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What you can expect during your visit
  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
Updated 20-07-14 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 20-07-14 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.

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US$20 - US$50
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Asian, Bar, Seafood, Healthy, Central American
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don’t expect what you saw on Netflix. Service was poor, our server didn’t really know the menu and it was confusing, when asked about the difference between two dishes he just said “they’re the same”, I speak perfect Spanish so we can’t say there was...a language barrier. There was no music and the place was dark/somber, we were told they had electricity issues, lights went on right after we asked. The view is beautiful but once the sun sets the view is pitch black so without the little lights there’s no ambiance. Food was ok, we ordered mahi-mahi that was over cooked and salty, steak fajitas that were good, and nachos that were cold, cocktails were ok. Prices are high but service was below average. I suggest you go before the sun sets, have a drink or two, and go have dinner somewhere else. Overall a beautiful view, quite out of the way, overpriced food and poor service or lack thereof. Maybe we just were there on a bad day and everything that could go wrong did. Once again, the view is beautiful!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much to take the time and write us this helpful review...in relation with the service, your waiter has just started to work with us and probably he didn't take care of you as he should have, we are sorry that this had...More

Reviewed April 9, 2022 via mobile

Excellent service from booking ,with great communication. The food and drinks were as stunning as the location . Service was impeccable. The addition of live music with Alma Rodriguez topped the whole thing off , the only regret would be that we could not eat...or drink anymore and stay longer!More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much!! So happy that you guys enjoyed the experience!!

Reviewed April 5, 2022

4 of us went to see the sunset overlooking Coco Beach and enjoy dinner. I had a banquet burger (Cheese and bacon). A club house sandwich, a steak, and an order of all in nachos completed the meals. 4 local beers a smoothie, and a...giant mojito were for all of us total. A great birthday cake and balloons were also provided for my wife's birthday (pre-arranged) Total cost was $120. The burger was the best burger I've had since I was 9 years old. (I'm no spring chicken). I can't wait to return.More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much Wayne, can't wait to see you up here again!!

Reviewed April 4, 2022 via mobile

The passion fruit batidos were delicious! The cheesecake was divine. The veggie tacos were amazing. The ceviche was plentiful and refreshing. The waiter was delightful, friendly, and efficient! Parking signs are needed, because we went too far behind the restaurant! New signs from the roads...along the way too! To refresh.More

Date of visit: April 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much, we are happy that you enjoyed and we will take care of new signs!!

Reviewed April 3, 2022 via mobile

Fabulous fresh and flavoursome meal. Brilliant, quick friendly service. Gorgeous cocktails. Great music. Amazing view. We love love loved it. Would recommend. Thank you

Date of visit: March 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded 3 weeks ago

Thank you so much to let us this awesome review!!

Reviewed March 5, 2022

Everything about this place was inviting (other than the drive up!)! The friendly staff made us feel at home, the live music was great, the seafood was fresh and prepared well. The view, which is what made us try this place, was spectacular! We thoroughly...enjoyed the experience!More

Date of visit: March 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded March 13, 2022

Thank you so much Monica!! Hope to see you soon up here!!

Reviewed February 27, 2022

We planned a mini trip for Sunday to El Coco, and my boyfriend wanted to surprise me by taking me to The Lookout. The entrance is pretty steep and once you get there the view is worth it. The access can be better. When we...ordered we had the most expensive starter: The Poke Nachos. We only ordered the Nachos ( in the smallest plate) and only one ginger ale. We paid 17,000 colones just for that. The worst part is that it had so much tomatoes and cucumber instead of tuna. We had a pretty bad experience. It's such a waste of what could be a great spot to chill in the afternoon. There are definitely better places, with better food for way less than that.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded March 2, 2022

Thank you to take the time and write us a review...tuna nachos is one of our best seller, our guests love it and know that price is related to the cost of ingredients...we are so sorry that you didn't enjoy the experience as most of...More

Reviewed February 17, 2022

We ordered the "bowls". Very tasty, well prepared and server gave us the sauce to taste when we weren't sure if we'd like it. There was live music and when we got up to dance, staff videoed and emailed to us. They went well beyond....But mostly, the view makes it well worth the trip. Great setting, especially at sunset.More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2022

Thank you so much for your wonderful review!! Hope to see you soon up here!!

Reviewed February 15, 2022 via mobile

It's a great view but the food was sub par and the service was horrendous. They added stuff to our bills that we didn't have. The servers were slow and had attitude toward my parents. It was an engagement party and they totally killed the...vibe. Don't waste your time here!More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2022

Thank you to take the time to write us a review, we are so sorry that you didn't enjoy the experience as almost of our guests do...

Reviewed February 13, 2022 via mobile

Love! We came here three nights in a row. Beautiful views, amazing food and drinks. Vegetarian nachos were my favourite! I’m really surprised about some of the negative reviews… I’ll personally be coming here again and again! A new favourite! Be sure to book a...reservation, especially if you want to get in to see the sunset. :)More

Date of visit: February 2022
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Elisa P, General Manager at The Lookout, responded to this reviewResponded February 19, 2022

Thank you so much!! As far as people have different point of view we are happy to receive also negative/constructive review to get better and better...

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Yes, The Lookout offers takeaway services.

Yes, The Lookout is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

The Lookout is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 5