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El Muellecito Restaurant

Caribbean, South American, Costa Rican
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In Front of the Main Dock, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

We ate here twice in our three days in Tortuguero. It is located right on the main path in town just past the soccer field on the left as you head towards the park entrance. The cocktails made by the owner's grandson are the best we've had on our trip. He knows how to make great drinks using only the... More 

Thank sunshineluvver
United Kingdom
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66 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 January 2016 via mobile

Two of us ate here once during our stay in Tortuguero. This is a cheap soda style restaurant but the portions are huge and very filling. The only downside was the service was quite slow, but this didn't matter to us as it meant we avoided one of Tortuguero's frequent downpours of rain!

Thank Billie P
Monterrey, Mexico
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27 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 July 2015 via mobile

Don't expect more than a typical rustic restaurant in a tiny fishermen's village. But you can expect fresh and home-made cooked "casados" dishes, with no preservatives or junk food. Inevitable Gallo Pinto and eggs of your choice (actually because there is no breakfast menu). A local guy intercepts you before entering to offer tiny hand made wood carved Turtles that... More 

England, United Kingdom
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79 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 June 2015

We ate here at the recommendation of our hostel for a cheap good eat and it´s exactly that. The food was tasty, the portions were good, the restaurant is clean and nicely decorated and the staff friendly (although you may need to call through to the kitchen if you need something after ordering). The coconut rice and beans was the... More 

Thank Jessie-127
London, United Kingdom
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115 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 October 2014 via mobile

When I travel to such a remote place like Tortuguero, I am not looking for the commodities of progress. What I really want is to experience the place as is. This is what Muellecito offered. Simple delicious carribean food, normal prices and the authentic feel. I loved to witness a family run business where their own life was happening -... More 

Thank Anastasija_anarid
White Salmon, Washington
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53 reviews
36 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 24 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 December 2013 via mobile

The restaurant is nice, spacious and clean, but the food was so so and the service was really bad. I understand Tico Time and do not like feeling rushed but not ignored either. Only served one cup of coffee and once the entrees were out the waitress disappeared into the kitchen never to be seen again.....had to walk in the... More 

Thank JonathanB32
Poole, United Kingdom
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11 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 May 2013

True CR restaurant with really friendly owner, good fish, a TV if you want to watch the football and very good value. The owner couldn't have been more helpful.

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    3 of 5 bubbles
    3 of 5 bubbles
Caribbean, South American, Costa Rican
Lunch, Dinner
Good for
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: In Front of the Main Dock, Tortuguero, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Limon  >  Tortuguero

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