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“Why go anywhere else?”

Restaurant El Sueno Tropical
Price range: $7 - $25
Cuisines: American, Italian, Costa Rican
Description: El Sueño Tropical has a 70 seat open air restaurant featuring American, Italian and Tico fare along with the best pizza in the area. The restaurant receives fresh fish daily from local fisherman which means it was swimming only hours before it is served to you. Adjoining the restaurant is the Bulldog in the Jungle bar serving your favorite libations along with the freshest tropical fruit drinks you will find anywhere.
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Description: El Sueño Tropical has a 70 seat open air restaurant featuring American, Italian and Tico fare along with the best pizza in the area. The restaurant receives fresh fish daily from local fisherman which means it was swimming only hours before it is served to you. Adjoining the restaurant is the Bulldog in the Jungle bar serving your favorite libations along with the freshest tropical fruit drinks you will find anywhere.
NYC
Level 4 Contributor
38 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
“Why go anywhere else?”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

Even if you're not staying at the hotel (I was), this restaurant is worth a trip.

I'm the sort of traveler who just uses the hotel as a base, and looks elsewhere for food. But this was so good, I wound up eating here three nights out of the four I stayed.

The gallo pinto for breakfast was by far the best I had on my trip (nice coriander seeds!), and the pizza was excellent. Killer meatballs (mmm, bacon-y). Excellent fried yuca, which made me totally reconsider yuca. Simple, fancy, Costa Rican, fancy-international...it was all so good.

It's a small kitchen and waitstaff, and everything's cooked to order. Go early, have a drink, snack on some guacamole...

  • Visited February 2014
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  • English first
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English first
Ottawa, Canada
Level 5 Contributor
64 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 55 helpful votes
“Great pizza and staff”
Reviewed March 25, 2014

Had pizza at this restaurant and my kids claimed it was the best pizza they ever had. Price was great - about $70 to feed 7 of us, including beer.

The new owner also allowed his restaurant to be used so that I could give a 2 hour First Aid presentation to some local residents who wanted to take the course. He also acted as my translator.

Owner is very nice. Will definitely visit again! Setting is beautiful.

  • Visited March 2014
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Chicago, Illinois
Level 3 Contributor
17 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Amazing elegant dishes on the edge of the jungle!”
Reviewed March 15, 2014

We stayed at the hotel and ate three dinners and four breakfasts here. Everything we ate was fantastic. The pastas were great, and the shrimp and rice was out of this world. A highlight was the house made ceviche. We had ceviche at several locations while on our trip to Costa Rica, but Chef Jonathon's preparation was by far the best I have ever had. Make sure and get the house made tortilla chips to go with! The breakfast is also incredible with fresh fruit and local jams to accompany bacon pancakes! Also, make sure you try the chocolate crusted key lime pudding if available. Spectacular!

The open air setting, mesmerizing noises coming from the tropical forest, and the people that work at the restaurant really added to a magical vacation.

Much love to Maria, Jose, Jonathon, Lelo, and Jimmy.... And Wilber the cat.

  • Visited March 2014
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New Mexico
Level 3 Contributor
16 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“You'll Want to Eat Every Meal Here”
Reviewed March 14, 2014

This hotel/restaurant is a bit out of the way ~ so it's a surprise to find a sophisticated menu well executed. There's an outstanding selection of dishes to choose from and I thoroughly enjoyed every one I had. There's also an attention to detail here that you don't often find off the beaten path. As well as being fresh and delicious, the food is attractively presented. Of course the freshly caught fish is fabulous ~ cooked the way you prefer and served with various salsas and sides. And the pizza is amazing.
There's something to satisfy anyone on that really diverse menu.

Visited February 2014
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Thank isoscelesNM
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Cape May, New Jersey
Level 5 Contributor
51 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Perfectly secluded”
Reviewed February 27, 2014 via mobile

We have been here many times for drinks and food. It has always been a pleasant experience. The setting is peaceful and secluded. The new owner was very friendly and helpful. Some people in our party asked about something that used to be on the menu and they prepared it for them. Very accommodating! Good pizza. We wish much luck to the new owner.

Visited February 2014
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Thank Edward D
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