Carambola Restaurant

Carambola Restaurant

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Hours
Sun
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Mon
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Tue
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Wed
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Thu
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Fri
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Sat
12:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
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Ratings and reviews
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles

RATINGS
Food
4.6 of 5 bubbles
Service
4.8 of 5 bubbles
Value
4.5 of 5 bubbles
Atmosphere
4.8 of 5 bubbles
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CUISINES
Seafood, Asian, Korean
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
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Does this restaurant offer takeaway or food to go?
About
Fine dining of authentic Korean BBQ along with daily catch of international fusion food. All senses are lovingly cared for with beautifully prepared textured colorful dishes enjoyed while gazing over glorious Pacific Ocean sunsets with the sounds and sightings of tropical birds toucans, monkeys and the occasional whale sighting. Whether romantic dining at the poolside or family celebration dinners, you can enjoy a fine wine and most authentic and memorable meal overlooking our tropical garden and Biesanz Bay.
CUISINES
Seafood, Asian, Korean
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Drinks
FEATURES
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Parking Available, Street Parking, Free off-street parking, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts Mastercard, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Waterfront, Non-smoking restaurants
4.5
4.5 of 5 bubbles88 reviews
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6
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Terrible
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Sonia R
Bridgewater17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 family
We were in Manuel Antonio area for 4 nights and ate at Carambola twice — that’s how good it was. We came for Valentine’s Day with our 9-yo and the food was so delicious and the owners so gracious we made reservations to come back the next night to celebrate my 40th birthday! We did the Korean bbq on my birthday and it truly was a perfect celebration. The owner shared about Korean cuisine and culture with us while the food cooked, and we enjoyed some Korean liquor. It was just an absolutely way to spend an epic birthday dinner!
Written February 16, 2023
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fran oh
Happy birthday again! It was honor to have you chosen us to celebrate your special day. Even more grateful to hear that our food added to your special celebration. Hope you will return to try more korean dishes that are added plus homemade Kimchi!
Written May 21, 2023
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Summer S
Denver9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2023 family
We had a large group of family staying in Manuel Antonio, trying to figure out something for dinner our first night when we were just arriving. It was pretty late when we all got there and agreed on this place within walking distance of our rental house. Even though we didn't have a reservation and we were a large group, they graciously agreed to seat us. The food was delicious, maybe a little overpriced, but it was made up for by the fact that Jake and his mother were so gracious and personable and we really felt like friends by the time we left. Jake even gave us some pointers and recommendations on other places to eat and things to do in the area. One of our coolest experiences in Quepos we owe to him! Mango Moon is a special place. Maybe if we ever go to Quepos again we'll stay in the hotel. Jake is awesome and definitely worth meeting!
Written December 13, 2023
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fran oh
Thank you for sharing your wonderful memories from Quepos! We are thrilled to be a part of your Costa Rica trip. You know where we are and since it is our home, you know you will always find us here! Happy New Year and hope to see you back soon.
Written January 3, 2024
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Katja K
Cologne3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 none
We mostly had dinner in the lovely restaurant, local dishes as well as korean food. The view is fabulous and the food very fresh. A special Highlight is Barkeeper Franco and his brilliant Cocktails, if you want something that‘s not on the menue, just ask him and he will mix whatever you like. Thank you Franco for your great surprises and for sharing your deep knowledge about nature with us!
Written August 2, 2022
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fran oh
Happy to hear that you tried our new Korean menu. We hope to have to back soon for more exciting food choices!
Written May 21, 2023
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Lisahereandthere
Ewing9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 friends
We had an all around great experience here. The food, the hospitality and the setting were perfect. We arrived just before sunset without a reservation, and the owner did a little switching around so we would have a perfect sunset view. The barbecue was absolutely delicious. We were lucky to come on a day when there was fresh eel and it was divine. The pork belly was too. Other dishes (noodles, poke bowl) were excellent as well. The friends we were dining with have family in Korea, and they said it was very authentic. The owners are a Korean woman and her son and they have made this a perfect dining destination. Really nice to have another type of cuisine in Manuel Antonio.
Written February 27, 2024
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fran oh
Hi Lisa, It was wonderful to host you! Fresh caught ocean eel from Puntarenas is a big hit! I have never seen fresh eel so big and meaty so I recommend to all my guests who are adventurous to try it out. So, great that you decided to try! We are working with local farms and barns for fresh vegetables and bbq meats. It is not only fresh and locally produced but also contributing to local businesses. So, thank you for supporting.
Written March 3, 2024
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Svetlana K
New York City10 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 family
The place was situated on the hill with absolutely breathtaking view of the beach and sunset! Highly recommend to book for early dinner to catch the view. The dinner was very pleasant, very tasty - Korean BBQ is great unique option in CR and the whole family loved it. All of the meat selection was fresh, cocktails were ok, appetizers were creative. The service overall was very friendly, the waiter was accommodating and attentive, and hotel / restaurant manager was extremely welcoming , shared some fun and personal stories, and made us all feel at home. The point off is due to the fact that you can’t cook your own meat and waiter should do it for you because of some CR hoteling restrictions which takes away some fun from the experience of Korean BBQ .
Written April 5, 2024
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fran oh
I understand how it would have been more fun to cook your own at the table which we (Koreans) love. Even though it would be easier for the servers and many other benefits of having the guest cook their own, it is my policy to make sure all meat are cook properly. Especially chicken and pork meats, i am adamant about having well trained servers cook. It might be fun to cook on the table but it is not worth getting tummy aches over undercooked chicken and pork. So i will take full responsibility for your disappointment. I try to recreate traditional korean table with all my favorite food i grew up eating. I am very glad to hear that you and your family shared a wonderful dinner which makes my job more rewarding and fun. Thank you!
Written April 12, 2024
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Softball_nut
Summerland268 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
Had 5 meals here while staying at the Mango Moon boutique hotel for 18 nights as well as daily breakfast. Had never really had Korean Bbq before but liked the look of the menu before we went. Every meal was good and most were great. I would recommend the actual bbq that they do right on the table grill. Beautiful presentation and was delicious. You will likely get the owner, Fran or her son Jake, to do your cooking. All of the menu is like home cooking from Frans recipes. I also enjoyed the ribs and even a burger one night when that’s what I was feeling like . The tuna was a bit disappointing. Very thin piece that was overdone and really didn’t have much flavour. My wife really enjoyed the Bimibops. Drinks are good but expensive, as they are everywhere, happy hour is always the best option and the sunsets are spectacular. All the staff were great, Jorge, Lilianne and the rest were so nice to us and tolerant of our attempts at Spanish. gracias por todo.
Written February 20, 2024
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fran oh
We all miss you two! It was wonderful to adopt you guys for as long as you stayed when we normally see off our guests in 2-3 days. We were all happy to see you at the table trying different dishes from the menu. Apologies about the tuna…you need to come back to get your free dinner which is on me! Hope to see you back soon.
Written March 3, 2024
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TJandKris
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023 family
My family and I ended up eating at Carambola Restaurant 4 times during our stay in Costa Rica. The food was incredible and the owners and staff were so accommodating. I loved chatting with the owners about how they are working with local farmers to grow the correct type of produce to make their authentic Korean dishes.
Written June 5, 2023
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fran oh
Thank you for your wonderful stars for us. It was great to serve you and even more delighted to watch you enjoying them. Sourcing the right ingredients is still a challenge but it will get better I’m sure. Thanks for stopping by and hope to see you again
Written July 16, 2023
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CSc
13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2023 family
Excellent all around. The service was attentive, but not overly so. Jorge made sure each order was correct. The happy hour had good drinks, and the cocktails were nice. The Korean bulgogi was delicious and spiced well. You can choose the level of heat and spice. One of the highlights of the trip. The tuna steak and beef steak, and tuna poke bowl were all wonderfully flavored. The sunset was gorgeous. The desserts were also just right. I'd recommend key lime pie if you like it. Very worthwhile.
Written June 30, 2023
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fran oh
Thank you so much for taking your time to share your experience. Fellow travelers would appreciate your input just as much as we do! We are thrilled to serve you our food and to see you enjoying them. Thank you and hope to serve you again soon!
Written July 16, 2023
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skiiny p
2 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 friends
Regrettably, we did not do the Korean barbecue option. I would not recommend standard dining option. The food lacked flavor and took a long time to prepare on a less than busy evening. The kimchi was un-fermented cabbage and onion with a kimchi style sauce over it. Mashed potatoes were bland and unsalted. I believe the Korean BBQ would have probably been good and the reviews seem to reflect that. The staff was attentive /friendly and the atmosphere was nice.
Written December 1, 2023
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fran oh
Happy New Year! Most travelers who have been in Costa Rica would agree there are limited local menu. Although our specialty is Korean food, i also have a selection of other popular choices on the menu. I am sorry to hear that you didn’t enjoy your dish and i will reevaluate the kitchen staffs to ensure the quality is as i had intended.
Written January 3, 2024
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Miok S
Ossining3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 couples
While walking from our hotel to the beach we stumbled upon a Korean restaurant nestled in a rain forest overlooking the Pacific Ocean. I was raised in Korea and visit there often, so I know what authentic Korean food tastes like. At dinner, my husband ordered dolsot (hot pot) bibim bop and I ordered Korean style poke. Both were delicious and were as good as any dishes you could find in Busan, my hometown. We had the pleasure of speaking at length with the chef/owner, Fran, and Jay, co-owner, and learned about the challenges they faced in renovating the restaurant and hotel (Mango Moon) over a period of seven years. Their hard work paid off. In addition to the great food, we were treated to a stunning sunset and a family of scarlet macaws in the nearby trees. This restaurant was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica.
Written February 15, 2024
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fran oh
Hi Miok! It was such a treat for me to serve fellow Koreans who come through every so often lately! I get to sharpen up my Korean and to share memories from way back when… Thanks for stopping by and taking your time to share your review. I hope more locals and travelers would come by to discover and enjoy Korean cuisine.
Written March 3, 2024
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Carson H
2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 couples
We made our way to Carambola for a taste of something different from all the amazing Costa Rican cuisine we’d been dining on, and we are so glad we did. We were welcomed and ultimately served by Jorge, who was celebrating 1 year at the restaurant. He and the food are reason enough to stop in for the experience. We will definitely be back again.
Written December 22, 2023
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fran oh
Thank you for your wonderful stars for our food any staffs. As strange as it sounds, you wil find Korean traditional food in the middle of jungle. We are delighted to impress you with our offerings and will be happy to host you again! Happy New Year!
Written January 3, 2024
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David H
64 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 family
After 5 days in Costa Rica, we (Asian family) grew tired of good Costa Rican traditional foods (Rice, beans, plantain) and craving so much for Asian food and Asian Rice. We drove by Carambola everyday on our way to and from our hotel (Parador) and we decided we have to try it because we were just desperate for asian foods. And what a nice surprise, the food were good, ambiance was very nice and the owner (Mother, son and their dog Lucky) were very friendly. And on top of that, another surprise was the owner used to live next town over from us in New Hampshire!!
Written April 29, 2024
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luna g
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 friends
This place is good for big or small groups. It is beautiful and the service is great. I eat a lot of Korean food and this was one of the best places I've been too especially if you consider the price. The server cooks the bbq which is always a plus. The food was so good my friend and I barely spoke while eating. And on top of that they have dessert. I just can't recommend this place enough
Written June 11, 2024
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fran O
Happy to hear that you and your friend loved the food we cooked for you. Korean BBQ is about sharing food and enjoying each other’s company. Although you weren’t speaking much while eating, i trust that you shared wonderful time together!
Written June 13, 2024
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Kathy M
Toronto11 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 friends
Decided on traditional bipimbap. SO good! The view is spectacular but the food was amazing. Service was outstanding and able to accommodate a group of seven with separate bills. Owner was lovely and welcoming. Highly recommended.
Written January 25, 2023
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fran oh
We enjoyed serving your group! Thanks for trying new menu and liking it. We are now making Kimchi onsite home style. Hope to see you back soon
Written May 21, 2023
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Mary G
3 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2023 friends
It’s a win win for a fantastic sunset, and top notice Korean food!! If you’re staying in the area, stop in for drinks, appetizers or dinner. We did both. Meeting the gracious owners over drinks one day, we just had to return for dinner. A must go-
Written February 7, 2023
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fran oh
Sunset is still one of the best in town! Our Korean menu is keep growing and now making homemade Kimchi to go along with all Korean dishes. Please stop in again!
Written May 21, 2023
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