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El Sano Banano Restaurant

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Across from the Park | Next to the Supermarket, Montezuma, Costa Rica
+506 2642 0638
07:00 - 22:00
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Sun - Sat 07:00 - 22:00
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Norwich, United Kingdom
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77 reviews
52 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

If you're looking for a bit of romance or luxury, this place is great. They serve great food and cocktails in a beautiful setting but it comes at a bit of a price. Great gluten-free and vegan options.

Thank Lara E
New Orleans, Louisiana
1 review
Reviewed 1 week ago

Super friendly staff. Good food and locale! In the heart of this bohemian little town. AC are a nice touch and worth it.

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Thank xtian2017
Winnipeg, Canada
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116 reviews
48 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 100 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had dinner our first night here because we'd heard it was good. I had quesadillas & they were amazing. They happened to have 2 for 1 pinacoladas which were extremely thick - don't have them if you're not hungry cuz they fill you up! Very nice ambience in the back, admist trees all lit up. Pretty spot. Really quick... More 

Thank suzieqGRENADA
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103 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We went there for a couple of drinks (happy hour before 6pm). Their pinacolada was really good. We came back the next day for just a dessert and had one of the best banana splits ever! Also quite nice to sit outside in their small garden.

Thank Ken A
North Bay, Canada
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48 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This restaurant looks dim and uninviting from the street. Go in anyway! Walk all the way to the back where there is a lovely outdoor garden seating area. Makes all the difference in the world. We enjoyed the food and the wait staff was prompt and helpful. Eating in the garden area added to the overall enjoyment of our meal.

Thank PTP46
Worcester, United Kingdom
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218 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The afternoon happy hours(3-5) drop the price of cocktails down quite a bit. Food delightful, staff efficient and you can watch the herons and blue magpies in the garden. The Pina coladas are huge glasses of pineapple (ice) cream and booze just so refreshing after a hot day at the beach. Worked our way through the other cocktails too -... More 

Thank gtrot
Fairfax, Virginia
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4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We ate here a couple of times during our stay in Montezuma. The food was simply wonderful and there were plenty of vegan options. If you can, try to stop in during happy hour (3 - 5 pm, I believe) for discounted drinks and appetizers. The pina colada and anything made with their homemade coconut milk is highly recommended!

Thank Mary_VA3
Urbana, Ill.
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3 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 22 March 2017

Loved the chicken & rice dish - quite tasty & comes with patacones & side salad. Deee-licious mocha chocolate "Chiller"....made with fresh homemade coconut milk (sorta like a milkshake but it's a healthy version). They also have incredibly fabulous homemade gourmet healthy chocolates - a truly wonderful treat to pleasure your tastebuds !

Thank vbfein
Norwich, United Kingdom
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385 reviews
234 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 183 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017

After a few days in Montezuma, or weeks in Costa Rica, and you can't stand Casado, burritos, rice and plantain anymore, you'll find here some alternatives. We both had the catch of the day, my husband with a creamy shrimp sauce and mine with jalapeño. It was an all right change but nothing to remember fondly. And bloody expensive!

Thank Aralya
Verona, Wisconsin
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40 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 22 March 2017 via mobile

i slept there a couple of nights last week. clean hotel friendly and helpful stuff. the breackfast is included with pancakes, juices or fruits. tasty lunces and dinner. also they offer happy hour with all the cocktails and wine. defenetely a place to return....

Thank m r

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$ 4 - US$ 15
Central American, Costa Rican, Cafe, International, South American, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options, Vegan Options
Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, After-hours
Restaurant features
Reservations, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Waitstaff, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Free Wifi, Takeout, Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible
Good for
Bar Scene, Groups, Local cuisine, Child-friendly
Open Hours
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
07:00 - 22:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: Across from the Park | Next to the Supermarket, Montezuma, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Montezuma
  • Phone Number: +506 2642 0638
Located in the heart of Montezuma with a great outdoor patio. We serve vegetarian, vegan, sushi, pasta, chicken, fresh seafood and much much more...

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?