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$8 - $16
Latin, International, Central American, Costa Rican
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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  • Face masks required for staff in public areas
  • Hand sanitiser available to guests & staff
  • Daily temperature and symptom checks for staff
  • Socially distanced dining tables
  • Staff required to regularly wash hands
  • Tables disinfected between guests
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Updated 04/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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Updated 04/02/21 Safety precautions are provided by the property and are not checked by Tripadvisor for accuracy.
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While staying at whitehawk airbnb we found this gem. Juan and his wife do an amazing job and made us feel like family. Can't wait to go back and visit.

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 4 days ago

10/10. If you are in the area and you thought about eating here for dinner you absolutely should. The jalapeño beef was so incredible and the tilapia with passion fruit sauce was out of this world. I’ve been a chef for 13 years and for...a small town in Costa Rica this was really impressive.More

Date of visit: May 2022
Reviewed 1 week ago

We ate several meals here when we stayed at the attached B&B. Our favorite by far was breakfast. The couple that runs the restaurant can be seen from the dining floor painstakingly preparing every dish. I know it sounds odd but you can taste their...love and joy for what they do in their food. The views from the restaurant are something out of a dream. Sipping morning coffee here, looking out at the mountains, watching humming birds move from flower to flower is like something out of a romantic daydream or a tourism add for Costa Rica. I would recommend even non B&B guests to wake up early just to watch the world come alive at this restaurant.More

Date of visit: May 2022
juan652015, Propietario at Phoenix Restaurante, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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nos hace tan feliz nos llena de sactifaccion sus bellas y poéticas palabras ,para nuestro equipo de trabajo es el...More

Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

One of the most fantastic restaurants I’ve eaten at in Costa Rica I’ve been coming to the Phoenix with my wife for six years we love Juan and Louisa, and the additional pizza oven is a must try

Date of visit: May 2022
juan652015, Propietario at Phoenix Restaurante, responded to this reviewResponded 1 week ago
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Cada visita de ustedes es como el sol de cada mañana muchas gracias amigos

Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

The place is a hidden gem. It takes a bit of work to get to but it is well worth it. The food was fantastic, the ambience quintessential for the area, and the service was impeccable.

Date of visit: April 2022
juan652015, Propietario at Phoenix Restaurante, responded to this reviewResponded 4 weeks ago
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sus palabras son como el alma del amaneser ,muchas gracias fue un gusto su visita

Reviewed 12 February 2022 via mobile

Juan was our host and Luisa was our chef. They are a true blessing! They always greated us with a warm welcome and provided the most amazing cuisine. You will enjoy the view of Lake Arenal and the volcano. This stop is a must if...you plan a Costa Rica vacation.More

Date of visit: February 2022
juan652015, Propietario at Phoenix Restaurante, responded to this reviewResponded 14 February 2022

they will always be in our hearts

Reviewed 15 January 2022

Juan, his wife, and staff could not have been more welcoming and accommodating. If you're staying at the Nepenthe B&B and getting the breakfast make sure you also go for dinner! Gluten free options - no problemo! A constant parade of morning birds and great...views of the lake and volcano, well worth the climb/drive!More

Date of visit: January 2022
Reviewed 15 November 2021

As we searched for a good place to eat on our first rainy night in Costa Rica we came upon The Phoenix and wandered in to a delightfully warm and inviting setting. The six of us were seated upstairs and immediately our excellent service started....Juan and his crew brought us delicious drinks as the rain pounded. Suddenly the lights went out and all electricity was down. We thought our meals would be no shows, but the crew persisted and produced delicious, REALLY delicious hot meals. We lighted the table with our cell phone lights under water glasses and Juan brought a battery powered soft light. The ambiance was sweeeeet! We returned to the Phoenix for lovely Costa Rican style breakfast as we departed the Arenal area. Don't miss the Phoenix and its wonderful crew. Food is top notch and prices are beyond reasonable.More

Date of visit: November 2021
juan652015, Propietario at Phoenix Restaurante, responded to this reviewResponded 17 November 2021

the sun does not rise today. but his words are like a sunny day

Reviewed 10 October 2021 via mobile

During our stay at nepenthe b&b we went eating at the Phoenix restaurant . The host and the food were so wonderful, it’s an absolute must go when you are in the neighbourhood. Don’t hesitate to reserve for pizza, they were faboulous.

Date of visit: October 2021
Reviewed 8 October 2021

The couple that runs the restaurant is very sweet! They cook the food fresh and they serve the best platanos in whole CR. Moreover the cocktails are really good. The restaurant is surrounded by beautiful nature and you have a perfect view of the lake....They offer traditional food and sometimes also pizza (fresh from an Italian pizza oven made of stone). The prices are reasonable to cheap. It’s probably one of the best breakfast spots!! You can expect scrambled eggs or an omelette with vegetables, bread with garlic and cilantro, plantains and of course avocado. Make sure to crack some jokes with Juan and ask him whatever about Costa Rican traditions or the country. They are all super friendly, open minded and even learned us how to dance Salsa! Thank you Juan, Luisa, Blancita and Fabian for all the funny evenings/mornings! Greetings from Austria, Julia & EvaMore

Date of visit: September 2021
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Yes, Phoenix Restaurante offers takeaway services.

Yes, Phoenix Restaurante is taking precautions against COVID-19. A full list is available within the "safety precautions" section of this page.

Phoenix Restaurante is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 5
  • Value: 5