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The Lookout Restaurant, El Coco Guanacaste, Outside US

The Lookout Restaurant

4.2
4.2
171 Reviews
$31 to $50
Seafood
We’re oficially open on Monday Nov 13th, we will be waiting for you.
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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Phone number
    8397 8690
  • Payment options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual

What 171 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.2
4.2 based on recent ratings
  • 4.1Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

Loved For

  • Costa Rica

    Neighborhood gem

  • Costa Rica

    Great for outdoor dining

  • Costa Rica

    Romantic

  • Costa Rica

    Great for scenic views

  • Guanacaste

    Best Overall

  • Guanacaste

    Best Food

  • Guanacaste

    Best Service

  • Guanacaste

    Best Ambiance

  • Guanacaste

    Best Value

  • Guanacaste

    Great for outdoor dining

171 Reviews
  1. JamesH

    London

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We had high hopes about this restaurant after we heard a couple of things about it. Let’s just say it did not live up to the hype. We were greeted at this “ romantic “ spot by blasting country music which was awful. It took about 20 mins to get a drink and then a further hour to get our apps ( shrimp cocktail and a salad ). The waiter seemed hugely occupied with a table of 8, maybe he thought he would make more money from them? Anyway, the food was terrible, the service was terrible and the whole experience was terrible. We actually left before we got our entrees because we had waited so long again with no sign of food. Do yourself a favor and don’t waste your time, effort and money. If you are in that area, head to Ginger in Playa Hermosa and have a yourself the best dinner of your life.

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  2. EarleP

    Greater Boston

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful dining experience and a magnificent view

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  3. JohnnyD

    Greater Boston

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on February 10, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We’ve been visiting Costa Rica the last three years. 3 for 3 in the last few years and it is a step above many others in the area. The food, service and creative cocktails continue to impress!

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  4. Ronny

    Grand Rapids

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on February 9, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Awesome view of Coco. The food was very good and the service was great.

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  5. KarenC

    Toronto

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 7, 2024

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The place was amazing so was the music. Our appetizers were delicious, the food was very good although my husbands dinner (open steak sandwich) was cold and the fires were extremely salty.I have the sushi rolls and they were very good also, although the seafood (Tuna) was very small pieces, usually you would find a nice big chunk of Tuna in the center of the roll. I would still highly recommend the place and would go back as the service and atmosphere was amazing. Maybe it was just an off day or busy.

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  6. OlySailor

    Seattle

    21 reviews

    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on February 4, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    We have been going to the Lookout for many years. The new management and chef have made some small changes, all for the better. Great food, great staff, great view!

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  7. KyleM

    Calgary

    15 reviews

    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on January 17, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    Really awesome spot with great food. Service was a bit slow and a drink menu with prices would be a good addition. Great experience overall though. Unbeatable view.

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  8. OpenTable Diner

    Dallas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 13, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Fantastic restaurant in playas del coco. Great views during the day and great food at night excellent service

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  9. JohnR

    St. Louis

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 12, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Lookout was everything we heard it would be. The view from the restaurant is stunning, the drinks were delicious and the food was excellent. I would say this is a don’t miss experience in Coco.

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  10. JamesM

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 5, 2024

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    If you are in Coco area of Costa Rico and don’t go the Lookout you are missing a great meal and marvellous view of the bay

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  11. ssami

    Phoenix

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on December 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 5
    incredible view for sunset, our service was great, food was good but not as good as the view.

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  12. DanielS

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 28, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 2
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I ordered a steak (Tomahawk medium well), and I received a rare steak. At first I thought it was OK, so I didn't complain, the taste was good, but next day I woke up feeling not too well. My mistake for not complaining at the moment (lesson learned). Beyond this, everything was perfect

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  13. FalonneP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Amazing view and the waiter was amazing too!! I recommend it for sure!!!

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  14. OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on December 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Black Cat soup and the epicurean burger were outstanding!! Freddy made excellent recommendations and even had the chefs split both on two plates for us since we were sharing. The Rioja was so amazing we had a second bottle! Definitely visit when in Costa Rica. We will be back!!!

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  15. smcme

    Portland

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on December 17, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Great food great service great view. Highly recommend

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  16. ErinaF

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 14, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view! Super friendly and fun staff that went above and beyond! We celebrated our anniversary and when we ordered the cheesecake we got a surprise flambé show, it was great haha! Can’t wait to be back in Costa Rica and have a great dinner here again. Thank you guys!

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  17. OpenTable Diner

    Vancouver

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on December 7, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    Bad service. 3 burgers on menu but only have one. It was raw. No flavour. Brought wrong drinks. Asked for desert said sold out

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  18. Jmack

    Greater Boston

    49 reviews

    4.0

    49 reviews

    Dined on December 6, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Excellent seafood restaurant with a beautiful view. Service was very good. We had the mixed seafood grill, the tuna tartare and the coconut soup. All delicious. A bit pricey

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  19. Diablito93

    Los Angeles

    25 reviews

    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on December 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 3
    4. Ambience 3
    I used to love this spot. But the menu has been changed, most of the very good dishes are gone. It literally feels like a generic soda menu, but even more expensive than before. The view is still beautiful, but that's about what's left of this once before spot we used to enjoy.

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  20. LauraD

    Vancouver

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    It’s quite the drive to get to The Lookout but well worth it. The food was fabulous and staff very warm and welcoming. A very unique restaurant.

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  21. OpenTable Diner

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Amazing experience. From the setting to the food, had a great time and experience. Never had roasted oysters in the shell before which I enjoyed as an appetizer. The main meal was a platter with 3 different seafood items recommended by the waitress. So well prepared and presented. I don't drink so I asked for cocktail which was a blend of some freshly squeezed juices. And the dessert, absolutely divine. Take the time to visit and get there while the sunlight is still bright to fully appreciate the view.

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  22. njfoodie

    Palm Springs

    5 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 4
    Food , service and view were great. I had mistakenly thought the food would not be as good as the view but was wrong. The seafood soup was delicious and a meal in itself. The red snapper was fresh and was wonderful grilled. Part of the drive there is steep and not paved- if raining better to have an AWD vehicle! Only drawback was the music, Queen, which they played for the first hour of the meal! Lovely place for dinner.

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  23. Denise

    Austin

    43 reviews

    1.0

    43 reviews

    Dined on November 9, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    We arrived at the restaurant on time and the door was locked. We waited 10 minutes and when no one arrived, we called them twice with no answer. A guest at the hotel told us the owner left for Panama last week and hasn’t returned. Luckily she gave us advice for another restaurant.

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  24. AmandaB

    Exclusive

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 5, 2023

    1. Overall 1
    2. Food 1
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 1
    I’m really sad I had to rate this restaurant so poorly. It was our last night in Costa Rica and I was really looking forward to it. I made a reservation and also communicated with them over Facebook messanger I hired a cab and when we arrived - they were closed. I had to then pay for the cab to take me back and find a different restaurant to eat. I reached out to them to see what happened with no response back

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  25. HeidiL

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    I’m still thinking about the pulled pork tacos! See you again soon :)

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  26. JOlde

    Denver

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on June 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful view of Playa del Coco and delicious food. Nice drink menu too.

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  27. RonM

    Central Texas

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Such a fun place to go! Beautiful views and great wait staff. The food and drinks were fantastic too. Make sure you visit any time you get a chance.

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  28. JamesG

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful view and the food and staff were great!! Thanks for the hospitality

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  29. Kristina

    Fort Lauderdale

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 28, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Not only were the views amazing, but the food/drinks were as well! They even decorated our table for us since we were celebrating our honeymoon. The staff was so kind and our overall experience was incredible.

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  30. JoshuaM

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Wonderful food, great drinks and one of the best views I have ever seen while eating dinner.

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  31. JoanneB

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    The Lookout is a one of a kind, special place! The view is unmatched in the Coco area. The service we received from Carlos is excellent as always. Don’t miss out, even if you don’t have a car…get a cab to and from! You will not be disappointed!

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  32. MichaelD

    Toronto

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 10, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Lookout knocked it out of the park again as always. On of my faves in the Coco GTE area .

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  33. KevinM

    Philadelphia

    30 reviews

    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on April 3, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 4
    4. Ambience 4
    You go for the view but the food is also really good.

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  34. Madz

    Las Vegas

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on April 2, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Came here for the view during the sunset!! It was so worth it and beautiful! We used uber to get there, took time for our uber to find us, once we wanted to leave!

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  35. RonG

    Toronto

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on March 30, 2023

    1. Overall 4
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Gorgeous view and sunset, as advertised. Very steep drive up the hill so recommend cab for the faint of heart. Super friendly staff, delicious drinks, prompt service. Nice range of mains, something for everyone and the food was artfully prepared, flavourful. A bit pricey. 4 drinks, 2 mains, no desert or coffee turned into $170 CDN. You are paying for that spectacular view.

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  36. RebeccaS

    Costa Rica

    3 reviews

    3.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on March 29, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 1
    4. Ambience 5
    We had a great table and food and drinks were amazing, but had to wait over 1 hour for our nachos. The manager was kind and comped them but was still somewhat annoying. I would still recommend for the sunset view and food…

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  37. RichardL

    Costa Rica

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Our anniversary very nicely underlined. Extraordinary view. Got a lift back in town with the chef as our taxi failed to show. Very nice experience overall.

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  38. SuburbanGuy

    Chicago

    29 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on March 3, 2023

    1. Overall 3
    2. Food 3
    3. Service 2
    4. Ambience 5
    The view from the restaurant is what you go for. It is quite lovely looking out over the valley below and the ocean bay in the distance. The food was inconsistent. Nothing remarkable or memorable. The fried avocado wedges starter was the highlight. Our 4 mains were delivered at 3 different times with the last 2 meals, burgers, delivered after the the 1st meal had already been eaten. The background music was an annoying video mix of hip-hop that failed to enhance the experience. All other area restaurants play a mix of BossArt Ensemble music that certainly is more in sync with the Pura Vida vibe. Go for the view, have an appetizer and watch the sunset.

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  39. Mikey

    Toronto

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on February 27, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 5
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Had a great time. Views are unbeatable. I had the Netflix burger and my wife the catch of the day (Mahi Mahi ). Both were excellent. The burger was huge and tasty very filling. My wife’s dish was a little smaller but perfect for her. Will definitely repeat next year when we return to Costa Rica

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  40. RonnyA

    New York City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on February 26, 2023

    1. Overall 5
    2. Food 4
    3. Service 5
    4. Ambience 5
    Beautiful spot to watch the sunset and have great food. They have gluten free options on the menu.

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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
    • Contactless payment available
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

The Lookout Restaurant is rated 4.2 stars by 171 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 5 times today
Google Map for The Lookout Restaurant

Hotel Chantel up in Vista Marina, El Coco Guanacaste, Outside US 00000

Additional information

  • Cross street
    BETTER NOT USE WAZE OR GOOGLE MAPS...JUST CALL US
  • Neighborhood
    Playas del Coco
  • Hours of operation
    Mon, Wed–Sun 12:00 pm–10:00 pm
  • Price
    $31 to $50
  • Cuisines
    Seafood
  • Dining style
    Casual Dining
  • Dress code
    Resort Casual
  • Parking details
    Private Lot
  • Payment options
    Discover, Mastercard, Visa
  • Additional
    Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cocktails, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, View, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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