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“Excellent Service and Great Food in the hills of Playas de Coco” 5 of 5 bubbles
Review of The Lookout

The Lookout
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$20 - US$50
Cuisines: Asian, Bar, Seafood, Central American
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Good for: View, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Local cuisine, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining, Groups
Dining options: Dinner, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Television, Waitstaff, Wine and Beer
Description: The Lookout is a seafood restaurant and oyster bar located in Playas Del Coco, Guanacaste. We are the first and only restaurant in town to stock live oysters, to be eaten raw on the half shell or prepared in a number of other ways. We are also the first and only place in town to serve Costa Rican craft beers on tap. The view from our establishment is truly priceless and the menu showcases the freshest seafood that the Pacific has to offer. We hope to see you soon!
West Covina
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9 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
“Excellent Service and Great Food in the hills of Playas de Coco”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014 via mobile

The lookout is one if those hard to find places nestled in the hills of Playas de Coco, Costa Rica. A bit of an adventure to find and if you ask the locals where it is, you'll get a response that resembles a pirates map. They'll tell you to go towards the main road and look for the concrete anchor. Then look for the dirt road and follow the signs all the way up.
After a long, unpaved windy road, you will arrive at the Chantel Hotel. The restaurant is located at the roof and overlooks probably the most gorgeous view of the city.
When my wife and I finally made it to the top, we were greeted by a young thin set Costa Rican who was very polite and sat us at our table. He even pulled out my wife's chair for her. Throughout the evening he took his time to explain every dish, and his manners were impeccable.
As we looked at the menu, the selection was smaller than most and in the familiar form of tapas. We realized that this was definitely comfort food with a Costa Rican twist. The prices are on the higher side, but believe me it was worth it.
We tried the oysters fresh picked with their special sauce. Small but delicious. We then had the bacon wrapped scallops where the grease of the pork was infused into the scallops themselves. Then onto our favorite dish, the octopus and chorizo skewer. The octopus cooked just right and the chorizo had a hard texture with the most amazing flavor i've ever had. Even after having a sip of beer, the flavor was still packed into it. We then moved onto the fish tacos. A very good flavor but it's hard I recreate the fish taco. The thing that made it stand out was the toppings they used. Chef William uses the typical red cabbage, cilantro, etc., but adds a unique and subtle twist with the cucumber. It complimented the flavor very well. Finally we tried the Lobster Grilled Cheese sandwich with chips. A very delicious comfort food that topped the meal off. Nice sized chunks of lobster submersed in cheese, trapped between two pieces of grilled bread.
Overall the jack Johnson soundtrack playing in the background, cool hip crowd, and spectacular views make this restaurant a must while in the Guanacaste area of Costa Rica.
Semper Fi.

  • Visited July 2014
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Liberia, Costa Rica
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“New favorite spot in Playas del Coco for sunsets, dinner, great food and Costa Rica local craft beer!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 August 2014

Great place to enjoy beautiful Coco Sunsets and relax to the max with great fresh variety of seafood and other dishes and variety of local crafted Costa Rican beers and amazing ocean views! ! recommend visiting the Lookout in Playas del Coco to experience Coco at its best! I have tried most of the menu and is simply great: best tuna nachos and fish tacos! fresh oysters, delicious fresh ceviche and shrimp...!! the beers are awesome and Cocktails as well! The Watermelon Mojito is one of my favorites... so refreshing, great beer! I cant wait to visit the Lookout again and again, some fresh oysters, ocean breeze, views and everything at the Lookout is great. Excellent service!!

  • Visited August 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Mari300
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Playas del Coco, Costa Rica
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“Great Food & Great Service”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

The food here is extremely fresh and delicious. There is usually a nice breeze coming off the ocean and it is a refreshing change from the main strip where most of the food is greasy. Go here on a date or with friends. Great open air atmosphere! Definitely a must while you are in Playas del Coco. The best selection of Costa Rican made craft beers on tap and/or in bottle……delicious and fun to stay and drink after your meal!

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
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“Not just a meal, an experience”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

Food was fantastic, drinks were great, view is stunning and customer service exceeded expectations. The owner and staff aim to please and exceed expectations and this is very apparent upon arriving at the restaurant/overall hotel. There's nothing quite like this in the area. Will not disappoint.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank Krystal V
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Playa Ocotal, Costa Rica
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“Finally oysters and craft beer in Playa del Coco!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 July 2014

The restaurant is located in the mountains and has an amazing view of Playa del Coco. They has 2 costa rican beers on tap and it is the only place around Coco having something other than the usual Imperial and Heineken. Raw oysters are impossible to find in Costa Rica and I'm glad now they are here. We also tried shrimp ceviche and bacon wrapped scallops. Both were great. Definitely recommend this place if you are looking for something different with a killer view.

  • Visited July 2014
    • 5 of 5 bubbles
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Thank CAHE4EK
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