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El Rancho Restaurant

Certificate of Excellence
££ - £££
Costa Rican, Seafood, South American
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Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0481
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Upland, CA
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66 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 June 2016 via mobile

Our family (myself, husband and 2 sons 21 & 27) had dinner here last night. Oh my! I had the fresh fish of the day - a red snapper that you had your choice of preparation - I opted for the fresh crab meat and garlic butter and was not disappointed. Seriously, one of the best fish dishes I've ever... More 

Thank whiningyapper
Kiawah Island, South Carolina
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 May 2016 via mobile

Small and intimate outdoor restaurant attached to a hotel. Service was exceptional and the open kitchen is a nice feature. Menu is quite small, but the food was great.

Thank Andrew W
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172 reviews
81 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 March 2016

Very nice restaurant with great food and great atmosphere and great service. Prices are reasonable. I really enjoyed the food and the experience at this restaurant

Thank andresworld
Porstmouth, NH
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 February 2016 via mobile

We would have never found this place if we weren't staying at the hotel. We talked to the owner who was prepping earlier in the day and he told us what the fresh fish of the day would be (red snapper) and he told us the 3 different ways he could prepare it. We were sold and also pleasantly surprised.... More 

Thank recoveringshopaholic
Chicago, Illinois
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26 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 February 2016 via mobile

The place was a little hard to find. We wandered outside for a bit trying to figure out how to get in. Eventually a worker cam by and entered a gate and we followed her and we were in the restaurant. The restaurant looked like it had a full bar and was right next to a pool with a bunch... More 

Thank pangery
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 February 2016 via mobile

Great ambiance, great service and great food. Worth every penny. My husband had steak with shrimp and I had the Ranchero shrimp salad. Steak was perfect and the shrimps were massive. Salad was very large and fresh and my shrimps were just as big. Friendly attentive staff and the restaurant itself is gorgeous. Sorry we missed out on it last... More 

Thank Tobi45
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 February 2016

We stumbled upon this place while staying next door at Si Como No. This was our last stop on a two week tour of Costa Rica and it was the best meal we had in all that time. I had the tuna steak which was fresh and succulent and my husband had the grouper with crab and garlic sauce. I... More 

1 Thank Corkber
North Carolina
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25 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 January 2016

We were staying at this hotel (the rooms arre nice but kinda pricey). We were looking for restaurants and ended up eating here when we could not decide where to go. It actually was very good. We loved the ceviche and tuna.

1 Thank billvau
Ridgefield, Connecticut
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77 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016

This is a small place, with a restaurant that is not as well advertised as other places (you can easily miss it). Small number of tables, so reservations recommended). Excellent fish. Nice salad. No views, so good place to go for a later dinner (where the great ocean views you can get elsewhere are not relevant). Decent service.

Thank Jason R
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13 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 January 2016 via mobile

Not much you can say that is not praise about Villas Nicholas. Sitting in our spacious one bedroom with terrace over looking the Pacific Ocean and the jungle. The people are nice, pool is pristine, rooms are clean, small intimate setting, even the dining area turns out to be a perfect choice after a long day of adventure in Manuel... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Costa Rican, Seafood, South American
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Romantic, Child-friendly
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 0481

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?