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Restaurante El Rancho at Villas Rio Mar

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900mtrs to the right at the Dominical entrance, passing under the bridge, along the baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
+506 2787 0052
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Huntington Beach, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2016

We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at this restaurant during our stay at Villas Rio Mar. They have some very good dishes at reasonable prices. The staff is just awesome - extremely friendly and accommodating. They are also open until pretty late in the evening - I believe until 10pm - unlike most of the other places in the main... More 

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6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went for dinner our last of 4 nights in Dominical. We were the only customers which isn't unusual this time of year. The food is way overpriced (I can pay less for a shrimp dinner in the states where it has to be frozen, shipped and thawed, not simply caught and brought directly into the restaurant).... More 

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Braidwood, Illinois
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4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2015

The breakfast buffet was great. Dinner could have been better. It seemed like when they are busy they have a buffet only. The buffet isn't bad but didn't really want what was on it. Staff is friendly and quick for Costa Rica standards.

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Canada
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21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

We returned to El Rancho because we had enjoyed the food here in 2014 and thought we would give it another try. The road along the Baru River has not improved, but that added to the adventure of the evening. We were greeted upon arrival and were quickly seated in the restaurant. It was busier than last year, but the... More 

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Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 21, 2015 via mobile

The service was amazingly great! Our waitress was great, and I hate to write this review but we are in Dominical for only three nights its a shame we wasted one dinner with crappy overpriced food. Half our table order the Argentinian churrasco, but we didn't get a churrasco I'm pretty sure they served us pork. It was pink hard... More 

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Livonia, Michigan
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104 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 8, 2015

Four of us had dinner here in December 2014. It was a Sunday and a little later in the evening...around 7:00 pm. There were a reasonable number of diners in the restaurant when we arrived but not crowded. We were seated right away and had good service all during our dinner. I followed the advice or our waiter who recommended... More 

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Lehigh Acres, Florida
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2014

getting a full sized plane on the mountain had to be a quite a feat! Good food! Can't wait until they get the airplane completed.

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Fenton, Missouri
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at these villas as part of a small scale tour. The other resorts' restaurants were disappointing, yet the food here would be a stand-out in the States. Nevertheless, the food has a Central American Twist. I had Tuna Timbale for lunch and Salmon for dinner: both were excellent. My wife had an actual blt for... More 

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Thank Mark B
Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2013

Not only was the staff friendly and helpful and polite and humble the food was delicious. The salmon was great! The smoothies are delicious, the breakfast buffet is amazing. Overall a great experience.

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Thank Ylamde
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2013

We stayed at the Rio Mar and loved this restaurant so much we ate there 3 times during our stay. Not only was the food delicious but the staff was outstanding. What service!

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Service
    5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$7 - $23
Cuisine
Costa Rican, American, Latin, International, South American
Meals
Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Reservations, Seating
Good for
Families with children
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900mtrs to the right at the Dominical entrance, passing under the bridge, along the baru river, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Dominical
  • Phone Number: +506 2787 0052

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?