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El Quijote Bar and Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Seafood, International, Sushi, Asian, South American, Central 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
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Mon - Sat 17:00 - 22:00
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Chicago, Illinois
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 July 2016

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

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Olive Branch, Mississippi
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12 reviews
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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 

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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.

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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 

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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 

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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!

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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 

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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20 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Everytime I go here, I end up leaning back to the sushi. I've tried other menu items, and they are all fantastic, but for me it's always the sushi. I haven't yet had a single roll, nigiri, or sashimi disappoint. Ian and his colleagues are always happy to help with great service. Worth a visit!

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Thank Lauren M
Tammy L, Owner at El Quijote Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks so much Lauren, we are so glad you enjoy the sushi. We make it from scratch with each order and all from local fresh seafood. Looking forward to seeing you again soon. Tammy More 

Stony Plain, Canada
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26 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 March 2016

The best food is not always found on the beach. In Playa Hermosa's second entrance is a gem of a restaurant called The El Quijote. The food is excellent and the beer is super cold. You can chose to eat inside where it is air conditioned or outside at a patio table. Your Host Ian Cockburn will do his best... More 

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Thank hookedby1
Tammy L, Owner at El Quijote Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thanks for a great review. We do strive to please all of our customers. Yes, the beer is super cold and we love serving it in our iced beer mugs. Looking forward to serving you again really soon. Tammy More 

Heredia, Costa Rica
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 March 2016 via mobile

Last night I left my id card on this restaurant and Henry Taylor was so nice as to look me up on facebook and tell me that they had them. The owner of the restaurant Ian Cockburn took the time to bring the id to my hotel so I could leave today. Besides being so servicial. .. the food and... More 

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Galveston, Texas
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22 reviews
20 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2016

Off the beach but wonderful to have a sushi option and Thai type choices. Has a couple of tables outside but it's mostly a nice change for dining inside in the AC. Beef and broccoli was fantastic!!!! Cheap cocktails and friendly service. Great off the beach option!

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Thank goingplaces2016
Tammy L, Owner at El Quijote Bar and Restaurant, responded to this review

Thank you kindly for your review. We are pleased to offer our customers various options such as sushi, Thai, local and many other dishes to ensure wonderful dining experience. We look forward to your return and hope you had a wonderful vacation. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, International, Sushi, Asian, South American, Central American, Costa Rican
Meals
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
Child-friendly, Special Occasion Dining
Open Hours
Monday
17:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
17:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
17:00 - 22:00
Thursday
17:00 - 22:00
Friday
17:00 - 22:00
Saturday
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
Description
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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?