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Reviewed April 15, 2019

Freshly prepared Tico food, which is, by the way, down-home good food. Service is prompt and friendly, and the wait for food to be prepared is relaxing. Drinks, both the fresh fruit variety, and beer and liquor, is quick, so we chatted over drinks for...a few minutes. Every dish, from ceviche to gallo pinto, to tacos, was delicious.More

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed August 27, 2018 via mobile

No one speaks English here so have the translation on your cell phone ready. Food is typical Tico food. Great rice and beans.

Date of visit: August 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2017 via mobile

The menu was limited for vegetarian fare. I got taquitos or something and it was way too greasy. I felt horrible after. It was fairly pricey for what we got I felt. Friends said their food was okay. They weren't interested in going back

Date of visit: June 2017
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Reviewed August 12, 2017

It's a Tico Food experience, the decor is a large Ranch Style main dinning room with covered roof outside tables. The service is good with an attitude to please. The food is average with good portions, the bar is way to small not designed for...eating or drinking at the bar.More

Date of visit: August 2017
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Reviewed April 5, 2017 via mobile

We visited on a tour of Grecia. Our guide throught enough of this restaurant to take us here. Food was very good. But I wouldn't say great.

Date of visit: April 2017
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Reviewed February 26, 2017

Came here for dinner, not expecting much as this place has an outdoors setting which is quite dark and even a little bit gloomy in the evening. Ordered fish and was not disappointed: fresh, tasty and well executed. The waiter (maybe the owner?) was both...efficient and caring, and he even took out a map to help us with directions on our way out. We ate out five or six times during our stay in Grecia and this was our best meal, for a very reasonable price to boot. A little hard to find, but really worth it!More

Date of visit: February 2017
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Reviewed January 2, 2017

If you like authentic Costa Rican food you cannot beat Nelson's. It has a great atmosphere and the selections are plentiful. Sounds strange but they have one of the best hamburgers in town. Trey

Date of visit: December 2016
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Reviewed August 24, 2016

Of all the restaurants in Grecia, I bet I have eaten here the most times. It is the best "typical" Tico restaurant in the area. Always reliable, good service and large menu. I didn't give it 5 stars because of its lack of diversity in...their cuisine. That may be unfair on my part because it does not pretend to be anything but what it is. It does not disappoint with what it does offer and is very good value.More

Date of visit: June 2016
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Reviewed August 22, 2016

I order the sirloin everytime I go. Other food taste good but I would recommend the sirloin and the mashed beans

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed August 4, 2016

We live part of the year in Grecia, Costa Rica, and often eat at Bar Rancho Nelson (which is its actual name). The food there is simple, good "Tico" food at very reasonable prices.

Date of visit: July 2016
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Reviewed August 3, 2016

I've eaten here at least a dozen times. Everything is consistent. The portions are enormous. I've tried several items on the menu and never had a bad meal.

Date of visit: August 2016
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Reviewed May 22, 2016

I ate here regularly for over 2 years. The last 3 trips in the service was horrible at best. I recently had lunch here with 3 friends and after we all ordered drinks and food it went downhill. Three of us had our food before...the other friend#4 even got her drink. I asked the server, Miguel, where her drink was. His reply was it is coming. I told him Navidad was also coming. He could not have cared less. This was 3 trips in a row with very poor service and we now will eat elsewhere. If you do not mind poor service and an arrogant attitude this is the place for you.More

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed May 13, 2016

Nelson's casados are the best I've ever had in Costa Rica, and I've lived here 5 years. They also have great nachos, ceviche, arroz, and steaks/seafood. Nelson's has a great variety of delicious foods for low prices. You can get beer there. We like to...sit on the porch to eat at Nelson's.More

Date of visit: April 2016
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Reviewed January 16, 2016

Went here for a large family meal. Expensive to eat out in CR, more so than in most other areas of the world. The food is good quality tico which is heavy on the carbs with a bit of salad and whatever meat you have...with it. Tico food is basic with little variation except on the Caribbean side where there are more tropical variations.More

Date of visit: December 2015
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Reviewed November 14, 2015 via mobile

The food is excellent and the prices are fair enough. Typical Costa Rican food that will make you come back for me. In a beautiful neighborhood in Grecia. I loved it!!!

Date of visit: November 2015
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El Rancho de Nelson is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 3.5