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“Unexpected pleasure”

Restaurant & Bar El Rancho
Ranked #25 of 44 Restaurants in Dominical
Price range: US$10 - US$20
Cuisines: Healthy, International, Spanish, Costa Rican
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Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Lunch, Drinks, Accepts American Express, Accepts Discover, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Off-Street Parking, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Television, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Description: El Rancho restaurant & bar at Hotel Villas Rio Mar is considered one of the best places to eat in the area of Dominical and Uvita. The menu offers a great selection of international dishes and local specialties. Enjoy the quality food with a good glass of wine; the wine list is quite extensive and contains some nice wines that are rare to find in Costa Rica. You can also Bring Your Own Wine! Wine is expensive in Costa Rica; also for Restaurants! This makes wine in restaurants very expensive. El Rancho Restaurant at Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical offers some great dishes that get even better when having a good glass of wine with it. We saw the problem and found the solution; just bring your own bottle of wine! The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The menu also includes tasty appetizers and special dishes for kids and vegetarians. Also quality espresso and cappuccino coffee is served. El Rancho restaurant at Hotel Villas Rio Mar is open to the public 365 days a year from 7 am to 9:30 pm. Socialize with family & friends, meet new people or cheer for your favorite team at our cozy bar. You can also enjoy an ice cold beer during a game of billiards, foosball or darts. Besides a selection of soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits, the bar offers wonderful cocktails & smoothies. You can also order a drink at our pool bar while having a refreshing swim in the large pool. Something to celebrate? Hotel Villas Rio Mar is the perfect place in the area of Dominical and Uvita to host private events as: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, dinner parties, wedding receptions and parties. Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical also provides a fully equipped conference room and is the perfect location in the South Pacific for your business meetings & events.
Fenton, Missouri
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28 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Unexpected pleasure”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 November 2013 via mobile

My wife and I stayed at these villas as part of a small scale tour. The other resorts' restaurants were disappointing, yet the food here would be a stand-out in the States. Nevertheless, the food has a Central American Twist. I had Tuna Timbale for lunch and Salmon for dinner: both were excellent. My wife had an actual blt for lunch and ravioli that was al dente for dinner.
This should be a destination restaurant for the area.

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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
“Delicious!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 July 2013

Not only was the staff friendly and helpful and polite and humble the food was delicious. The salmon was great! The smoothies are delicious, the breakfast buffet is amazing. Overall a great experience.

  • Visited June 2013
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Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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17 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Great place for dinner”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

We stayed at the Rio Mar and loved this restaurant so much we ate there 3 times during our stay. Not only was the food delicious but the staff was outstanding. What service!

Visited May 2013
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Monterey, California
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87 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
“Fresh food and great atmosphere”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2013

We stayed at the hotel. Since we didn't have our own transportation this was our restaurant. The meals were excellent. We watched a humming bird while we relaxed and ate our food. The staff was excellent. Prices were good too.

  • Visited April 2013
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Satellite Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
“Great food + Staff”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

Went to Restaurante El Rancho at the Hotel Villas Mar the other day for lunch while visiting friends in Dominical.I had a tuna sandwich which was a fresh piece of tuna,lettuce,tomatoes,avocado on a fresh crusty role. It was awesome!!! The wait staff was fast,friendly and efficient,you could not ask for more!!!

  • Visited March 2013
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