We strongly believe that great meals start with great ingredients. We buy most of our food locally and whenever possible organically. We only use local grass-fed beef, hormone free chicken and buy seafood from Costa Rican fisheries that fish responsibly and avoid endangered species. We are privileged to live in a country where tropical fruits and vegetables grow abundantly year-round. We invite you to join us for some great meals by the beach…


We have become experts in gluten free cuisine and offer a great variety of vegetarian and vegan dishes.


We serve only South American, mostly organic or biodynamic wines as well as locally crafted beers. We even use bamboo straws in our tropical cocktails to avoid plastic trash.


El Mirador Restaurant Manuel Antonio fine dining at Arenas del Mar ResortEl Mirador overlooks the beaches of Manuel Antonio National Park. El Mirador—which means “the viewpoint” in Spanish—has an open air, covered interior dining area and outdoor seating next to the pool. Complimentary a la carte breakfast is served here including fresh tropical fruits, homemade granola, freshly baked pastry and breads, eggs, pancakes and of course, organic Costa Rican coffee.
The dinner menu has a focus on locally caught seafood, fresh greens and vegetables as well as local Costa Rican dishes with a special touch. Gluten-free, vegetarian and vegan options are available upon request.


*Gluten-free options available

El Mirador Bar at Arenas del Mar 5 star beach resort Manuel Antonio, Costa RicaEl Mirador Bar is a great gathering spot for guests to enjoy a sunset drink before dinner. Our bar has all the offerings you would expect—an extensive wine selection, mixed drinks and craft beers—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 & Bar gourmet gluten free meals on the beach Arenas del Mar Manuel AntonioSituated 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. 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 just steps away from the waves of the Pacific Ocean.


*Gluten-free options available


Gourmet gluten-free dining in Costa RicaAfter 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 Dinner at Arenas del Mar Manuel AntonioAt Arenas Del Mar we enjoy helping couples create unforgettable romantic experiences. Let us set up a private romantic dinner for on the deck of your room next to the Jacuzzi in your suite. Or would you prefer a candlelit table for an Oceanside dinner on Playitas Beach where your bare feet touch the sand while you enjoy a romantic dinner?


We recommend making a reservation 48 hours in advance. You may also request your romantic dinner on our Check-in Form or by adding it to the notes section if you reserve online..


Kick 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.