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Manuel Antonio Restaurants & Nightlife

Seafood is the staple of Manuel Antonio. You'll find freshly caught shrimp, lobster and red snapper at virtually every restaurant you pass by, and it's definitely worth a try – go for the whole fried snapper if you’re an adventurous eater who doesn't mind his/her dinner staring back at you.

But beyond the seafood, you can find your typical mix of Costa Rican restaurants, fine dining spots, pizzerias and more between Quepos and Manuel Antonio.


Quepos is the go-to spot for cheap Costa Rican food. Sodas (small, family-owned restaurants) are on virtually every corner in town, but our personal favorites are located beside the bus station in the small market beside the gravel parking lot.

You can find seafood virtually anywhere in the area and Quepos is no exception. Search along the main road and the oceanfront for seafood and typical tourist restaurants.

Road through Manuel Antonio

On the road through Manuel Antonio you'll find the best restaurants for a night out like El Avion, a restaurant known for the giant cargo plane that runs through it; La Cantina, a lively barbeque restaurant with an open-grill; and Victoria's, an Italian seafood restaurant with nightly live music. But, you'll also find more affordable and equally sumptuous options including Mexican at Sancho's, Asian at Ngo and fish and chips at El Gato Pescador. With plenty so many restaurants to choose from, you can really find something for everyone.

Downtown Manuel Antonio

Downtown Manuel Antonio is a small strip of restaurants, souvenir shops and hotels that run along the beach back to through to the national park. While you can find a range of seafood, typical Costa Rica, Italian and American classics (like burgers and Buffalo wings), most restaurants are over-priced.

For a bit of the local flavor, and our favorite spot in town, walk back toward Quepos along Espadilla Beach until you see an old shack  in the tree line with concrete tables covered with orange and green table cloths. That's Balu, the only restaurant on the beach; a great local spot for fresh seafood, cocktails and taking in the beauty of Manuel Antonio's tropical coastline.


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    Balu's Beach Bar and Restaurant

    Feel the sand between your toes and the breeze on your face while sitting under the shady ...

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    El Avion

    El Avión is one of the most popular restaurants in Manuel Antonio, instantly recognizable as ...

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    El Gato Pescador

    For the best fish and chips in Manuel Antonio, stop in El Gato Pescador. The menu is simple ...

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    Kapi Kapi

    Kapi Kapi is one of the institutions of Manuel Antonio where visitors make reservations a day ...

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    La Cantina

    The crackle of the wood fire barbeque and the smell of grilled meat wafts through the open-air...

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    Marlin Restaurant

    Marlin's a frequent hangout for beachgoers looking for a respite from the day's heat, cool ...

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    Restaurante Ngo - Chinese Vietnamese Take-out

    Restaurante Ngo is quick, cheap and far from the typical Chinese take-out. Pairing down the ...

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    Sancho's Taqueria

    For Mexican in Manuel Antonio, check out Sancho's restaurant, take-out and delivery on the ...

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    Victoria's Gourmet Pizzas & Pasta Grill

    The fragrance of fresh-baked garlic bread and pizza floats from the open kitchen greeting ...


Manuel Antonio Travel Guide

Manuel Antonio Travel Guide

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