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El Restaurante Guanacaste

$$ - $$$, , Latin
Barrio Mercedes, Atenas 20501, Costa Rica
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  • Excellent51%
  • Very good40%
  • Average8%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“corvina” (5 reviews)
“ceviche” (6 reviews)
“beef” (5 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, South American
$$ - $$$
Barrio Mercedes, Atenas 20501, Costa Rica
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1 - 10 of 39 reviews

Reviewed 28 January 2017

During our week in Atenas, my husband and I had dinner at El Guanacaste 3 times! We enjoyed the small plates so that we could share multiple options. The ceviche de camaron was excellent, as were the chicharron, salchichon picante, and chifrijo! Drinks were reasonable...More

Thank mimi722
Reviewed 5 September 2016

Good comida tipica. Corvina and tilapia were cooked well. Good frescos naturales. VERY hard to find in the dark in the rain. It's just after the bridge on the left and the sign is not lighted. Open air restaurant with lots of tvs showing futbol.

1  Thank Lndmarks22
Reviewed 28 April 2016 via mobile

Here for lunch & the food is very good! Lots of choices & all that we had was very good. We will be back! Used the WAZE app to get here & it was very easy.

1  Thank NYE2015
Reviewed 21 April 2016

surroundings are so so, you are surrounded, circled by the cars parked around the restaurant, no true decoration the service is agreeable and 'tranquilo' the menu has ups and downs: spaghetti tasteless and full of water, fabulous smoked porc, chicken meat over cooked and stone...More

Thank Zoy Freytag Hor... H
Reviewed 14 April 2016

The food is great and the parking easy. The restaurants in Atenas and its suburbs are very small and parking is a nightmare. However, El Restaurante Guanacaste is a rarity. The restaurant is located behind another building but there is a sign that indicates you've...More

Thank Stumpertoo
Reviewed 15 March 2016

We went for dinner last night. After a full 2 months in several different areas of Costa Rica I can safely say two things: This is the best meat (pork and beef) that we have had and this was the only time I saw a...More

Thank Mark T
Reviewed 5 February 2016 via mobile

Based on the reviews I expected it to be hard to find but that's not the case; well marked by a big sign on the main road. Went there for lunch recently and absolutely loved the place. We had ceviche, fish soup, ribs and chicharon....all...More

2  Thank RayandNat
Reviewed 22 December 2015 via mobile

The restaurant is close by to where we are staying. So the first night we went because of convenience. Driving into it makes you think that you're going into a drive-in but the open air restaurant is a delight. The food was good, the price...More

Thank phantom_49601
Reviewed 29 November 2015 via mobile

It's about 3.5 miles off the 135 in a residential neighborhood. The pork ribs and chicken were delicious. It's a busy local restaurant. We loved it.

Thank tiffihiss
Reviewed 29 October 2015

Nice little restaurant off the beaten path. A little hard to find, but worth it. Very good Costa Rican food at a reasonable price. It you go, tell Manuel (the waiter) that Dan sent you.

Thank Dan H
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15 April 2016|
Response from Stumpertoo | Reviewed this property |
The restaurant is about 10 minutes from the downtown area of Atenas. It is very reachable via taxi.
9 December 2015|
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Response from Stumpertoo | Reviewed this property |
Yes there is a bar. Matter of fact it is listed as a bar & restaurant.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Central American, Costa Rican, Latin, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Barrio Mercedes, Atenas 20501, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Alajuela  >  Atenas
One the best restaurants in Atenas. Only La Trocha compares.
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