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“Good food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff” 5 of 5 stars
Review of Restaurant & Bar El Rancho

Restaurant & Bar El Rancho
Ranked #22 of 41 Restaurants in Dominical
Price range: $10 - $20
Cuisines: Healthy, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly
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Good for: Families with children
Dining options: Lunch, Drinks, Dinner, Breakfast, Brunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: El Rancho restaurant & bar at Hotel Villas Rio Mar is considered one of the best places to eat in the area of Dominical and Uvita. The menu offers a great selection of international dishes and local specialties. Enjoy the quality food with a good glass of wine; the wine list is quite extensive and contains some nice wines that are rare to find in Costa Rica. You can also Bring Your Own Wine! Wine is expensive in Costa Rica; also for Restaurants! This makes wine in restaurants very expensive. El Rancho Restaurant at Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical offers some great dishes that get even better when having a good glass of wine with it. We saw the problem and found the solution; just bring your own bottle of wine! The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The menu also includes tasty appetizers and special dishes for kids and vegetarians. Also quality espresso and cappuccino coffee is served. El Rancho restaurant at Hotel Villas Rio Mar is open to the public 365 days a year from 7 am to 9:30 pm. Socialize with family & friends, meet new people or cheer for your favorite team at our cozy bar. You can also enjoy an ice cold beer during a game of billiards, foosball or darts. Besides a selection of soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits, the bar offers wonderful cocktails & smoothies. You can also order a drink at our pool bar while having a refreshing swim in the large pool. Something to celebrate? Hotel Villas Rio Mar is the perfect place in the area of Dominical and Uvita to host private events as: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, dinner parties, wedding receptions and parties. Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical also provides a fully equipped conference room and is the perfect location in the South Pacific for your business meetings & events.
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“Good food, nice atmosphere and friendly staff”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 30, 2013

We've been eating here a few times and all the meals we've had were great and I had some good cocktails! The service was very good thanks to the incredibly friendly people that work here. I find it always very important that you don't have to wait too long for your food. This was the case here, even when the restaurant was quite full sometimes.
The prices were fair.

To make a long story short: Go and see yourself. It's worth it!

  • Visited January 2013
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Thank MauriceNY
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Restaurant & Bar El Rancho, responded to this review, February 2, 2013
Dear Friend

Thank you for such a nice comments, we are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and food with us. Hope to see you back soon.

Pura vida

Villas Rio Mar staff.
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Dryden, New York
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
“Disappointing meal”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 4, 2013

We chose this place because we wanted ceviche, and they were sold out, even though we got there quite early for dinner. The other people in my group enjoyed their food, but my fish was dry and the sides unremarkable. I wouldn't go back.

Visited December 2012
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Thank Swimmom1050
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Restaurant & Bar El Rancho, responded to this review, January 6, 2013
Dear client

Thanks for your comments, and sorry about the inconveniences, we did not have the ceviche because we bought the fish 2 times and the fish was not the same quality, so we prefer to say to you we did not have, till we could buy the same quality fish we usually have.
Sorry we did not explain ourselves very good.

Best regards,

Villas Río Mar Staff
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west palm beach
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128 reviews
116 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
“Great service, Wonderfull Staff, Good food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 24, 2012

We have been To El Rancho at Villas Rio Mar many times over the last few years and never been disapointed. We even go when we are not staying there as guest. Very friendly helpful staff. They have a beautiful garden on property for a nice walk.

Visited September 2012
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Thank baseball1130
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MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Restaurant & Bar El Rancho, responded to this review, October 5, 2012
Thanks for the comments about our restaurant. It is nice to hear that you even eat at our restaurant
when you're not staying in the hotel. We hope to see you again soon.
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clevland, ohio
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4 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
“great food”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 13, 2012

cerviche, fish, menu unique and all good. costa rican and european and north americam mix

Visited January 2012
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Thank t david h
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Groningen, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Nice restaurant”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2012

We slept hier in january 2012. The dessert was so nice, and the people very friendly!

Visited January 2012
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Thank Des01
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