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Restaurant El Sueno Tropical

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Central American, Costa Rican, Italian, American, Latin, South American
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Rte 160 | 2 kilomètres à l'est du terrain de football, Playa Carrillo 50205, Costa Rica
+506 2656 0151
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Los Angeles, California
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2016

The atmosphere is great, people friendly and seem happy working to make your dining experience fun . Breakfasts are great, typico or American. Dinners are on chalkboard, always very good. Full bar. Jose and Maria are the best! Wild deer live down in front of restaurant. Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Will return many times.

Thank James C
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 27 June 2016 via mobile

A definite find. This place has a great vibe and we just wanted to hang out there all day. Food very good (my daughter said her omelet was the best she ever tasted), generous portions, and Maria was an amazing host and server. And she makes the most delicious pina coladas ever! She has a secret ingredient. They are such... More 

Thank Elana R
Hebron, New Hampshire
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24 reviews
19 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 March 2016

Favorable TA reviews are all warranted. Our first night in Playa Carillo. Wife and I both had the specials: oriental tuna for her and breaded sea bass for me. Salads were awesome, fresh and the ginger/ mango dressing the best. Veggies that came as a side were fresh and the local potatoes just superb with rosemary seasoning. Both mains were... More 

Thank GWB_NH
Waukesha, Wisconsin
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14 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 February 2016

We had a great time watching the SuperBowl at El Sueno Tropical's restaurant/bar. Both of the owners were welcoming, and very interesting to talk to. All of the other guests we met and talked to were interesting travelers representing several different countries, the relaxed mood was very enjoyable. We shared two appetizers and a pizza, all very good, reasonably priced.... More 

Thank spacecadet24
Baltimore, Maryland
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

This was our first time eating at El Sueno, but we had heard that the restaurant had a fabulous new cook. We were not disappointed! Fresh ingredients served with flair. Server-bartender Maria was very gracious, the rum drinks were generous, and manager Eric encouraged us to stay for a swim at the hotel after we had lunch. We did so!

Thank BCN1952
Vancouver, Canada
2 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 30 June 2015

I celebrated my 55th Birthday here and am still thinking about it 6 months later! The staff was amazing right from the start. The presentation of the food was excellent and everything was absolutely delicious. I loved every minute of it! Thank you Jose for all the special details including the passionfruit dessert with candles and singing Happy Birthday.... it... More 

Thank GSawatzky
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 24 June 2015

We have LIVED in Costa Rica for 4 years now....for 2 years, almost around the corner from this restaurant!We knew it was there, because we often hear music coming from the property, but we always thought that it was a result of being (primarily) a timeshare property in which units are rented out to vacationers. Imagine our surprise when we... More 

Thank retired291
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5 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2015 via mobile

We were staying at another hotel when we stumbled upon this gem where we met Jose and his wife Joanna. We felt more at home then in a restaurant and jose makes a to die for pina colada from scratch! Doug one of the guest had 12 of them! The food is incredibly and the chef passionate. The service was... More 

Thank Vivianne S
Chicago, Illinois
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17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2015

We stopped here for lunch. The menu was unexciting, the food was disappointing, the prices on the slightly higher side, and it took a very long time to get the food despite the place being empty. Soggy nachos with processed cheese, rubbery ceviche, OK hamburger. The place is nice, though, with hammocks and nice surrounding, so not all was lost.

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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 9 February 2015 via mobile

The food choices o#ered aT the restaurant were wonderful. Vanni is truly a gem. All the dishes we tried were very well presented, rich with layered flavors and subtle nuances, a feast for the senses. The atmosphere was cozy, beachy and comfortable. Vanni's food will be one reason we will return.

Thank striderrkp

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$25
Central American, Costa Rican, Italian, American, Latin, South American
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Reservations, Highchairs Available
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Rte 160 | 2 kilomètres à l'est du terrain de football, Playa Carrillo 50205, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Guanacaste  >  Playa Carrillo
  • Phone Number: +506 2656 0151
El Sueño Tropical has a 70 seat open air restaurant featuring American, Italian and Tico fare along with the best pizza in the area. The restaurant receives fresh fish daily from local fisherman which means it was swimming only hours before it is served to you. Adjoining the restaurant is the Bulldog in the Jungle bar serving your favorite libations along with the freshest tropical fruit drinks you will find anywhere.

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?