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El Arado

Certificate of Excellence
€€ - €€€
Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American
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Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
+506 2777 0928
12:00 - 21:00
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Vancouver, Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We stopped in here on our way to the beach. We ordered a typical breakfast and it was a large portion and very good. The lady who runs the place and the B&B next door is super friendly.

Thank Brent C
Tsawwassen, Canada
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We ordered our dinners by physically pointing to the items from the casado menu (filet of fish and filet of chicken), the meals came and they were both chicken based! We didn't say anything... When the bill came, we were overcharged (over double the price) for one of the chicken meals! The waiter demanded that we had eaten the dish,... More 

Thank Mario M
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7 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 11 December 2016

This place was awesome. Really tasty "typical food" and amazing pico de gallo, the best I've ever tasted. The family that runs it are super friendly and the location is beautiful right on the hillside. We even got to see some squirrel monkeys while having a meal here, very cool!

Thank Dan G
Roseville, California
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4 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 12 August 2016

The food was amazing and very fresh. We enjoyed the nacho starter and then various snapper dishes and saltin (a specialty). All,portions were generous and we left with happy smiles on our faces. Off the beaten path so it was not crowded. This is a hidden gam. Strongly recommend. Ana is a wonderful chef. We can't wait to visit this... More 

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1 review
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 July 2016

The food and hospitality is excellent and very well priced. One of our favorite places. Apparently they are on the old road to Manuel Antonio from Quepos so you need to take a side road across from Hotel California.

Thank Michael P
Meridian, Mississippi
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8 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 20 June 2016 via mobile

Having had seven different dining experiences in Manuel Antonio and Quepos I would have to say El Arado was my favorite. Very authentic and the family who owned or worked there were fantastic in getting our food ordered and prepared. Everything was wonderful. I had the whole grilled red snapper pictured. They call it barbecued. Definitely make this one of... More 

Thank medicaprx
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26 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 17 June 2016 via mobile

Fantastic, affordable, delicious food and service. They do not speak English, but that does not hinder your ordering! Nice folks, nice atmosphere and you will feel right at home.

Thank Tina T
Chicago, Illinois
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4 reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

We tried El Arado primarily because we were staying just a couple of doors away and were looking for a convenient dinner spot. The reviews we read recommended the whole fish, and they were absolutely right. We had the whole fried snapper and it was absolutely delicious - probably the food highlight of our time in Quepos. Even if you're... More 

Thank cnelson2719
Braselton, Georgia
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5 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 February 2016

We went to El Arado with a guide we hired after a mangrove tour. El Arado is owned by his sister and her husband who run the place. The food was excellent, and they also made up a very refreshing watermelon "slushy" (which is my description, not theirs) for a drink - which was delicious. My husband ordered the fish... More 

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Columbus Junction, Iowa
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22 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 24 January 2016 via mobile

I took the fish I caught to Ana, on the recommendation from the owners of Coyaba B&B, and she did a fantastic job of cooking them for us. She fixed each of the 3 kinds of fish 2 ways, and both were delicious. She has a great place to hang out like a local, have some very tasty appetizers and... More 

Thank Mike M

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$7 - US$20
Central American, Costa Rican, Seafood, South American
Lunch, Dinner
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Outdoor Seating
Good for
Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
12:00 - 21:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Old road between Quepos and Manuel Antonio, Manuel Antonio National Park, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Manuel Antonio National Park
  • Phone Number: +506 2777 0928
If you are looking for an Authentic Costa Rican meal El Arado is your place! We have no hamburgers or pizza on the menu. Only traditional home cooked meals.

Tell your taxi driver we are located on the old road to Manuel Antonio 100 meters south of the hotel Villa Teca.

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?