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El Lagarto

Certificate of Excellence
$$ - $$$
Seafood, Barbecue, Costa Rican, International, Central American
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200mts. Norte de la Plaza de Deportes de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 6932
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46 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

This was my dads birthday dinner on our vacation. It was a great meal that all seven of us enjoyed including a 5 year old. We all had either chicken or steak which came with vegetables. Dad said it was one of the best meals he's ever had. Photos courtesy of my 5 year old.

Thank wvtravelman
Bucks County, Pennsylvania
2 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Ordered grilled seafoods (whole squids / lobster tails / mahi mahi / mussels) and tenderloin to be grilled medium and came out perfectly grilled to medium, was tender and and not dry at all. Vegetables were grilled and seasoned quite well. Mussels were plump, sweet and tasted fresh. We enjoyed every dish we ordered. The servers were nice, polite and... More 

Thank BillyLuvsToVaca
Fort Lauderdale
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149 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Went for New Years eve.Large group I think 12 total.Food outstanding,service great.Love the grill.not a bad eat out at all.

Thank blakes8542
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17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Nice open space featuring a huge oven with red hot embers for cooking meat, and the steaks we had were perfectly cooked to order, and overall delicious. I'm not sure the ribeye I ate was really a strip loin, but as a one time butcher I know that the little piece of gristle near the fat is a tell tale... More 

Thank Graeme M
Minneapolis, Minnesota
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5 reviews
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Super disappointed. 7 of us went there for our final dinner out in the Manuel Antonio area; a celebration. Positive reviews on trip adviosor were a bit old and not that enthusiastic but we went anyhow - had heard it was good/fun/great view, etc. The food was average. Fine. Nothing exciting. The baked potatoes were strange and nobody touched the... More 

Thank chicafuerte45
Chicago, Illinois, United States
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4 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I are revisiting Manuel Antonio and decided to try out El Lagarto our first night. Our Airbnb hosts made the suggestion. From the moment we we seated I knew we had made a great choice. Our server was so gracious and cheerful. We had a cocktail before dinner with the grilled squid appetizer. It was simply to... More 

Thank Natalie R
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21 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 December 2016 via mobile

Super cool atmosphere - their custom grill is totally genius. Best mussels I've ever eaten in my life, anywhere.

Thank Caroline E
Berkeley, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 15 December 2016

All restaurants have a great view and this is one of those. The meal was good, service a little less than par as there was a big party, this is a meat lovers paradise.

Thank adventuregirl25
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 December 2016 via mobile

The show how to coock the meat is more impressive than everything, but the meat is sooo exceptional. If you like meat grilled on nature wood fire,this is the place. A big thank to the responsible Miss tiara.

Thank cellularium
Newmarket, United Kingdom
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 November 2016

I booked the El Lagarto restaurant for my wedding reception on 11.11.16. I was a little nervous, having never been there and wondering if 'grill food' was adequate for a wedding. But as with so many things about my destination wedding, I had to trust in my planner's advice. She and the manager Jorge offered wonderful combinations of a variety... More 

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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
Seafood, Barbecue, Costa Rican, International, Central American
Dinner, Lunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Highchairs Available, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Groups, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Romantic, Bar Scene, Child-friendly, View, Kids
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 200mts. Norte de la Plaza de Deportes de Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 6932
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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?