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El Sano Banano Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
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Across from the Park | Next to the Supermarket, Montezuma, Costa Rica
+506 2642 0638
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 7:00 am - 10:00 pm
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London, United Kingdom
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14 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

I just had lunch at this place and it was just what I needed. Really tasty veggie fajitas with guacamole, beans and pico de gallo. They do delicious spiralina smoothies also. Friendly service too. Nothing fancy. Just delicious grub!

Thank Louise F
San Jose, Costa Rica
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19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 13, 2016

We had a terrible meal accompanied by an even worse service. The food was so bad we couldn't even eat half of it. The waiter in turn didn't care or did anything at all to make it better. This was an absolutely disgusting experience. Don't go there!

Thank EstefM55
Gainesville, Florida
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33 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 5, 2016

I had breakfast there and food was good, not extraordinary, yet great for its value. In the heart of montezuma close to where the action happens. Clean and cute. I hear their accommodations are great but haven't stayed there. Coffee was very good! It is Costa Rica fate all...=)

Thank CristianeMachado
San Jose, California
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7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 25, 2016

The food and service were both quite good but probably the most expensive meal we had - and that was for lunch!

Thank dbar2n
YlangYlangManagement, Owner at El Sano Banano Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear dbar2n, Thank you for reviewing your meal at El Sano Banano Restaurant! We are happy to hear that the service and food were good. We do have higher prices than some other places in town because we choose to serve high quality and organic ingredients. Organic produce is something we feel very strongly about using in our restaurant, but... More 

Omaha, Nebraska
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6 reviews
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

This open air cafe has beautiful wall murals! Immediately you feel welcomed and relaxed. We were welcomed by staff and the menu choices reflect a healthy choice of local foods.

Thank osbbar
Milwaukee, WI
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5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 8, 2016

Everything Ylang Ylang has, except the beach. Great service. Good back patio. Movies, bar, and comfy seating. You won't be disappointed.

Thank Christian A
Ridgeway, Canada
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6 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 20, 2016

Had lunch out on the back patio overlooking the ocean. It was a beautiful setting and the food was delicious. I ordered a vegetarian quesadilla and honestly it was enough for 2 people. The service was excellent and all staff I encountered there was welcoming and friendly.

Thank Paula S
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 16, 2016

We had been in Montezuma for several days with kids and were lacking for evening activities when we discovered the movie nights at El Sano Banano. The food is good. More expensive than the sodas in town, but better. The second night we were able to pick our own movie because no one else came.

Thank StReginald
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60 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 3, 2016 via mobile

We were looking for a nice place to have lunch. Our party was of eight thus we needed a place that could take care of a sizable crowd. The Sano Banano seemed all right and a good option. The menu is balanced and offers tasty plates. Even thought the service was very slow, we had a great meal. I recommend... More 

Thank Jose Z
Boise, Idaho
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135 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 29, 2016

A group of about 20 of us stopped in for an early lunch unannounced. They did a great job accommodating us while providing cheerful service. We split a nacho which was quite large and each had smoothy. Found the prices to be a tad high but maybe that's the norm in Montezuma as this was the only place we ate.... More 

Thank icuski2

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$4 - $15
Costa Rican, Cafe, International, South American, Central American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Free Wifi, Takeout, Reservations, Wheelchair Accessible, Full Bar
Good for
Large groups, Families with children
Open Hours
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
7:00 am - 10:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Across from the Park | Next to the Supermarket, Montezuma, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Montezuma
  • Phone Number: +506 2642 0638
Located in the heart of Montezuma with a great outdoor patio. We serve vegetarian, vegan, sushi, pasta, chicken, fresh seafood and much much more...

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