Fodor's Expert Review Restaurante El Pelícano

$$$ Playa Herradura Seafood

It may not look like much at first glance, but this open-air restaurant across the street from the beach serves some dishes you'd be hard-pressed to find in other casual beach-town places. Request one of the outdoor tables under the bamboo dome and dine on dishes like fish croquettes in a lemon sauce, grilled tuna in mango sauce, and clams au gratin. Sea bass in a heart-of-palm sauce, lobster, and tenderloin are a few of the main dishes. The interior is limited to pebble floors, thin wooden columns, turquoise tablecloths, and soft candlelight.

Seafood Lunch Dinner $$$

Quick Facts

Herradura, Puntarenas  61101, Costa Rica


Known For:
  • "formal" beachfront dining
  • Deep-fried whole red snapper
  • Tagliata: lobster, octopus, jumbo shrimp, and mahimahi complete with tableside fire show

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