What's For Dinner?

Where To Eat In Manuel Antonio

January 13, 2018

One thing is for sure… Manuel Antonio has no shortage of restaurants. They’re all delicious and (bonus) most of them have incredible views. On top of that, there are plenty of supermarkets in the area, and at Tulemar you can even hire a private chef! While it’s excellent to have options, if you’re here for a limited amount of time it may be daunting to figure out the best route to take for each meal.

Lucky for you we have a lot of experience trying new restaurants, making reservations for guests, and hearing feedback from others! So, we’ve taken all our intel and broken down how and where most guests choose to do their meals, so you aren’t stuck tired and hungry trying to figure out what sounds best.

Grocery Shopping
You will have the option to grocery shop with your concierge upon arrival. This is a great time to stock up on your favorite snacks, drinks, and any food you may want to prepare for yourself during your stay. Not ready to buy a certain something? No problem! Your concierge will gladly do a grocery run for you any time throughout your stay.

Private Chef 
We can provide a personal chef for one special meal or for all your meals, whichever you choose! We have three private chefs that our guests love. We will send menus in advance and you can choose which chef you prefer (or maybe several!).  They will then do the shopping, prepare and serve your meals, and leave the kitchen spotless. The chefs can even work with any dietary restrictions and food allergies. Just be sure to let us know. Here is the approximate cost for 4-8 people, plus the cost of groceries, based upon the menu you choose:

  • Breakfast – $90
  • Lunch – $120
  • Dinner – $120 to $180
  • Breakfast & Dinner – $220 to $270
  • Full day – $320
  • All Meals for the Week (up to 21 meals) – from $1,000 – $1,250

Local Restaurants
First, let us be clear: There is an endless number of amazing restaurants in Manuel Antonio and Quepos. Plus, with the town constantly growing and changing, there are new ones popping up every day! That said, here is a list of some of our tried and true favorites.

  • El Lagarto
    • If you’re hungry and looking for something very unique, this one is for you! Everything on the menu is cooked over a wood fired grill; beef, fish, pork, chicken, and veggies. The flavors are amazing, the portions are large, and the sunset ocean views are spectacular.
  • El Patio de Café Milagro
    • The “Starbuck’s” of Manuel Antonio and one of our all-around favorites! This lively café is focused on coffee, baked goods and delicious meals. At night, it transforms from a coffee house into a bistro style restaurant complete with an amazing menu and a fun bar. Complete with live music 7 days a week, two spacious patios, dining area, and gift shop… This spot has it all!
  • Marina Pez Vela
    • Experience the new Marina in Quepos! It has a variety of great restaurants and shops, all with views of the waterfront. We can even arrange a round-trip shuttle for free! List of restaurants:
      Gabriella’s (Steakhouse) – Runaway Grill (bar + restaurant) – Z Seafood – Mercato di Porto (Italian cuisine) – Sunrice (Japanese).
  • Ronny’s Place
    • This little “locals’ secret” is a must! It sits by itself on a mountain ridge overlooking the ocean and has sunset views you will not want to miss. If you’re looking for great seafood, steak, chicken, or pasta, then this is the spot for you.
  • Marlin
    • Right across from the main beach in Manuel Antonio, Marlin is an excellent spot for great food and good people-watching! Marlin offers a little bit of everything to keep everyone in your family happy: Burgers, sandwiches, Mexican and Costa Rican cuisine.
  • Emilio’s Café
    • Emilio’s is a Mediterranean style coffee house with fresh baked goods, friendly service, stunning ocean views, and delicious meals! This is the perfect spot to sit with a morning brew and enjoy views of the coastline. Emilios has great breakfast, lunch, and dinner… Plus a huge selection of mouth-watering homemade desserts!
  • Barba Roja
    • Established in 1975, Barba Roja is the longest-operating business in the area. This restaurant and bar is fun and festive with a lively crowd! Barba Roja offers a diverse menu with steaks, seafood, burgers, and even sushi…. And their sunset happy hour is unbeatable!
  • Café Agua Azul
    • This is our favorite! You will be greeted with a smile, an incredible view, and a lively staff! Their extensive menu has a little bit of everything including burgers, salads, seafood, nachos (the best!), and pasta.
  • De la Finca
    • De la Finca is a quaint Costa Rican restaurant (also known as a soda) in the heart of Quepos… But don’t be fooled: This small restaurant packs a big punch! The gourmet menu, friendly service, delicious sangria, and incredible presentation will leave you satisfied and impressed. The best part? De la Finca is owned by our very own concierge, Chris. Be sure to check it out and let Chris know what you think!
  • Tulemar Beach Grill
    • Sit under the palms with your feet in the sand without even leaving the resort property! Our casual beachfront café offers lunches, snacks and drinks. The menu includes light, hearty, and traditional choices such as salads, ceviche, quesadillas, burgers, and fish specials. The best part? Sign the check to your villa so you don’t have to worry about your wallet while you’re playing in the waves.
  • Tule Café
    • From early morning until well after sundown, the TULE CAFE is Tulemar’s exclusive, full-service restaurant. Situated adjacent to our original resort pool, the restaurant serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner plus snacks and drinks. Enjoy great views and refreshing ocean breezes without having the leave the resort property!

We don’t know about you, but we are feeling hungry… Buen provecho!

Pura Vida,


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