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Makoko at El Mangroove

4.7
4.7
17 Reviews
$31 to $50
Latin American

Overlooking the Gulf of Papagayo, Makoko is the perfect place to dine during your Guanacaste vacation. Our restaurant offers a distinct menu filled with rich Costa Rican cuisine, exciting flavors and refreshing beverages for breakfast and dinner.

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2 people

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Booked 1 time today
  • Neighborhood

    Marina Papagayo

  • Entertainment

    null

  • Additional

    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
    • Diner temperature check required
    • Staff temperature check required
    • Contact tracing information collected

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Menu

To Start

  • Buffala BurrataCRC 14.00

    Homemade Bread, Avocado, Grana Padano, Arugula & Flowers

    • Hand Cut Bellotero*

      Iberic Acorn Cured Ham, Bread, Tomato & Olive Oil

      • 100 GramsCRC 55.00
    • Hand Cut TartarCRC 14.00

      Lean Beef Fillet, House Dressing & Grana Padano

      • Carpaccio*CRC 19.00

        Angus Rib Eye Steak, Beef Juice Vinaigrette, Melba Toast, Summer Truffle & Arugula

        • Pipa CevicheCRC 12.00

          Tender Coconut, Tomato Water, Peanuts, Chili Flakes, Yuzu, Cilantro & Mango

          • Spinach SaladCRC 19.00

            Smoked Duck Ham, Pecans Vinaigrette, Honey & Tarragon Dressing

            Raw

            • Tuna*CRC 16.00

              Tuna Tiradito, Yuzu, Jalapeño, Avocado, Black Salt & Horseradish

              • SalmonCRC 22.00

                Fresh Salmon, Masago, Lime, Dill & Pink Salt

                • Red TartarCRC 13.00

                  Queen Seabass or Catch of the Day, Smoked Guanacaste Saw Dust, Grilled Pineapple, Annatto, Cilantro & Yuzu

                  • Fresh Nicoyan Oysters*

                    Marie Sauce, Cocktail & Local Lemon

                    • DozenCRC 60.00
                    • 1/2 DozenCRC 34.00

                  Soups

                  • Roasted TomatoCRC 16.00

                    Brie Cheese, Sun Dried Tomato, Chives & Iberic Acorn Cured Ham

                    • Crispy Rice NoodlesCRC 16.00

                      Seafood Bisque, Poached Egg, Miso, Edamame & Tomato

                      From the Grill

                      Served on himalayan rock salt

                      • Certified Rib Eye Angus

                        • 400 GramsCRC 39.00
                      • Beef Fillet

                        • 220 GramsCRC 28.00
                      • Queen Seabass or Catch of the DayCRC 26.00

                        Chef's Favorite

                        • Glazed Short RibCRC 48.00

                          Rustic Mashed Pumpkin, Seasonal Mushrooms & Curry

                          • GrouperCRC 24.00

                            Coconut Sauce, Roasted Garlic, Arracache, Pejibaye, Pumpkin & Spinach Ragout

                            • Sizzling Mahi MahiCRC 19.00

                              Bruled Vegetables, Baby Potatoes

                              • SalmonCRC 34.00

                                Mussels & Chipotle Reduction

                                • Duck BreastCRC 32.00

                                  Asparagus, Corn Tamal, Roasted Apple, Camus & Jamaica Reduction

                                  • Black BurgerCRC 16.00

                                    Black Bread, Certified Angus, Onion Marmalade, Bearnaise Sauce, Bacon & Melted Cheese

                                    Pastas

                                    • Truffled Tartufo & CorianderCRC 21.00

                                      Sundried Tomato, Black Truffle, Cilantro Pesto & Goat Cheese

                                      • Cheese Panzerotis & Grilled OctopusCRC 26.00

                                        Roasted Octopus, Capers, 3 Peppers Romesco, Parmesan Cream & Cheese

                                        Sides

                                        • Parmesan AsparagusCRC 7.00

                                          • Salted CornCRC 7.00

                                            • Mashed Potato & JalapeñoCRC 7.00

                                              • French FriesCRC 7.00

                                                • Creamy SpinachCRC 7.00

                                                  • Grilled Natural Heart of PalmCRC 7.00

                                                    • VegetablesCRC 7.00

                                                      Last updated: June 19, 2019

                                                      What 17 people are saying

                                                      Overall ratings and reviews

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                                                      4.7
                                                      4.7 based on recent ratings
                                                      • 4.5Food
                                                      • 4.8Service
                                                      • 4.8Ambience
                                                      • 4.5Value

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                                                      1. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        New Orleans

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        4.0

                                                        9 reviews

                                                        Dined on September 9, 2021

                                                        overall4food4service3ambience5

                                                        Food was great! Very secluded and private resort that it's on kind of adds to the romantic factor if that's what you're looking for. Had short ribs that were super tender and flavorful over mashed pumpkin

                                                      2. EE

                                                        EsqEats

                                                        New York Area

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        2.0

                                                        3 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 11, 2021

                                                        overall2food1service4ambience5

                                                        Food lacked flavor and seasoning and some things were over cooked but the ambiance is beautiful and the servers are polite

                                                      3. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 1, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We don’t like to miss (ever) the Sunday breakfast at MaKoko. Usually a buffet, there are all kinds of dishes and choices, as well as an omelet station that will actually make eggs any way you like. My personal favorites: yogurt with diced fresh fruit with my fresh-squeezed orange juice, then an omelet with mushrooms and cheese, together with trimmings from the varied sideboard (tamales, little empanadas of ham and cheese, sausage, gallopinto, ripe sweet platanos, chiccherones, waffles, pancakes and more, presided over by a wizard named Merlin . . . Really), and excellent little pastries, with my coffee (delicious, I even ask for iced coffee and it is delicious too), and plates of fresh fruit to finish. The staff are the kindest, most caring and attentive that you can find anywhere (I’d like to lost them all, but there isn’t enough space), reflecting excellent management, and following the gracious and elegant lead of Mashiel, the hostess. We are going back to the US for a few months for family reasons. Breakfast at MaKoko iis one of the things I will miss most about Costa Rica. And fine dinners occasionally, too.

                                                      4. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on August 1, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We have greatly enjoyed the Sunday breakfast buffet at MaKoko for years, but seldom dined there except for occasional holiday-themed meals at Christmas and Thanksgiving. That will change. We brought two good friends with us—both very sophisticated diners, who were visiting from New York—and all four of us greatly enjoyed our dinners. Recommended: the spinach salad with smoked duck, the tomato soup, the grilled ribeye and grilled filet, the shrimp-studded risotto, and the catch of the day (in this case robina). We shared two excellent desserts.

                                                      5. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Los Angeles

                                                        1 review

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on July 18, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Great Food & Drinks! Amazing service

                                                      6. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on July 11, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We usually love this place for Sunday breakfast, but decided to go there on a Saturday night to celebrate a landmark birthday. The menu offers many tempting choices, and those who chose mahi-mahi, seafood soup and the steak were very pleased. But the sort-ribs, wow! The best I ever had. The wine list is good, big and very reasonable.

                                                      7. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on July 4, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We all always love MaKoko for Sundaybreakfast, and they were “wowed” by the variety and quality of food, and the attentiveness of the serine. These are not ordinary tourists, whatever that means; one owned a highly successful high-end restaurant in New York, the other is a world-traveler based in San Francisco.

                                                      8. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 30, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        As always, the breakfast buffet was outstanding. The food—in both it’s quality and variety—is first rate, and the service is perfect, kind, intelligent and professional. We love going here on Sunday mornings.

                                                      9. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on May 23, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        The Mangroove breakfast in the MaKoko restaurant is the way we like to start every Sunday. Generally, there is an abundant buffet-style breakfast, with an egg station staffed by Enidida, a wonderful and charming cook, a hot food station with Costa Rican specialties, as well as some continental items like sausages, and hosted by the kind and observant Merlin, a table of fresh fruit plates, a yogurt station, a croissant and mini-Danish pastry station, excellent coffee and fresh orange juice served by the vigilant and professional wait staff (I usually forget names, but I remember from this visit Tracy, Alberto, Gabriel, and also Karla). The hostess (Massiel) is elegant and gracious—in short, there is no better way to start your Sunday. It is well worth the price.

                                                      10. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on February 28, 2021

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        We go to MaKoko for breakfast every Sunday. Generally there is a buffet, which is excellent, but even when there is no buffet the choices are superb. The service is very professional and exceptionally friendly, the hostess (Massiel) is welcoming and cordial, and the open air room is spacious and elegant. Applause to the management for a great experience and for exceptional sanitary measures.

                                                      11. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        1 review

                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on December 25, 2020

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Christmas dinner

                                                      12. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on December 13, 2020

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        This is still the best breakfast in the area. The buffet on weekends is truly great, but even when they are only doing a la carte, it’s a fine experience.

                                                      13. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on November 29, 2020

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        Makoko has a truly superb breakfast buffet. It is costly by local standards, but the choices and quality are unequaled in the area. The elegant open air covered setting only enhances the pleasure (there are no mosquitoes— how do they manage that, or don’t I want to know?).

                                                      14. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on November 22, 2020

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        The breakfast is excellent, if a little pricey. They didn’t have the breakfast buffet, which is really superb, but the menu is very good, probably the best in the Coco/Playa Hermosa/Playa Panamá area

                                                      15. AM

                                                        AMKo

                                                        New York Area

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        234 reviews

                                                        Dined on October 6, 2020

                                                        overall5food4service5ambience5

                                                        The restaurant is quite elegant, but like everything else in Costa Rica these days, not busy. The service is attentive, and the menu somewhat interesting. I had a nice appetizer of asparagus with Parmesan and my friend had grilled hearts of palm (too tough). My main course risotto was good, and my friend’s baked fresh mahi-mahi was excellent. All in all, a good dining experience, upscale by Guanacaste standards, and not overpriced.

                                                      16. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Tampa

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        5 reviews

                                                        Dined on October 25, 2019

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        The absolute perfect place to enjoy a wonderful dinner surrounded with beautiful hearts. The Costa Rican people!

                                                      17. OT

                                                        OpenTable Diner

                                                        Orange County

                                                        1 review

                                                        vip
                                                        5.0

                                                        1 review

                                                        Dined on August 16, 2019

                                                        overall5food5service5ambience5

                                                        It was our anniversary and Mother’s Day and they were amazing. Do yourself a favor and order the bellotero. It’s expensive, but worth it

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                                                      Makoko at El Mangroove is rated 4.7 stars by 17 OpenTable diners

                                                      Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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                                                      Playa de Panamá Golfo de Papagayo, Guanacuaste 50503

                                                      • Neighborhood

                                                        Marina Papagayo

                                                      • Hours of operation

                                                        Breakfast
                                                        Daily 6:00 am–11:00 am
                                                        Dinner
                                                        Daily 6:00 pm–10:00 pm

                                                      • Cuisines

                                                        Latin American

                                                      • Dining style

                                                        Casual Dining

                                                      • Dress code

                                                        Casual Dress

                                                      • Payment options

                                                        AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

                                                      • Executive chef

                                                        Isaac Madrigal

                                                      • Entertainment

                                                        null

                                                      • Additional

                                                        Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Gluten-free Options, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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