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“Best meal in a long time”

Gondola Gourmet Restaurant
Price range: $3 - $42
Cuisines: Mediterranean
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Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night, Delivery, Reservations
Description: This restaurant is part of "Plaza Yara" we are located close to Hotel Gaia on the Manuel Antonio Hill, with a beautiful view of the jungle. "The Gondola" features a gourmet Mediterranean style, Good for a romantic dinner. Ths restaurant is also perfect for family groups or special occasions.
Reviewed August 7, 2014

In looking for a good restaurant to enjoy our last night in Costa Rica it was recommended we try Gondola, and we were very pleased we took the advice. It was one of the best meals we have eaten in a long time. The food was creative, flavorful and wonderful all the way around. Our group had a mixture of steak, pasta, fish and chicken and everyone was delighted with their meals...not a disappointed diner in the group. Typically more interested in taste over style, but the presentation was fantastic, including the open air kitchen where you can watch the chef do his thing. Even our pre-dinner drinks were high quality with the local bartender mixing one of the tastiest margaritas you can imagine, and we drink a lot of margaritas coming from Texas. Friendly staff, engaging chef and a downright perfect meal to end a great week in Central America.

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Thank Clay W
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Reviewed August 5, 2014

We were lucky to read some reviews of this amazing restaurant on TA and it was so good we decided to eat here twice. If it hadn't been for TA, we might not have found this jewel in Manuel Antonio ! The food was out of this world delicious, and if I wasn't 200% sure I was in Costa Rica, I could have been dining in one of the best restaurants in Italy. The chef is superb and takes great pride in the presentation too. We loved the seafood pasta, the chefs special, the octopus Carpaccio to name but a few. The Italian mother and son duo who run the restaurant are professional and friendly and have the winning recipe in my opinion. Their standards are high and the results are great.


The restaurant has a comfortable feel to it, relaxed and welcoming - highly recommend this to all travellers passing through the area.

Wishing Gondola continued success!

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1  Thank gingernutla
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Reviewed July 13, 2014

On our last evening in Manuel Antonio we decided to splurge and have dinner at Gondola. We were not disappointed! The food was super fresh and prepared very well. The presentation and service was polished and professional. We all enjoyed our dinners and thought all in all, it was a lovely evening. Would definitely recommend if you are interested in fine dining...

1  Thank Sherry B
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Reviewed July 11, 2014

On this July 11th, 2014, we just had the best sea food fetuccini we ever had. It is prepared and served with attention and taste was so delicious! It´s a must when going to Manuel Antonio in Costa Rica!

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1  Thank mario c
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Reviewed July 8, 2014

We were lucky enough to be staying at the hotel where this amazing restaurant is based and ended up eating there 4 times! The food was not only deliocus but the presentation was really impressive. We loved the tuna, salmon , steak and the chicken with ham and cheese was incredible. The Italian mother and son who run the restaurant are professional but friendly and clearly take their task very seriously. Their standards are high and the results are great. The restaurant was pretty busy most evenings despite it being low season.
It is sort of out door so doesn't feel very "posh" but comfortable, relaxed and highly recommended by my daughter and I.
It isn't cheap but well worth it especially compared to come of the more mediocre meals we had in Quepos itself.

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Thank LisDavies
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