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El Arado

) #34 of 67 Restaurants in Manuel Antonio National Park ££ - £££ , , Seafood
Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0928
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  • Excellent76%
  • Very good16%
  • Average6%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible1%
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“ribs” (16 reviews)
“stew” (5 reviews)
“mahi mahi” (13 reviews)
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Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American
££ - £££
Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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11 - 20 of 172 reviews

Reviewed 26 February 2016

We went to El Arado with a guide we hired after a mangrove tour. El Arado is owned by his sister and her husband who run the place. The food was excellent, and they also made up a very refreshing watermelon "slushy" (which is my...More

Thank dfe2391
Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

I took the fish I caught to Ana, on the recommendation from the owners of Coyaba B&B, and she did a fantastic job of cooking them for us. She fixed each of the 3 kinds of fish 2 ways, and both were delicious. She has...More

Thank Mike M
Reviewed 20 January 2016

We waited for more than one hour just to get some sandwiches, after that they overcharged us and when we asked for explanation they didn't even recognized their mistake and had racist comment. Afford this place, the owners are not correct, unpolite and the worst...More

Thank Marc B
Reviewed 19 January 2016

El Arado is a small place tucked away on a dirt road, off the main highway to the Manuel Antonio Park. It is run by a family that has a farm northwest of Manuel Antonio, where they grow most of the vegetables in their cooking....More

Thank Will H
Reviewed 3 January 2016 via mobile

The lack of other customers was odd given the reviews. We had a fun evening here with a couple of pals but that was in spite of the very average food and wine. The service was friendly and our friends thought their food was alright,...More

Thank m0nkey1981
Reviewed 12 December 2015 via mobile

We loved El Arado the food was authentic fresh and delicious....we like how it was off the main road so not busy with busses and huge crowds.

Thank bobnelle
Reviewed 9 August 2015

We asked our hotel for a local food restaurant and this place was spectacular. We felt like we were eating dinner at someone's house. There were only 3-4 items on the menu, but they really did them well. We went for the fish stew and...More

1  Thank RamblinJamie
Reviewed 6 August 2015

El Arado is definitely worth looking for. It's a bit off the beaten path, but once you arrive, you will find a lovely restaurant, very nice people working there and excellent food! We had the grilled whole fish and the jumbo shrimp. Both were absolutely...More

1  Thank bnbns
Reviewed 20 May 2015 via mobile

The people here are so nice and the grilled whole fish was delicious! One of the better, and less expensive meals we had in Manuel Antonio.

1  Thank AnnieOaklandN
Reviewed 17 May 2015

Tired of eating over priced and below average food at the restaurants in Manuel Antonio (mostly these are hotel restaurants with hotel food at hotel prices) we stumbled on El Arado. The menu is small with some typical Costa Rican food and whole fish either...More

Thank rtester2015
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Gesselle M
Hi. How far away are you from Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort?
24 December 2014|
Response from CachoMartinez |
HI Gesselle, It´s about 6 or 7 hours driving! Forget it. Late at last!
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
Good for
Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 0928
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If you are looking for an Authentic Costa Rican meal El Arado is your place! We have no hamburgers or pizza on the menu. Only traditional home cooked meals.

Tell your taxi driver we are located on the old road to Manuel Antonio 100 meters south of the hotel Villa Teca.
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