Costa Rica Eats: Marlin Restaurant @ Manuel Antonio

Other posts from our Costa Rican honeymoon: Soda y Restaurante Viquez @ La Fortuna, Chifa La Familia Feliz @ La Fortuna, Rainforest Cafe @ La Fortuna, Tico y Pico @ Santa Elena, Bistro Bon Appetit @ Santa Elena, Balu’s Beach Bar @ Manuel Antonio, Falafel Bar @ Manuel Antonio, Parque Sushi @ Manuel Antonio, Marlin Restaurant @ Manuel Antonio, Pops @ Quepos, Soda Sanchez @ Quepos

Found ourselves stuck on the beach in Manuel Antonio on Day 2, since the fish and chips place was closed, and we were both lazy bums! Hey, don’t blame me, I had a really badly sprained knee and walking hurt a batshit. After weighing our options (we did not like eating on the beach as it was expensive, and very touristy), we saw that Marlin Restaurant was slightly cheaper than other restaurants nearby, and had good value. It was also a short walk from our hotel, so it was easy for me to get to.

When we got there, we were the only people in the restaurant. There were also a shitton of mosquitos, which made me really really uncomfortable, since I was a mosquito magnet. I got more than 10 bites during dinner alone, and that was with bug spray!

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Fried Calamari – 4600 colones/US$10: Good calamari! Freshly fried and quite light! Yummy!

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White fish with garlic sauce – 5800 colones/US$12: We asked specifically for rice and beans with this, and not a potato, but they still served it with potato. J was a little miffed about this, but kept his cool. He does love his rice and beans, and the potato was not very good, unfortunately. The fish was cooked well, and I liked the veggie stack below the fish. It was misleading to call the sauce a garlic sauce since it tasted nothing like garlic. It was more a creamed butter sauce instead. Not too bad, but did not meet our expectations. 😦

Marlin Restaurant

Address: On the beach of Manuel Antonio
Price Range: $$ ($10 to $20 per person)
Overall: Meh.

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