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“Splendor off the path”
Review of Ronny's Place

Ronny's Place
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $10 - $35
Cuisines: Costa Rican, International
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Good for: Families with children, Scenic view, Local cuisine, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Located in the middle of a 90 acres farm, where restaurant is the only building, you can find our Restaurante y Mirador Ronny´s Place, a beautiful "rancho" at farm´s highest mountain peak, allowing for a magnificent view of a 2 bay private beach and horizon.Our privileged location, make us the only restaurant in town where you can see the sunset 365 days a year.
Reviewed January 22, 2014

This place was recommended by our tour guide and I get the feeling there's some mutual back-scarching in the local tourist industry. But we were not at all led astray. If you like to get away from the buzz of the commercial strip then this is a place for you. We enjoyed a lovely view of the sunset from one of a handfull of open-air tables on top of a small bluff over-looking the ocean. The sangria was supposedly touted as the best in Costa Rica by Lonely Planet and it was as good as any we've ever had. We didn't eat much but I like to try the local fish soup and it was great. A real fun place for those who like rustic charm off the beaten track.

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Thank Wanderers_2x2
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Reviewed January 21, 2014

A wonderful local spot that is off the beaten path. Worth the drive up the mountain side for the view. The sangria was amazing.

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Thank JMarieH
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Reviewed January 19, 2014

WOW! We went there for a sundown cocktail. We arrived early by design (5:30) as sunset is at 6 +/-. The crowds followed us and the night was a special one. Pictures of the sunset, great Margaritas and a great dinner.
Service was slow but dedicated but the family still enjoyed our time at Ronnys.
Great Job Ronnie!!!!!!!!!

Thank Don L
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Reviewed January 18, 2014

We were a little worried, the road to Ronny's was off the beaten path, but when we arrived we were surprised with an outstanding view. We were there after a storm and we watched the lightning over the water. The food was good too.

Thank Fara B
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Reviewed January 17, 2014 via mobile

We had heard that watching the sunset from this place was rated something like "one of the top 1000 things to do before you die," so we decided to give it a try.

We were staying at a hostel nearby, so we opted to walk (the bus could only take us halfway), and the combination of the heat and flip-flops on gravel made the trek unpleasant. If I had shoes and socks, it wouldn't have been as bad, but mine were drying out after rafting. Coming back up the paved hill was worse (there are no sidewalks on the road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, and the road grade is a nightmare); a taxi is a necessity.

It turned out that the views that everyone had been raving about were almost the exact same views we had been getting out the front door of our hostel, as Ronny's place is situated directly down the hill from it (although we hadn't realized that previously, partially because the gravel road winds around the hill, and partially because the back of the building - which is what we saw from our view - looks more like a shack than a restaurant [although from the other side, it definitely looks like a restaurant]).

When we arrived, all the clifftop tables had been claimed by a tourist group of seniors, so we grabbed some stools at a bar-level table. The food was pricier than expected, but we wanted to try out the sunset dining experience, so we opted for a shared virgin piña colada. (I don't drink.) The pros were that it was the best one we've had in Manuel Antonio, and the fact that they serve it in the pineapple it came in created a fun photo opportunity. The cons were that it cost over $7 USD (the core of the pineapple was kept intact, so the volume of the drink was much less than anticipated), and the service was incredibly slow, in terms of ordering, receiving the drink, AND paying. We finally just left our money on the table to start what we knew would be an uncomfortable trek home.

As the sun set, all the older tourists were hovering over each other's tables (and they seemed to be doing it to strangers), trying to get perfect shots of the sunset. The crowd grew as the sun dropped, making for a cringeworthy crowd of about 20 people with their iPads out, taking photos. It felt a little bit like a feeding frenzy of goldfish in a tank, not a relaxing sunset.

This seems like a place that could continue to be a great spot among retired American businesspeople and their spouses traveling around in seniors' tours, and I hope it does just that. If you've got money, time, patience, and a vehicle to get you there, why not? For a faster pace, better service, easier accessibility, and delectable food with essentially the same view (albeit more panoramic), check out El Lagarto on the main road, next to Vista Serena Hostel. That said, we really did love the taste of the piña colada, so if you think you wouldn't mind the things I took issue with, definitely check it out! We would have loved to try the chicken kebab (or something like that - chicken, bacon, pineapple, onion, etc. in a fruit sauce), but it was too pricey for us.

Thank CG_and_RJ
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