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El Rancho Restaurant

$$ - $$$, South American,
Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0481
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  • Excellent69%
  • Very good27%
  • Average1%
  • Poor1%
  • Terrible2%
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“crab” (2 reviews)
“red snapper” (4 reviews)
“seafood” (5 reviews)
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Costa Rican, South American, Central American
$$ - $$$
Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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31 - 40 of 81 reviews

Reviewed 28 February 2015

this restaurant was next door. Very small with tables around a pool. Very good service in an low key Costa Rican atmosphere. Excellent service.

Thank LoraineGeorgetown_TX
Reviewed 12 February 2015

We were staying at the Parador down the road but had got tired by the sense that we were in California rather than Costa Rica, when we stumbled across this place. It's not obvious and, as it's name would suggest, is a restaurant attached to...More

Thank Bignickandlittleted
Reviewed 7 February 2015

First of all the atmosphere and staff here are wonderful! The Fresh Fish (Sea Bass & Yellow Fin Tuna) were excellent! Kenneth is a great chef! We loved the mojitos and specialty drinks too! I highly recommend the restaurant at Villas Nicolas!

Thank deezigner
Reviewed 15 January 2015

Dont be fooled by the peaceful outdoor patio. At first glance, the restaurant seems like a casual relaxed hotel restaurant but the food was the best we had in Costa Rica. I recommend the tuna and steak equally! To die for! The intimacy of the...More

1  Thank Katy H
Reviewed 31 December 2014

I highly recommend this restaurant. The setting is beautiful and quaint. The staff was incredibly nice and accommodating, particularly considering the dietary restrictions of some in my group. My father wanted a plain, unseasoned piece of tuna on the grill, and the chef even came...More

Thank Brian K
Reviewed 27 December 2014 via mobile

We were staying at Villas Nicolas and it was so nice to have this small, cozy restaurant right downstairs. Fresh ingredients, careful preparation and a quiet spot away from the bustle of Manuel Antonio. Excellent fish dishes.

Thank Kristina T
Reviewed 21 December 2014

I come back to the Manuel Antonio almost every year and this restaurant is the one spot I look forward to eating at. Chef Pato's skill in the kitchen is undeniable and it is so pleasant to dine in such a beautiful setting. The staff...More

Thank Betty M
Reviewed 17 August 2014

Read rave reviews about Villas Nicholas here on TA and was glad that this was an option within walking distance of our hotel (La Mariposa). We weren't disappointed! The setting was quaint and quiet and romantic (we visited during the green season, we practically had...More

Reviewed 5 August 2014

My husband and I love food. Villas Nicholas has the BEST dinner you will ever have in the Manuel Antonio area. This place is so secluded, that you wouldn't know it was even there. But it is surely worth the stop! The service is amazing...More

Thank EbonieandRyan
Reviewed 25 July 2014

We stayed in Manuel Antonio for a week and this was one of only two restaurants where we ate more than once. I am not sure why it doesn't seem to be as well known as many of the other area restaurants, because we liked...More

Thank miri8187
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Costa Rican, South American, Central American
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Manuel Antonio Road, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 0481
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