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.
The latest reviews. The lowest prices. The perfect place to shop for hotels.

“Most fun place on the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Review of Tranquilo Cafe

Tranquilo Cafe
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$3 - US$12
More restaurant details
Restaurant details
Good for: Child-friendly, Cheap Eats, View, Groups, Bar Scene
Dining options: Lunch, After-hours, Drinks, Brunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Delivery, Free Wifi, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Description: Open for Breakfast, Lunch, & Dinner, Tranquilo Cafe offers delicious and refreshing alternatives to the standard Central American "rice & beans" fare: Fresh Kingfish Ceviche, juicy Cheddar Cheeseburgers, catch-of-the-day Fish Tacos, marinated Chicken Fillet sandwiches, Quesadillas, House-made Chips and Guacamole, Vegetarian/Vegan options, and nightly Dinner Specials. With a recently added back-yard BBQ Smoker, we now feature succulent Baby Back Ribs, juicy Pulled Pork, and Mojo Chicken platters, along with our own BBQ sauce, and fresh made sides including our own fresh Corn Bread. Also featuring fresh brewed Nicaraguan Coffees (hot & iced varieties) and Espresso, fresh-made local fruit juice drinks, made-to-order fruit/yogurt Smoothies (including Minga's special; Banana-Avocado w/cinnamon and vanilla), daily-baked Cookies, Brownies, Banana Bread & Carrot Cakes, Ice Cream desserts, and much more. Famous for our Bonfire Parties, we're also the island night spot. A great laid back atmosphere, with a variety of music from all over the world (including local DJ Nights and live cultural music/dance groups). It's a terrific place to meet up with other fun-seeking travelers. Come early to our Happy Hour (5-7 pm), and check out the drink specials; Rum Punch, Sangria and many 2 for 1 rum drink deals. Also, the widest selection of imported beers on the island. Our deck is located right on the beach on the front side of the island, between the 2 dive shops, with a great view for sunsets and people watching.
Richmond, Virginia
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
“Most fun place on the island”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 June 2014

This place was our meeting place the entire trip. The happy hour and drinks were great. The atmosphere was fantastic and it was a great meeting place for everyone you meet on this fantastic island - during the day and at night. We came here more than once daily after discovering it. It also has free wifi which means staying in touch with the world. Good food, great drinks, and a fun time. I will be back!

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
4 Thank jpenderg
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Write a Review

500 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
Rating summary
Date | Rating
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Swedish first
  • Any
English first
Vancouver, Canada
Level Contributor
27 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
“Food was just ok.”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 8 June 2014

We ate here once, the food was just ok, nothing special. The happy hour from 5-7pm was nice...good deals and a nice spot to relax in the evening.

Visited June 2014
Thank NateVan111
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Level Contributor
180 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 108 helpful votes
“Great happy hour! Free wifi”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 June 2014

I ate at this restaurant twice during my stay on Little Corn Island. The food was pretty good. The atmosphere and service was amazing. During happy hour, they have two-for-one drinks where you can get sangria, scary mary rum punch, pina coladas, daquiris, shots, etc. I tried the sangria and the rum punch and they were delicious! Food-wise, I tried the cheese burger with fries and the chicken nachos. Both were really good. The bar has fun activities at night as well, but I never stayed long enough to enjoy them. I really appreciated that this place had wifi too. Service was great. The waitstaff was attentive and pleasant. Bathrooms were clean too. Highly recommend this place!

  • Visited June 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
4 Thank trailblazer119
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Denver, Colorado, United States
Level Contributor
5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“Island perfection”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 21 May 2014

Great bar and restaurant with an incredible staff to compliment this island gem. We recently got married on the island and held our reception dinner at Tranquilo. During the planning phase, the owner John, was extremely helpful and responsive. He put us in touch with two of his highly talented staff: Doug and Jacq, who helped us come up with some great ideas for the night. When the night finally arrived, the hard work they put into this event was very visible. The food (fall-off-the-bone BBQ) was absolutely  delicious and guests were raving. John also started a bonfire for us, which completed our perfect island night. It was exactly how we wanted the night to be. 
Throughout the two weeks we were on the island, we spent much time at Tranquilo’s with our guests and were always warmly welcomed by their staff. Tranquilo was our groups favorite spot on the island and for many reasons. The location is perfect, it is right on the water. Dave, Doug, and Jacq always were attentive and prepared when we visited and most importantly, always friendly. You can tell a lot of love comes out of this place. We were also a fan a their HH specials. Our group took a strong liking to their delicious Scary Mary house drink (2 for 1 during happy hour!) I would highly recommending visiting Tranquilo’s while staying on the island. Beware, after one visit, you will find yourself making your way back on a daily basis. It’s hard to stay away!

  • Visited May 2014
    • Value
    • Atmosphere
    • Service
    • Food
4 Thank Kristin C
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC
Sausalito, California
Level Contributor
31 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
“backpackers place”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 May 2014

A scene for backpackers and people are smoking cigarettes all over. Good fish tacos, good place to eat for convenience and some good choices, I ate there because it was next door to Dolphin Dive, was hungry after diving.

Visited May 2014
1 Thank Melissa K
This review is the subjective opinion of a TripAdvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC

Travellers who viewed Tranquilo Cafe also viewed

Little Corn Island, Corn Islands
Little Corn Island, Corn Islands

Been to Tranquilo Cafe? 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