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Restaurant & Bar El Rancho

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900mtrs to the right at the Dominical entrance, passing under the bridge, along the baru river | 800 M North From The Dominical Entrance Along The Baru River, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
+506 2787 0052
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07:30 - 21:30
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Orlando, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 July 2013

Not only was the staff friendly and helpful and polite and humble the food was delicious. The salmon was great! The smoothies are delicious, the breakfast buffet is amazing. Overall a great experience.

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Thank Ylamde
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
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15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 May 2013

We stayed at the Rio Mar and loved this restaurant so much we ate there 3 times during our stay. Not only was the food delicious but the staff was outstanding. What service!

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Thank Sandra R
Monterey, California
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83 reviews
37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 May 2013

We stayed at the hotel. Since we didn't have our own transportation this was our restaurant. The meals were excellent. We watched a humming bird while we relaxed and ate our food. The staff was excellent. Prices were good too.

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Satellite Beach, Florida
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 22 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 March 2013

Went to Restaurante El Rancho at the Hotel Villas Mar the other day for lunch while visiting friends in Dominical.I had a tuna sandwich which was a fresh piece of tuna,lettuce,tomatoes,avocado on a fresh crusty role. It was awesome!!! The wait staff was fast,friendly and efficient,you could not ask for more!!!

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1 Thank tjheckler
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 31 January 2013

We've been eating here a few times and all the meals we've had were great and I had some good cocktails! The service was very good thanks to the incredibly friendly people that work here. I find it always very important that you don't have to wait too long for your food. This was the case here, even when the... More 

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Thank MauriceNY
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Restaurant & Bar El Rancho, responded to this review

Dear Friend Thank you for such a nice comments, we are very happy to hear you enjoyed your stay and food with us. Hope to see you back soon. Pura vida Villas Rio Mar staff. More 

Dryden, New York
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70 reviews
35 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 January 2013

We chose this place because we wanted ceviche, and they were sold out, even though we got there quite early for dinner. The other people in my group enjoyed their food, but my fish was dry and the sides unremarkable. I wouldn't go back.

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Thank Swimmom1050
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Restaurant & Bar El Rancho, responded to this review

Dear client Thanks for your comments, and sorry about the inconveniences, we did not have the ceviche because we bought the fish 2 times and the fish was not the same quality, so we prefer to say to you we did not have, till we could buy the same quality fish we usually have. Sorry we did not explain ourselves... More 

west palm beach
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137 reviews
125 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 September 2012

We have been To El Rancho at Villas Rio Mar many times over the last few years and never been disapointed. We even go when we are not staying there as guest. Very friendly helpful staff. They have a beautiful garden on property for a nice walk.

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Thank baseball1130
MEsquivel, Guest Relations Manager at Restaurant & Bar El Rancho, responded to this review

Thanks for the comments about our restaurant. It is nice to hear that you even eat at our restaurant when you're not staying in the hotel. We hope to see you again soon. More 

clevland, ohio
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 February 2012

cerviche, fish, menu unique and all good. costa rican and european and north americam mix

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Groningen, The Netherlands
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11 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 February 2012

We slept hier in january 2012. The dessert was so nice, and the people very friendly!

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Thank Des01
San Jose, Costa Rica
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10 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 19 January 2012

This place was very nice. Quiet and peacefully. The service was wonderful.

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Thank Carlos C

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Service
    5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    Atmosphere
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$10 - US$20
Cuisine
Healthy, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout, Reservations, Seating
Open Hours
Sunday
07:30 - 21:30
Monday
07:30 - 21:30
Tuesday
07:30 - 21:30
Wednesday
07:30 - 21:30
Thursday
07:30 - 21:30
Friday
07:30 - 21:30
Saturday
07:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900mtrs to the right at the Dominical entrance, passing under the bridge, along the baru river | 800 M North From The Dominical Entrance Along The Baru River, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Dominical
  • Phone Number: +506 2787 0052
Description
El Rancho restaurant & bar at Hotel Villas Rio Mar is considered one of the best places to eat in the area of Dominical and Uvita. The menu offers a great selection of international dishes and local specialties. Enjoy the quality food with a good glass of wine; the wine list is quite extensive and contains some nice wines that are rare to find in Costa Rica.

You can also Bring Your Own Wine! Wine is expensive in Costa Rica; also for Restaurants! This makes wine in restaurants very expensive. El Rancho Restaurant at Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical offers some great dishes that get even better when having a good glass of wine with it. We saw the problem and found the solution; just bring your own bottle of wine!

The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The menu also includes tasty appetizers and special dishes for kids and vegetarians. Also quality espresso and cappuccino coffee is served. El Rancho restaurant at Hotel Villas Rio Mar is open to the public 365 days a year from 7 am to 9:30 pm.

Socialize with family & friends, meet new people or cheer for your favorite team at our cozy bar. You can also enjoy an ice cold beer during a game of billiards, foosball or darts. Besides a selection of soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits, the bar offers wonderful cocktails & smoothies. You can also order a drink at our pool bar while having a refreshing swim in the large pool.

Something to celebrate? Hotel Villas Rio Mar is the perfect place in the area of Dominical and Uvita to host private events as: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, dinner parties, wedding receptions and parties.
Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical also provides a fully equipped conference room and is the perfect location in the South Pacific for your business meetings & events.

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