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Poolside Bistro

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Km. 4 Carretera Principal de Manuel Antonio | Byblos Resort & Casino, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0411
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Galena, Ohio
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56 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
Reviewed 31 January 2015

This Bistro was right across from our hotel. Our tour guide had a delicious cake waiting to celebrate my 67th birthday. I wanted a frozen Margarita but their blender was on the fritz. The waiter made me a coconut margarita on the rocks with the best tequilla I have ever tasted. He put coconut on the rim of the glass... More 

Thank LindaMarita
Atlanta, Georgia
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434 reviews
183 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 241 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 August 2014

We wanted to eat here being ovo-vegetarian so we eat dairy but no eggs, and this place had no option for us - all their breads had eggs in them, even their pizza crust! We asked them if they could make something vegetarian for us, and they said they could steam some vegetables! Oh come on, a restaurant chef cannot... More 

Thank Sanders3
Huntsville, Alabama
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19 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 July 2014

My family and I stopped in for a late pizza lunch because our villa was in walking distance. We were greeted and sat where ever we liked. Our server came right to us for our drink order and provided adequate time for our order. My family ordered two pizzas and was served them promptly. The World Cup games were on,... More 

1 Thank The_Wondering_One
Quepos, Costa Rica
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258 reviews
190 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 77 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 November 2013

My wife and I live in the area and this was our first and last time to try this place. While it is the end of low season, as the only two people in the place for lunch, the service and food should have been spot on. We both had fish dishes and they were virtually flavourless. Presentation was good... More 

Thank Terry W
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12 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2013 via mobile

Great place to stop in after a day at the beach. Use the nice pool, have a drink, watch the capuchin monkeys play, and before you know it, you're enjoying dinner! Would highly recommend for families with kids.

Thank Charles M
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102 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 January 2013

There are many great places to eat in Manuel Antonio - this isn't one of them. It's okay... just okay. The pizza crust was a little hard and the toppings were a overcooked. The gazpacho was very oniony.

Thank LakeHighlandsMom
DavisFromAustin, Owner at Poolside Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Travelers, We genuinely appreciate your honest feedback and will do everything in our power to make sure that other visitors have a more positive experience then what you listed. It is with your feedback that we can strive to be better each day at our popular poolside restaurant. Guest satisfaction is of utmost important to us at Bistro each... More 

Fairfield, Ohio
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 December 2012

I stopped here on the way up the hill because it was close, and was greatly surprised that the humble sign and setting held such a treat. The staff was excellent and they had some of the best food I've ever had. I returned the next day and tried the pizza, for which they use a different sauce for each... More 

2 Thank LeonLy
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14 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 November 2012 via mobile

I didn't stay here, I only came to their restaurant for dinner. The service was pretty bad. First I was offered a table then told to move because the rain would fall on it. Five minutes later the same waiter seats two Ticos at the table I was made to leave. Pretty much after that I was ignored the rest... More 

1 Thank Freds335i
DavisFromAustin, Owner at Poolside Bistro, responded to this review

Dear Freds, We sincerely regret that the level of service was not to our normal high standards the night you visited our Bistro Restaurant and that your dining experience was less than satisfactory. Upon reviewing with our wait staff what happened that night, we discovered that we had local "Tourism School" interns working as part of their residency in the... More 

Long Beach, California
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 15 October 2012

My husband and I got married just 2 days before and stopped by the Pizzeria there. We got there late about 9:30pm and they close at 10pm. We were the last customers there. I had set my purse on the chair at our table. We left for a minute and realized I had left my purse, when we came back... More 

1 Thank jvenegas012
DavisFromAustin, Owner at Poolside Bistro, responded to this review

It is very regretful to read this review posted in a public forum openly accusing one of our best long term employees (by name) of being a thief, while the poster is able to remain anonymous through it all. We live and work in a very small town, and this is very damaging to this man's reputation, as it would... More 

Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
1 review
Reviewed 2 September 2012

I recently moved into a condo across the street from byblos and had breakfast here this morning. the service, food and ambiance(monkeys were sighted in the surrounding trees the entire time) was fantastic. I had the breakfast burrito, delicious. I cant wait to try their pizza, as I hear its the best in the area.

Thank jamesrouleau01

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Serves Alcohol
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Km. 4 Carretera Principal de Manuel Antonio | Byblos Resort & Casino, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 0411
The relaxing poolside Bistro Restaurant & Pizzeria is the perfect setting for casual dining in a fun jungle atmosphere. Surrounded by the rainforest, the Bistro is frequently visited by exotic wildlife and colorful birds. We specialize in traditional homemade Italian-style pizza with all of your favorite toppings, as well as a wide variety of Italian, International & local Costa Rican dishes. Whether looking for a juicy hamburger and fries, a typical "casado" (rice, black beans, salad, meat, and fried plantain), genuine Italian pasta favorites, our signature thin crust pizza, or one of our International specialty dishes, we invite you to peruse our extensive wine list, taste our coffee specialty drinks, sip a refreshing cocktail, or relax with a fresh fruit smoothie while soaking up the sun at our pool! Take Out and Delivery service is available for your convenience! We look forward to hosting you at the Poolside Bistro Restaurant & Pizzeria!

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