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Playa Panama, Playa Panama, Costa Rica
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Sofia, Bulgaria
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336 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

a good mixture of seafood and meat with the flavor of Costa Rica, excellent and competent service, comprehensive wine list, prices are OK for the ambient. we enjoyed our several dinners there and there was not one objection from our side. a must for high-endtravelers around

Thank Dimitar G
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29 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

This is a quick review, the food is really great, staff is so friendly as is the same staff for the Mangroove hotel. Service at the beach is a plus. Is not cheap. Try the Ceviche de Pulpo.

Thank Geronimo S
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The food is awesome and the service is espectacular. Highly recommeded. The flavors and the dishes combinations are so original.

Thank Andrea A
Princeton, New Jersey
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62 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Last week I went with a group of women to Makoko for lunch. Their version of a margarita was fabulous. We ordered a number of appetizers to share and everything was amazing, delicious, fresh and innovative. Everyone loved the patacones (not sure if the spelling is correct?) which are the fried plantains and the ceviche got rave reviews from all.... More 

Thank Meg W
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2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016 via mobile

Great food and service! Cant complaint. Hello to Stefani and Jonathan and the rest of the Makoko staff!!!

Thank BluPrint196
Greenville, North Carolina
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35 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 18, 2016

We stayed @ El Mangroove for (5) nights in August. We had multiple meals (dinner/evening) at Makoko. The staff was very attentive and the food was very high quality and for a resort was reasonably priced. We enjoyed sitting outside by the bar versus the indoor dining area; however, it was nice to have both options considering the clime in... More 

Thank elon94
Freehold, New Jersey, United States
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73 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 16, 2016

We had dinner and breakfast several time during our stay. The staff was very friendly and the food was always awesome. Make gluten items on request and fast. Beautiful view of the resort and beach.

Thank Ken F
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14 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 28, 2016 via mobile

The restaurant has beautiful setting and obvious talent in the kitchen. Some elements were excellent. But....there were some mistakes that just shouldn't happen. The sirlion was a bit over cooked and the sea bass was good but the shiyake and spinach that came with it was too sour. Overall the restaurant is good with a lot of potential to be... More 

Thank Yuval Z
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15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 4, 2016 via mobile

Enjoyed a delicious dinner here last night 3 kids and 2 adults. The food was so good and tasty we ate everything. Get the deconstructed cheesecake for dessert you'll get a kick out of it we laughed for like an hour over it at the table. Loved all their food and drinks. My Bloody Mary was the best I've ever... More 

Thank vivi040372
Toronto, Canada
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86 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed April 25, 2016

We stayed in nearby Playa Hermosa and visited Makoko a few times over our stay. The high quality of food, the exceptional service and the warm ambience were consistently top notch at each visit. They offer gluten free options and will change up anything on the menu to make it gluten free. They heard that it was our daughter's birthday... More 

Thank Helen M

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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
Seafood, Gluten Free Options
Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Validated Parking, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Large groups, Romantic, Business meetings, Bar scene
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Playa Panama, Playa Panama, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Gulf of Papagayo  >  Playa Panama
  • Phone Number: 4701-0000

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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?