We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

“Costa Rican Surprise”
Review of El Rancho de Laly

El Rancho de Laly
Ranked #27 of 110 Restaurants in Santa Ana
Cuisines: Costa Rican
Dining options: After-hours
Restaurant details
Dining options: After-hours
Reviewed 28 March 2013

We were attracted to the restaurant by a gentleman standing at the curb motioning for passersby to drive into the restaurant parking lot. We were, in fact, looking for a restaurant, so we decided to try it. It was one of the better surprises we encountered in Costa Rica. Although the staff spoke no English and the restaurant was rather noisy, we were greeted by a very pleasant waitress. She gave us a menu, that was all in Spanish, and left us to our own devices. I noticed a seafood item for about 4,500 Colognes ($9) and decided to try it. It was simply delicious and chock full of a variety of seafood. The food was so good, we decided to make a special trip to the restaurant as our Thanks Giving day meal, in 2012. I highly recommend the restaurant and look forward to being able to go there again, some day.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank NWolfer
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a ReviewReviews (67)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
Language

37 - 41 of 67 reviews

Reviewed 19 March 2013

You go to Laly's when you're tired, it's a weekday and you just want some costarican bar food and a beer. The ceviche is good, as is chifrijo. The owner is dedicated, really nice and always at the place checking on everything. He is also an animal lover and has some great fish tanks. Some days the karaoke is a bit loud and intense, but then again it has a regular following. Locals frequent this place and everyone is relaxed and just winding down.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
1  Thank Laura L
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 3 December 2012

I came here on a Sunday afternoon for cheap eating about 1/2 mile walk from my hotel, Hotel Luisiana. For about $5-$8 you get a decent amount of food. I took my food to go, which I think makes a difference in Costa Rica. I feel that the food suddenly becomes bland/tasteless once you order "to go" (aka "para llevar"). Consider putting spices/sauce on the side before leaving the restaurants, whether you need it or not.

The servers appeared busy (although it was not crowded), so my "to-go" experience lasted about 40 min from start to end. In CR they don't provide plastic utensils/napkins like they do in the US so be prepared.

    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
Thank Chancie H
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 17 October 2017
Google Translation

Thank Al R
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Reviewed 20 April 2017
Google Translation

Thank jpsalascr
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed El Rancho de Laly also viewed

Santa Ana, San Jose Metro
Santa Ana, San Jose Metro
 
Santa Ana, San Jose Metro
Santa Ana, San Jose Metro
 

Been to El Rancho de Laly? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.

Claim Your Listing