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Makako at El Mangroove

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Hwy 159 and Hwy 254 Intersection, Costa Rica
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Carlsbad, California
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155 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 5, 2016

The ceviche was so fresh and refreshing! Service and food were great. Walk from the beach and have a drink at the bar. Great lunch choices and appetizers.

Thank Trekduet
Atlanta, Georgia
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36 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 18, 2016

We stayed at El Mangroove 3 nights and ate here one of the nights. Makako offers outside and inside dining options. It was limited, overpriced, and the food was just OK. I didn't care for my wine by the glass and they did not offer to take it off the bill. We ate outside and the bugs were biting that... More 

Thank bootlegger4
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 15, 2015

This is an open air restaurant in the resort. The resort is contemporary, but well-integrated into the natural setting, right on the beach. The octopus ceviche was delicious, as was the fresh fruit juice, rose wine, and cappuccino. I would love to go back and stay and try the spa as it looked wonderful. The staff were very friendly and... More 

Thank aquabee_10
San Jose, Costa Rica
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27 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2015

We had two nights dinner, and one lunch. The food is very good and creative. The shrimps ceviche was excellent, the combination between the mango orange juice and the shrimps was amazing. The only thing they have to improve , in my opinion, I ask for a crab meat that was served with corn mousse , but didn't eat it... More 

Thank Yael K
Santa Fe, NM
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8 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 26, 2015

Stopped in and eat outside late afternoon early evening and enjoyed the resorts lovely beach scene. Pool is to the side and does not distract from the view. Ate simple fish tacos and had a beer. Nice way to close down another day in paradise.

Thank KSS
Chesterfield, Missouri
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24 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 15, 2015

For dinner I ordered the beef burger with a beetroot, micro greens, feta salad with pistachio dressing. It was all delicious. The burger was cooked medium well throughout. The meat, eggs and vegetables come from the local farms in the area. The staff was very friendly and attentive. Sitting under this large canopy I had a great view of the... More 

Thank MooreTravel4U
Liberia, Costa Rica
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 14, 2015

The food portions here are MINUSCULE. I thought it was a joke. I kid you not, the $23 cheeseburger took 4 bites to eat the entire thing and they tried to gip me out of my fries (which were supposed to be truffle fries, but were normal fries). The short rib was seriously delicious, but also minuscule and cost $35!... More 

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Tampa, Florida
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61 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 1, 2015

My alarm annoyingly screamed 9:30 a.m. After too many hours flying and trying to make any sense of the Universal Studios Harry Potter in crack immigration line in Costa Rica, my body felt number than Sleeping Beauty post comma. I managed to shut the alarm off without breaking my cell phone, sort of brushed my teeth by gargling with chunks... More 

Thank Diva-xist
Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed February 15, 2015

The luxuriously zen MaKako restaurant at the El Mangroove Hotel in Playa Panama totally outdid themselves with this year's Valentine's menu! Creativity, quality, and service were evident throughout the evening with the reasonably fixed priced Valentine's night menu... Amuse Broche of Mozzarella Fresca, Entrada of Prosciutto de Pato, Principal of Rack de Cordero or Salmon Cocinado and Postre of Torta... More 

Thank Elizabeth B
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11 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 11, 2014

We had an all inclusive, but the food was amazing. Dont forget to check out the little mini shakes each morning (and the sweet plantains are amazing!)

Thank Lexaroo529

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
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  • Address: Hwy 159 and Hwy 254 Intersection, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Gulf of Papagayo

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