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“Worthy of 10 stars”

El Arado Restaurant
Price range: $7 - $20
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Dining options: Reservations
Description: If you are looking for an Authentic Costa Rican meal El Arado is your place! We have no hamburgers or pizza on the menu. Only traditional home cooked meals. Tell your taxi driver we are located on the old road to Manuel Antonio 100 meters south of the hotel Villa Teca.
Reviewed November 29, 2013

If you are looking for real home cooking to experience the Tico way, this should be your choice. It is located off the main strip on a dirt road, half way between Quepos and Manuel Antonino, but don't be intimidated as the experience is worthy of your trip.

We had dinner here on our first night in the area and the waiter, a local who worked in LA so his English is Americanized, was a wealth of information about Manuel Antonio National park along with the surrounding area.

I ordered the shrimp meal and they were huge and delicious. The owner cook, also prepared a vegetarian Casado (local dish) for my partner and he is still raving about it. When we were leaving they were nice enough to sell us some beer and wine which we carried back up the street to our B&B.

Leaving this place was like leaving a families house at the end of a visit - they all thanked us for coming and invited us back in the future. After 6 trips to this country, I have to say this was the best restaurant we have experienced.

Thank Paul C
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Reviewed September 14, 2013

We may have never would have found this on our own as it's a bit off the beaten path, the proprietors of our B&B recommended it because it was in easy walking distance from where we were staying. We're glad we made the trek! I had the BBQ whole fish, and as mentioned other reviews, it was fantastic. My wife was also thrilled with her Mahi.

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Thank Regomatic
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Reviewed September 9, 2013

We heard about a restaurant a couple owned...the husband would go out fishing in the ocean and bring back fresh fish in which he and his wife would prepare delicious dishes out of. We thought that might be too good to be true but we took our car and took to the road to find this place. I'm so happy that we did. We really wanted a fresh local homecooked meal when we were in Manuel Antonio -- and that's what we got here. The Mahi Mahi ceviche was on point and we ended up spending our whole evening, eating drinking and enjoying our vacation. It was also a wonderful experience sitting in the open restaurant with a thunderstorm pouring down the roof.

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Thank VictoriaJW
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Reviewed September 1, 2013

Manuel Antonio is a very touristy place, where you find gringo food everywhere, after recommendation from hotel, we found El Arado in the dark!After walking on an off road for 200 meters, an open air restaurant with all wooden table, benches, homegrown squash and old fridge turned grill welcomed us. We had one of the best meal in costa rica, their whole grilled snapper cooked by the Edgar to perfection, Ana cooked best seafood house specialty. the black beans are organic from their own farm, Ana designed the whole place to details. It was a rainy night, we ended up chatting with the wife and husband owners for hours over beer before walking back. Ana is also running election to be in the congress, I feel very honored to have a potential future congresswoman cook for me. Overall, its more than a meal, its more of a costa rican experience that impresses me with hospitality and sincerity. We will go back for sure!

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Thank hellofrisco
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Reviewed August 25, 2013

If you are looking for a high quality meal that is more traditional this is a must try. The food was very authentic and the husband and wife team make you feel like you are getting a fantastic home cooked meal in an open air restaurant.

Thank 1safaripro
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