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Seafood, International, Central American, Costa Rican
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Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
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Reviewed 14 March 2022

We stopped in for a bite and were pleasantry surprised at the great quality of the food and the fun atmosphere.

Date of visit: March 2022
Reviewed 2 May 2021

A few weeks ago I was going through some personal issues just the kind of stuff that puts you in a bad mood you know, well I find myself running around town and I stoped at el Escape for a beer water and something to...eat. As I’m there Kathiyushkha came and took my order, and I must have had this sad look because she came back and started to chat with me and even though she didn’t have to she made a little bit of time to make my day a little brighter. This is truly the type of service that makes a place great. Thank you Kathiyushka for all your great vibes service is keyMore

Date of visit: May 2021
Reviewed 8 February 2020

We had lunch there two days in a row. I ordered the catch of the day. Their vegetables were cooked just like I like them - crunchy on the inside, soft a bit on the outside, warm, and seasoned well. Their salad was fresh. We...ate at the bar. Good service.More

Date of visit: February 2020
Reviewed 5 January 2020 via mobile

Walking around town and did a drop in to this restaurant. What luck. Greeted immediately with a smile and a thank you for stopping. Service remained top notch all the way through. Food had great seasoning and nice presentation. Next trip will be there on...purpose not by accident.More

Date of visit: December 2019
Rachel B, General Manager at EL Gran Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 6 January 2020

Thank you so much for coming in to El Escape! We are so glad you enjoyed your time with us!

Reviewed 1 January 2020 via mobile

Always love to go to a local restaurant where you see lots of Ticos eating there too. The fish (Mahi) was very fresh, the prices reasonable and the staff really friendly. We will go back again when we are in the area. Hope they get...a better online reservation system but not a deal breaker (maybe WhatsApp?)More

Date of visit: December 2019
Rachel B, General Manager at EL Gran Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Hi! Thank you for your review! We are so happy to give you a great experience at El Escape. Whatsapp is a great suggestion thanks so much! Pura Vida!

Reviewed 19 December 2019

We took the catch of the day and went for the grilled tuna. Excellent! and ordered plenty of vegetables with it. Products are of good quality and the place is not only for tourists, although seemingly the price is quite high for locals

Date of visit: December 2019
Rachel B, General Manager at EL Gran Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Thank you for coming in and supporting us as one of the longest running establishments on Queops we try to appeal to both local and tourists. Pura Vida!

Reviewed 9 December 2019

Amidst the endless overpriced tourist joints all serving the same El Gran Escape has for a long time been a cut above. Ok, it's in Quepos but sometimes you just have to get out of the tourist zone. Mostly typical Costa Rican. A lot of...seafood. My wife had the special, a huge dish with gigantic prawns the size of small lobsters. I had a cassado. Two glasses of Chilean sauvignon Blanca and two imperial and the bill came to under $50 Canadian. Compare with over $100 in Manuel Antonio. The food was tasty for CR. Did you come for the sabor? The atmosphere is great, open air, warm, over the street from thr Malecon, booths and tables, attentive waiter. Sure, the taxi driver tried to get 5,000 Colones out of us for our trip back to the hotel. We said NO and paid 4000.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Rachel B, General Manager at EL Gran Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Thank you so much for your time to write us such a great review! We are so happy to have given you a great experience in Quepos and hope you come back to visit us in the future. Pura Vida.

Reviewed 2 December 2019

My boyfriend and I went here for lunch. Had a few drinks and I ordered the jumbo shrimp and he ordered the chicken. When our food came out we immediately thought the meals didn't look appetizing. My jumbo Shrimp were cooked as whole and only...cut down the middle, with eyes and everything still attached. My boyfriends food looked very bland. The chicken was boiled with nothing else on it. We told the waiter the we were not happy and didn't want to eat the meals. He went and spoke with the cook which is also the owner. He said we didn't have to eat it but we still had to pay for it. The meal was over $50 and we still went somewhere else for a better meal. DO NOT EAT HERE! waste of money and experience while you are in a beautiful town with way more options! The only up side to this visit is we could take our alcoholic drinks to-go.More

Date of visit: November 2019
Rachel B, General Manager at EL Gran Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Hello, We are sorry to hear that you had a negative experience and appreciate you taking the time to provide feedback. Your experience is one which we are not proud and, as you may see from other reviews quite atypical. I have counseled the staff...More

Reviewed 29 November 2019 via mobile

Drinks are good. Ordered fish tacos - bland no flavor. Ordered Chicken- bland no flavor. Only the ceviche was goodMore

Date of visit: November 2019
Rachel B, General Manager at EL Gran Escape, responded to this reviewResponded 5 January 2020

Thank you for taking time to write us as we are very sorry to hear you had an unhappy experience. Since your time we have changed a few of our menu items and revamped the recipes. As you may see from other reviews things have...More

Reviewed 24 November 2019 via mobile

Waiter Elton incredibly helpful. Fluent in English. Accommodating of Vegan diet. Overall really great casual lunch with nice vibe.

Date of visit: November 2019
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Response from Oren M | Property representative |
Yes we would be happy to prepare you catch!! Its about $15 per person, cooked to your liking and with some nice sides :-) Hope to see you soon!
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EL Gran Escape is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 4
  • Value: 3.5
  • Atmosphere: 4