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Restaurant & Bar El Rancho

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900mtrs to the right at the Dominical entrance, passing under the bridge, along the baru river | 800 M North From The Dominical Entrance Along The Baru River, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
+506 2787 0052
07:30 - 21:30
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Level Contributor
7 reviews
Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

We stayed at hotel and very much enjoyed the bar and restaurant area. The food was good and breakfast buffet was included with room. Very pretty dining experience.

Thank Carol I
Kerala, India
Level Contributor
4 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
Reviewed 6 December 2016 via mobile

Group trip so all have different tastes and between us we ate most things on the menu during our stay, the food was exceptional, very nice steaks, chicken and sea food. The staff were very friendly and helpful, water and warm rolls offered on the table. The setting is lovely, spent time watching a humming bird and toucans.

Thank rachel1712
MEsquivel, Manager at Restaurant & Bar El Rancho, responded to this review

Great to hear you had a great time and that you loved our food. Thank you and love to see you back one day. More 

Cartago, Costa Rica
Level Contributor
15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 October 2016

The breakfast buffet (if there is available this day, not every day) is very good, fresh fruit, typical costarrican breakfast, bread, cereal, good coffee, is very good. Lunch.. no.. there are better option in the area, even the food is good, it is quite expensive. The service is good.

Thank Carlos C
MEsquivel, Director de Relaciones con Clientes at Restaurant & Bar El Rancho, responded to this review

Hello dear guest, Thanks you for your comment, for us is very important, to continue giving a better service to all our clients. Usually our breakfast is buffet every day, but if not, the breakfast will be able a la cart and chose anything! Our restaurant "El Rancho" is open every day from 7:00 am till 10:00 pm, Our menu... More 

Huntington Beach, California
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103 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 13 May 2016

We ate breakfast, lunch and dinner at this restaurant during our stay at Villas Rio Mar. They have some very good dishes at reasonable prices. The staff is just awesome - extremely friendly and accommodating. They are also open until pretty late in the evening - I believe until 10pm - unlike most of the other places in the main... More 

Thank wishicudtravelmore
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6 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 10 September 2015 via mobile

My husband and I went for dinner our last of 4 nights in Dominical. We were the only customers which isn't unusual this time of year. The food is way overpriced (I can pay less for a shrimp dinner in the states where it has to be frozen, shipped and thawed, not simply caught and brought directly into the restaurant).... More 

Thank JaK1187
Braidwood, Illinois
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12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 April 2015

The breakfast buffet was great. Dinner could have been better. It seemed like when they are busy they have a buffet only. The buffet isn't bad but didn't really want what was on it. Staff is friendly and quick for Costa Rica standards.

Thank Lizandjay
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23 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2015

We returned to El Rancho because we had enjoyed the food here in 2014 and thought we would give it another try. The road along the Baru River has not improved, but that added to the adventure of the evening. We were greeted upon arrival and were quickly seated in the restaurant. It was busier than last year, but the... More 

Thank Bilyss2
Fort Lauderdale, Florida
2 reviews
Reviewed 22 February 2015 via mobile

The service was amazingly great! Our waitress was great, and I hate to write this review but we are in Dominical for only three nights its a shame we wasted one dinner with crappy overpriced food. Half our table order the Argentinian churrasco, but we didn't get a churrasco I'm pretty sure they served us pork. It was pink hard... More 

Thank Rdomingu23
Livonia, Michigan
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105 reviews
42 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 January 2015

Four of us had dinner here in December 2014. It was a Sunday and a little later in the evening...around 7:00 pm. There were a reasonable number of diners in the restaurant when we arrived but not crowded. We were seated right away and had good service all during our dinner. I followed the advice or our waiter who recommended... More 

Thank Terry H
Lehigh Acres, Florida
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11 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 June 2014

getting a full sized plane on the mountain had to be a quite a feat! Good food! Can't wait until they get the airplane completed.

1 Thank Julie S

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 10 - US$ 20
Healthy, International, Spanish, Costa Rican, Vegetarian Friendly
Drinks, Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner, Brunch
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Free Off-Street Parking, Television, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Accepts Discover, Takeout
Open Hours
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
07:30 - 21:30
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 900mtrs to the right at the Dominical entrance, passing under the bridge, along the baru river | 800 M North From The Dominical Entrance Along The Baru River, Dominical 185-8000, Costa Rica
  • Location: Central America  >  Costa Rica  >  Province of Puntarenas  >  Dominical
  • Phone Number: +506 2787 0052
El Rancho restaurant & bar at Hotel Villas Rio Mar is considered one of the best places to eat in the area of Dominical and Uvita. The menu offers a great selection of international dishes and local specialties. Enjoy the quality food with a good glass of wine; the wine list is quite extensive and contains some nice wines that are rare to find in Costa Rica.

You can also Bring Your Own Wine! Wine is expensive in Costa Rica; also for Restaurants! This makes wine in restaurants very expensive. El Rancho Restaurant at Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical offers some great dishes that get even better when having a good glass of wine with it. We saw the problem and found the solution; just bring your own bottle of wine!

The restaurant offers breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks. The menu also includes tasty appetizers and special dishes for kids and vegetarians. Also quality espresso and cappuccino coffee is served. El Rancho restaurant at Hotel Villas Rio Mar is open to the public 365 days a year from 7 am to 9:30 pm.

Socialize with family & friends, meet new people or cheer for your favorite team at our cozy bar. You can also enjoy an ice cold beer during a game of billiards, foosball or darts. Besides a selection of soft drinks, beers, wines and spirits, the bar offers wonderful cocktails & smoothies. You can also order a drink at our pool bar while having a refreshing swim in the large pool.

Something to celebrate? Hotel Villas Rio Mar is the perfect place in the area of Dominical and Uvita to host private events as: birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, dinner parties, wedding receptions and parties.
Hotel Villas Rio Mar in Dominical also provides a fully equipped conference room and is the perfect location in the South Pacific for your business meetings & events.

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