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El Lagarto


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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

Food and ambience

Local cuisine, Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican
Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, View, Groups, Bar Scene

Location and contact

Unico y original
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, International
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Accepts Credit Cards
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Reviewed 4 days ago

I went to dinner with my boyfriend here a couple nights ago to treat him to what I thought would be an excellent date. I work at a hotel in the area and I am always recommending this restaurant, as it WAS my favourite, to...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Adriana Michell M
Reviewed 1 week ago

This place is amazing!! Everything is grilled and coming from a family who knows how to grill this place does it right! Veggies, Steaks, Ribs, and Lobster all done to perfection. Not overcooked and the flavors are superb. The Sangria is really good just tell...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank Karma1221
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We had a lovely dinner here....got a table for two and a nice view of the water. My husband was in the mood for steak and was astonished by the size of the steak delivered to him....more than enough and cooked just right! I had...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 277sherim
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our hotel enthusiastically recommended this open-air restaurant in Manuel Antonio. The barbecue is cooked in a huge, open charcoal pit by enthusiastic young chefs. There are plentiful accompaniments, mostly vegetables. If you like barbecue and a lively, raucous atmosphere, you will enjoy this local restaurant....More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank Ellen O
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful place for sunset dinner! Great ambience! Neat wood fire grill display/presentation! Was a bit cloudy so sunset was a bit lackluster but the food was good! Steak was def rare, which we loved, the lobster needed some butter to dip in and the portobello...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 571venessag
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Great view and we were lucky enough to secure the corner table in time for sunset. They're grilling system is so unique, efficient and just all around cool. Food was good. Service was sorely lacking. Let's just say the staff seemed less than enthusiastic to...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank TripItch
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Are you hungry in Manuel Antonio? Do you want to eat fresh food, with lots of flavor, and watch the most awesome barbecue set-up ever to be seen? Then get yourself to this fun, gastro-delicious restaurant- go hungry, go as the sun is going down,...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank edyesque
Reviewed February 10, 2019

We arrived for dinner right before sunset. The view from this restaurant is one of the few in the area with an unobstructed view of the sunset going into the ocean. There was a 2 for 1 drink special going on at the time which...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank DrJRey
Reviewed February 10, 2019 via mobile

We stopped for dinner so it was dark and we missed to sunset view , but it’s great. Two for one happy hour, $3 for pina coladas! We had grilled squid and garlic appetizers that both were good. The rib steak was very good, not...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank 922DavidD922
Reviewed February 8, 2019

We were worried when we arrived at the restaurant. There was a big busload of people dining - they took up the entire view-side of the place (not a problem since it was dark). However our service was timely, friendly and generally excellent. The food...More

Date of visit: February 2019
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January 20, 2019|
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Response from EVLJack | Reviewed this property |
You could probably chance walking during the day but I would not do it at night. As you've heard, there's often little room for pedestrians next to the road.
February 4, 2018|
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Response from scottgriff71 | Reviewed this property |
They love kids. Our kids had a good time but there were 2 11 year olds and a 13 year old. They usually eat off the adult menu but I know they have burgers, chicken tenders, fries, desserts , everything a kid would eat with... More
May 10, 2017|
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