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Best Restaurants to Visit - HELP!

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Best Restaurants to Visit - HELP!

I am planning a trip to costa rica in May and going to be in Manual Antonio, the Arenal, and maybe the central valley area where the peacelodge is. Can anyone recommend top restaurants to eat at in these areas and if I need to make reservations in advance?


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In Arenal...Don Rufino's

In Manuel Antonio...Gran Escape among many more...

In Poas Volcano area around Peace Lodge...COLBERT"s

You do not need to make a reservation...yes be sure once you are here to call first from your hotel to find out if they still open...you never know!

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In Manuel Antonio other top restaurants are Gato Nego, the restaurant at Si Como No and the restaurant in Mankanda by the Sea. Please be advised, top, High End or however you describe it in the US is not the same in Costa Rica. Costa Rica is VERY laid back. Gato Nego has $80+ dollar seafood entrees and multi-hundred dollar bottles of wine on the menu, but that it does not mean it is the best food or exclusive in any way. I believe the lady on the beach who sells casados for $5 has some of the best food you are going to find. Why go to Costa Rica and eat the same things you can eat in the US and end up paying more for it and pass up the opportunity to experience one of the most beautiful cultures in the world. Also, reservations are not necessary. Very few restaurants even take them.

Some advice, go to youtube and type in Quepos and then in a different search Manuel Antonio (Quepos is the adjoining town). Many people have posted various videos of the two towns. While this by no means tells the whole story, it will give you a perspective of what you are in for. Many people are very surprised what they find when they get here for the first time because the pictures you see in advertisements are not "real". While most people are surprised for the better like I was, a few are not.

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Gran Escape in Quepos has really fressh seafood as it is a hang out for fishermen. You can expect that it has been caught local and recent.

Ronnie's Place is always a favorite spot for locals and tourists. It has an excellent sunset view and good food.

I always post the suggestion that people not forget about local restaurants too as this should be part of your experience. of course you will want to visit more Americanized places to get food we are more accustomed to but definately eat a meal or two local. In Quepos you can go to Soda Sanchez, which is a small place with only about 4 tables. A soda is like the Costa Rican version of a diner. Casados (like a blue plate special) are only $3.20. These include a large helping of meat or fish, rice and beans, salad, and fried plantains. Another good spot is Quepoa, right across from the bus station and at the taxi stop. It is a great people watching place and has local food. Definately try ceviche while you are in Costa Rica and this is a good place for it. Ceviche, a beer, and local people watching can be a good form of entertainment all in itself.

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