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Near Entrance to Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
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Summerdale, Alabama
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14 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 8 January 2017 via mobile

I don't see it but we stayed at vela bar . Nice friendly on spot. Safe . Friendly staff bff always!! We've been her a week and have 1 more week to go. Live the bacon at bfast . Not a huge bfast buffet but big enough. Will cook you eggs any way you like . Clean clean. ❤️

Thank gmapeggy
Santa Ana, Costa Rica
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 15 June 2016 via mobile

My son had chocolate iced smoothie and I had a rum raisin milk shake. They both tasted funny and neither of us finished ours which says a lot if you knew us. We eat pretty much anything and everything.

Thank Heatherheather N
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55 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 February 2015 via mobile

We were hungry, hot and thirsty when we stumbled on this place after s long visit to Manuel Antonio NP and were so happy we found it. The food was delicious, my ceviche was one of the best I have ever tasted and very generous portion size. Our friends had the fried calamari which was perfectly prepared, crispy outside, moist... More 

Thank Diana R
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 January 2015

We ate here twice and also had breakfast as we were staying at Vela Bar Hotel. The staff are welcoming and helpful and the garden around the restaurant is beautifully kept. It is peaceful, quite different from the intersection in the centre of the village. We had two good meals, both beautifully presented and delicious. There is always a catch... More 

Thank lizsh
Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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38 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 51 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 January 2015

This restaurant is in new hands apparently, and the new owners are so keen to please. However: the table I'd reserved under a fan earlier in the day had been given away to 4 people who had not booked; we waited for 30 minutes before anything arrived - but were then given free mineral water, having asked for tap water... More 

Thank Teresa126
Cape Coral, Florida
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7 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 January 2015

Chef Diego, trained in NY, re-opened the Hotel Vela Bar this month(Dec.'14), and we went back 3 times in 5 days. While staying @ the Hotel Villa Bosque, nextdoor, & down the street from the Manuel Antonio Nat'l. Park, we stumbled in to this lovely and quaint location. The Tuna Steak and Fresh Ceviche brought us back a 3rd time... More 

Thank Barry G
New York City, New York
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45 reviews
30 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2013

If you are seeking a sensible, unpretentious, moderately-priced restaurant in Manuel Antonio, look no further. The Vela Bar/Restaurant/Hotel is a great place for tasty,well-cooked food. The fish menu is excellent -- try the dorado with lemon sauce, it will melt in your mouth. There are a variety of other dishes that are also noteworthy. Service is very pleasant. This is... More 

Thank Peter O

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
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Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Near Entrance to Park, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park

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