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“main hangout”
Review of Tranquilo Cafe

Tranquilo Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $3 - $12
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Dining options: Breakfast, Late Night
Description: Open for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, Tranquilo Cafe offers delicious and refreshing alternatives to the standard Central American "rice & beans" fare: Fresh Kingfish Ceviche, juicy Cheddar Cheeseburgers, catch-of-the-day Fish Tacos, marinated Chicken Fillet sandwiches, Quesadillas, House-made Chips and Guacamole, Vegetarian/Vegan options, and nightly Dinner Specials. With a recently added back-yard BBQ Smoker, we now feature succulent Baby Back Ribs, juicy Pulled Pork, and Mojo Chicken platters, along with our own BBQ sauce, and fresh made sides including our own fresh Corn Bread. Also featuring fresh brewed Nicaraguan Coffees (hot & iced varieties) and Espresso, fresh-made local fruit juice drinks, made-to-order fruit/yogurt Smoothies (including Minga's special; Banana-Avocado w/cinnamon and vanilla), daily-baked Cookies, Brownies, Banana Bread & Carrot Cakes, Ice Cream desserts, and much more. Famous for our Bonfire Parties, we're also the island night spot. A great laid back atmosphere, with a variety of music from all over the world (including local DJ Nights and live cultural music/dance groups). It's a terrific place to meet up with other fun-seeking travelers. Come early to our Happy Hour (5-7 pm), and check out the drink specials; Rum Punch, Sangria and many 2 for 1 rum drink deals. Also, the widest selection of imported beers on the island. Our deck is located right on the beach on the front side of the island, between the 2 dive shops, with a great view for sunsets and people watching.
Leon, Nicaragua
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“main hangout”
Reviewed October 8, 2012

This is where everybody goes in the evenings for drinks and food. The food is really nice, especially the fish tacos. The coctails are also really good although beware of high prices, a beer costs 2 dollars and a rum and coke three dollars!! About half the time the staff was friendly, the other half they were uninterested or even rude. Too bad! The place has wifi but the signal is really bad.

  • Visited October 2012
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Thank emballage
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TranquiloJohn, Owner at Tranquilo Cafe, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
We're grateful that Emballage enjoyed our great food and cocktails.. We work hard to provide great meals and drinks for all of our customers. Many people dont realize the logistics and costs of importing much of what we serve, along with the high overhead of a business on a remote tropical island 50 miles off the coast the 3rd world country. It's why food & beverages are so expensive on most other Caribbean islands. $3 for a cocktail here is pretty low by comparison... And comparable to what the other restaurants charge here on Little Corn. If your budget is tight, come visit us during Happy Hours (7-9 pm) when that same drink is only $1.50... How's that for cheap?
We apologize that you found any of our staff to be disinterested or rude at some point during your visits with us. That's certainly unacceptable at any time, and we have already discussed it with staff. Thank you for pointing it out, as we are always striving to be the best place we can be for all of our customers.
Please feel free to message me directly if you have any observations that you feel would be helpful to improve our service. I hope that some day you return to Little Corn, and stop by Tranquilo Cafe again to see us, and see if you feel we are dong better in creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere.
Sincerely,
John Morgan/Owner, Tranquilo Cafe
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London, United Kingdom
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149 reviews
78 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 71 helpful votes
“Beat food on our trip!”
Reviewed October 6, 2012 via mobile

Although all the reviews on little corn talk about having lobster at rustic little places, when you need a fix of the food you really like this is the place. We were on little corn 7 day and ate at least one meal a day there. A little more pricey than locally ran places but well worth it. Delicious cocktails, cold beers, Internet. The service from Julie and Roland was exceptional. The hospitality made us not want to leave. We has only planned 4 days on little corn and stayed a week!

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Thank jezsta
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TranquiloJohn, Owner at Tranquilo Cafe, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Thanks Jezsta for such a generous review. It's great to know that we did a great job of taking care of you while you visited LCI, and that we may have been part of the reason that you decided to extend your stay here!
Come back soon!
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“yum”
Reviewed September 18, 2012

Great food, super tasty fish sandwich. Dangerous happy hour from 5-7. Free internet! And you can hang out with your dive instructor after class.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Ginaandscott
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TranquiloJohn, Owner at Tranquilo Cafe, responded to this review, October 19, 2012
Thanks Ginaandscott!
We hope you find your way back here again :-)
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San Francisco, California
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“Love this Place”
Reviewed September 13, 2012

John has made sure the place continues to live up to expectations with great food and atmosphere. Keep an eye on the web site which will soon feature more information about the island.

Visited September 2012
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Thank Talksure
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Sarasota, FL
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Good drinks, fast service, convenient location”
Reviewed September 12, 2012

Island fare with nightly specials and internet for customers. Beer is cold, good drinks, fast service, and convenient location.

Visited September 2012
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Thank mlsearles
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