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“Best meal in the Arenal area”

Restaurante Garra-Pata
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $6 - $20
Cuisines: Costa Rican
Description: Down home Costa Rican cooking at its best. A Paradise for meat lovers but also features finger Licking good seafood récipes. We smoke our own ribs every day and make our own blacberry salad dressing.
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Description: Down home Costa Rican cooking at its best. A Paradise for meat lovers but also features finger Licking good seafood récipes. We smoke our own ribs every day and make our own blacberry salad dressing.
Reviewed September 20, 2013

If you like eating like a local, definitely take a ride about 5-7 minutes outside of town for some really delicious food. We took the owner's recommendation for the tenderloin with shrimp and it was probably the best steak I've ever had. The portions were plentiful. The restaurant (and bathroom) were clean. We actually went out of our way to go back to Garrapata the next day, we enjoyed our meals so much. We also asked a few of our tour guides were they liked to eat and all of them recommended Garrapata which we took as a good sign as we try to avoid the touristy locations.

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Reviewed August 16, 2013

In my opinion the best place near the Fortuna to eat
while its not a luxe place its cheap and the quality of the food is simply awesome
people there are very friendly and locals of the area

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Thank Pedro R
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Reviewed March 25, 2013

We went here after Alberto of the Alberto Horse Riding tour said to go there. He was not wrong. I had shrimp/tenderloin with plaintains. My wife had a mango tilapia and my kids had arroz con pollo. The smoothies were great, beer cold and Israel took care of us and joked with the kids. He also gave my youngest son a horseshoe as a souvenir. Go here....its ride outside down behind the Pali grocery store on the east side of La Fortuna.

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Thank Brian M
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Reviewed April 4, 2012

I went to this place only because someone told me the chifrijo was amazing. The chifrijo wasnt amazing, it was just okay. Service was okay and location its not the best. i dont know if ill come back to this place

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Reviewed November 16, 2011

La Garrapata - don't be put off by the name! We were recommended the place by a local and although not plush, it is genuine and most importantly the food is good, well priced like the beer and the people friendly. What more can you ask?

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Thank geoffwellard
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