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Surf Ranch Restaurant

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Empalme de el Valle, 991.5 al Este, San Juan del Sur 0000, Nicaragua
+505 8816 8748
07:30 - 23:00
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20 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 December 2016

The people are great are great here. The morning breakfast is great here. The bar is even great, as you can get free rum drinks and local beer with your stay. They offer free water, you can get a free ride to the Beach in the morning, and it would be a great place to stay with kids. The food... More 

Thank John M
Seattle, Washington
2 reviews
Reviewed 20 August 2016

Everything meal I got was delicious and well prepared. Highly recommend! The staff was impeccable and took excellent care of us. From drinks to desert everything was fantastic!

Thank magisan03
Austin, Texas
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8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 July 2016

Great swim up bar and an awesome selection of food on their menu. You can swim all day or shuttle into San juan Del sur to enjoy a bit of shopping but seriously this resort has everything like- rock climbing, skate park, swimming, outdoor showers and comfortable outdoor seating. I have spent the night here and loved my room and... More 

Thank Fositi M
Brockville, Canada
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221 reviews
102 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 227 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2016

My husband and I spent an afternoon here swimming in the gorgeous pool and enjoying the terrific food and drinks! The swim-up bar was great as was the exceptional service.

Thank deb-terr
San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015

I've never stayed here but the pool and activities make this one of Nicaragua's coolest places to hang for the day or for a few nights. Great pool and cool atmosphere with a skate parkm paint ball, climbing wall and an airbag. The owners are the coolest down to earth guys in town that have created something truly special. Go... More 

Thank SeekingSantosha
Cartago, Costa Rica
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218 reviews
143 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 December 2014

It was nice to order anything and they brought it to our table by the pool or the bar I spent the afternoon reading a book by the pool and the bar was a few steps from my lounger and when it started to rain I just moved to a covered table

Thank sueanncanny
New York City, New York
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8 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 November 2014

When travelling, I feel like it's always tough to get food that isn't too oily, greasy or buttery. I really liked that the food at the Surf Ranch felt healthy and natural, and certainly true to the area. And as a pescatarian, I appreciated that they had plenty of vegetarian and fish options.

Thank Kate G
lukeboychuk, Owner at Surf Ranch Restaurant, responded to this review

Kate, I am glad to hear that you enjoyed our vegetarian menu. We are launching a new menu this week (Nov 2014) with all new options that you can't find anywhere in town. We hope to see you back again soon and thank you for staying with us! Lucas Boychuk Director of Operations More 

Whistler, British Columbia, Canada
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 September 2014

All the menu items were spectacular! Best and freshest food my girlfriend and I had in San Juan! My favourite item was the surf and turf they serve with fresh lobster and a top notch cut of prime rib! That being said everything on the menu was fantastic!

Thank Matt B
lukeboychuk, Owner at Surf Ranch Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Thank you for stopping by the Surf Ranch to try our restaurant. We have just launched our new menu last week, after you have visited, but I am still honored to hear that you enjoyed our surf & turf, which is still on the new menu. We take pride in our food, and that it is already served... More 

Dillon, Colorado
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16 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 November 2013

I don't know where the slick looking food on the website was, but the menu was bleah. After eating two terrible meals we ate great meals in town at small restaurants and at the mercado and that was after having paid the "all inclusive" price. Breakfast was ok, but they ran out of coffee and would not make any more,... More 

Thank MountainBikeColorado
lukeboychuk, Owner at Surf Ranch Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest You wrote this review last year, and since then we have made many changes, including our new menu. The food you are referring to was our all inclusive food, which is lower quality than from our menu. If you purchased an all inclusive package, you will receive our set all inclusive food, or you can spice it up... More 

Albuquerque, New Mexico
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 October 2013

Food was good but repetitious with rice n beans on the inclusive plan. Didn't eat off menu too much, so can't comment on other items!

Thank AnEGuy
lukeboychuk, Owner at Surf Ranch Restaurant, responded to this review

Dear Guest Yes the all inclusive food is basic, which is why we encourage you to order from our menu. We have been getting recent reviews calling it the best food in San Juan Del Sur, and it certainly keeps bringing people back. I invite you to come try our new menu, the next time you are back in town.... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$4 - US$12
Mexican, American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Waitstaff, Seating
Good for
Open Hours
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
07:30 - 23:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Empalme de el Valle, 991.5 al Este, San Juan del Sur 0000, Nicaragua
  • Location: Central America  >  Nicaragua  >  Rivas Department  >  San Juan del Sur
  • Phone Number: +505 8816 8748
The Surf Ranch restaurant offers a local Nicaraguan and worldwide menu including all of your favorite foods. You have the option of where you would like to dine, including poolside under thatch roof cabanas, at the swim up bar, on the second floor of the restaurant, and even in your villa or condo. The restaurant is open from 7am - 11pm, everyday of the week.

Anyone is welcome to eat, hang out and enjoy our activities, even if you are not staying at the resort. Open to all! Free shuttles to and from town throughout the day.

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