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El Lagarto

$$ - $$$Seafood, Barbecue,
200mts. Norte de la Plaza de Deportes de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
+506 2777 6932
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  • Excellent68%
  • Very good24%
  • Average5%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baked potato” (35 reviews)
“steak” (84 reviews)
“surf and turf” (20 reviews)
Restaurant Hours
Seafood, Barbecue, Central American, Costa Rican, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
200mts. Norte de la Plaza de Deportes de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a meat platter and squid and it was delicious. The way they cook it was also instagram post worthy. But the cocktails were not good at all.

Thank Sassynash
Reviewed 1 week ago

We had a fabulous dinner at El Lagarto. The food was outstanding. Our waiter, Alejandro, spoke perfect English and was incredibly attentive and informative. It's fun to see how the oven works. Really, it is a great place to eat in Manuel Antonio.

Thank Keirstin J
Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is the closest thing to "indoors" you can get in Costa Rica. It had a very pretty decor. Our waitress seemed new and barely spoke English but she tried so hard to communicate with us and keep us happy(and succeeded). The food was...More

Thank Rosanna B
Reviewed 3 November 2017 via mobile

Loved the grilled calamari!! Small portion but delish!!! The potato was awesome. Shrimp on the surf & turf were of good size. Sangria was good too.

Thank BucketListScratcher
Reviewed 30 October 2017 via mobile

Great place. Worth going to if your in the Quepos or Manuel Antonio area! Large portions and drinks were great too.

Thank Nicole513
Reviewed 23 October 2017 via mobile

Big group of 6 hungry adults - we had made reservations just in case. Our table was set and ready as was our server who did a great job over the course of our meal. My observation of local restaurants is that most don’t bother...More

Thank Fdelidude
Reviewed 30 September 2017 via mobile

This spot came highly recommended by a colleague with a home in the area. The view and vibe is great but our steaks were average. Several of the steaks were underdone while others were overdone based on how they were ordered. A steak restaurant ought...More

1  Thank BirdiesTravels1
Reviewed 28 September 2017 via mobile

They have 2 for 1 cocktails, that is just heavenly. Specially the Mojito and piña colada. The entrance is a little bit shady, but the place in itself it's quite cozy. Next time I'll come for dinner

Thank laumunkel
Reviewed 15 September 2017

The food was good but portions were small and it was pricey for what you got. Service was pretty slow but friendly. It was interesting watching the food being prepared with their wood fired grill and the chute leading down to it from the wood...More

Thank car0papagay0s
Reviewed 26 August 2017 via mobile

Fabulous view of ocean from open air deck. Great steaks and chicken entrees. Shrimp a bit over cooked - stick with beef, which seems like their specialty. Cool wood burning oven/grill. Very pleasant place to visit.

Thank Al B
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Response from Tina T | Reviewed this property |
? I was talking about a guided tour to MA park.
10 February 2015|
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Guided tour to where?
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Kids, Child-friendly, View, Romantic, Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200mts. Norte de la Plaza de Deportes de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 6932
  • E-mail
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