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Rancho Tico

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, South American
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Centro de Nosara, Nosara 50206, Costa Rica
+506 2682 0006
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9 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If Rancho Tico were in the US or Canada it would probably be the family run local steakhouse that everyone in the neighbourhood has been to with family and friends. Except they are in Costa Rica. Located in huge palapa style building that you may drive right by when you go exploring the village of Nosara. Don't let the unassuming... More 

Thank Donald_and_Leila
Wimberley, Texas
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10 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 September 2016

Authentic Costa Rica atmosphere. Dark native wood with columns and beams of huge trees. You'll be surprised at how truly outstanding the food is. Steaks are fantastic. Try it, you'll like it. Pura Vida!

Thank BobSavage
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 August 2016 via mobile

Excellent local Tico food. Fresh and delicious with open kitchen. Friendly staff. Quick service and amazing coconut flan too.

Thank A TripAdvisor Member
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15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

The pizza were great and served on a plank of wood. I had the grilled chicken and it was so good. The service was slow, but the staff their said they were not repaired for the crowd they had being it is their off season. Service was good. Would go their again.

Thank Saundra C
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90 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 August 2016 via mobile

Awesome food and great atmosphere with lots of locals and good fun! We loved it and would have eaten more often there if we had discovered it earlier.

Thank Chris E
Toms River, New Jersey
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39 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 16 August 2016

The locals come here for good reason. Great food at a great price. we had the lomito jalapeno (steak in jalapeno sauce) and the pork chop in mushroom sauce (can't remember the spanish translation), both were excellent. Comes with vegetables and a choice of fries or rice. Finished with a coconut flan, lightly flavored, not too sweet, pretty good way... More 

Thank Julie W
West Lawn, Pennsylvania
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26 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 July 2016 via mobile

We ate here our 2nd night and the good was very authentic. It's a locals place and you can definitely tell by the atmosphere. They have a nice little bar area, the restaurant was nice and they were even doing an aerobics class on the side room. It was neat to see all the locals and mingle. I had Lomita... More 

Thank gypsychavi
Elkhart, Indiana
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37 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 July 2016

We brought in a crowd of 13 and everyone had a great meal. We were lucky enough to be here for the Copa 2016 soccer match of Costa Rica v. Columbia. It was a blast to watch match on the big screen with the Ticos. We had to continue the celebration (at the encouragement of our new friends) at a... More 

Thank jenny n
Santa Cruz, California
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3 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

I went here on two different days. One day for lunch with friends who live part time in Costa Rica and are friends with the owner Leo. Very nice and even brought us out cervezas on the house!! I had the Pollo Casado. Excellent portions and out of this world delicioso! Mi amiga had the pollo with jalapeño sauce which... More 

Thank noelchiara
Province of San Jose, Costa Rica
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19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 June 2016

This is a big rancho with local food and local people. We are costaricans and went there to watch a soccer match of the "SELE" (national soccer team) not expecting anything more than a simple meal and the possibility to watch the game, but were amazed at how good the food was. This is one of the few places in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$5 - US$20
Seafood, Latin, Central American, Costa Rican, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids, Cheap Eats, Groups
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Centro de Nosara, Nosara 50206, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Nosara
  • Phone Number: +506 2682 0006

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