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.



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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