waiter did not show any of the Pura Vida that Costa Rica is famous for. Maybe he was having an off night but he certainly... More 

Thank Georgie l
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107 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 96 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

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

Thank swisstony123
Naperville, Illinois
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24 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 4, 2016

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.

Thank DonaJudy
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 29, 2016 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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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
Barbecue, South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Special occasions, Kids, Large groups, Bar scene, Families with children
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?