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Playa Panama | Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste, Playa Panama, Costa Rica
+506 2105 7575
6:00 am - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 6:00 am - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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Capistrano Beach, California, United States
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We had breakfast every day there and the food and service were great. We ate there once for dinner and even with a tired toddler, the food was amazing. We had the Bang-boo cocktail and it became our favorite drink the entire vacation.

Thank Sheila F
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39 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had dinner here with a large party. The setting was outstanding. The restaurant has an indoor and outdoor area. They had a long table for twelve set up in the indoor area. Surrounded by glass walls and a bamboo type garden. It was beautiful. The service and food were top notch as well.

Thank Wade W
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38 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very, very bad experience in this "restaurant"... Not with the employees, pleasant and competent No way to find something acceptable in the plate all along the dinner... more : the chair was really uncomfortable, so, an expected good evening become a stress and deception experience... : starters, main courses and desserts were on the same level : bad, really bad... More 

Thank Worldwidegourmet
middleton, wisconsin
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161 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We enjoyed several breakfasts and dinners here during our stay at El Mangroove. Staff is wonderful. Dinner can be pricy but food was good. Service is Costa Rica is slow so let your server know if you don't want to linger. They offer many gluten free choices clearly noted on the menu and offer the most delicious gluten free dinner... More 

Thank msj65
Portland, Oregon
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58 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed March 19, 2017

This is a spectacular setting and certainly worth eating there if you are staying at El Mangroove. Our dinner was delicious. We also had lunch there and it was good though the portions were small. The service is very friendly, but it is more expensive than other local places.

Thank irvingtonevk
Sterling, Alaska
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4 reviews
Reviewed February 20, 2017

A great restaurant with a good wine list. We had great and friendly service at this restaurant. The tappa/share style menu was great. I especially liked the shrimp. We enjoyed our meal with a refreshing rose. Staff was attentive and helped make for a great evening

Thank Mark M
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
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128 reviews
91 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed February 19, 2017 via mobile

Makoko is the more refined of the two restaurants at the El Mangroove resort, with either indoor dining in a glass enclosed space with bamboo ceilings or outdoor dining with sand under your feet and a view of the beach. The service is quite friendly and the staff speaks perfect English. The menu includes fresh local seafood, beef, chicken, excellent... More 

Thank Anthony A
Chicago's North Shore, Illinois
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35 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed January 29, 2017 via mobile

I'll keep it simple. Stayed at Mangroove for a couple nights. This is a TOTAL resort atmosphere - the dining areas are contemporary with views of the pool and ocean... great design style too. We ordered 6 appetizers - no entrees. As compelling as the descriptions were (presentation was very good as well) the food simply didn't live up to... More 

Thank GeoBoz
München, Deutschland
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28 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed January 12, 2017 via mobile

Staying at El Mangroove Hotel we tried their restaurant on the very first of our five night stay. Starting with the positive part: the atmosphere and surrounding is great due to the architecture of the hotel and the setting beside the pool. Food and service were not convincing, unfortunately. We ordered a bottle of white wine. The bottle was not... More 

Thank MarcusMUC83
Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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35 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed January 10, 2017

Everything on the menu was delicious- we ate here three nights in a row. They are very accommodating as to allergies or dislikes too!

Thank Stacy H

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$10 - $40
International, Fusion, Seafood, Barbecue, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
Breakfast, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Valet Parking, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Validated Parking, Highchairs Available
Good for
Large groups, Romantic
Open Hours
6:00 am - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
6:00 am - 10:00 am
6:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Panama | Gulf of Papagayo, Guanacaste, Playa Panama, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Gulf of Papagayo  >  Playa Panama
  • Phone Number: +506 2105 7575
El Mangrooveʼs main restaurant defines our culinary philosophy: a gastronomical experience isn’t confined by language and a dish on your table. It includes well-being, versatility, artistry and personalized attention that you’ll take in with all your senses. If good food is the way to the heart, Makoko is the scenic route.

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Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?