Local Food & Fine Dining in Manuel Antonio, Costa Rica

We are committed to sustainability in all our practices at Arenas Del Mar including with our culinary offerings. Among our sustainable food practices include: We buy most of our food locally and whenever possible organically. We have a hydroponic garden on our property that provides some of the greens on our menu. We use only grass-fed beef. We buy seafood from Costa Rican fisheries that fish responsibly and avoid endangered species. We serve only South American, mostly organic or biodynamic wines. We even use bamboo straws made by a local company.

These practices are equal parts good for the environment and good for you. We strongly believe that great meals start with great ingredients, and when we start with excellent local ingredients, you can expect the freshest offerings at both our Arenas Del Mar restaurants.


El Mirador RestaurantEl Mirador Restaurant is located near our reception area and pool, overlooking Espadilla Beach, Manuel Antonio National Park and the Pacific Ocean. El Mirador—which means “the viewpoint” in Spanish—has an open air, covered interior dining area and outdoor seating. Along with breathtaking views and gorgeous sunsets, our restaurant serves breakfast and dinner using fresh, local ingredients. Start your day with our complimentary breakfast: fresh fruits, homemade granola, warm muffins and breads, eggs, pancakes and of course, Costa Rican coffee. Our dinner menu includes highlights such as locally caught fish and other delicacies at this authentic full-service Costa Rican restaurant. For full menus see below.

*Gluten-free options available


El Mirador BarLocated just outside our restaurant and behind the pool, El Mirador Bar boasts the same spectacular views with a nightly happy hour and is a great gathering spot for guests to enjoy a sunset drink. Our bar has all the offerings you would expect—an extensive wine selection, mixed drinks or espressos—along with Costa Rican specialties such as:

  • Guaro Mojito: prepared with aguardiente, a typical Costa Rican liquor made with sugarcane.
  • Tico Sour: made with local guara cacique, a local sugarcane liquor.
  • Horchata: made with rice, milk, cinnamon and peanuts; agua de sapo with lime, ginger and cane syrup.

So pull up a stool and get to know our local bartender. By the end of your stay, he’ll know your name and maybe even your favorite drink.


Playitas Restaurant & BarSituated next to our secluded Playitas Beach on the lower part of our property, Playitas Restaurant serves a delicious lunch in an unforgettable setting. Sink your feet into the sand while you enjoy a fresh fruit smoothie and seared Pacific tuna salad. Choose a poolside table for a snack or sit in the shade of our restaurant. There’s not a bad seat in the house. Don’t forget your swimsuit and binoculars—you won’t want to miss a sloth lazing in the trees above you or a troop of white-faced monkeys swinging through the branches. And when you’re finished lunching, you’re steps away our secluded Playitas Beach where a shaded lounge chair awaits you.

*Gluten-free options available


After a full day of exploring, you may find yourself craving a little down time around dinnertime. Our room service menu includes appetizers, entrees, snacks, specialty coffees, a selection of teas and desserts for you to enjoy. Room service beverages include wines, beer & liqueur along with mixers and soft drinks.

*Gluten-free options available


Private Romantic DinnerAt Arenas Del Mar we enjoy helping couples create unforgettable honeymoon experiences. Let us set up a romantic dinner for you in your room. Dinner includes private service for a three-course meal and a bottle of house wine. We offer this service for guests staying in suites. We can also arrange a private, candlelit table for an oceanside dinner on Playitas Beach or in Playitas restaurant where you’ll have the place to yourself (Playitas restaurant is only open for lunch). We recommend making a reservation 48 hours in advance. You can also request the romantic dinner by adding it to the notes section on the reservations form.


Full Board OptionKick back and relax during your stay with our full board dining options. Enjoy lunch at Playitas Restaurant and dinner at El Mirador; each sitting includes an appetizer, main course, dessert and one non-alcoholic beverage, a la carte. Please contact our Reservations Concierge for pricing details.