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El Quijote Bar and Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Seafood, International, Sushi, Central American, Asian, South American, Costa Rican
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playa hermosa next door to hotel villa acacia | 2da Entrade 100 Metros a Mano Derecho, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
+506 2672 0176
17:00 - 22:00
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Garner, Iowa
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13 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Had a very pleasant first impression. The owner, Fernando, greeted us. He was lively, fun to watch as he greeted other patrons. Explained the special that evening, then came back to take our orders. We asked for menus. Should have just stuck with the special which was whole red snapper. Or just appetizers. Those who did order from the menu... More 

Thank Homewood2425
New York, New York
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Six of us went to El Quijote during its opening week. It was fabulous, from Fernando, our host, to Michelangelo who caught the fish. We had the special, an huge platter of jumbo shrimp and red snapper in a to-die-for garlic sauce. They aim to please at El Quijote...try it for good, fresh food and amazing Costa Rican ambiance.

Thank District7
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We've walked past this restaurant numerous times just because we already had an agenda for dinner or drinks, but tonight we made it a goal to stop in for a drink and I'm so glad we did. We stopped just for one and had few and even gave the bartender the liberty to surprise us with a specialty drink at... More 

Thank RonaJrae
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went with two other couples and we're treated to a wonderfully attentive, deliciously fresh and tasty family style meal, consisting of fresh snapper and jumbo shrimp, sautéed in garlic and oil. The food was presented beautifully, and it was so tasty that we will certainly be back and will sing its praises. The cocktails were lovely, too. The whole... More 

Thank Lynn M
Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

Great food in Italian restaurant,,,, Oriental restaurant-delicious sushi...friendly stuff,,,,thanks guys,,,we love it

Thank bcygan
Olive Branch, Mississippi
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12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2016 via mobile

We met the owner, Ian, while walking on the beach, and he invited us to his restaurant and said he opened around five (pura vida). We ordered tuna nachos and a salmon cake as appetizers. Both were beyond words in presentation and flavor. Sweet and sour pork was the entree, and again it was first class in appearance and taste.... More 

Thank Jay B
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11 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 June 2016 via mobile

Probably the nicest place in Playa hermosa that I went to. A little on the expensive side, but food and service was excellent. Extremely clean and nice art decorations. They have a TV too if you need to catch a sports game. Also serve sushi which is not bad at all.

Thank Matter305
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 June 2016 via mobile

We visited on a Wednesday night as a group of five. It was stormy so it ended up being a quiet evening with only one other patron in the place. We had several drinks and all were well made. The meals were excellent and we ranged from sushi to honey chicken to fried snapper. It has a nice dining room... More 

Thank MajDadUSMC
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35 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

Having been to El Quijote a few times I always find the service great and the food super tasty. The only problem being that this is a sushi restaurant and I hate fish, but the chicken satay starter is to die for and I really enjoyed the vegetarian sushi as a nice fish free option. So there you have it,... More 

Thank Gemma Y
Tammy L, Owner at El Quijote Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you kindly for your renew Gemma. We also have a variety of chicken, pork and beef dishes for anyone who is not a fish lover. I would highly suggest the Honey Chicken the next time you visit our restaurant…it's a favourite amongst our customers to be sure. We look forward to serving you again and thanks again for your... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2016 via mobile

We continue to make El Quijote our go to spot in Playa Hermosa. Ian ensures that every dining experience is perfect. From the sushi to the Thai seafood soup to the dorado dishes everything is fresh & delicious! The best!

Thank Elizabeth F
Tammy L, Owner at El Quijote Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

We are so happy you enjoy every visit, thank you kindly Lisa for your positive review. We look forward to serving you again real soon. Tammy More 

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Restaurant Details

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  • Food
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  • Value
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Seafood, International, Sushi, Central American, Asian, South American, Costa Rican
Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Street Parking, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Reservations, Delivery, Parking Available
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly
Open Hours
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
17:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: playa hermosa next door to hotel villa acacia | 2da Entrade 100 Metros a Mano Derecho, Playa Hermosa, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Hermosa
  • Phone Number: +506 2672 0176
Contemporary international cuisine including fresh sushi, seafood, pasta, chicken, meat and daily deserts, including a new children's' menu. Join us for Happy hour or dinner in our newly renovated bar and restaurant. We are pleased to announce our collaboration with the Hidden Garden Art Gallery. Enjoy fine dining while feasting your eyes on some fabulous artwork, also available for sale. Friday's are especially fun at El Quijote as we feature live music. Located on the 2nd entrance to Playa Hermosa, just minutes from the beach. Our hours of operation are Monday thru Saturday, 4:30pm till close, with the kitchen closing at 9:30pm. We look forward to seeing and serving you.

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