Low lighting, ocher walls, dark hardwood, and potted palms provide Manuel Antonio's best ambience for dinner, despite the lack of an ocean view. The name is a greeting in the indigenous Maleku language, but the menu is a cosmopolitan invention and includes such un–Costa Rican starters as lemongrass coconut soup, and "seafood cigars"—a mix of fresh tuna, shrimp, and mahimahi deep-fried in an egg-roll wrapper and served on a cabbage salad. The main courses include such Asian-inspired dishes as prawns with a tamarind-coconut-rum glaze and macadamia-encrusted mahimahi with a plum chili sauce. Be sure to order the chocolate soufflé in advance, otherwise you'll be stuck listening to the table next to you rave about its perfection.
East side of main road, across from Pacífico Colonial condos, Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica