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El Lagarto


Ratings and reviews

Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 Winner

Food and ambience

Special occasions, Romantic, Scenic view, Large groups, Bar scene

Location and contact

Unico y original
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, International
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 5 days ago

We enjoyed a fabulous dinner here with our Gate1 Tour Group. Every single course was perfect, and the grill made all the meats taste fabulous. The sunset wasn't great the night we dined, but the view was still great! Service was good, and the atmosphere...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank DebT55
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nothing incredible. But the food was good. I was here on business with some MBA students from Utah Valley University. The food was pretty good, but the portion sizes were small.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank kylewK18BV
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This restaurant has the coolest view and cooks the food is a awesome way. They have a fire that they pull the coals from and they place it u see the food that is on a grill. It had a great Smokey taste and was...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Samantha G
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The selections were very basic. It was good but the portion sizes were small! Willing to go back again

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Kenton D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Place was amazing. Fast and professional service. Food was great. Piña Coladas were awesome. Highly recommend to everyone!

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Tanner W
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Loved this place. Good food, great view. Went for an MBA trip and it was the perfect environment to relax.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Chris A
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wow, we found a gem here. The walk in the dark from our hotel was a little challenging, but once to El Lagarto we were well taken Care of. The squid was really good! The charcoal grill was amazing to see. It looked right out...More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank MikeMinCR
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

We were told by our local naturalist guide that this was a must visit restaurant while in Manuel Antonio! We are so glad we took his advice! We had the portobello mushrooms for appetizers and beef tenderloin for dinner! The food was fantastic and the...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank Sokru
Reviewed April 20, 2019

Their BBQ fire system is really cool, but that's the best thing about this place. Big menu with average food. Nothing remarkable and quite pricey. Went once and wouldn't go back. Not bad, but certainly not great.

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank mrmooch1
Reviewed April 1, 2019 via mobile

Nice decor. Nice sunset view. No view after sunset. Impressive firewood system which means noisy exhaust allll nite long. Service was ok but far from great. 3 of the 5 red wines were missing. Food was ok ... no more. Shrimp cocktail was really bad....More

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank michelpF117KQ
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January 20, 2019|
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Response from EVLJack | Reviewed this property |
You could probably chance walking during the day but I would not do it at night. As you've heard, there's often little room for pedestrians next to the road.
February 4, 2018|
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Response from scottgriff71 | Reviewed this property |
They love kids. Our kids had a good time but there were 2 11 year olds and a 13 year old. They usually eat off the adult menu but I know they have burgers, chicken tenders, fries, desserts , everything a kid would eat with... More
May 10, 2017|
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