Fodor's Expert Review Makoko

$$$ Papagayo Peninsula International

At El Mangroove’s trendy poolside restaurant, guests can dine with a glimpse of the ocean or head indoors to the more formal dining room enclosed in glass. Most ingredients are locally grown, and nearly every item on the menu is organic, including the grass-fed beef. Start with red snapper carpaccio with grapefruit and fennel, or the seared scallops with caramelized cauliflower. Signature entrées include cavatelli pasta with grilled octopus, and the remarkably tender ribs served with apple-jalapeño puree. Portions are small, which means you may have room for the chocolate cheesecake. The mosquitoes are enough to ruin your meal, so wear long pants or dine indoors.

International Dinner $$$ Breakfast Lively

Quick Facts

Playa Arenilla, Guanacaste  50503, Costa Rica

4701–0000

www.elmangroove.net

Known For:
  • Seared scallops
  • Worcestershire-glazed short ribs slow-cooked for 24 hours
  • Extensive wine list
Restaurant Details:
Rate Includes: No lunch

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