Manuel Antonio Restaurants

The Quepos and Manuel Antonio dining scenes are as diverse as their wildlife! The large influx of international visitors has brought with it a market for international cuisines and new flavors. No matter what it is you’re looking for, you will find that Manuel Antonio restaurants cater to your needs. Whether it’s a luxurious dining experience, budget friendly cafes with tempting menus, or local restaurants that offer good food for a fair price; you will find it here. As you'd expect in a coastal region, seafood reigns supreme when it comes to local restaurants. Don’t forget to ask at the front desk of your hotel and they’ll surely have some tips on trendy and exotic restaurants as well as hidden jewels only the locals know about! Here is a list of some of the Best Places to eat in Manuel Antonio.

El Gran Escape

+506 2777 0395
El Gran Escape has a long tradition within the Manuel Antonio community. They only use local producers for their menu and they are also environmentally friendly. Oh, and the food is great. Their menu is quite extensive so everyone can find something that suits them, but theirr specialty is seafood.

El Avión

+506 2777 3378
This restaurant has quite a story to tell. Located inside the Iran Contra's C-123 Fairchild plane which was reconstructed into a unique restaurant and bar. The 16-page pub-style menu will give you quite the selection. Have a cocktail while enjoying an amazing sunset.

La Luna Restaurant

+506 2777 9797
La Luna Restaurant is set in the award winning Gaia Hotel, a boutique hotel surrounded by a lush forest. La Luna offers the best scenery for a romantic dinner. The menu is mostly international cuisine but also offers local choices. Experience the wine paring menu or even participate in a cooking class. They are very helpful so if you happen to have any special dietary needs just let them know..

Kapi Kapi

+506 2777 5049
Restaurante Kapi Kapi is named after the Maleku Indians of Costa Rica. The word “Kapi Kapi” means welcome, and this is exactly how they will make you feel. Their menu offers Asian-inspired fusion dishes. Their chocolate soufflé is something that you must try..

Café Milagro

+506 2777 4982
Cafe Milagro is so much more than a just a cafe. They are open morning, noon and night. They have Gluten Free, Vegetarian and Vegan choices for those who might have dietary restrictions. An interesting fact about Cafe Milagro is that they are members of a Global Community of sustainable businesses that work towards conservation of the planet. They donate 1% of their sales towards this.

Agua Azul

+506 2777-5280
Agua Azul Cafe is another restaurant with an interesting story. Friends Grant, Rob and Paige decided to undertake an adventure together and move to Costa Rica to start their own restaurant. Here they opened the Agua Azul Cafe. It has an American style menu with some tropical influence. Don't forget to try an Agua Azul Margarita while enjoying the view.

Ronny´s Place

+506 2777-5120
This restaurant is actually called Restaurante y Mirador Mi Lugar, however everyone knows it as Ronny´s Place because of owner Ronny Alpízar. It is set in a secluded farm right on a mountaintop. Here you will enjoy an amazing view of the ocean while you eat and, because of its privileged location, beautiful sunsets year round. Lonely Planet strongly suggests you try the Sangría as they feel it is the best in the country.

Sunspot Bar & Grill

+506 2777-0442
Located inside the Makanda Hotel, the Sunspot Bar & Grill is the perfect place for a quiet date. The tables are set under tents around the hotel's infinity pool and at night they light candles, which set a romantic mood. When staying at the hotel you can enjoy a day of fishing and bring your catch back to the restaurant and they will prepare it for you. Talk about fresh! The upscale sophisticated menu in the evenings will delight all those eclectic foodies.

Salsipuedes Tapas Bar

Mexican & Tapas
+506 2777-5019
Salsipuedes Tapas Bar has one of the best views in Quepos. Their tapas and live music make it a great choice for an afternoon sunset or dinner.

Marlin Restaurant

+506 2777-1134
Marlin Restaurant has been around for over 20 years and is conveniently located right on the beach. Make sure you try their fried whole fish, their most famous dish! It’s also the perfect place to grab breakfast and start your day.

Barba Roja

+506 2777-0331
Barba Roja Restaurant has been around since 1975. Their cuisine focuses on BBQ and Sushi. Their USDA steaks and smoked ribs are their staple dish. It is a family friendly restaurant during the day but as soon as the sun sets, it becomes a lively discotheque.

El Lagarto

+506 2777-6932
El Lagarto is an international restaurant and a late-night beach bar. They have a one-of-a-kind wood-burning grill that is famous in the area. Their strict aging process allows them to serve the finest meat from free-range a local farm, free of hormones, chemicals, and antibiotics.

Emilio’s Café

+506 2777-6807
Emilio's Cafe has a Mediterranean & fusion menu for lunch and dinner. It is a wonderful place to stop by for breakfast with its extensive array of pastries, coffees, and teas. Enjoy the evening atmosphere where you will get to see live music from local and international guests.


+506 2777-1557
Karola's open-air design allows you to experience the surrounding rain forest and view the amazing sunsets that Manuel Antonio is known for. Set in the luxurious Los Altos Resort, its menu focuses on international cuisine while reflecting Costa Rica's past traditions and typical influence and flare. Its spectacular views will have you coming back for afternoon cocktails.

Falafel Bar

+506 2777-4135
The Falafel Bar is a great laid-back Mediterranean spot. The Israeli owners certainly know their food. It’s simply wonderful! Make sure you try the Falafel sandwich and the humus. Don't leave without having a deliciously fresh smoothie.


+506 2777-5143
Victoria's is an amazing Italian restaurant with some of the most extraordinary pizza in the region. This family owned business really makes you feel at home while you enjoy your favorite pizza. They offer early bird specials so keep an eye out for those. Make sure you try one of their frozen margaritas.

Backpacker’s Paradise Costa Linda

Costa Rican
+506 2777 0304
This modest restaurant is set inside the Backpacker's Paradise Hostel. They serve breakfast and lunch with a very homey ambience. Here you will find one of the most popular and best-priced breakfasts in the area. They serve typical Costa Rican food like gallo pinto but also pancakes and other international dishes. We recommend trying one of their fresh fruit smoothies.

Balu’s Beach Bar and Restaurant

Costa Rican & American
+506 2777-5185
One of the only restaurants on Espadilla Beach, Balu's Beach Bar and Restaurant serves seafood, burgers and Costa Rican specialties. They have concrete tables right on the sand. Make sure you try some of their homemade Balu's hot sauce. This is the perfect place to do some souvenir shopping as many artisans frequent this area to sell their unique creations. Balu’s is the perfect spot to watch the sunset while sipping a cocktail.

Bar Las Gemelas

+506 2777-5238
This small restaurant on the beach has good food at good prices. They have all the usual Costa Rican dishes and as well as some international options. It has a great view of the ocean.

Buena Vista Del Sol

+506 2777-0580
Located in Tulemar's Vacation Rentals gated community, Buena Vista del Sol offers a beautiful setting with tables set next to their infinity pool. Take in their spectacular view of the sunset while enjoying delicious fresh fruit cocktails. Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner, their menu has a large variety of dishes.

Ceviche Peruano Yadira

Yadira and her husband have been selling ceviche right on the beach for some time now. It is delicious, fresh, and inexpensive; it is the perfect dish after a long day of being in the ocean. You can usually find her walking along the beach with her cooler. Yadira offers by far the best Peruvian ceviche in Manuel Antonio Beach.

Claro que sí Seafood & Grill

Seafood & International
+506 2777-0777
Claro que sí Seafood & Grill is located in the Hotel Sí como no. It offers fine dining with a casual setting. The tropical Rain Forest and beautiful ocean views will make your dining experience something to remember. They serve only the freshest ingredients from local vendors. After dinner make sure to enjoy a movie at the THX private theater.

Coconuts Restaurant & Bar

American, Latin American & Caribbean
+506 2777-7544
This fun restaurant offers American, Latin American and Caribbean dishes as well as fast food. The prices are reasonable and the food tasty. There is live music and free drinks on Ladies Night.

Congo Restaurant

+506 2777-5333
This restaurant is great. It is a local favorite in the Manuel Antonio Restaurant Map. It has indoor and outdoor seating, which makes it quite convenient. The food is really good and reasonably priced. The service is exceptional. It is conveniently located right next to Manuel Antonio National Park, inside the Hotel San Bada.

El Arado Restaurant

Costa Rican
+506 2777-0928
The Arado Restaurant is located on the Old Road to Manuel Antonio. It is a family owned restaurant with traditional secret family recipes. They use ingredients that come straight from their farm. Even the tables are made out of reclaimed wood from their properties. The fresh fish is something you won’t forget, and be sure not to miss Taco Tuesday!

El Gusto Restaurant

+506 2777-7373
El Gusto is located in the Shana Hotel. It has a beautiful modern style with an amazing view. It is mostly Mediterranean but they do offer other options with Peruvian, Asian and Costa Rican influences. They only use ingredients form local vendors. Their extensive wine selection is a great complement to any meal. We recommend taking a few trips there so you can also enjoy their Mahi Mahi Tower, lobster in seafood sauce, and their famous pizzas.

El Típico Restaurante

Costa Rican
+506 2777-0933
This is a small quaint restaurant that serves typical Costa Rican food. It is small and not fancy at all but the food is very good. It has a nice terrace with a view of the forest.

El Wagon Restaurante

+506 4000-1543
El Wagon is a restaurant set in an antique rail car. It has an amazing mosaic floor that displays Costa Rican style perfectly. Monkeys are known to frequent the large terrace that is right next to the restaurant. El Wagon has many options on its menu; however we think their wood-fired oven makes the best pizza in Manuel Antonio! And for those with dietary restrictions, they offer gluten free pizza.

Falls Garden Café

+506 2777-1115
During the day this is a fast, casual restaurant with a flair for fusion. At night the menu becomes a little more upscale. They serve fresh seafood, vegetables, and meat as well. Locals keep going back for the delicious and creative dishes carefully prepared by the amazing chef.

Fred’s Place

+506 8415-4066
Fred's Place is one of the restaurants located inside La Mariposa Hotel. It’s on the second floor so you have a nice view. Fred is a really nice guy and this restaurant is definitely his passion. He makes everyone feel at home. He uses fresh local ingredients on all of his exquisite dishes. Fred’s is a great place to get some good food while you enjoy a game of chess, darts, or pool.

El Gato Negro

+506 2777-0408
With over 10 years of experience, this Mediterranean style restaurant has great food and a very nice ambience. Located in Hotel Casitas Eclipse, this restaurant has a very beautiful view. You can watch the sunset while enjoying a fresh catch of local fish.

Gondola Gourmet

+506 2777-1521
This restaurant is one of a kind. Gondola Gourmet offer a great atmosphere with personalized service. It opens up to the Rain Forest, which gives it a unique ambience. The restaurant is family run and the food is authentic Italian. The chef likes to visit each table and offer his recommendations. He might even surprise you with something not on the menu that caters to your specific cravings.

La Cantina BBQ

+506 2777-0384
La Cantina’s specialty is BBQ and they have this amazing open-air wood-burning grill. There are many other choices available if BBQ is not your thing. Located right in front of the Hotel Costa Verde, Laa Cantina restaurant has two stories. The top floor is quiet but the first floor is full of dancing with live music.

La Colina Steak House

Stake House
+506 6101-6007
La Colina offers the best grass-fed beef and fresh off the boat seafood cooked on a wood-fired grill. You can even bring your own catch of the day and they will prepare it for you. Located inside the Colina's Hotel, it is a casual restaurant with a relaxing poolside bar. The live music makes this quite an experience.

Le Papillon

+506 2777-0355
Le Papillon restaurant is set high in the mountain in the Mariposa Hotel. Its breathtaking views are unsurpassed. The service is always attentive and the food is amazing. With over 40 years experience, this is a go-to restaurant for locals and visitors. Their internationally acclaimed chef will impress you with his creations. If you get a chance to go in the late afternoon, have a cocktail while you watch the sun go down; then enjoy a romantic candlelight dinner.

Mar Luna Restaurant

Costa Rican
+506 2777–5107
Mar Luna has a gorgeous view of treetops and the sea below. Their fresh seafood has made it a popular choice in the area. You can even take your catch from your fishing trip to the restaurant and they will prepare it for you. Their seafood platter for two is big enough to feed your entire family.

Ngo Restaurant

Chinese &Vietnamese
+506 2777-6821
Ngo Restaurant is and family run restaurant owned by a very friendly couple. Their food is Vietnamese and Chinese combination that is as authentic as it gets. There are also vegetarian options. The Singapore noodles are to die for. The menu is so diverse that you will keep coming back for more.

Parque Sushi Restaurant

Sushi / Asian
+506 2777-2957
This restaurant is an unpretentious Sushi spot with great prices. Opened by Rey and Gina many years ago, it was first sushi restaurant in Manuel Antonio. It has a great location, just in front of the Manuel Antonio National Park entrance. They have a souvenir shop right next to the restaurant, which is very convenient if you’re looking for gifts to take back home. The almond crusted red snapper is a local favorite.

Pizza Pata

+506 2777-0555
This pizza joint has a very unconventional style of of service, it sells pizza by the meter.. The owner’s are originally from Uruguay and started their first business in Jacó. This fist pizzeria was so successful that they opened d their second restaurant in Manuel Antonio.Their pizza has a wonderful crispy crust and fresh ingredients. We recommend trying their delicious homemade pesto. Pizza Pata offers deliveries.

Playitas Restaurante

American Fast Food
+506 2777-2777
Playitas Restaurant is located right on Playitas Beach. The beach is isolated and not very crowded, with impressive scenery. You can feel the sand on your feet, which makes for an authentic experience. Surrounded by the lush vegetation of the rainforest, you might be able to see monkeys or sloths. There a Gluten Free options for those with dietary restrictions.

Poolside Bistro

Italian/American/Costa Rican
+506 2777-0411
The Poolside Bistro is located in the Byblos Resort and Casino. You can enjoy casual dining in a beautiful rainforest setting. They specialize in traditional Italian Pizza, however they also have Costa Rican and American dishes, so you can find Pinto and burgers as well.

Raphael’s Terrazas

Seafood/Costa Rican
+506 2777-6310
Raphaels Terraza’s specialize in Seafood and typical Costa Rica cuisine. They have their own version of Happy Hour, which they call Monkey Happy because you get to see monkey's who come to say hello while you enjoy your cocktail.. If you go fishing you can take your catch of the day and they will cook it for you. They have Live Music; so give them a call to see who is playing.

Anaconda Restaurant

+506 2777-1973
Anaconda Restaurant features a delicious menu for breakfast and lunch. Their specialty is seafood and fresh fruit juices. Anaconda is an open-air restaurant with amazing views. If you go during Happy Hour can enjoy one of their famous cocktails while watching a breathtaking sunset.

Restaurant and Sports Bar El Sol

+506 2777-7003
El Sol serves International and local cuisine. This restaurant and Sports Bar is located right on top of Super Joseth, a local supermarket. They have pizza delivery, which is very convenient after a long day in the jungle. You can enjoy Live Music while watching the sunset and sipping on a cocktail or two.


+506 2777-0340
Sancho’s offers delicious, authentic Mexican food. Open for lunch and dinner, they serve great food with fresh ingredients. This restaurant is perfect for families and those on a budget. You can enjoy the patio seating or even have the food delivered to you. We recommend trying the fish tacos, wet burrito, and nachos. It's a lot of food so bring your friends and a big appetite.!

Sol Frozen Yogurt

Frozen Yogurt & Ice Cream
+506 8444-0014
This wonderful shop brings the California Frozen Yogurt tradition to Manuel Antonio. Sol uses local fresh fruit mixed it with a special yogurt which they import. Their products are gluten-free, fat-free and contain probiotics. You can sit on a table right outside their shop or take it to go and enjoy it on the beach.

Spicy Lemon

Asian Fusion
+506 2777-4294
Spicy Lemon offers Asian Fusion cuisine with exotic flavors and local ingredients. Located right in front of the beach, you can enjoy your meal while watching the waves. Try the ceviche with a twist. It has coconut milk, mango & avocados, a real treat!

Sushi Los Amigos

+506 2777 0328
Sushi Los Amigos quaint Japanese restaurant. They serve amazing sushi and offer delivery. Enjoy the weather in the outdoor seating area.

The Rico Tico Bar & Grill

Costa Rican
+506 2777-0777
Rico Tico Bar & Grill is part of Hotel Si Como No. They offer Costa Rican casual dining in a pretty setting. Take in the Rain Forest while sipping on fresh fruit juices or cocktails if you want to see a show ask for the famous Banana Flambé, you won’t forget it any time soon!

Too Bizarre Tiki Bar

+506 8724-6780
The Tiki Bar's menu changes everyday. One thing is for sure, you will always be surprised. They always have burgers (with a twist) and homemade desserts. You can enjoy live music while roasting marshmallows on an open fire. They also have their share of fresh fruit cocktail. Try one of their staple margaritas.

Vela Bar

Costa Rican
+506 2777-0413
This bar and restaurant offers a variety of meals, snacks and delicious cocktails all served with excellent quality and presentation. Children under 12 are not allowed.

Z Seafood & Grill

+506 2777- 6948
The restaurant is inspired by Ibiza and St. Tropez lounges. All white decor, tables, and sofas, with blue led lighting and white sand floors make it a one of a kind experience. They like to offer what they call “shared meals” so bring your friends and family.

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