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El Coconut

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
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Main Street | Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
+506 2653 0086
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10:00 - 22:00
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Tue - Sun 10:00 - 22:00
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The Woodlands, Texas
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194 reviews
89 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 125 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Our event took over the entire restaurant, 124 seats. Our masterful hostess, Katarina, and owner made everyone feel as if it were an intimate dinner party. To ensure fresh lobsters, she had a distributor drive to the Caribbean side of the county and get the bounty. Her wait and bar staff was fiery. They had their hands full with the... More 

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Thank steveberry2020
Wenatchee, Washington
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We came here the first night and fell in love. We had our 1.5 year old son and they were so accomadating. Jackie was the sweetest and my son loved her. The food was so great and I would recommend this place to everyone!

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Thank Heather S
Portland, Maine
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116 reviews
51 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We had the lobster special which is a bit expensive but well worth it. We come from lobster country in the states and usually think the lobsters here aren't as good but this dish proved us wrong. Very tasty.

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Thank vacation023
Toronto
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17 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We were in Tamarindo for a week in Feb and loved El Coconut so much we ate there twice. Food is high quality and delicious and service is excellent. Definitely recommend.

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Thank JB2Toronto
Portland, Oregon
1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The food was great, and the owner was so sweet and welcoming, would go there again and again! Well done!

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Thank esther953
Thousand Oaks, California
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ordered the lobster meal and it was smaller than I expected. You also have to pay for bottled water (which was somewhat expensive).

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Thank andrea_gutierrez_87
katharina_elcoconut, Propietario at El Coconut, responded to this review

Dear Andrea Our lobsters are minimum 1 pound or 500gr. Usually our clients are happy with this. I am so sorry that you were expecting something larger. I do believe that bottled water is something that usually one pays for in restaurants and bars. A large bottle of water 1,5 liters is less than $4... Once again, I am sorry... More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Food was ok, fish wasn't fresh as offered, it was supposed to be catch of the day and it tasted like frozen fish from Walmart, my chicken was overcooked, it wasn't what we expected based on the price per meal.

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Thank Jay V
katharina_elcoconut, Owner at El Coconut, responded to this review

I am sorry that your meal was not as expected for you. I can promise you that our fish is not frozen from Walmart but bought directly from fishermen and their vendors from the Pacific coast of Guanacaste. I will be checking with the cooks on their preparing of the chicken. Thank you for letting me know. More 

Amarillo, Texas, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Lovely restaurant across from the beach. The food was perfect and the coconut drink was the best drink I've ever had.

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Thank Dana N
katharina_elcoconut, Owner at El Coconut, responded to this review

Thank you so much for taking the time to write such a positive review. Your experience at El Coconut is what we hope to obtain with each one of our guests that walks up our four steps :) PS I will pass your compliments on to the team. More 

Tinley Park, Illinois
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 February 2017

I had a couple of the fish dinners and and found the presentation and taste to be top notch. You can just sit and watch the traffic go by while you are served quality food and the staff was very attentive.

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Thank basia3222
katharina_elcoconut, Owner at El Coconut, responded to this review

Thank you so much for this beautiful feed-back :) I hope we will be able to serve you soon again! More 

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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 February 2017 via mobile

The stuffed lobster with shrimp, mussels, calamari and mahi was amazing! I would definitely recommend this place.

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Thank Andrea M
katharina_elcoconut, Owner at El Coconut, responded to this review

Thank you so much :) Yes, the Neptune Treasure Chest has become a favorite. As we say: For one true seafood lover or two to share. Thank you for recommending us. More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Cuisine
Seafood, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Gluten Free Options, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Child-friendly, Business meetings, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic, Local cuisine
Open Hours
Sunday
10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday
10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday
10:00 - 22:00
Thursday
10:00 - 22:00
Friday
10:00 - 22:00
Saturday
10:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Main Street | Tamarindo Beach, Tamarindo 50309, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Tamarindo
  • Phone Number: +506 2653 0086
Description
This setting could just as well be in LA or Paris; beautiful teak terracing, all handmade wood furnishing and the shining cobber from the bar and the lamps give that warmth and good feeling we all enjoy. The wait staff takes pride in being members of Team Coconut for years. It is their personalized attention that permits them to remember each client and their likings. Nowhere else will you feel as Welcome and Well attended as here. Every day the same words are repeated "The Client is the King". At El Coconut you will also find a truly professional kitchen where the main ingredients are "Heart & Soul". Who could be able to resist an Avocado filled with sauteed Shrimps, A Tropical Lobster prepared with fresh pineapple, raisins and ginger or not to forget the Surf & Turf even big enough to satisfy the hungriest surfer. Where else in Costa Rica would you find a temperate wine cellar of almost 1000 bottles? Nowhere that we know of. Our wine selection goes from the easy drinking Latin American table wines to finer selections such as Chateau Neuf du Pape, Penfold 389 and many more. Our seating capacity is more than 100. We are used to and truly enjoy arranging your special events; be that "The President's Club", incentive dinners, rehearsal dinners or weddings. Let us make your night that special night.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?