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Balu's Beach Bar

) #35 of 67 Restaurants in Manuel Antonio National Park $$ - $$$ , , Seafood
| Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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  • Excellent44%
  • Very good38%
  • Average10%
  • Poor7%
  • Terrible1%
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Bar, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American, Central American
$$ - $$$
| Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Reviewed March 7, 2017

This is our third year in Costa Rica and Balu is one of our favourite places. We also rent a sun lounger and parasol from them. The food is always good and the staff are very friendly. Chicken rice is my favourite dish here and...More

Thank buddyorbison
Reviewed February 28, 2017 via mobile

Great little gathering place to enjoy a pina colada and good locally sourced food. Right on the beach so no shoes required. For the old timers who used to come here years ago, the location is where the old Mar y Sombra was and still...More

Thank SusanandJesse
Reviewed February 22, 2017

That's the only bar/restaurant really on Espadilla beach, all the others are in the "village" by the road on the other side of the Beach. In a way it preserves the shores from destruction by shacks. The shady setting is a ramshackle of concrete tables...More

Thank Aralya
Reviewed February 19, 2017

Definitely the best bar on the beach. The only bar right on the beach side and perfectly positioned for sun set. Super cocktails with all day 2-4-1 offers and bar snacks for those feeling peckish. Also booked a surf lesson here which was great fun....More

Thank es488
Reviewed January 23, 2017 via mobile

I think they should keep this local as a bar and not serving food at all or at least some snacks would be better. With the prices they are selling the food which is a very bad quality, you can go to very good restaurants...More

Thank Hanzbeer
Reviewed January 18, 2017

We love to try out restaurants, wether its fine dining or a hole on the wall and in a beach trip like this, we like to eat in small dive bars and we were told to try out Balu that was conveniently located beachfront....We asked...More

Reviewed January 18, 2017 via mobile

My husband and I loved this little bar. We sat in the afternoon after some beaching and sun enjoying cold beer and delicious food. The service is friendly and the food is great! The big highlight is that you don't even have to leave the...More

Thank NafasSoheyl
Reviewed January 14, 2017

My wife and I were taken to Restaurante Balu by a local Tico friend who surfs at this beach. The first time was in the afternoon, where we just sat and had coffee and drinks, enjoyed the beach and some good conversation. The wait staff...More

Thank MuskokaMan
Reviewed December 25, 2016

Good service and can sit right on the beach and wait for the sun to set. Enjoyed our nachos and ginger ale on a lovely evening. The menu seemed quite comprehensive but we were just looking for a filler.

Thank Terry S
Reviewed November 30, 2016

We went late at night, right outside of our hotel, the Verde Mar. Waves crashing right up to the edge of the tables...the ugly lopsided and deserted tables. We didn't get food, and the pics in the other reviews look nice. Menu showed pricey fare....More

Thank ShannonLewis
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My son and his girlfriend are getting married in Manuel Antonio the week of June 26th-July 3. We are looking for a place to accommodate 50-55 people for dinner on Friday July 1. Can you accommodate that number of people at your restaurant. Could you please respond as soon as possible because the kids are trying to get everything booked in the next day or two. Thanks and have a great day. Linda McLaughlin
September 14, 2015|
Response from Johanna R | Property representative |
Off course we can accommodate you on that date. We also offer weaddings and events service, you can check our page on Facebook Pura Love Weaddings. For more information contact me on Facebook Restaurante Balu or Pura Love... More
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Erin A
Hi there, Do you folks have lockers or offer any-sort of service in which if we purchases chairs etc from you we could leave our packs in the back to avoid lugging them around MA for the day as we will be in-between accommodations the day we come. Thanks in advance!
August 20, 2015|
Response from Johanna R | Property representative |
Hi, yes we have lockers service but only for the day for $4. Besides, we have 2 chairs and umbrella for $10 the day. Thanks for asking see you!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Bar, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American, Central American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Takeout
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: | Manuel Antonio Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
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