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Where to eat.... ?

Towards the Beach:

  • El Avion. Big, iconic restaurant with varied menu. Curiously, built around a huge C130 cargo plane.

  • El Wagon. Pizza and Italian food, with a casual atmosphere.  Curiously, built around a remodeled train car.

  • La Cantina. Fusion grill.  Another train restaurant--perhaps the caboose?  Good food, loud live music.

  • Buena Vista. Fusion beachfront restaurant & bar. New to the neighborhood, so be nice.

  • Marlin's. Fusion & seafood across the road from the beach.  Closest to the park.

Towards Quepos:

  • Agua Azul. Fusion & American food. Good views, open air, limited seating. Beware the Big Ass Burger.

  • Cafe Milagro.  Fusion restaurant with great, home-roasted coffee.  Selection of brews on tap.  Great service.  Nightly live music. 

  • Emilio's Cafe. (towards Mariposa Hotel) Exotic menu and ocean views.  Frequently has live music. Say hi to Emilio for me.

  • Barba Roja. Nachos and that famous view. Good bar w/ occasional live music. 

  • Samui. Asian restaurant with mixed fare.

  • Express Burrito. Local dive with good prices on wraps. 

  • Sancho's.  Mexican restaurant across from the soccer field.  Local bar scene.

  • El Lagarto. BBQ meat-lover's delight.  Great sunset view.

  • La Luna. At Hotel Gaia.  Fancy place with nice views and small portions. Hit happy hour for sunset.

  • Love Shak. New fusion restaurant in Quepos.  

  • Gran Escape. Iconic fusion & seafood restaurant & bar across from waterfront.

At the Pez Vela Marina:

  • Pesca. The heart of the marina.  Great place to drink wine and watch the rugrats root around in the sandboxes out front.  

  • Runaway Grill.  Fusion restaurant & bar overlooking the marina.  

  • Sunrice. Asian food.

  • Amorosi.  Gellatto--NOT ice cream.  Better, because it's Italian...

 
Night Life..... ?
  • Jolly Roger - Right across from turn to Castillo de Amber, so worth sticking your head in to see if anything is going on...

  • Cafe Milagro - Live music nightly & good bar scene.

  • Barba Roja - Good bar scene & occasional live music.

  • Selina's - Lively bar & pool area for backpacker crowd.  

  • Sancho's - Laid-back locals bar with cheap beer.

 

NOTE FROM THE EDITOR:

Everyone's tastes vary, and every menu has something good.  Most of the restaurants in Manuel Antonio can be most aptly described as 'fusion', and have at least a couple of fresh fish options. and kids menus.  Having said this--here are some Editor's Picks:

  • Family Restaurants: El Avion, El Wagon, Rico Tico (waterslide!)

  • Romantic Getaways: La Luna, El Arbol (Makanda Hotel)

  • Cheap Eats: Gallo Pinto, Express Burrito

  • Breakfast: Cafe Milagro, Mariposa

  • Top Pics: Emilio's Cafe, Cafe Milagro, El Arbol

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