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El Lagarto

$$ - $$$Seafood, Barbecue,
200mts. Norte de la Plaza de Deportes de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 6932
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked potato” (32 reviews)
“steak” (87 reviews)
“surf and turf” (20 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
200mts. Norte de la Plaza de Deportes de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We ate here and thoroughly enjoyed the sunset views and great grilled seafood. Definitely recommend getting here before sunset (we arrived just after 5pm, late Feb). The grill is also a spectacle in its own right - has given me BBQ envy. Hope to return...More

Thank Stephen J
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Poor quality service and food. Nice location but overpriced 3X at least for mediocre food and service. Think thrice!

Thank P C
Reviewed 5 days ago

El Lagarto sits on the edge of a large hill overlooking the Pacific ocean near Manuel Antonio Park. Food is delicious, reasonably priced, view is spectacular (especially) at sunset. Totally agree with all prior positive reviews. We have eaten many times at the one in...More

Thank Jim H
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We took our family of 5 there (6, 8, and 10 year olds) there last night for dinner. We all loved it! The wood fire grill was awesome to watch and see how they cook the food. The view to the ocean was beautiful! We...More

Thank TravelsMamaKC
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Great meal at sunset. Excellent friendly service. Had a three meat plate: chicken, beef, pork. All very tender and tasty. Also great fruit desert. Can't recommend this place highly enough.

Thank Randy B
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

My family and I were in Manuel Antonio for a week and endeavored to have dinner one night while watching the sunset. The view from El Lagarto did not disappoint. We were surprised the restaurant was so quiet at sunset time, but it was a...More

Thank packthebags00
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The food here was exceptional, from the fresh fish to the vegetables (especially tomatoes and mushrooms!) grilled over a glowing wood fire. The smells of the wood, watching the sunset over spectacular ocean views, and enjoying the mastery of the chefs preparing the meals in...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We arrived at around 5:30 and all of the edge tables were either occupied or reserved. Which is fine and to be expected at a restaurant that uses the sunset as a marketing mechanism. We were given a table close to the fire/BBQ and it...More

Thank Ragman2016
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

By the look of it, you wouldn't think to go to El Lagarto...but it was a great find. Many locals told us about it and we were not disappointed. The seafood was fresh and yummy. Best to have a reservation!

Thank schnoodlelover
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

One travel mate had whole red snapper and raved over it. I had beef tenderloin and it was tasty but a little on the tough side. I think Costa Rican beef in general is tougher than American beef. Cozy place with friendly staff.

Thank Al R
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trina e
5 February 2018|
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Response from scottgriff71 | Reviewed this property |
They love kids. Our kids had a good time but there were 2 11 year olds and a 13 year old. They usually eat off the adult menu but I know they have burgers, chicken tenders, fries, desserts , everything a kid would eat with... More
11 May 2017|
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Response from Tina T | Reviewed this property |
? I was talking about a guided tour to MA park.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Bar Scene, View, Child-friendly, Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Romantic, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200mts. Norte de la Plaza de Deportes de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 6932
  • E-mail
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